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AGS/BDA Task Force – Initial Survey Feedback Revealed

The following is an update from the Joint AGS/BDA Task Force regarding the initial feedback and results from the recent industry-wide survey conducted to evaluate the current state of the UK’s ground investigation industry.

A survey of the UK ground investigation industry was conducted in July and August 2016.

The results are being assessed by the joint AGS and BDA Taskforce, and will be published over the next few weeks. Opportunities for comment and further discussion will be provided subsequently.

This notice gives initial feedback on the Survey.

  • The Survey attracted 585 responses from across the industry, which is very encouraging for such an exercise. There was considerable diversity within the population. Interestingly, fewer than half the respondents were members of either Association.
  • In addition to answering the quantitative questions, respondents were very generous with their comments and suggestions on how the industry could be improved.
  • 60% of respondents reported that they had a good working knowledge of the relevant Technical Standards for the industry (EC7). This implies that 40% do not!
  • 70% of respondents reported that they always or usually applied the Technical Standards in their work (and had the authority to do so). This implies that 30% do not!
  • 75% of respondents had a good working knowledge of the relevant Health and Safety legislation for the industry (and had the authority to apply it). This implies that 25% do not!
  • 80% of respondents thought that procurement decisions based on cost discouraged adherence to the Technical Standards.
  • 55% of respondents thought that Technical Standards are not rigorously enforced, and that people are not honest/open about how much they adhere to the Standards.
  • 50% of respondents thought that there was a skills shortage in the industry.
  • 35% of respondents thought that some practices in the UK ground investigation industry were no longer ‘fit for purpose’. Only 20% disagreed; the remainder were neutral.
    • Particular practices were clearly targeted ahead of others.
  • Respondents thought that the 5 most important challenges facing the industry were:
    o Availability of suitably qualified people
    o Raising the understanding of those involved in the procurement process
    o Attracting young recruits to the industry
    o Improving the image of the industry
    o Encouraging innovation

There is a lot more detail to analyse.

theGeotechnica – Issue No.49 April 2016

April 2016

– Second Edition: Soil and Rock Description in Engineering Practice – Early 2016 has seen the release of the Second Edition of Professor David Norbury’s highly acclaimed description handbook – Soil and Rock Description in Engineering Practice. The new handbook has been eagerly awaited by many within the industry, with the latest edition incorporating changes in the national and international standards for logging soils and rock. This month, theGeotechnica discusses details of the new handbook with Professor Norbury himself.

– How well do you know PUWER? – Providing the third in a series of pieces for theGeotechnica is Liz Withington, Senior Manager at Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. This month Liz tackles the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 – or PUWER for short.

– Wookey Hole Catch Nets – Providing their first contribution to theGeotechnica is Tony Bailey, Project Manager at Geobrugg AG. In this excellent case study, Tony explains how Geobrugg used innovative methods to install vital catch nets at Wookey Hole.

– Cable Percussion Guidance Update – The following is an update on the upcoming release of new Cable Percussion Drilling Guidance notes to be provided by the British Drilling Association. The new guidance will look to build on previous versions to provide the most complete guide to cable percussion drilling that has ever been released in the UK. The writing of the new guidance will be a collaborative effort by a number of highly experienced cable percussion drillers, in the hope that the outcome will be as balanced and detailed as possible.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.48 March 2016

March 2016

– Understanding Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Hazel Davidson of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services. In another excellent entry from Hazel, the topic in focus is Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) and the confusion that surrounds them.

– Where does health and safety start? – Providing another informative piece for theGeotechnica this month is Liz Withington, Senior Manager at Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. This month Liz asks where health and safety starts for a drilling contractor, starting with LOLER Inspections.

– Land Drilling Apprenticeships – Recruitment is underway for the British Drilling Association’s 2016 Land Drilling Apprenticeships and the BDA are on the lookout for potential candidates. In this article the BDA provide some more information on the scheme and what it can offer you.

