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Sensing the Future: The Latest Monitoring Innovations and Their Applications

Sensing the Future: The Latest Monitoring Innovations and Their Applications

As the requirement for monitoring structures, highways, rail infrastructure, bridges, dams, ports, mines and other assets has increased and projects have become more complex, monitoring instrumentation and data management software has also developed to be more sophisticated. From handheld instrumentation and handwritten data points to cloud-based automatic data collection and analysis tools, instrumentation and monitoring systems have come a long way over the years and they continue to evolve.…

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Soakaway Design and Testing

Soakaway Design and Testing

Soakaways are used to collect surface water runoff allowing for its efficient infiltration into the adjacent soil. Here Ryan Hobson gives a brief overview of soakaway testing and the test methods used to determine whether the soil conditions are suitable for soakaway drainage.…

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Plastics: a macro or micro problem?

Plastics: a macro or micro problem?

Plastic as a problem is no longer a new phenomenon with ever-growing focus and concern on the volume of plastic in the environment. According to Greenpeace, 12.7 million tonnes of plastic make their way to the oceans each year threatening the marine ecosystem. Paul Walker, SOCOTEC’s technical and development specialist, discusses microplastic analysis and its importance to understanding how widespread plastic is in our marine environment.…

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Managing Water Usage in the Food and Beverage Industry

Managing Water Usage in the Food and Beverage Industry

Food production requires a significant volume of water with around 25,000 litres being required to grow and produce a day’s supply of food for a family of four. In order to guarantee safe food production and limit its environmental footprint, the food and beverage industry is forced to adopt a proper water management strategy utilising advanced treatment technology to achieve water savings and zero water discharge solutions.…

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What Are The Most Common Problems Affecting Closed Water Systems?

What Are The Most Common Problems Affecting Closed Water Systems?

Closed systems, such as heating and cooling circuits, rarely fail due to corrosion and leakage; most failures are due to an accumulation of sediment causing blockages, poor heat distribution or dissipation, boiler and valve failures. These problems reduce the performance of the system, waste energy, increase maintenance costs and contribute to the early failure of plant and components. So, what kind of treatment options can be used?…

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Behind the Scenes: A Career for Principal Geologist

Behind the Scenes: A Career for Principal Geologist

Ground investigation is about delivering geotechnical information for designers to use for the construction of safe and serviceable structures, in an efficient, economic and environmentally considerate manner. As such, deriving an understanding of the geology and ground conditions - and conveying this within a technical report - is fundamental to the final stage in the overall delivery of a ground investigation. With a focus on high service delivery, the role of the principal geologist is crucial in leading the technical team, as discussed by Clare Chapman, operations director for Ground Investigation, who also introduces three members of the SOCOTEC GI team who have recently been promoted to the Principal Geologist position.…

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Storing Chemicals Safely

Storing Chemicals Safely

The storage and use of chemical products is a key feature in many day-to-day railway activities.  Even in common and well known forms such as cleaning agents, pesticides, lubricants, paints and solvents, the storing of chemicals in some capacity is highly likely. As part of a business’ duty to protect employees, there must be procedures in place for correctly using chemicals.…

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