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Claire Smith

As the Editor of Ground Engineering I am keen to promote innovation and professionalism in the geotechnics industry, so if you are working on anything ground breaking or unusual, please get in touch. Working on GE is enabling me to combine my two careers - I gained a BEng (hons) in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics at the University of Portsmouth and worked for Peter Brett Associates for a few years before I moved into construction journalism in 2000.

  • Stonehenge discovery could jeopardise tunnel plans

    19-Dec-2014

    Archaeologists from University of Buckingham have reported a major breakthrough in knowledge of Stonehenge but the discovery lies within the path of the recently revived tunnel plans.
  • Dorset landslide solution delayed by environmental factors

    17-Dec-2014

    Dorset County Council (DCC) has announced that Parsons Brinckerhoff has developed a design to stabilise the landslide that has kept the C13 at Dinah’s Hollow closed since April 2014 – but environmental issues may further delay the work.
  • US$36M investment in landslide mitigation promised following Oso report

    16-Dec-2014

    US Washington state governor Jay Inslee has promised to commit US$36M of funding for landslide mitigation measures following publication of the final report into the Oso landslide that claimed the lives of 43 people in February 2014.
  • Unexpected weak formations blamed for Vietnam hydropower tunnel collapse

    16-Dec-2014

    Twelve people remain trapped following collapse of a tunnel that was under construction for a new hydropower plant in the Central Highland region.
  • Business case for Fehmarnbelt tunnel stronger than previously estimated

    15-Dec-2014

    Plans to construct a tunnel link between Denmark and Germany are stronger than previously thought following new analysis by project promoter Femern.
  • Image gallery: Second Seattle light rail tunnel boring machine launched

    15-Dec-2014

    Extension of the University Link tunnels to expand Sound Transit’s light rail system in Seattle, US is fully underway with launch of the second tunnel boring machine (TBM).
  • Keller wins Caspian piling contract

    11-Dec-2014

    Keller has announced that it has secured a £113M contract to supply and install precast piles for a project in the Caspian region.
  • Flooding and storm damage: Media saturation

    19-Aug-2014

    While most people hope for a dry summer, for a team working on a United Utilities project in Salford, staying storm-free is more critical.
  • Phased delivery: Major piling work for Crossrail’s Pudding Mill Lane project

    Ground Engineering August 2014

    While many Crossrail projects are moving away from the ground engineering phase, there is still a major piling contract to be delivered at Pudding Mill Lane.
  • New tunnels to relieve Doha desert flooding

    25-Jul-2014

    Two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are about to be launched in Qatar in a bid to prevent the city of Doha from flooding during heavy rain storms.
  • Liebherr launches training simulator

    24-Jul-2014

    Training staff to use deep foundation equipment no longer means having to let them loose on multi-million pound equipment following launch of Liebherr’s new simulator.
  • Van Elle adds sixth Soilmec rig

    24-Jul-2014

    Soilmec has announced that Van Elle has ordered a sixth new piling rig this year and that it will be delivered to the company’s new facility at Kirkby in Ashfield in October.
  • Piling completed on the Butendiek offshore wind farm

    24-Jul-2014

    Ballast Needam has announced that it has successfully installed the last of 80 monopolie foundations for the Butendiek offshore wind farm in the German sector of the North Sea.
  • Bachy and Bullivant join forces to launch a new training initiative

    24-Jul-2014

    Bachy Soletanche and Roger Bullivant have announced the launch of a new company to focus on health, safety and plant operator training.
  • Oso landslide report highlights need for risk assessment

    23-Jul-2014

    Findings of a new report into the Oso landslide in Washington State, US has said that the incident highlights the importance of assessing and managing risk from natural slopes
  • Final Crossrail tunnel segment cast

    23-Jul-2014

    Crossrail has announced that the final precast tunnel segment for its tunnels has been cast at the specially built factory in Chatham, Kent.
  • Bauer foundations to put German rail line on the fast track

    21-Jul-2014

    Bauer Spezialtiefbau has announced that it part of a joint venture that is working a major rail upgrade in Germany by Deutsche Bahn.
  • ESG announced site data collection app

    18-Jul-2014

    ESG has announced that it is developing an app to integrate collection of data during geotechnical field work, which will be launched later this year.
  • Pipe jacking and tunnelling research promoted by bursaries

    17-Jul-2014

    The Pipe Jacking Association (PJA) is calling for universities involved in MSC or other postgraduate research that supports pipe jacking or tunnelling activities to bid for its latest bursaries.
  • GE Next Generation Award winners to compete for new category at the main 2015 GE Awards

    16-Jul-2014

    Ground Engineering is pleased to announce that the winners of each of the seven categories at the 2014 GE Next Generation Awards will go forward to compete to become an overall winner at the main 2015 GE Awards.
  • Tunnelling starts on Stuttgart’s Filder rail tunnel

    16-Jul-2014

    Construction of a twin bore tunnel to connect Stuttgart’s new central railway station with a new airport station is about to get underway in Germany following completion of installation of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) on site.
  • GE Next Generation Award winners to compete for new category at the main 2015 GE Awards

    16-Jul-2014

    Ground Engineering is pleased to announce that the winners of each of the seven categories at the 2014 GE Next Generation Awards will go forward to compete to become an overall winner at the main 2015 GE Awards.
  • UK lags behind Europe on drilling parameter recording

    15-Jul-2014

    Ability to record drilling parameters during ground investigation has been possible since the 1950s but the UK is still not benefitting from this information despite being required under new standards.
  • Renewables demand results in new guidance for offshore ground investigation

    15-Jul-2014

    Challenges presented by the emerging market of offshore renewable energy projects is the main driver behind new guidance for ground investigation launched by a committee of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) yesterday.
  • Tensar secures major order following US acquisition

    14-Jul-2014

    Geosynthetics specialist Tensar has announced that it has secured a major order to supply soil reinforcement products for Hitachi Rail Europe’s new £82M manufacturing plant in Durham.
  • Government funding supports career development for female engineers

    9-Jul-2014

    The government’s department for Business Innovation and Skills (Bis) has announced that addressing the gender imbalance in engineering is the focus of one of three new funding calls to support development of careers in engineering.
  • BGS and Environment Agency partner to demonstrate groundwater risk from fracking

    4-Jul-2014

    New maps published by the British Geological Survey (BGA) and Environment Agency (EA) claim to demonstrate the risk to groundwater from fracking in the UK for the first time.
  • Femern believes objections are no barrier to 2015 start on the Fehmarnbelt tunnel

