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theGeotechnica – Issue No.60 August 2017

August 2017

– How Geotechnical BIM Can Lead to Better Engineering – In the first entry into this month’s issue of theGeotechnica, geotechnical data specialists Keynetix examine the importance of Geotechnical BIM and the value it can hold.

– Calling for Clarity: CSCS Card Confusion – Following changes made to their carding scheme, BDA Members are calling upon CSCS to end confusion regarding non-construction related staff being granted access to sites. Since the changes came into place, non-construction personnel have been denied access to sites across the country due to not having a relevant CSCS card.

– Geotechnica 2017 Conference Review: 2020 Vision for the Geotechnical Industry – The following article is an overview of the content and discussions had at the geotechnical conference portion of Geotechnica 2017 – the UK’s largest geotechnical conference and exhibition. The presentation slides from the event can be found on the Geotechnica 2017 website here.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.58 May 2017

May 2017

– Exciting speaker line-up confirmed for industry’s largest dedicated conference and exhibition – In the first entry into this month’s issue of theGeotechnica, the Geotechnica 2017 team unveil the keynote speakers for this year’s conference, titled – The Ground Investigation Industry: 2020 Vision.

– Uncovering the Hidden Benefits of Buying New Software – Writing for theGeotechnica this month are geotechnical data management specialists, Keynetix. This month Keynetix provide advice on the many hidden benefits of staying up-to-date with all of the very latest geotechnical software.

– Drilling community pulls together – The third entry into this month’s magazine is a charity appeal in aid of the Freeman Hospital Renal Unit – a cause close to the heart of a number of the UK’s cable percussion drillers following one loving driller’s sacrifice for the benefit of his wife.

– FPS Establishes Working Group to Investigate New Methods of Pile Integrity Testing – The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has established a Working Group to evaluate the many new methods of indirect pile testing, to address concerns that exist over their over interpretation and ensure results are both robust and calibrated against each other and against existing direct testing methods. The final article in this month’s issue of theGeotechnica takes a closer look at the Working Group’s intentions.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.57 April 2017

April 2017

– Geotechnica 2017: Who, What, When and Where? – Just 3 months remain until Geotechnica 2017, and this month in theGeotechnica the team behind the UK’s Largest Geotechnical Conference and Exhibition update us with the current list of Sponsors and Exhibitors for this year’s event.

– 5 Steps to maximize the value of your gINT and HoleBASE SI Archive – Writing for theGeotechnica this month are geotechnical data management specialists, Keynetix. This month Keynetix provide advice on how to get the most out of your geotechnical data archive.

– I Feel the Need, the Need for Speed – The third article for this month’s issue of theGeotechnica comes from David Bowen, Laboratory Manager at Terra Tek. Here, David asks: Why is it important to get your sample to the chemistry lab for testing as soon as possible, and what can the lab do to help?

– Martello Expands Fleet with Purpose Built Rig – Providing the final entry into this month’s issue of theGeotechnica are Martello Piling. In the following piece, Martello reveal details of their latest addition to their piling fleet – the MP 6000 which has been designed and built in-house in order to meet the increasing demands of the ever-expanding industry.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.53 October 2016

October 2016

– Digital Data Entry gets even better with KeyLogbook V2.6 – Revealing details of the latest KeyLogbook release is Keith Spires, Operations Director at the Equipe Group. In the following article, Keith discusses what can be expected from the v2.6 release of the industry’s leading digital data entry product.

– New AutoCAD Civils 3D Geotechnical Module boosts usability – In the last few months Autodesk have released their Geotechnical Module for AutoCAD Civils 3D 2017 following development by Keynetix. The module looks set to greatly assist with geotechnical data visualisation and Keynetix are offering free online training to accompany the release.

– Registration now open for Geotechnica 2017 – 2017 will mark the eighth successive year of Geotechnica and will have a host of new and exciting features to compliment the already highly successful and acclaimed Trade Show, Product Exhibition and Geotechnical Conference.

– New Cable Percussion Guidance Document Issued – The BDA issue a new Guidance Document titled, ‘The Operation of Cable Percussion Rigs & Equipment’.

– The British Drilling Association Turns 40 – The BDA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and is using the milestone to take a reflective look at its many achievements.

– Aarsleff’s biggest ever project gets underway – Providing an update on recent contract works are Aarsleff, one of theGeotechnica’s valued regular contributors. In this month’s issue Aarsleff reveal details their largest ever piling project to date as The Range build a new distribution centre in Avonmouth.

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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.38 March 2015

March 2015

– Aarsleff Piles Supporting Windfarm Projects – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Debbie Darling of Jooce Media on behalf of Aarsleff. This month Debbie reveals details of Aarsleff’s recent civil engineering work on Dummaglass Windfarm, just south of Inverness, Scotland.

– Keeping on the right side of Health and Safety Law: CSCS Cards – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Julian Lovell, Managing Director at the Equipe Group. This month Julian continues to discuss Health and Safety Law, with a focus on the role of Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Cards.

– Geotechnica 2010 – A Retrospective – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Calum Spires of the Equipe Group. This month is the first in a series of articles from Calum that will take a look back at previous Geotechnica events in the build-up to this year’s event in July. This month Calum takes a look back at Geotechnica 2010.

– Latest release of HoleBASE SI transforms laboratory scheduling – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Keynetix’ Managing Director, Roger Chandler. This month Roger unveils details about the latest build of Keynetix’ hugely popular and successful HoleBASE SI software, which now features electronic laboratory scheduling, and also integration with ALcontrol’s @mis service.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.36 December 2014

December 2014

– Contaminant of the Month: Vinyl Chloride – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Geraint Williams of Alcontrol Laboratories. This month Geraint discusses the properties, toxicity, assessment and analysis of vinyl chloride in soil.

– Knowledge is power – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Gary Morin, Technical Director at Keynetix. This month Gary talks about BIM. Wider use of Building Information Modelling will help promote the concept that geotechnics is an integral part of every phase of a project but geotechnical practitioners must play their part.

– Meridian completes work on Hemerdon 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 recently completed Hemerdon project – works carried out at a tungsten and tin mine.

– Is there a killer lurking in your lab? – Our fourth article this month comes from one of our regular contributors and resident Health and Safety Expert, Tom Phillips of RPA Safety Services. This month Tom discusses the dangers of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS), which is a substance responsible for around 600 deaths a year in the UK through silicosis and lung cancer.

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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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