The event, hosted each year by the Geological Society, is held to recognise Glossop’s huge contribution to engineering geology in the UK. Proving a popular occasion in the industry, the event has also included the Glossop Award since 1997. Glossop (1902 – 1993) is largely credited with bringing together both engineering geology practitioners and academics. Indeed, he has been referred to as a “legend among engineering geologists” who made a “unique contribution to the development of geotechnology in the UK.”
ESG stands with the rest of the geotechnical industry in its pride in Glossop’s contribution, particularly as the company can claim him as one of their own. Rudolph “Silas” Glossop was a founding member of Soil Mechanics, a leading geotechnical company that was established in 1943 and is now part of the ESG group.
This is not the first time that the company has honoured Rudolph “Silas” Glossop. In fact, its mobile application, SILAS, which has been specially developed for the geotechnical industry has, of course, been named after Rudolph “Silas” Glossop in a nod to the company’s geotechnical origins and expertise. SILAS allows ESG’s drillers and engineers to input and store a large amount of complex data regarding strata descriptions and site records. This eliminates the risk of transcription errors to maximise data recording precision and speed of transfer. Further to this, ESG’s Wokingham site has long been named “Glossop House” as its core activity is ground investigation.
Philip Ball, group technical director, ESG said: “Given our heritage and pride in our association with Glossop, we think it fitting that we sponsor this year’s lecture and award. The Glossop Award is very much in keeping with our own approach to developing geotechnical talent, as it rewards an outstanding young engineering geologist or geo-environmentalist.
“Likewise, the Glossop Lecture is something that we have long been involved with because of its prestigious reputation in the geotechnical industry. Each year the presentation highlights the contribution made in the application of engineering geology to civil engineering. I look forward to hearing this year’s lecture on ‘Standards and Quality in Ground Investigation – squaring the circle’ presented by the eminent engineering geologist, David Norbury.”