– UK GI Analysis – Recently a statement was made to a number of industry leading practitioners, questioning not only the quality of the UK ground investigation industry, but also the morale and the low public opinion of the sector. In reaction to this, the AGS and BDA have combined to create an initiative to analyse and improve the state of the UK GI industry – The Task Force. This month theGeotechnica has an exclusive insight into the aims of the initiative, including details of an upcoming survey to be sent to all contractors, consultants and ‘clients’ working within the sector.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.47 February 2016

February 2016

– Soft Drinks Manufacturer Gets Precast Solution with Aarsleff Piles – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Debbie Darling of Jooce Marketing & PR on behalf of Aarsleff. This month Debbie reveals details of Aarsleff’s recent work on a water tank storage area for one of the UK’s most successful producer of fruit juice drinks.

– How do you know that you have quality data? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Liz Withington, Senior Manager at Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. This month Liz takes a look at SPT Calibrations and explains the importance of the testing to obtain quality data.

– Unexploded Ordnance and Ground Investigation – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Phil Baptie, Research & Reports Manager at 1st Line Defence Ltd. In this contribution Phil discusses the issue of unexploded ordnance in ground investigation works.

– Gas strikes during drilling & piling – The following contribution to this month’s issue of theGeotechnica is a note for circulation via drilling & piling trade organisations regarding the dangers of gas strikes during drilling and piling works from the HSE.

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SAFER G – The future of rotary rig guarding

SAFER G is a new sensor-based rotary rig guarding system. It is a self-checking, sensor activated safety device for the protection of persons encroaching too close to the rotating part of a drilling rig (the drill string). A considerable amount of time in the research and development phase of SAFER G was spent getting the balance right between being able to sense physical persons, whilst maintaining the ability to discount things like muds, liquids and dust particles kicked up in the act of drilling.

The system uses state of the art sensor technologies to detect persons encroaching within pre-defined safeguarded zone/s. Once a detection is made, the system generates a signal to switch off rotation to prevent any potential entanglement.

  • Improves rig productivity.
  • Improves reliability in personnel protection.
  • Complies with safety and machinery legislation.
  • Fully compatible with all rig types.
  • Creates a safer work environment.
  • Carries FULL CE marking.

Click here for more information, or to order SAFER G today.

Equipe Training’s Upcoming Courses

Recently we arranged our full training schedule for the rest of 2015 and also 2016. This new schedule includes dates for all of our most popular courses including IOSH Avoiding Danger from Underground Services and our Soil and Rock Description Workshops that are delivered by one of the world’s leading SARD experts, Professor David Norbury.

Below are all of the confirmed course dates for the rest of 2015 and the first half of 2016.


Technical Seminars:

Geophysics in Geotechnical Practice

10th November 2015
@ Equipe Training Offices, Banbury

£150 + VAT per delegate
More informationBook your place here

Cone Penetration Testing in Geotechnical Practice

24th – 25th November 2015
@ Brunel University, London

£250 + VAT per delegate
More informationBook your place here


Health and Safety Courses:

IOSH Working Safely (on Geotechnical Sites)

29th October 2015, 29th January 2016, 8th April 2016, 20th May 2016
@ Equipe Training Offices, Banbury
£175 + VAT per delegate
More information | Book your place here

IOSH Avoiding Danger from Underground Services

20th November 2015, 14th January 2016, 19th February 2016, 24th March 2016, 29th April 2016
@ Equipe Training Offices, Banbury
£150 + VAT per delegate
More information | Book your place here

IOSH Safe Supervision of Geotechnical Sites

11th – 13th November 2015, 6th – 8th January 2016, 10th – 12th February 2016, 16th – 18th March 2016, 20th – 22nd April 2016
@ Equipe Training Offices, Banbury
£450 + VAT per delegate
More information | Book your place here


Geotechnical Courses:

In Situ Testing

5th January 2016, 22nd March 2016, 31st May 2016
@ Equipe Training Offices, Banbury
£225 + VAT per delegate
More information | Book your place here

Geotechnical Laboratory Testing Awareness

1st December 2015, 1st March 2016, 10th May 2016
@ Brunel University, London
£225 + VAT per delegate
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Geotechnical Foundation Design

10th December 2015, 24th February 2016, 6th April 2016, 18th May 2016
@ Equipe Training Offices, Banbury
£225 + VAT per delegate
More information | Book your place here

Rock Description Workshop

27th November 2015, 21st January 2016, 11th March 2016, 5th May 2016
@ Equipe Training Offices, Banbury
£265 + VAT per delegate
More information | Book your place here