    2-Jul-2014

    More than 1,800 objections have been received from German residents and organisations regarding the construction of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel, but project promoter Femern believes its planned construction schedule will not be affected.
  • First Newburn residents return almost two years after ground collapse

    1-Jul-2014

    Developer Dunelm Homes has said that the first home owners affected by a culvert collapse that led to a major ground failure at Newburn in 2012 have returned to their properties today.
  • Roof reload: London’s Olympic stadium

    Ground Engineering July 2014

    Construction of a new roof as part of the transformation work London’s Olympic stadium has called for some major ground engineering work.
  • Industrial demand: Morocco’s Port of Jorf Lasfar

    Ground Engineering July 2014

    Redevelopment of a major Moroccan port has called for some complex analysis of the diaphragm wall and pile designs.
  • Removing the risk: Polhill Cutting near Halstead

    Ground Engineering July 2014

    Rail passengers in Kent no longer need to pack a red flannel petticoat after the cutting that may have inspired The Railway Children story has been stabilised.
  • Going for gold: Federation of Piling Specialists chairman Martin Blower

    Ground Engineering July 2014

    New Federation of Piling Specialists chairman Martin Blower says that the organisation is determined to look to the future as it celebrates its 50th anniversary rather than become nostalgic.
  • Deep drilling first for Chinese shale gas

    Ground Engineering July 2014

    Shale gas extraction by the China National Petroleum Corporation is set to get underway by the end of the year with delivery of Herrenknecht Vertical’s first Terra Invader 350 deep drilling rig.
  • Long reach help for Jersey scheme

    Ground Engineering July 2014

    Delivery of a new long reach JCB excavator to a project site in Jersey is helping Can Geotechnical to complete the final stages of a major slope stabilisation scheme.
  • Oasys awards aim to showcase innovative software use

    Ground Engineering July 2014

    Geotechnical software developer Oasys has launched a competition to showcase and promote some of the schemes delivered using its software by both commercial customers and academia.
  • Women key to bridging engineering skills gap says Crossrail

    26-Jun-2014

    Crossrail has said that addressing the gender imbalance is the only way to address the current industry skills shortage.
  • Bauer signs collaboration agreement for deep drilling rig development

    26-Jun-2014

    Bauer’s Deep Drilling division has announced that it has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Schlumberger to develop a new range of deep onshore drilling rigs.
  • Utility detection improved through new standard

    26-Jun-2014

    Improved detection of underground utilities is the aim of a new standard released by the British Standards Institute (BSI).
  • Geotechnical grouting: Sinking market

    20-Jun-2014

    With a rapid rise in the number of solution feature and chalk mine collapses last winter, the next few months look set to be busy for the remedial grouting sector.
  • US breakthrough marks completion tunnel machine’s 12th scheme

    18-Jun-2014

    Sak Construction has celebrated breakthrough on construction of a new 945m hard rock tunnel in the US but the tunnel boring machine (TBM) has now clocked up more than 40km of tunnels.
  • Geobrugg puts new rockfall protection concept through live testing

    17-Jun-2014

    Testing of Geobrugg’s new rock fall canopy has been successfully proven by a live test that was viewed in 25 countries around the world.
  • Significant cost savings promised by new offshore wind farm foundation design model

    13-Jun-2014

    Development of a new parameter based design approach for offshore wind farm foundations could significantly cut costs according to claims by a major research project.
  • Hard rock breakthrough achieved on challenging US water main tunnel

    13-Jun-2014

    Breakthrough of a tunnelling scheme in the US may have set a new record for small diameter tunnelling in hard rock.
  • Demanding solution delivered for nuclear research centre

    12-Jun-2014

    Installation of a new horizontal boring machine for machining precision parts at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) in Sheffield has called for some innovative ground engineering solutions.
  • Further £6M committed to A83 landslide prevention

    11-Jun-2014

    Scottish transport minister Keith Brown has said that a further £6M is to be invested to mitigate the effects of landslides on the A83 in Argyll and Bute.
  • Tunnelling: All seeing eyes

    10-Jun-2014

    As London Underground’s Bond Street station upgrade moves into the tunnelling phase, the scheme’s monitoring system is coming into its own. Claire Smith reports.
  • Collaboration key to retaining wall guidance update

    2-Jun-2014

    Arup’s work on updating Ciria’s C580 embedded retaining wall guidance document is expected to get underway this week with the first project steering group meeting planned.
  • Profile of Alec Skempton: Founding father

    Ground Engineering June 2014

    Sir Alec Skempton is often referred to as one of the founding fathers of soil mechanics in the UK and, as 2014 is the centenary of his birth, GE looks back at the life of this industry’s leading pioneer.
  • GE Awards 2014: Winners announced

    Ground Engineering June 2014

    The high number and quality of entries for this year’s awards underlines the fact that the UK geotechnical industry is at last in recovery and the GE Awards celebrate the projects that have been delivered during this growth period.
  • London basement at New Fetter Lane: Coded challenge

    Ground Engineering June 2014

    Construction of a new London basement proves that the change of approach needed to apply Eurocodes to geotechnical design also presents structural design with some challenges.
  • Pile testing at Kingdom Tower: Testing Times

    Ground Engineering June 2014

    Forming piles for the world’s tallest building is a challenge, but proving the capacity of the foundations was no simple task either. GE reports on progress at Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower.
  • BIM at Sweden’s Hallandsås Tunnel: Planning pioneer

    Ground Engineering June 2014

    Construction of Sweden’s Hallandsås Tunnel has been dogged by technical issues but early use of Building Information Modelling methods by Sweden’s transport administration has helped maximise efficiency.
  • Grouting and ground collapses in chalk: Collapsing market

    Ground Engineering June 2014

    With a rapid rise in the number of solution feature and chalk mine collapses last winter, the next few months look set to be busy ones for the remedial grouting sector.
  • 'Wireless step change' for monitoring

    30-May-2014

    Developers of a new wireless monitoring system for the geotechnical and structures market say it offers a “step change” in the way data from instrumentation systems is collated and used.
  • Top talent celebrated by new awards for the ground engineering industry

    29-May-2014

    Ground Engineeing’s new GE Next Generation Awards are now open for entries following announcement of the new event at the main GE Awards last month.
  • AGD Equipment becomes dealer for Llamada piling rigs

    Ground Engineering June 2014

    AGD Equipment is ready to meet increased demand for CFA piling work with news that it has become a UK and Ireland dealer for Llamada piling rigs and has added a PK85TT to its rental fleet. According to AGD, Llamada rigs are purpose-built for CFA work and can drill to depths of up to 41m.
  • Equipment hire focus for CMS Geotech

