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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.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.34 October 2014

October 2014

– Natural gamma logging – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Kim Beesley, Managing Director of European Geophysical Services, a multi-disciplinary team of Geophysics, geologists and geologging engineers providing a comprehensive wire-line service for borehole geophysical logging and video surveying. In this article Kim discusses how wire-line logging tools can be used to measure physical parameters down boreholes.

– Investigating Instability – Writing for theGeotechnica this month are Martyn Brocklesby and Elizabeth Withington, Director and Senior Manager at Geotechnical Engineering. Last month Pete Reading provided details of the recent survey works carried out on the English South Coast focussing on cliff instability. This month Martyn and Liz provide a perspective on Geotechnical Engineering’s ground investigation work carried out on the affected area at Barton on Sea.

– How are you investigating your pipes and tunnels? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Geoff Acland, Business Manager of Arrow Geophysics Limited, a geophysical consultancy established in 2004 that provides advice on geophysical risk reduction for UK construction projects. In this, the third of a series of articles, Geoff explains the development of a specific technique for locating and investigating pipelines and tunnels at depth.

– Adaptive Oedometer Testing – In this month’s issue of theGeotechnica we have Dr Sean Rees of GDS Instruments writing the first in a series of articles for us. This month’s offering sees Dr Rees discuss the automation of oedometer testing and determination of the end of primary consolidation.

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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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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.29 April 2014

April 2014

– Precast Piles – A Clean, Green and Sustainable Choice? – Precast piles are a relatively new introduction to the construction sector, and something that not too many in the geotechnical industry are aware of. In his first article for theGeotechnica, Chris Primett, Managing Director of Aarsleff, explains why precast piles could be a cleaner, greener and more sustainable choice for the future.

– There could not be a better time! – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Pete Reading, Part-Time Lecturer at Brunel University and Consultant for Equipe Training Ltd. This month Pete looks at the current state of the geotechnical industry and whether we are prepared for the high influx of work coming our way in the near future.

– Lugeon Testing along the Zambesi River – Writing for theGeotechnica for the first time is Amedeo Valoroso, CEO of DAT Instruments, an Italian company that specialises in the design and production of advanced foundation instruments and software. In this article Amedeo carries out a case study on Lugeon tests carried out along the Zambesi River.

– The Benefits of Automated Shear Testing – Writing for theGeotechnica for the second time is VJ Tech’s Qusai Al-Qudah. In his latest article Qusai continues the series on automating lab testing, this month focussing on the benefits of automated shear testing.

 

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theGeotechnica – Issue No.28 March 2014

March 2014

– Maccaferri water attenuation lagoons reduce flood risk at new energy from waste plant – Writing on behalf of geotechnical specialists Maccaferri is Jeff Laverack of Holmes Media. This month Jeff writes to theGeotechnica as Maccaferri complete their network of high capacity rainwater run-off lagoons at Lincolnshire’s new state-of-the-art Energy from Waste recycling plant.

– How should we name our samples? – Writing for theGeotechnica this month is Dr Roger Chandler, Managing Director of Geotechnical Technology Specialists, Keynetix Ltd. This month Roger discusses the issue of sample naming.

– Competent Drillers – The evolution of the Qualified Operator – Returning to write for theGeotechnica again this month is the Equipe Group’s Managing Director, Julian Lovell. This month Julian discusses competency in land drilling, and what qualifies someone to be considered ‘competent’.

– PanGeo: Roma (Italy) Case Study – 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 continues his series of articles on PanGeo, a free geohazard information service for Europe that is achieved through the generation of validated geohazard data layers.

– The Benefits of Automating Triaxial Testing – Writing for theGeotechnica for the first time this month is VJ Tech’s Qusai Al-Qudah. In his debut article Qusai discusses the benefits of automating triaxial testing.

 

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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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