Land Drilling & LATA NVQs

Are your site operatives and laboratory staff NVQ qualified?

Equipe have a team of qualified NVQ Assessors and Internal Verifiers/IQAs and trainers to carry out on-the-job assessments and training for the following NVQs:

For Lead Drillers and Driller’s Assistants (Second Men)
– Level 2 NVQ Diploma Land Drilling – Lead Driller
– Level 2 NVQ Certificate Land Drilling – Support Operative

Or geotechnical laboratory technicans, construction materials technicians and field technicians
– Level 2 NVQ Certificate Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities
– Level 3 NVQ Diploma Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities

The NVQs assume that the candidate is already an experienced worker and so the emphasis on completion of the qualification is on obtaining evidence against the assessment criteria rather than training. Training is only provided where skills gaps are identified and discussed and agreed between the employer, candidate and Equipe. Notwithstanding the latter most candidates benefit from attending training which typically in included within the NVQ cost.

Equipe will guide both the employer and candidate through the requirements of these NVQs to ensure that they benefit from the qualifications and understand their job role and responsibilities making them a better and safer operator.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/drillnvq

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
More information | Book your place here

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

theGeotechnica – Issue No.45 October 2015

October 2015

– All Four Quarters – a Capital Result for Aarsleff’s Precast Piling – 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 the Capital Quarter, a new development in the centre of Cardiff.

– Contaminant of the month: Trichloroethene (TCE) – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Geraint Williams of Alcontrol Laboratories. This month Geraint returns to the extremely popular contaminant of the month series, and reviews the uses, properties and toxicology of Trichloroethene.

– Do we need to increase our technical knowledge? – Taking a look at areas of potential improvement for the geotechnical industry’s technical knowledge is Calum Spires of the Equipe Group. As the industry looks to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of it’s ground investigations, Calum asks what can be done to help get the most out of standard GI practices.

– The digital revolution – The use of digital technology on geotechnical sites – This month in theGeotechnica we examine the rise of digital technology implementation across the geotechnical industry. Providing this examination are Julian Lovell and Calum Spires of the Equipe Group, as well as a case study of technology use from Shaun Corcoran, ICT Manager at Geotechnical Engineering.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.44 September 2015

September 2015

– Aarsleff Awarded Mersey Gateway Sections – Precast Solution for Bridge Abutments & Piers – 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 success in securing the contract for piling works on the upcoming Mersey Gateway project.

– Asbestos in soil – respirable fibres in respirable dust – the missing link for risk assessment – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Hazel Davidson of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services. In this excellently informative article, Hazel reveals details of DETS new testing procedure for identifying asbestos in soil.

– Improving Geotechnical Laboratory Services – Elizabeth Withington, Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Senior Manager, and Wendy Jones Senior Engineering Geologist and IT Software Manager provide details of Geotechnical Engineering’s recent adoption of laboratory data management system – KeyLAB2.

– Geotechnica 2015 – The Conference Review – Providing an in-depth look at the Geotechnical Conference from this year’s Geotechnica is Calum Spires of the Equipe Group. This article will also provide links to the PowerPoint presentations from each talk.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.43 August 2015

August 2015

– 250 RoGEP Registrants and Growing Fast – Providing a registrant number update for the UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals this month are RoGEP Panel Member David Gibson and Chairman of the RoGEP Panel, Jim Cook.

– Steeply sloping building sites made viable with Maccaferri retaining walls – David Crowther, Technical Manager of Geo-engineering specialists Maccaferri, explains how innovation in retaining wall design, materials and construction could help relieve the UK’s critical housing shortage.

– BS5930:2015 – the new version of the Standard on Ground Investigation is about to reach the public – This month Professor David Norbury, Independent consultant and Chair of the Revision Panel, discusses BS5930, the 3rd version of which is due out in July 2015.

– Geophysical Borehole Imaging – Providing an in-depth look at geophysical borehole imaging this month is geophysical specialist and Managing Director of European Geophysical Services, Kim Beesley.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.42 July 2015

July 2015

– Casagrande UK to launch NEW C5XP drilling rig at Geotechnica 2015 – Ahead of Geotechnica 2015 we have a press release from Gold Sponsors Casagrande UK on the new C5XP, scheduled to be launched at Geotechnica 2015

– KeyLogbook Version 3 Release at Geotechnica 2015 – An exciting update from the Equipe Group sees the announcement of KeyLogbook Version 3’s unveiling at Geotechnica 2015. With a number of new features and improvements, Version 3 of the digital logging software looks to be the best yet.

– Rockbit uk – New Products for 2015 – A brief overview of the exciting new features set to be on display for Rockbit uk at next week’s Geotechnica 2015 show, including two new rigs and a new mud magnet, plus dewatering bag.

– Geotechnica 2015 – Full Event Programme – The full Event Programme for the return of the UK’s largest geotechnical conference and exhibition, taking place on the 8th and 9th of July at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre. Provides the full conference line-up, as well as the full listings for the exhibition.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.41 June 2015

June 2015

– Construction Design & Management Regulations 2015: Implementation – In conversation with the Health and Safety Executive, Tom Phillips of RPA Safety Services and Julian Lovell, Managing Director of Equipe and Chair of the AGS Safety Working Group attempt to clarify some of the questions consultants and contractors are raising regarding the implimentaion of CDM2015.

– Why should you be at Geotechnica? – In this issue of theGeotechnica, we look forward to this year’s Geotechnica and outline exactly why you should be attending 2015’s event. Whether it is to attend the always excellently received geotechnical conference featuring speakers from high profile clients such as HS2 Ltd and Network Rail; discover the latest product developments and innovations; meet prospective clients, contractors and suppliers, or to catch up with friends new and old – Geotechnica offers something for everyone.

– BDA Audit: The Relaunch – One of the most exciting pieces of news broken recently was the relaunch of the BDA Audit. This month Max Soudain of Blackcap Communications takes a closer look at the new audit for theGeotechnica, including the history of the scheme itself, but also what changes will be coming into place in the future.

– There is more to a TPH result than just a number – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is David Bowen Senior Supervisor at Terra Tek Birmingham. In this excellently informative article, David provides a geo-environmental appraisal of a former railway line and sidings required chemical and geotechnical testing as part of the intrusive investigation.

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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.