    Ground Engineering June 2014

    Meeting the demands of the oil and gas industry and offshore energy market is the main aim of the geotechnical equipment hire services that have beenlaunched by CMS Geotech to add to its existing business.
  • Social risk focus of shale gas tool

    Ground Engineering June 2014

    Environmental consultant SLR Consulting has launched a new tool to help shale gas project developers to secure and retain social acceptance for extraction schemes.
  • Report suggests Weald shale oil viable

    27-May-2014

    Up to 1.143bn.t of shale oil could exist within the Weald Basin in Kent, Surrey and Sussex according to a new report undertaken by the British Geological Survey (BGS) for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
  • Geotechnical Services File deadline draws near

    22-May-2014

    There is now less than a week until the deadline for completing the survey for the 2014 Geotechnical Services File but some companies have yet to complete their entry.
  • GE recruits Laura King as a reporter

    21-May-2014

    Ground Engineering is pleased to announce that Laura King has joined the editorial team of GE in the role of reporter.
  • Guest speaker and judges confirmed for GE Next Generation Awards

    20-May-2014

    Preparations for the inaugural GE Next Generation Awards are in full swing following announcement of the event at the GE Awards last week.
  • China considers feasibility of US tunnel link

    19-May-2014

    Construction of a rail line from Beijing to the US is being considered by the Chinese government according to local reports.
  • Landslide at Kundha construction site kills three

    19-May-2014

    Contractors working on the Kundha Ultimate Stage Hydro Electric Project in Kattukuppai in India have confirmed that a landslide at the site has killed three workers.
  • Shale deposits speed US wastewater tunnel construction

    19-May-2014

    Breakthrough of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) on the Black River Wastewater Tunnel, in Ohio, US, means that prevention of sewage discharge into a tributary of Lake Erie during heavy rainfall events is a step closer to being realised.
  • Keller reports difficult conditions in Europe

    16-May-2014

    Europe continues to be one of the most challenging markets for Keller’s ground engineering business, according to an interim management statement from the company.
  • Bauer reports positive first quarter results

    15-May-2014

    Start of work on major international projects and growth in demand for ground engineering equipment have helped drive improvements in Bauer’s business in the first three months of this year.
  • United Utilities takes the top prize at the 2014 GE awards

    15-May-2014

    Emergency works to stabilise a slope failure that threatened a water works access road in Lancashire that saved £1M on the initial cost estimations secured United Utilities the Editor’s Award at the 2014 GE Awards.
  • First century foundations revealed at London Bridge

    13-May-2014

    Timber piles for a substantial waterfront building constructed from trees felled between AD59 to AD83 are among the archaeological finds uncovered during work to rebuild London Bridge Station.
  • Mayor’s office confirms tunnelled solution to congestion still under development

    12-May-2014

    London’s deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring has confirmed that feasibility studies for a tunnelled inner ring road solution is still being considered as a solution to the city’s congestion issues.
  • Piling for Hong Kong Link Road on schedule for 2014 completion

    12-May-2014

    Bauer Hong Kong has said that its work on the €72M (£58.6M) foundations contract for the new link between Hong Kong and Macao is on target to be completed by the end of this year.
  • GE Next Generation Awards are open for entries: download entry forms here

    7-May-2014

    The inaugural GE Next Generation Awards is now open for entries and candidates have seven categories to choose from.
  • Itmsoil and Plowman Craven announce monitoring partnership

    7-May-2014

    Geotechnical instrumentation specialist Itmsoil and surveying business Plowman Craven have announced that they have formed a strategic partnership.
  • Loess failure led to Afghan double landslide

    5-May-2014

    Combination of heavy rain and failure of loess deposits is believed to have caused the double landslide at Badakhshan in Afghanistan on Friday.
  • Inveramsay Bridge ground investigation is underway

    5-May-2014

    Transport Scotland has confirmed that work has started on the second phase of ground investigation for the £11M A96 Inveramsay Bridge project.
  • Breakthrough achieved on southeast Asia’s longest tunnel

    2-May-2014

    Joint venture contractors SNUI, formed of Shimizu Corporation, Nishimatsu Construction IJM and UEM Builders, are celebrating breakthrough on the 44.6km long Pahang Selangor Raw Water Tunnel in Malaysia.
  • Urgent call for industry input to new embedded retaining wall guidance

    1-May-2014

    Scoping work for revision of Ciria’s C580 embedded retaining wall guidance will start next week with a workshop event but industry input is needed ahead of the event.
  • Raising expectations: Tottentham Court Road plunge column verticality revealed

    Ground Engineering May 2014

    Column plunging accuracy at Tottenham Court Road Station suggests that clients could demand more on future schemes
  • Collaborative control: Instrumenation and monitoring for London Underground's Bond Street upgrade

    Ground Engineering May 2014

    As London Underground’s Bond Street station upgrade moves into the tunnelling phase, the scheme’s monitoring system and the team that operates it are coming into their own
  • Bauer’s quiet revolution

    Ground Engineering May 2014

    Demands on a recent project in Singapore have led Bauer to develop a low noise emission version of its trench cutter diaphragm wall rig.
  • Italian dataloggers offered to UK

    Ground Engineering May 2014

    Geotechnical Observations is now supplying the Omnialog and Miniomnia dataloggers from Italy-based Sisgeo to the UK market.
  • Action needed on Eurocode 7 revisions

    29-Apr-2014

    The UK geotechnics industry “sleepwalked through” adoption of EC7 in 2010, according to one of the delegates at GE’s inaugural Ground Investigation and Laboratory Testing conference today.
  • Ground Investigation market faces skills challenges says British Drilling Association

    29-Apr-2014

    Outgoing British Drilling Association chairman John Grainger said that the UK ground investigation market will face some major challenges as the sector returns to growth in 2014.
  • Record trading leads to rebrand for Bachy subsidiary

    29-Apr-2014

    Bachy Soletanche has announced that its anchor, grouting and minipiling business AGM achieved a turnover of £20M last year – the division’s highest to date.
  • Crossrail announces Simon Wright as its new programme director

    29-Apr-2014

    Crossrail has announced that Network Rail project development director Simon Wright has been appointed to succeed Andy Mitchell as its programme director.
  • Webinar: Geotechnical asset management – balancing the risk of failure with cost of repair

    28-Apr-2014

    GE’s first webinar talks about geotechnical asset management and explores how the sector can better balance the risk of failure with cost of mitigation and remediation
  • Found Ocean signs scour remediation agreement

    25-Apr-2014

    Found Ocean has announced that it has signed a strategic agreement with Delta Sub Sea to provide subsea grouting and scour remediation services in Trinidad, Tobago, and Venezuelan waters.
  • Pier piling work completed in Worthing