Soil Description Workshop

4th December 2015, 15th January 2016, 18th February 2016, 25th March 2016
@ Equipe Training Offices, Banbury
£265 + VAT per delegate
More information | Book your place here


Technical Seminar: Cone Penetration Testing in Geotechnical Practice

CONE PENETRATION TESTING IN GEOTECHNICAL PRACTICE

Seminar Dates: 24th & 25th November 2015

Location: Brunel University, London

An essential comprehensive training course and refresher for geotechnical and geo-environmental practitioners involved in Cone Penetration Testing for Onshore and Offshore Geotechnics. The course is devoted to raising awareness of current test procedures, advances, data derived from the tests and the importance of quality control.

What delegates will learn:

  • Have an understanding of the importance of using CPT specialists
  • Advantages and limitations of CPT tools and techniques
  • Have an understanding of how CPT data can be used for soil interpretation
  • Have an understanding of how CPT data can be used for design
  • Have an appreciation of recognising suspect/erroneous data

Who should attend?

Onshore and offshore specifiers, procurers and users of Cone Penetration Testing. Geotechnical Engineers, Engineering Geologists, Consulting Engineers, Civil Engineers, Designers, Developers and Clients involved in onshore and offshore ground investigations.

For full seminar details, please visit:
http://www.equipegroup.com/services/training/geotechnical/cptseminar.html

For details of other available training courses and seminars, please visit our website:
http://www.equipegroup.com

Technical Seminar – Geophysics in Geotechnical Practice

GEOPHYSICS IN GEOTECHNICAL PRACTICE

Seminar Dates: 10th November 2015

Location: Equipe Training Offices, Banbury

The seminar will increase the awareness regarding the correct use of geophysics for noninvasive investigations, structural and geological mapping and ground modelling which can provide an in depth and continuous understanding of both surface and subsurface conditions and can also reduce the risk of underground hazards and optimise budgets.

What delegates will learn:

  • Have an understanding of the importance of using a geophysics specialist
  • Advantages and limitations of land and downhole geophysical techniques
  • Have an understanding of how geophysics can be used to reduce risk
  • Have an understanding of when geophysics can complement obtrusive investigations
  • Have an appreciation of what the results mean and how they are obtained

Who should attend?

Geophysical Investigation Specifyers, Geophysics Graduates, Geotechnical Engineers, Engineering Geologists, Consulting Engineers, Designers, Developers and Clients.

For full seminar details, please visit:
http://www.equipegroup.com/services/training/geotechnical/geophysicsingeotechnics.html

For details of other available training courses and seminars, please visit our website:
http://www.equipegroup.com

Geotechnica 2015 – 8th and 9th July 2015

27/05/2015

The Geotechnica 2015 conference and exhibition provides a unique opportunity for the geotechnical industry, its clients and the supply chain, to discuss how best to meet the challenges of the UK construction’s growing order book.

The dramatic rise in UK infrastructure and building projects following the recession has created skills shortages across the construction industry. For the geotechnical sector, this upturn in work presents significant challenges. High Speed 2, for example, is set to swallow almost 40% of the sector’s capacity when ground investigations start later this year.

The urgent need to tackle the issues of capacity and skills, while maintaining quality and safety standards, will be the focus of Geotechnica 2015, being held at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Royal Leamington Spa on 8 and 9 July.

The conference and exhibition will bring clients, consultants, contractors, suppliers and manufacturers together to discuss how best to meet the challenges ahead.

Speakers include Jonathan Gammon, High Speed 2’s Head of Ground Investigations, and Mike Brown from Network Rail, who will outline work plans, plus their needs and expectations for these projects. There will also be a session on health and safety, with discussions on changes brought about by the new CDM 2015 Regulations, asbestos in soil and the new British Drilling Association audit.

One way the geotechnical sector can meet growing demand is by improving efficiency through innovation, a theme running through the two days. Conference sessions on advances in digital data capture and remote monitoring will be complemented by product launches and live demonstrations in the exhibition area.

Geotechnica 2015 will be held on 8th and 9th July at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Royal Leamington Spa. To register for your free place and for more information, visit www.geotechnica.co.uk; follow us on Twitter @equipegroup and visit the Equipe Group LinkedIn page and the Geotechnica LinkedIn group.

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).