theGeotechnica – Issue No.51 June 2016

June 2016

– Investment in Individuals – In this month’s issue of theGeotechnica, we take a closer look at The Geotechnical Academy – a shared learning experienced devised and delivered as a collaborative effort by Geotechnical Engineering and Equipe Training. The Geotechnical Academy will be providing taster sessions at Geotechnica 2016 – to register to attend this year’s biggest dedicated geotechnical conference and exhibition, click here.

– Challenging the Perception of Precast Piles – Providing an in-depth insight into precast piles are Aarsleff, one of theGeotechnica’s valued regular contributors and also one of the UK’s leading piling contractors. Although widely used in Europe and beyond, precast piles are only just starting to land in the UK.

– Geotechnica 2016 – Why should you be there? – In this issue of theGeotechnica, we look forward to this year’s Geotechnica and outline exactly why you should be attending 2016’s event. Whether it is to attend the always excellently received conference featuring high profile speakers such as Professors Eddie Bromhead and Iain Stewart; 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.

– Using Water Safely and Legally – Providing the fifth in a series of pieces for theGeotechnica is Liz Withington, Senior Manager at Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. The safe and legal use of water on geotechnical sites is the subject of Liz’s latest advisory pieces.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.50 May 2016

May 2016

– The Task Ahead – theGeotechnica provides more specific information regarding both the intention of the new AGS/BDA Task Force initiative and the format of the survey it will aim to produce. Background information on the people behind the initiative is also included. In this article we will hear from the Team Leaders in charge of organising the creation, distribution and analysis of the survey, about why they chose to become involved and what they hope the collaboration can achieve.

– Help! We’ve gone artesian! – Providing the fourth in a series of pieces for theGeotechnica is Liz Withington, Senior Manager at Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. This month Liz tackles the tricky issue of coping with artesian conditions on flooding drill sites.

– Equipe Training – An 8 Year Journey – During the course of the last 50 issues of theGeotechnica, its parent company the Equipe Group have gone from strength to strength – mirroring the magazine’s continued success. In this retrospective piece we will be looking back at the history of Equipe, documenting the growth of the UK’s only dedicated geotechnical training provider.

– Volatile Organic Compounds – In another excellent, technical article, Hazel Davidson of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services returns to write for theGeotechnica. This month, Hazel turns her attention to Volatile Organic Compounds, providing valuable insight into what VOC’s actually are.

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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.

theGeotechnica – Issue No.46 November 2015

November 2015

– Next in 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 new Doncaster Distribution Centre for Next.

– A tribute to Tony Milne – theGeotechnica pays tribute to one of the founders of Geotechnical Engineering Limited.

– The mystery behind Russia’s maps of Britain – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Martyn Lufkin, Data Team Leader at Landmark Information Group. In this excellent contribution, Martyn explores the intrigue behind highly detailed maps of over 100 strategic locations in Britain that were mapped by Russia during the Cold War. Martyn also considers the mystery of how they were created as well as consider just how the maps are today being used by GIS, land and property professionals.

– Sensing the future – In his article for this month’s issue of theGeotechnica, Calum Spires speaks to Equipe Group’s Managing Director Julian Lovell and Operations Director Keith Spires about SAFER G – the sensor-based rotary rig guard that could revolutionise rotary guarding on geotechnical sites across the world.

– Securing 300 tonnes – Contributing to theGeotechnica this month is Jeff Laverack of Holmes Media on behalf of geotechnical specialists Maccaferri. This month Jeff provides details of Maccaferri’s recent work restraining a huge, 300 tonne boulder perched high above the landslip-prone, Rest and be Thankful Pass in Argyll and Bute.

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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