    24-Apr-2014

    Timber pile replacement has been completed at Worthing Pier in Sussex as part of work to restore the Victorian-era structure ready for the town’s Birdman event in July.
  • Seattle tunnelling to restart in March 2015

    24-Apr-2014

    Repairs to the tunnel boring machine (TBM) being used on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, US will take until next March to complete according to an announcement by design and build contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP).
  • Court finds OHL liable in Gibraltar tunnel case

    17-Apr-2014

    London’s Construction and Technology Court has found in favour of the Gibraltar government in a case brought by Spain-based contractor Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) over termination of its contract to construct a new tunnel in Gibraltar.
  • MT Højgaard found liable for wind farm foundation faults

    17-Apr-2014

    Denmark-based contractor MT Højgaard has said that it is to appeal against a decision by London’s Construction and Technology Court that it is liable in a case relating to faults with the foundations.
  • Start date for work on new embedded retaining wall guidance announced

    17-Apr-2014

    Construction standards organisation Ciria is to start work on updating guidance on the design of embedded retaining walls in May after securing funding from the ground engineering sector for the project.
  • Piling work set to start on UK’s largest coastal protection scheme

    16-Apr-2014

    Sheet steel piling and rock armouring will form a major part of work being undertaken by Balfour Beatty on one of the UK’s largest coastal protection schemes.
  • BBGE forecasts smaller but sustained growth over next two years

    15-Apr-2014

    Rapid gains seen in the geotechnics market in 2013 are unlikely to be repeated this year, according to BBGE managing director Malcolm O’Sullivan, but he expect the sector to continue growing for the next two years.
  • Early career group to consider relationships between designers and contractors

    15-Apr-2014

    Atkins chief geotechnical engineer Paul Nowak will draw on his 35 years’ experience in civil engineering when he addresses the next meeting of the British Geotechnical Association’s early career members group.
  • Bauer records a £16M loss in 2013

    14-Apr-2014

    Tough competition and issues on a number of projects have resulted in foundation contracting and equipment business Bauer recording a loss of €19.4M (£16M) for 2013, despite a 4.9% rise in revenues for the period.
  • Fugro testing clears the way for above ground work on the Kingdom Tower

    14-Apr-2014

    Results from Osterberg Cell testing has proved that the piled foundations for the Kingdom Tower meet the required specification giving the green light for above ground work to start.  
  • Industry divided over new contaminated land guidelines

    11-Apr-2014

    New contaminated guidelines aimed at giving realistic acceptable levels of contaminants rather than the existing conservative values has met with mixed reaction from industry.
  • Launch of the domestic renewable tariff leads to concern of drilling standards

    10-Apr-2014

    Publication of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (Decc) long awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for the domestic market has led to concerns that it will trigger a fall in drilling standards.
  • On film: TBM moves into position for Crossrail’s final Limmo Peninsula tunnel drive

    9-Apr-2014

    Travelling between Stepney Green and Limmo Peninsula may take a matter of minutes once Crossrail is completed in 2017 but the above ground journey to transfer one of the tunnel boring machines (TBM) has taken somewhat longer.
  • Geotechnical Services File to launch soon

    8-Apr-2014

    Last year saw a rapid rise in demand for the geotechnics industry and the 2014 Geotechnical Services File (GSF) will capture details of the change and expectations for the coming 12 months – but only if there is sector-wide participation in the survey.
  • Polymer picture captures judges’ attention in EPSRC photography competition

    8-Apr-2014

    Polymer support fluids spinning off a piling auger captured on camera by Manchester University geotechnics lecturer Carlos Lam proved to be award-winning in a recent EPSRC photography competition.
  • Tender assessment underway on Fehmarnbelt tunnel

    7-Apr-2014

    Construction of the world’s largest immersed tube tunnel has moved a step closer to reality as project promoter Femern starts the tender assessment process.
  • Crossrail breakthrough at Whitechapel marks tunnelling milestone

    7-Apr-2014

    Breakthrough of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) at Whitechapel station marks completion of 75% of the tunnels on Crossrail with 32km of the tunnels now completed.
  • Dawlish deadline met with seawall repairs and landslide work completed

    4-Apr-2014

    Network Rail has successfully met its deadline to remove 25,000t of material from cliffs above the Dawlish rail line at the same time as seawall repairs were carried out in order to reopen the route today.
  • Ground Engineering’s conferences shortlisted in conference industry awards

    4-Apr-2014

    The annual conference programme run by Ground Engineering has been shortlisted in the Best Conference Series category in the Conference Awards 2014.
  • First new asbestos in soil guidance published in almost a quarter of a century

    4-Apr-2014

    Publication of Ciria’s new asbestos in soil guidance is a significant step forward for the contaminated land sector as it is the first new guidance to be issue since 1990.
  • Anchoring work on the Acropolis stabilises historic structures

    4-Apr-2014

    Rock anchors up to 6m in length are being used to stabilise the upstream rock slope of the Klepsydra Spring House on the north face of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece as part of a major restoration project.
  • Major rock cutting planned for A9 upgrade

    3-Apr-2014

    Transport Scotland has announced that excavation of a new rock cutting is its preferred option to removing the hairpin bend at Berriedale Braes on the A9.
  • Greater management of third party earthworks called for by rail report

    2-Apr-2014

    Network Rail must improve its management of earthworks and drainage risk from neighbouring land in order to minimise the risk of landslides on the UK rail network, according to a report published today.
  • Taking it to another level: North London basement scheme pushes propping technology

    Ground Engineering April 2014

    London’s “Billionaires Row” will soon be home to what may well be the UK’s largest residential basement when work is completed on the 110,000m3 excavation.
  • Mumbai marvel: tunnelling work sets new standards in Asia

    Ground Engineering April 2014

    Engineers in Mumbai are building India’s deepest and longest water tunnel
  • Atlas Copco adds drum cutters

    Ground Engineering April 2014

    Low noise and vibration from Atlas Copco’s new drum cutter range is said to make the new attachments ideal for use on restricted sites or in sensitive urban environments.
  • BSP hammers added to Watson & Hillhouse fleet

    Ground Engineering April 2014

    Watson & Hillhouse has recently invested £1M in expanding and upgrading its piling equipment hire fleet with the purchase of new equipment from BSPInternational Foundations.
  • Keynetix expands its laboratory software package

    Ground Engineering April 2014

    British Standard and ASTM Standard compliant test definitions, laboratory worksheets and reports are now available as standard in Keynetix’s Keylab software package for geotechnical laboratories.
  • Quick change for Schaeff tunnelling machine

