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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.

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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.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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