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Fire Management in the Rail Sector

Fire Management in the Rail Sector

Fire is a significant risk to any organisation and work setting - and implementing - a fire management programme will set procedures in place to protect workers and the general public from the potential destruction it can cause.…

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A Day in the Life of a Site Engineer

A Day in the Life of a Site Engineer

Playing an integral part in the delivery of site investigation works, site engineers are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of every project, more often than not from start to finish. In this blog, Peter Chester, geologist/site engineer within SOCOTEC’s Ground Investigation division, reflects on the high profile projects he has participated in, as well as discussing the importance of planning to overcome the range of challenges posed on site.…

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SOCOTEC Monitoring on the Railway

SOCOTEC Monitoring on the Railway

When undertaking building and civil engineering works on or near to the railway, monitoring the movement of the ground, adjacent structures and assets is essential to ensure the safety of workers, passengers and the environment. From cuttings and embankments to tunnels, stations and viaducts, SOCOTEC Monitoring UK Ltd has designed, installed and managed monitoring systems for a range of rail projects across the UK, helping to deliver schemes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Combining critical real-time information with over 30 years’ civil engineering experience, SOCOTEC Monitoring has overseen small and large-scale railway projects across their entire lifecycle.…

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A Day in the Life of a Geophysicist

A Day in the Life of a Geophysicist

Harry Higgs has worked in SOCOTEC’s Ground Investigation division for the last three years and currently holds the position of senior geophysicist. In this blog, Harry explains the bespoke nature of his role and the importance of clear communication and accuracy within the geophysical sector.…

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The Importance of Legionella Record Keeping and Monitoring on the Railway

The Importance of Legionella Record Keeping and Monitoring on the Railway

The first requirement within the Legionnaires’ Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8 is to appoint a responsible person and a deputy, put in place a written scheme of control and ensure that everyone involved in managing the risk from legionella is suitably trained. Having an effective monitoring regime and keeping records is vitally important to demonstrate the system is under control and well managed.…

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Sensitively Monitoring Heritage Buildings and Historical Assets

Sensitively Monitoring Heritage Buildings and Historical Assets

Heritage buildings and historical assets present a truly unique monitoring challenge. By their very nature, they are often old and fragile with poor foundations and constructed from materials less tolerant to small environmental changes. At the same time, heritage buildings are often extremely valuable as historical architectural records and need to be preserved in a state that is as close to original as feasibly possible. Over the years, SOCOTEC Monitoring has become well-known as an expert provider of monitoring solutions for heritage buildings and other heritage assets.…

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A Day in the Life of a Field Technician

A Day in the Life of a Field Technician

With over 12 years’ experience in the ground investigation industry, Nathan Finnan has been working as a senior field technician at SOCOTEC’s Deeside office for the last two years. Attending some of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects, Nathan discusses the various benefits of field technician work, detailing how his past experience as a window sample driller continues to play a major part in his day-to-day role.…

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Discovering Asbestos in Post-2000 Buildings

Discovering Asbestos in Post-2000 Buildings

When the Asbestos Prohibition (Amendment) Regulations 1999 banned the import, supply and use of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the UK, HSE guidelines stated that no asbestos fibrous minerals should be contained within commercial and non-domestic buildings constructed after the year 2000. But what is the recommended course of action when asbestos is discovered within post-2000 buildings?…

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