    Ground Engineering April 2014

    Germany-based Atlas Maschinen has developed its Schaeff ITC 120 tunnelling machine for use in projects where geological conditions are highly changeable.
  • Sika helps BBGE pile production

    Ground Engineering April 2014

    Fast turnaround of precast pile moulds at Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering’s factory in Nottinghamshire is being aided with the addition of an admixture from Sika.
  • Siltbuster targets lower volume water treatment

    Ground Engineering April 2014

    Siltbuster’s latest concrete washwater treatment system is designed to be compact and more versatile than previous versions, making it ideal for contractors working on smaller projects.
  • Margins remain a concern for the ground investigation market

    28-Mar-2014

    Growth in demand in the ground investigation sector in 2013 and expectations for a buoyant start to this year have failed to be matched by a rise in margins as developers continue to lower the cost of construction.
  • Further integration needed to make the most of monitoring

    26-Mar-2014

    The construction industry is failing to fully benefit from monitoring data by not integrating the information in Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems, according to Raul Fuentes speaking at GE’s Instrumentation and Monitoring conference today.
  • Geotechnical: Bank Underground Station

    25-Mar-2014

    Appointing a contractor before gaining planning consent may be unusual but ground investigation is currently underway to ensure it is a smooth transaction for London’s Bank Station capacity upgrade.
  • Atkins secures Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm contract

    25-Mar-2014

    Statoil and Statkraft have appointed Atkins to undertake design and engineering services, including a monopile foundation solution, for its Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.
  • US reports more than 170 missing in Washington landslide

    25-Mar-2014

    Rescue workers searching for survivors of the Oso landslide in Washington state, US have said that 176 people are missing following the incident at the weekend and the death toll so far has been confirmed as 14.
  • Piling & foundations: Royal carriage - King Sheet Pile system

    25-Mar-2014

    Highway schemes have already benefited from Balfour Beatty’s sheet piling innovation and now the rail sector is recognising the advantages of king sheet piling too.
  • Up to 26 feared dead in US landslide

    24-Mar-2014

    Heavy rain is thought be the cause of an embankment failure in Washington, US that is feared to have claimed the lives of 26 people.
  • Tunnel repairs to halt ground movement completed

    24-Mar-2014

    Network Rail has said that work to strengthen the Holme Tunnel between Burnley and Hebden Bridge has been completed after a 20 week line closure.
  • Foundations on Europe’s tallest building completed

    24-Mar-2014

    Bauer has reported that it has successfully completed the foundations for what will be Europe’s tallest building despite some challenging ground conditions.
  • Dawlish landslip mitigation work reaches critical stage

    21-Mar-2014

    Network Rail has said that work to erode over 20,000t of unstable ground has reached a critical stage in order to meet the planned line reopening date of 4 April.
  • Screw piles could offer offshore solution

    20-Mar-2014

    Geotechnical engineers need to seek out alternative solutions to meet the foundation demands of the next generation of offshore wind farms, according to Oxford University head of engineering science and professor of civil engineering Guy Houlsby.
  • A83 task force reviews mitigation progress

    19-Mar-2014

    Recent landslides at Rest and Be Thankful in Scotland were the main topic of discussion at yesterday’s A83 task force meeting, which was brought forward by three months following further ground movements.
  • Rochester rail redevelopment underway

    19-Mar-2014

    Redevelopment of Rochester’s railway station is currently taking a step closer to reality with installation of the foundations for the new £26M facility.
  • Fracking simulation research underway at Portsmouth

    19-Mar-2014

    Funding from the Natural Environment Research Council to a researcher at University of Portsmouth will be used to simulate fracking under controlled laboratory conditions.
  • Tunnelling completed on Line 6 metro in Beijing

    18-Mar-2014

    China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) Bureau 5 is celebrating the breakthrough of its tunnel boring machine on the final 2.3km section of the Line 6 metro in Beijing, China.
  • Cambridge geotechnical graduate confirmed as MH370 passenger

    17-Mar-2014

    Recent Cambridge University geotechnical engineering PhD graduate Yuchen Li has been confirmed as being among the passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
  • Controlled “landslide” aims to reduce Dawlish risk

    17-Mar-2014

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is pumping thousands of litres of sea water into ground above the railway line near Dawlish in a bid to initiate a controlled erosion at the site.
  • Water: The marvel of Mumbai

    13-Mar-2014

    Water demand already outstrips supply in Mumbai, and factoring in population growth forecasts meant an ambitious solution was needed to resolve the situation. The result is India’s deepest and longest water tunnel.
  • Work remains suspended at Fisher Street following Crossrail fatality

    10-Mar-2014

    Crossrail has confirmed that all work at Fisher Street remains suspended after a worker was killed while undertaking sprayed concrete lining (SCL) work on Friday as part of BFK’s work to build the western running tunnels.
  • Study says hydropower dams may not be economically viable

    10-Mar-2014

    New research by Oxford University suggests that in the majority of cases large dam projects are not economically viable due to higher than predicted construction costs.
  • A83 taskforce to reconvene after further landslides

    6-Mar-2014

    Another landslide on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Scotland this morning has led Transport Scotland to reconvene the taskforce formed in 2012 to focus on the problem.
  • Landslip repairs nearing completion near Chesterfield

    5-Mar-2014

    Rail services in Sheffield and Chesterfield area are expected to return to normal following three weeks of disruption as a result of a landslide at Unstone.
  • Further movement delays Sussex rail line reopening

    3-Mar-2014

    Network Rail has reported that further ground movement occurred during the final stages of repairing a failed railway embankment at Whatlington in Sussex.
  • Rankine Lecture interview: Winds of Change   

    Ground Engineering March 2014

    Offshore engineering will be the focus of Guy Houlsby’s Rankine Lecture in March, but selecting whether to discuss a practical or theoretical topic was not a straightforward choice.
  • Congestion busting challenge to deliver a new road for Devon

    Ground Engineering March 2014

    Kingskerswell has waited more than 60 years for its bypass but it is now being fast-tracked and there are lots of ground engineering solutions to ensure congestion relief is delivered next year.
  • Bank Station Capacity Upgrade: Planning the Bank job

    Ground Engineering March 2014

    Appointing a contractor before gaining planning consent may be unusual but ground investigation is currently underway aims to ensure it is a smooth transaction for the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade
  • MSc courses: Breaking the cycle

    Ground Engineering March 2014

    Universities need to be clearer about who they are trying to attract and what they are trying to achieve in order to resolve the current MSc problems.
  • BSP’s new hammer bridges gap

