Month: November 2014

The Revision of BS5930 (2015) – Open for Public Comment

Over the last few months the revision of BS5930 has been discussed and the revised version of this British Standard publication is due for publication in 2015. However, before the Standard is published in full in the early part of next year, the draft document is being made available to the geotechnical public for comment.

Considering this, the following communication has been delivered by the Chair of the revision panel, and a frequent collaborator of Equipe Training – Professor David Norbury:

“Dear Colleagues

The Revision of BS5930 (2015) is available for Public Comment from today until 31 January 2015.  We invite and encourage you to provide comment through the on line link (details below) as this standard will control how we carry out investigations for many years to come.

The draft British Standard is available for review and comment online via the BSI British Standards Draft Review system (DRS) as http://drafts.bsigroup.com .  Registration is free and takes less than a minute.  Please use this system and do not provide ad hoc comments to committee members.   When submitting comments on a draft you will be asked to provide both a comment (i.e. justification for a change) and a proposed change, and it is the latter that we are most interested in.

We look forward to receiving your comments

David Norbury

Chair Revision Panel.”

Please share this information with anyone that you feel may wish to make an informed comment or suggestion regarding the revision of BS5930 (2015).

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.34 October 2014

October 2014

– Natural gamma logging – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Kim Beesley, Managing Director of European Geophysical Services, a multi-disciplinary team of Geophysics, geologists and geologging engineers providing a comprehensive wire-line service for borehole geophysical logging and video surveying. In this article Kim discusses how wire-line logging tools can be used to measure physical parameters down boreholes.

– Investigating Instability – Writing for theGeotechnica this month are Martyn Brocklesby and Elizabeth Withington, Director and Senior Manager at Geotechnical Engineering. Last month Pete Reading provided details of the recent survey works carried out on the English South Coast focussing on cliff instability. This month Martyn and Liz provide a perspective on Geotechnical Engineering’s ground investigation work carried out on the affected area at Barton on Sea.

– How are you investigating your pipes and tunnels? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Geoff Acland, Business Manager of Arrow Geophysics Limited, a geophysical consultancy established in 2004 that provides advice on geophysical risk reduction for UK construction projects. In this, the third of a series of articles, Geoff explains the development of a specific technique for locating and investigating pipelines and tunnels at depth.

– Adaptive Oedometer Testing – In this month’s issue of theGeotechnica we have Dr Sean Rees of GDS Instruments writing the first in a series of articles for us. This month’s offering sees Dr Rees discuss the automation of oedometer testing and determination of the end of primary consolidation.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.33 September 2014

September 2014

– How can digital services improve the environmental study process? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Mark Burnard, Senior Product Manager at Landmark® Information Group, a leading provider of property related environmental risk information and digital mapping since it launched in 1995. Mark discusses the role that digital services today play in improving the environmental desk study process.

– The Recession is Over: Prepare for the next one – Following a long career in contracting Tim Fitch formed Invennt in 2011. Invennt is a business consultancy focussed on the construction sector. It seeks to create value for clients and the supply chain through; strategic review, collaboration, relationship marketing, leadership and coaching. In this month’s issue of theGeotechnica Tim writes about the best plans we can make to prepare ourselves for the next recession.

– How to avoid that sinking feeling! – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Tim Archer, Technical Director of Arrow Geophysics Limited, a geophysical consultancy established in 2004 that provides advice on geophysical risk reduction for UK construction projects. In this, the second of a series of articles, Tim explains the usefulness of geophysical techniques for locating and investigating subsidence and void development.

– Cliff Instability on the South Coast – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is independent consultant and part-time lecturer at Brunel University Pete Reading. This month Pete provides details of the recent survey works carried out on the South Coast of England focussing on cliff instability at Barton on Sea. Pete worked as a consultant on the project on behalf of Brunel University who are assisting with the research of the landslide. This article particularly focuses on the work of Quarry Design and their Octocopter in carrying out an aerial survey of the affected area.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.32 August 2014

August 2014

– Meeting the Analytical Testing Requirements for the UKWIR Guidance on the Selection of Pipes for Brownfield Sites – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is David A Bowen, Chemistry Supervisor (Organics) at Terra Tek. This month David discusses analytical testing requirements

– The Geotechnical Academy – An Update – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is The Geotechnical Academy’s Liz Withington. In this month’s article, Liz provides an update on the success of The Geotechnical Academy – a joint training venture between Geotechnical Engineering and Equipe Training.

– Be Careful Where You Dig That Hole! – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Tim Archer, Technical Director of Arrow Geophysics Limited, a geophysical consultancy established in 2004 that provides advice on geophysical risk reduction for UK construction projects. In this, the first of a series of articles, Tim argues the case for non-intrusive geophysical surveys as part of a cost-effective programme of geotechnical site investigation.

– gINT Supports Comprehensive Geotechnical Information Management System for the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City – Writing for theGeotechnica this month are geotechnical software specialists Bentley Systems. Using data and material provided by the Abu Dhabi Municipality, this case study examines the benefits of instant access to subsurface information and how efficient data management can save both time and money when working on large scale projects.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.31 June 2014

June 2014

– Silonite Canisters the latest methodology for sampling ground gases including VOCs – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Geraint Williams of Alcontrol Laboratories. This month Geraint discusses the advantages of using gas canisters.

– Scottish Transport Minister Oversees Start of Works on A9 Ground Investigation – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Soil Engineering Geoservices’ Natalie Fennell. In this month’s article, Natalie reveals details of Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown’s visit to the A9 Ground Investigation Soil Engineering site on the 27th of May.

– An Update on Chemical Bioavailability Testing in Soils – Writing for theGeotechnica this month on behalf of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services is Hazel Davidson. In this article Hazel
provides an update on chemical bioavailability testing in soils.

– Minnovare introduce the award winning Azimuth Aligner to the UK Market – Writing for theGeotechnica for the first time is Michael Beilby, Commercial Director of Minnovare Pty Ltd, an Australian company that was originally formed to leverage the demand for improved accuracy and efficiency of drill rig alignment in the Mining and Civil Engineering industries. In this article Michael introduces the award winning Azimuth Aligner to the UK market.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.30 May 2014

May 2014

– Maccaferri Debris Flow Barriers protect Scotland’s A83, Rest and be Thankful Pass – Writing on behalf of geotechnical specialists Maccaferri is Jeff Laverack of Holmes Media. This month Jeff writes to theGeotechnica as Maccaferri complete their debris flow barriers that have been installed to protect Scotland’s A83, Rest and Be Thankful Pass.

– Preserving Britain’s Seasides: Piling on Worthing Pier – Following on from last month’s feature on precast piles, we have another article from Chris Primett, Managing Director of Aarsleff.In this month’s article, Chris carries out a case study on Aarsleff’s work at Worthing Pier, as they use their vast experience in the marine environment to help preserve the British coastline.

– Meridian Drilling completes landmark Allana Potash Project – Writing for theGeotechnica this month on behalf of Meridian Drilling is Claire Savage of Accord PR. In this article Claire presents a case study of Meridian’s recent landmark Allana Potash Project in Ethiopia.

– The use of drilling diagraphy systems in tunnelling works – Writing for theGeotechnica for the second time is Amedeo Valoroso, CEO of DAT instruments, an Italian company that specialises in the design and production of advanced foundation instruments and software. In this article Amedeo carries out a case study on the use of drilling diagraphy systems in tunnelling works.

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