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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.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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theGeotechnica – Issue No.40 May 2015

May 2015

– Health and Safety Updates: CDM2015 – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Tom Phillips of RPA Safety Services, in conjunction with Equipe Training. This month Tom examines CDM2015 and how the changes to the regulations could directly affect your day-to-day work.

– New Product Development: A multi-directional dynamic cyclic direct simple shear apparatus – Writing for theGeotechnica this month are the GDS Instruments’ Technical Team. This month GDS turn their focus to their newly developed product, a multi-directional dynamic cyclic direct simple shear apparatus.

– Geotechnica 2012 – A Retrospective – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Calum Spires of the Equipe Group. This month is the fourth 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 2012.

– An update on Asbestos in soil – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Hazel Davidson of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services. In this excellently informative article, Hazel provides a welcome update on asbestos in soils.

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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.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.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.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.26 December 2013

December 2013

– CDM 2014… Or 2015… – Returning to write for theGeotechnica this month is our resident Health and Safety expert Tom Phillips of RPA Safety Services. In this month’s edition Tom returns to the subject of CDM Regulations – this time discussing the HSE’s recent review of CDM2007.

– Explaining Geotechnical Risks to Clients – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Tim Chapman of leading geotechnical consultancy Arup. In this edition Tim discusses the vitally important process of explaining geotechnical risks to clients.

– The Geotechnical Academy: Passing out of Group 1 – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Peter Reading, Technical Director of the Equipe Group. This month, Pete provides readers with an update on the first group of successful graduates from The Geotechnical Academy – a collaboration between Geotechnical Engineering Limited and Equipe Training Limited.

 

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