    Ground Engineering March 2014

    Hydraulic piling equipment manufacturer BSP has announced the launch of a new impact piling hammer to ll a gap in its existing range.
  • Groundforce adds to depots

    Ground Engineering March 2014

    Excavation support specialist Groundforce has opened two new hire depots to expand its services in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Junttan launches large rig range

    Ground Engineering March 2014

    Finland-based piling rig manufacturer Junttan has launched three new larger piling rigs to extend the capabilities of its PMx rig range.
  • River reinforcement

    Ground Engineering March 2014

    On its first project, Suttle Projects’ new 25t Doosan DX255LC-3 crawler excavator has been used to complete challenging sheet piling work as part of a bridge scour protection contract carried out by Southamptonbased Dyer & Butler for London Underground.
  • Sussex rail repairs on target for Monday reopening

    28-Feb-2014

    Network Rail has said that work to repair landslips at Stonegate, Whatlington and Battle have progressed well and rail services from Hastings to Tonbridge will resume on Monday.
  • Record breaking results reported by Ritchies

    27-Feb-2014

    Growth in the ground investigation and ground engineering markets helped to boost Bam Ritchies revenues in 2013 and the company has posted record results for the full year.
  • Network Rail hopes Botley landslip repairs will be completed by mid-March

    27-Feb-2014

    Network Rail has said that the landslips on a Hampshire section of rail line are among the worst it has ever had to tackle with 80m of embankment needing reconstruction.
  • Fugro wins major Hong Kong ground investigation

    27-Feb-2014

    Plans to expand Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport with a third runway have moved a step further with start of a major ground investigation project around the nearshores of the airport.
  • Bored pile survey aims to analyse techniques

    27-Feb-2014

    The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and European Federation of Foundation Contractors have launched a survey of bored piling techniques in order to look at differences in techniques used in Europe and the US.
  • First Doha tunnelling boring machine built

    27-Feb-2014

    The first of 15 new tunnel boring machines (TBM) destined to construct the Doha metro has been completed at Herrenknecht’s factory in Germany.
  • GE Awards shortlist announced

    26-Feb-2014

    With entries to the 2014 GE Awards at an all-time high in terms of numbers and quality, the judging panels have had a difficult time selecting which submissions to take through to the shortlist.
  • Crossrail’s eighth and last tunnel boring machine launched

    26-Feb-2014

    Crossrail has confirmed that the final tunnel boring machine (TBM) on the scheme has now been launched.
  • First foundation completed at Westermost Rough wind farm

    26-Feb-2014

    Dong Energy has announced that the first of 35 monopile foundations for the new Westermost Rough offshore wind farm has been completed.
  • Final phase of Looe stabilisation starts

    26-Feb-2014

    Work to finish stabilising a road in Cornwall that collapsed killing a resident in the house below last March is due to start today.
  • Tunnelling breaks Indian records in Mumbai

    25-Feb-2014

    Breakthrough of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) working on one of the longest and deepest water tunnels ever built in Asia marks a milestone on a scheme that has also set new record rates for tunnelling in India.
  • Catastrophic failure fears lead to long term close of Bath road

    24-Feb-2014

    The A431 between Bath and Bristol is likely to remain closed for the foreseeable future due to fears that recent subsidence could result in a “catastrophic landslip”.
  • Tunnelling suspended in Ottawa following ground collapse

    24-Feb-2014

    Work on constructing the Light Rail Transit system in Ottawa, Canada has been suspended after ground above the tunnelling work collapsed leaving an 8m wide, 12m deep hole in one of the city’s streets.
  • Red Cross called in to rescue Isle of Wight landslip residents

    21-Feb-2014

    Volunteers from the Red Cross have been called in to help evacuate residents affected by a landslip in Ventnor, Isle of Wight.
  • Landslip closes northbound A21

    20-Feb-2014

    Geotechnical investigations are underway on the A21 in Kent to establish the cause of a landslip that has closed one lane of the road.
  • Sinkhole collapses likely to continue after weather improves

    19-Feb-2014

    Recent heavy rain has caused a five-fold increase in ground collapses as a result of sinkhole and dene holes, according to a statement from the British Geological Survey.
  • Props help to preserve heritage on city redevelopment

    18-Feb-2014

    Use of propriety propping at a site in the City of London is helping to preserve an elegant façade behind the new home of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers and prevent impact on surrounding developments.
  • Unprecedented rainfall leads to dramatic increase in Kent rail landslips

    17-Feb-2014

    Kent rail routes have suffered 40 earthworks failures in the last two months following five months’ worth of rain in the same period.
  • Groundwater levels threaten  to flood railway at Patcham

    15-Feb-2014

    Network Rail and the Environment Agency are closely monitoring groundwater levels near a tunnel in Brighton.
  • M2 collapse ground investigation continues

    14-Feb-2014

    Ground investigation work to establish the extent and cause of the ground collapse on the M2 near Sittingbourne continues today.
  • Consultation failure led to Old Street tunnel incident

    13-Feb-2014

    The position of a rail tunnel was not marked on plans used by the piling contractor, developer or local authority involved on the project that damaged the tunnel near Old Street in London last year, according to a Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report.
  • Keller secures major Seattle contract

    13-Feb-2014

    Keller has been appointed to undertake a £25M seawall replacement project in Seattle, US.
  • New geochemistry centre could boost groundwater knowledge

    13-Feb-2014

    University of Nottingham and the British Geological Society have announced a new joint venture to focus on geochemistry research.
  • Kent motorway remains closed after ground collapse

    12-Feb-2014

    A section of the M2 in Kent remains closed between J5 and J6 in both directions for a second day following a ground collapse in the central reservation.
  • M6 ground investigation planned for Orrell

    12-Feb-2014

    The Highways Agency has confirmed that ground investigation work for the upgrade of junction 26 on the M6 is set to start next week.
  • Itmsoil secures Victoria and Albert basement monitoring contract

    12-Feb-2014

    Itmsoil has announced that Wates Construction has appointed it to undertake the monitoring work for a major extension of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Kingdom Tower foundations complete

    11-Feb-2014

    Foundations for the next contender for the tallest building in the world have been completed in Saudi Arabia.
  • Further Sussex landslip hampers rail repairs

    10-Feb-2014

    An embankment collapse at Stonegate in East Sussex has brought the number of landslips on the London to Hastings rail line in the last six weeks to five.
  • Landslip repairs at Crewkerne underway

    10-Feb-2014

    Repairs to a landslip at Crewkerne in Somerset have got underway after the incident on Saturday resulted in all rail lines into the south west of the UK being closed.
  • Nuttall completes Ockley landslip repairs ahead of schedule

