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theGeotechnica – Issue No.52 August 2016

August 2016

– Aarsleff Awarded Foundation Contract for Newark Wind Farm – Providing an update on recent contract works are Aarsleff, one of theGeotechnica’s valued regular contributors. In this month’s issue Aarselff reveal details of a foundations contract at a new wind farm coming to Newark.

– Geotechnica 2016 – Conference Review – July 6th and 7th saw Geotechnica 2016 make it’s first appearance in the prestigious surroundings of Brunel University, London. The University, which takes its name from one of the world’s greatest and respected engineers Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is home to some of the UK’s brightest and best civil and structural engineering minds. However, 2016 saw geotechnical engineering brought to the forefront of the University’s attention, as they invited Equipe to hold Geotechnica at the University in order to help launch their brand new Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering. In this issue of theGeotechnica, we review the conference content of this year’s Geotechnica and examine the excellent presentations given this year’s stellar event.

– Tarmac Analysis incorporating Chromatographic Interpretations – Providing the following article for theGeotechnica is David Bowen of Terra Tek. David is a Senior Chemistry Supervisor at Terra Tek’s Birmingham Laboratory. In this excellent case study, David provides an in-depth look at tarmac analysis.

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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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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.39 April 2015

April 2015

– Seismic Cone Penetration Testing to improve rail investigations – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Chris Dimelow, projects manager for Lankelma. In this article Chris talks about how improved seismic cone penetration testing will bring benefits to rail site investigations.

– Keeping on the right side of Health and Safety Law – CDM 2015 – Industry Health and Safety Forum Report – 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 CDM 2015 following a Health and Safety Seminar held by Equipe in March 2015.

– Geotechnica 2011 – A Retrospective – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Calum Spires of the Equipe Group. This month is the third 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 2011.

– The analysis of Ammonia and Ammonium in waters and soils – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Hazel Davidson of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services. In this excellently informative article, Hazel discusses the methods of analysis of ammonia and ammonium in waters and soils.

– The continued rise of sustainable geo-engineering In this month’s article for theGeotechnica, geotechnical and civil engineering specialists Maccaferri provide a look at construction sustainability, where the principles of reclamation and recycling of site won materials have been raised significantly.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.37 February 2015

February 2015

– Chemical Oxygen Demand: The Future?: Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Hazel Davidson of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services. This month Hazel discusses the chemical oxygen demand test and one of the reagents commonly used within it – potassium dichromate.

– Keeping on the right side of Health and Safety Law: Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Julian Lovell, Managing Director at the Equipe Group. This month Julian discusses Health and Safety Law, and how appropriate training and competence testing can help ensure that your site operatives stay on the right side of it.

– Geotechnica 2009 – 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 at the inaugural event – Geotechnica 2009.

– Flood prevention and erosion protection: Is Britain ready for winter?: With the recent government announcement of £2.3bn planned expenditure on more than 1400 flood defence projects, theGeotechnica examines some of the products and techniques developed by geotechnical engineers Maccaferri, which could help provide protection against future severe weather events.

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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.27 February 2014

February 2014

– Review of Perfluorinated Compounds including PFOS and PFOA – Returning to write for theGeotechnica this month is one of our highly valued environmental and laboratory experts Geraint Williams of ALcontrol Laboratories. This month Geraint turns his attention to perfluorinated compounds including PFOS and PFOA.

– The answer to erroneous readings from landfill Gas Analysers? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Willie Whitesmith of Gas Data Ltd. Gas Data Ltd design and produce portable and fixed gas analysis instrumentation. Here Willie introduces the new GFM 436

– PanGeo: A free Geohazard Information Service for Europe – Writing for theGeotechnica this month on behalf of the European Federation of Geologists is Professor David Norbury, Director of David Norbury Ltd. This month, Professor Norbury introduces PanGeo, a free geohazard information service for Europe that is achieved through the generation of validated geohazard data layers.

– The Benefits of Automating Consolidation Testing – Writing for theGeotechnica for the first time this month is VJ Tech’s Adrian Rose. In his debut article Adrian discusses the benefits of automatic consolidation testing.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.25 October 2013

October 2013

– KeyLogbook v2: Welcoming Engineers to the 21st Century – Version 2 of the software has many improvements and developments from the original release, in this month’s issue of theGeotechnica KeyLogbook’s product innovator, and Operations Director at the Equipe Group, Keith Spires explains how the new release of KeyLogbook has developed.

– Terrafirma Project: Terrain Motion Detection Services – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Professor David Norbury of David Norbury Limited and the European Federation of Geologists. Here he discusses terrain motion detection services.

– Priority Substances: An Update on Recent Changes – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is highly valued and regular contributor Hazel Davidson of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services. This month, Hazel gives readers an update on priority substances and pollutants, and what has recently changed.

– Geotechnica ME 2013: Managing Geotechnical Risk – Writing for theGeotechnica once more is Managing Director of the Equipe Group, Julian Lovell. This month Julian proves readers with details of Geotechnica ME 2013, as well as outlining exactly what geotechnical challenges face Qatar and other Gulf States as the region continues to expand.

– Feature: LANDPAC’s Zone Load Test – In this month’s issue of theGeotechnica, we have a spotlight feature on LANDPAC’s Zone Load Test, detailing exactly what the test involves and what the test can produce in the way of retrievable data.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.24 September 2013

September 2013

– Should we be worried about rising sea levels? – An article penned by Professor Eddie Bromhead, one of the UK’s most highly regarded experts on slope stability. At Geotechnica 2013 Professor Bromhead delivered a presentation examining the impact of rising sea levels across the globe. This article is based on the incredibly well received presentation.

– HSG47 – All Change? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is highly valued and regular contributor Tom Phillips of RPA Safety Services. This month Tom discusses the revision of HSG47 – ‘Avoiding Danger from Underground Services’, and what the revisions may mean for you.

– Environmental Forensics – Oil and Petroleum Hydrocarbons – Darrell Hall is the Laboratory Director at Chemtest, he has a BSc in Chemistry, is a Chartered Chemist (CChem), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC). Darrell is an expert in the field of organic chemistry and has 25 years’ experience specialising in environmental analysis. This month Darrell explains for theGeotechnica where the responsibility for Petroleum Hydrocarbon pollution lies.

– A Guide to Invasive Species and Current Legislation – A highly insightful article from Technical Director of the Equipe Group, Peter Reading. This month Pete introduces a lesser-discussed issue facing many geotechnical sites across the UK, the problem of invasive plant species and how to properly circumnavigate the issues caused by them.

– The Future of Geotechnical Mapping Data? – Returning to write for theGeotechnica this month is Managing Director of Keynetix, Dr Roger Chandler. In this month’s article, Roger gives readers a highly insightful look into the future of geotechnical mapping data.

 

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