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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.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.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.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.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.31 June 2014

June 2014

– Silonite Canisters the latest methodology for sampling ground gases including VOCs – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Geraint Williams of Alcontrol Laboratories. This month Geraint discusses the advantages of using gas canisters.

– Scottish Transport Minister Oversees Start of Works on A9 Ground Investigation – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Soil Engineering Geoservices’ Natalie Fennell. In this month’s article, Natalie reveals details of Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown’s visit to the A9 Ground Investigation Soil Engineering site on the 27th of May.

– An Update on Chemical Bioavailability Testing in Soils – Writing for theGeotechnica this month on behalf of Derwentside Environmental Testing Services is Hazel Davidson. In this article Hazel
provides an update on chemical bioavailability testing in soils.

– Minnovare introduce the award winning Azimuth Aligner to the UK Market – Writing for theGeotechnica for the first time is Michael Beilby, Commercial Director of Minnovare Pty Ltd, an Australian company that was originally formed to leverage the demand for improved accuracy and efficiency of drill rig alignment in the Mining and Civil Engineering industries. In this article Michael introduces the award winning Azimuth Aligner to the UK market.

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.22: June 2013

June 2013

– Gabions Go Green – Writing on behalf of geotechnical specialists Maccaferri is Jeff Laverack of Holmes Media. This month Jeff writes to theGeotechnica as Maccaferri unveil their latest innovation – an environmentally friendly polymer coating system to compliment their well-established gabion walls.

– Particle Size Distribution Testing – Writing for theGeotechnica once again is Peter Reading, Technical Director of the Equipe Group. This month Pete discusses the use of particle size distribution testing and asks how accurate the test can really hope to be. Peter also provides advice on the correct methods of achieving samples suitable to be used in the distribution test.

– Geotechnica 2013 – Will you be there? – The latest press release and update from the Equipe Group on Geotechnica 2013, the UK’s Largest Geotechnical Trade Show and Exhibition. This year’s event will take place on the 10th and 11th of July at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

– Contaminant of the Month: Phenol – Writing for theGeotechnica once more is Geraint Williams of Alcontrol Laboratories. This month, Geraint discusses the properties, uses, toxicity and analysis of Phenol.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.21: May 2013

May 2013

– Marchetti DMT’s Seismic Dilatometer – An of the overview of the presentation given by Dr Sara Amoroso of Marchetti DMT on the Dilatometer, delivered on an Equipe Training Technical Seminar in February 2013. Sara’s highly acclaimed PhD thesis looked at the use and interpretation of the seismic dilatometer to obtain geotechnical parameters.

– Design Engineering in Mind: Getting to Grips with Geogrids – Although commonly used across a wide variety of civil and structural engineering applications, engineers are often surprised to realise the full potential geogrids can bring to a project. Here, Colin Thompson, National Key Account Manager at Tensar International, a global leader in ground stabilisation and soil reinforcement, guides readers of theGeotechnica through recent advancements in geogrid technology and the key benefits for engineers.

– Update on European Standards – The latest press release and update on European Standards given to theGeotechnica by one of the country’s leading Eurocode experts, Dr David Norbury of David Norbury Ltd.

– KeyLogbook Triumphs @ 2013’s GE Awards – This year saw an excellent group of thoroughly deserved winners, which theGeotechnica is delighted to reveal, included Equipe Geosolutions in partnership with Soil Engineering Geoservices.

– Contaminant of the Month: Selenium – Writing for theGeotechnica once more is Geraint Williams of Alcontrol Laboratories. This month, Geraint discusses the properties, uses, toxicity and analysis of Selenium.

– Geotechnical Laboratory’s Guide to AGS Data: Part 2 – Dr Roger Chandler, Managing Director of Keynetix and member of the AGS Data Management committee talks to theGeotechnica once again. This month, Roger continues his guide to AGS Data for geotechnical laboratories.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.14: September 2012

September 2012

– Why is BIM so important? Dr Roger Chandler of Keynetix explains why Building Information Modelling (BIM) is so important to the Geotechnical Engineer.

– Rockbit UK introduce Pagani to the UK: Rockbit UK and Equipe Training unveil their new collaboration that will see Pagani CPTu rigs rolled out into the UK market. Whilst Rockbit are the agent, Equipe will provide the training needed to operate the rigs.

– Working in Explosive Atmospheres: Another of our regular and valued contributors Tom Phillips of RPA Safety Services examines the dangers of working in and around explosive atmospheres.

– The Geotechnical Academy: September sees the relaunch of a joint venture between Geotechnical Engineering and Equipe Training – The Geotechnical Academy. This article outlines the plans for the Academy, and how you can get involved.

– The Changes in Planning and Revision of Statutory Guidance: Another insightful article from Geraint Williams from Alcontrol Laboratories about changes and revisions to planning and statutory guidance.

– Drilling Fluids for Improved Productivity: Article 5 in the series on Drilling Fluids from Clear Solutions’ James Mansell.

 

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