    6-Feb-2014

    Network Rail has confirmed that Bam Nuttall has completed repairs to a landslip-damaged embankment in Surrey five days ahead of schedule.
  • Dawlish rail line damage repairs expected to take six weeks

    5-Feb-2014

    Network Rail has estimated that it will take six weeks to repair the damaged sea wall and ground collapse below the rail line at Dawlish in Devon.
  • Ciwem chief calls for education on erosion impact on flooding

    5-Feb-2014

    People need to be educated about the impacts of climate change and manage their expectations as to what can be achieved, according to Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (Ciwem) interim chief executive Nigel Hendley.
  • RSK develops Decc gas exploration roadmap

    5-Feb-2014

    RSK has completed work to develop a UK-wide roadmap for the planning and permission processes for the exploration and appraisal for unconventional gas operations for the Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc).
  • Further Sussex landslide leads to rail line closure

    5-Feb-2014

    Network Rail has said that a further landslip on its Hastings to London rail line means that the line must close for at least two weeks to enable repairs to be carried out.
  • Bauer reaches new depths with latest drill

    Ground Engineering February 2014

    Demand for ever deeper geothermal energy, oil and gas exploration and drilling of production wells is the main driver behind development of Bauer’s new TBA 440 M2 deep drilling rig, which can drill to depths of 7,000m.
  • Cutting precast pile waste

    Ground Engineering February 2014

    Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering (BBGE) has launched what it claims is the UK’s first precast pile cutting system, which it says can eliminate wastage.
  • Foundations software in the frame

    Ground Engineering February 2014

    S-Frame Software has launched a program for the foundations market to supplement the software it already offers for the concrete construction market.
  • Lyme Regis landslip stabilisation: Coastal conservation

    Ground Engineering February 2014

    Major ground stabilisation that will blend in with the environment sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But that is exactly what a scheme in the Dorset town of Lyme Regis is aiming to deliver.
  • Managing geotechnical risk: Risky business

    Ground Engineering February 2014

    Geotechnical risk needs to be integrated with overall project risk to be better managed, according to Paul Maliphant, who is the UK author of a new international report on the subject.
  • North London piling: Gateway to luxury living

    Ground Engineering February 2014

    Recent foundations work has cleared the way for the historic St Joseph’s Gate building to gain a new lease of life as the latest London des-res.
  • Piling platform risk highlighted by federation

    31-Jan-2014

    Rising numbers of reports from members of the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) that they are being asked to work on inadequate piling platforms has led to the FPS issuing a safety alert.
  • Fugro secures Gwynt y Môr trenching contract

    30-Jan-2014

    RWE Innogy has appointed Fugro to undertake cable burial and survey operations for its Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay off the North Wales coast.
  • Dong awarded £6M wind turbine foundation research fund

    30-Jan-2014

    Dong Energy has announced that it has reached an agreement to collaborate on a £6M research project with the UK Carbon Trust under its Offshore Wind Accelerator Programme.
  • BBGE invests in large diameter piling technology

    30-Jan-2014

    Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering (BBGE) has said that addition of a new Bauer BG30 rig to its fleet will not only improve its large diameter piling technology but it will also improve information about the piles themselves.
  • Crossrail confirms monitoring contract cancellation

    30-Jan-2014

    Instrumentation and monitoring for Crossrail will now be undertaken by solely by Soldata after Itmsoil’s contract on the new London rail scheme was cancelled by the infrastructure developer.
  • Asset focused drainage guidance unveiled

    30-Jan-2014

    Improved assessment and remediation is the aim of a new drainage guidance document that was due to be published today by construction industry standards body Ciria.
  • Itmsoil announces new structure following investment

    23-Jan-2014

    Instrumentation and monitoring specialist Itmsoil has said that new investment and a change of management will drive a focus on its future development.
  • Investment recommendations for Keller suggest growing market confidence

    22-Jan-2014

    Business analysis firm Berenberg Research has issued a recommendation to invest in Keller Group shares, suggesting that the global recovery in the ground engineering market is gathering some pace.
  • Courthouse conversion basement foundations completed

    21-Jan-2014

    Construction work on the basement slab of a new hotel complex has got underway this week at the former Old Street Magistrates Court in London following six months of foundation work.
  • Atlas Copco acquires Geawelltech

    20-Jan-2014

    Sweden-based Atlas Copco has announced that it has acquired one of its distributors that also manufactures and rents its own geotechnical equipment.
  • Tunnel drive completed on the Lee Tunnel

    17-Jan-2014

    Tunnel boring machine (TBM) Busy Lizzie has completed her 6.9km long drive on Thames Water’s Lee Tunnel to arrive at Abbey Mills pumping station.
  • Marines assist families affected by Cornish landslip

    16-Jan-2014

    Royal Marines have used landing craft to recover 50 cars trapped in a Calstock after a landslip on Christmas Day damaged the only access road into the Cornish village.
  • GE Awards deadline extended to 31 January

    15-Jan-2014

    In response to demand from the industry the GE Awards deadline has been extended for a further two weeks.
  • Retaining wall repairs enable Cumbrian coast line to reopen

    14-Jan-2014

    Network Rail has reported that it has completed repairs to the Cumbrian coast rail line which was damaged in storms 10 days ago.
  • Foundation focus for new marine renewables test centre at University of Dundee

    13-Jan-2014

    University of Dundee has announced that it is to develop a new facility for the development, design and testing of marine renewable construction materials and prototype foundations.
  • Weather related slope failures continue to impact on rail services

    13-Jan-2014

    Extreme weather caused 29 landslips on the UK rail network between 8 December and 4 January, according to the latest punctuality statistics release by Network Rail.
  • Total announces UK fracking plans

    13-Jan-2014

    Commercial fracking in the UK has moved a step closer to reality today with the news that oil and gas business Total has acquired a 40% interest in two shale gas exploration licences.
  • Entry deadline for GE Awards is just days away

    13-Jan-2014

    Although there are only five working days left to complete entries for the 2014 GE Awards, there is plenty of time to create a winning pitch for your team, project or initiative.
  • Infrastructure in 2014: Balancing risk and cost

    1-Jan-2014

    Geotechnical failures present big risks to people, infrastructure and budgets, so managing assets to mitigate against the need for emergency action should be the preferred option, but it is one few clients are opting for.
  • Infrastructure in 2014: Rail return to growth

    1-Jan-2014

    Demand is picking up in the foundations market, with the rail sector proving to be the top performer this year, but prospects in retail, housing and education also look good for 2014.
  • Team solution to Fleetwood's storm storage needs

