Geotechnica

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.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.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.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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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.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.