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Borehole Logging for Engineering Projects

Borehole Logging for Engineering Projects

Borehole drilling is a highly cost-effective method of ground investigation, particularly when the objectives of the project are clear. Although establishing the overall distribution of materials beneath the site of interest will be common to most projects, detailed objectives will vary depending on the type of project envisaged.…

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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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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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An Awareness of Key Standards and Specifications Affecting the UK Ground Investigation Industry

An Awareness of Key Standards and Specifications Affecting the UK Ground Investigation Industry

As anybody involved in the UK ground investigation industry knows, our day-to-day works are very heavily influenced by numerous UK and European standards and specifications. Given that the works we undertake are of such importance to the success and prosperity of the country, you can see why this is necessary.…

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Longevity of Service in Ground Investigation

Longevity of Service in Ground Investigation

On-the-job experience as well as a clear career path can support any ground engineer in their career progression. With over 80 years of experience in ground investigation, SOCOTEC understands the importance of building on previous knowledge, learning from past experiences and maintaining performance standards through the upskilling and training of employees. People and staff are one of our greatest assets – without whom, we cannot achieve our visions and values of commitment and excellence.…

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Embracing the Digital Age

Embracing the Digital Age

As major projects such as HS2 look set to revolutionise the way in which data is collected and handled in the geotechnical sector, Philip Ball, group technical director for SOCOTEC, looks at the growth in digital development and the impact this will have on the efficiency of project delivery.…

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Closing the Skills Gap: Finding the Next Generation of Ground Engineers

Closing the Skills Gap: Finding the Next Generation of Ground Engineers

Britain is building again and the increase in large developments and landmark infrastructure projects are an undoubted boost for the British ground investigation (GI) and ground engineering (GE) industry. But the increasing workload is making the industry’s shortage of skilled field operatives even more apparent, and if the issue is not addressed urgently, it could have a serious long-term impact on the sector.…

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Women in Drilling

Women in Drilling

According to The Institution of Engineering and Technology, only 27% of Science and Engineering Technicians and 5.5% of Engineering Professionals are women. Within that percentage falls Clare Chapman, operations director of the Ground Investigation Division at SOCOTEC. Working her way from Geological Technician to Operations Director, Clare has 30 years of experience working within the ground investigation, and geotechnical engineering environment. To help inspire other women embark on a geotechnical career pathway, Clare talks us through her experience in the ground investigation industry.…

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Supporting the Geotechnical Engineers of the Future

Supporting the Geotechnical Engineers of the Future

As a responsible employer, with a true passion for the industries in which it operates, SOCOTEC has a long and proud history of supporting and encouraging new talent. Just one example of this is our recent sponsorship of the SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, Geotechnics and Geomechanics Prize at Brunel University. To give aspiring geotechnical engineers an insight into how we can help them to reach their career goals, we caught up with Pete Reading, geotechnical consultant, SOCOTEC, after he presented this year’s Prize at Brunel.…

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