    GE January 2014

    Taking a partnering approach on a stormwater storage construction scheme has helped deliver £1M of savings for the client and created a smooth-running project
  • Advanced testing equipment

    GE January 2014

    GDS Instruments has released a new advanced soil testing system that was initially developed to better understand the dynamic response of infrastructure in a growing sector of the wind energy market but which the company believes will have wider benefits.
  • Offshore piles on the straight and narrow

    GE January 2014

    Demand for pile driving accuracy on the latest offshore wind developments has led Fugro to develop a system, called the Inclino Cam, designed to safely check the verticality of piles during installation.
  • Ciwem questions end of Defra remediation grants

    19-Dec-2013

    Defra’s funding of the Contaminated Land Capital Grants scheme is to end in 2017, according to a letter sent by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Lord de Mauley to all local authorities in England.
  • Rig lift signals start of Victoria Station Upgrade grouting milestone

    19-Dec-2013

    Grouting to enable tunnelling work for London’s Victoria Station Upgrade below a landmark London pub has got underway after an overnight operation with road closures by Keller to lift its rigs into position.
  • Stent secures £1.3M housing foundation contract

    18-Dec-2013

    Stent House Foundations has been awarded a £1.3M contract to design and build piles and ground beams for a new housing development by Strata Homes in Hull.
  • Inspections demonstrate no safety improvement in the domestic basement market

    18-Dec-2013

    More than a third of domestic basement projects in London failed unannounced safety checks by the Health and Safety Executive, demonstrating that there has been no improvement in the market since similar checks were carried out two years ago.
  • Carlbury landslip funding secured

    16-Dec-2013

    Darlington Borough Council has secured £2.44M from the government’s Pinch Point Funding to undertake stabilisation work on the A67 which was closed by a landslip in February this year.
  • Government committee supports fracking

    12-Dec-2013

    Fracking is key to reducing the UK’s reliance on gas imports according to the government’s Committee on Climate Change chairman Lord Deben who has said he is in favour of it.
  • Game, set and match for Wimbledon piling

    12-Dec-2013

    Simplex Westpile is on the verge of completing a three month piling project at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon that will create a new basement below two courts and a pedestrian tunnel.
  • Lee Tunnel triumphs at the Fleming Award

    12-Dec-2013

    Multidisciplinary presentations on the construction challenges of building shaft F on Thames Water’s Lee Tunnel in London helped the project secure the 2013 Fleming Award last night.
  • Focus on Lochboisdale Causeway construction secures competition win

    12-Dec-2013

    Fairhurst graduate engineering geologist Siobhan Warden beat off stiff competition to win a geotechnical poster competition with her focus on the Lochboisdale Causeway and redevelopment project.
  • MGF supports Salford engineering students

    11-Dec-2013

    Ground support specialist MGF has announced that it has signed an agreement with the University of Salford to provide funding for postgraduate and undergraduate civil engineering scholarships.
  • Poor evaluation led to Leicestershire rail embankment

    11-Dec-2013

    Lack of flood risk impact on an embankment in Leicestershire led to its failure under loading from a freight train which subsequently derailed in December 2012, according to a report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).
  • Risk report calls for greater integration

    9-Dec-2013

    Lack of data on the return on investments is restricting the integration of geotechnical risk management within overall project risk management and the construction industry is missing out on opportunities to minimise ground related failures.
  • Tunnelling “bear” completes Austrian hydropower expansion

    9-Dec-2013

    Extension of a hydropower plant in Fusch, Austria has reached a major milestone as the tunnel boring machine (TBM) completes the new headrace tunnel.
  • GE Awards entry deadline is a month away

    9-Dec-2013

    Although the winners of the GE awards will not be announced for a few months, the deadline for being in with a chance of collecting a trophy at the awards ceremony in London on 14 May is only just over a month away.
  • Keltbray forms remediation business

    6-Dec-2013

    Keltbray has announced that is has formed a new business unit to focus on the remediation market in the UK.
  • Voting starts on new European rig safety standards

    5-Dec-2013

    European voting on acceptance of the new standards for drilling equipment starts today and standards organisations across Europe have until 5 February 2014 to respond.
  • Cornwall road works target flood-induced failures

    4-Dec-2013

    Cornwall County Council has said that work has started this week on a £1.5M project to repair a road damaged by landslips last December following flooding.
  • Key Crossrail shaft completed ahead of schedule

    4-Dec-2013

    Resequencing of work by Crossrail western tunnels contractor BAM, Ferrovial, Kier (BFK) and subcontractor Barhale has enabled a key shaft to be completed nine months ahead of schedule.
  • New taskforce to target concrete placement issues

    2-Dec-2013

    The European Federation of Foundation Contractors has announced plans for form a special task group to look into concreting issues on ground engineering projects.
  • Smarter plans for instrumentation and monitoring

    GE December 2013

    Instrumentation is vital to many modern geotechnics projects, but work being led by Cambridge University looks set to create a step change in capabilities
  • Concrete poses a challenge to Colindale piling

    GE December 2013

    Piling through London Clay ought to be a simple task but a new housing development in north London presented some real challenges for Bachy Soletanche
  • Bromley basement construction: Amazing space

    GE December 2013

    The developer’s strapline claims ‘Everything is going to be amazing’ on a new regeneration scheme in Bromley. Claire Smith met the ground engineering team charged with delivering on this promise.
  • BSP unveils hammer range

    GE December 2013

    Powerful yet lightweight is the promise made by the latest range of piling hammers to be launched by BSP International Foundations. According to BSP, the LX range has been developed to provide greater stability to piling rigs, especially in applications where a greater reach is required.
  • Fugro shows marine drill

    GE December 2013

    Fugro Seacore demonstrated its offshore engineering capabilities at the EWEA Offshore exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, in November with the display of its specially developed R30 marine drill.
  • Hydrocarbon capacity added to handheld gas analyser

    GE December 2013

    Gas Data’s new GFM436 handheld gas analyser will help provide a more complete picture during environmental monitoring with the ability to measure six different gases, including CH4, CO2, O2, H2S and hexane. According to Gas Data, the new analyser provides a step change in site investigation and landfill gas analysis.
  • Keylab speeds up printing and invoicing processes

    GE December 2013

    Keynetix has added functions to speed up printing and invoicing processes within the latest release of its KeyLab geotechnical and construction testing laboratory management system.
  • Geothermal could meet a significant proportion of Scotland’s energy needs

    28-Nov-2013

    Deep geothermal energy has the potential to play a significant role in Scotland’s future energy provision, according to a new report published today.
  • High Speed 2 investigation work worth £50M over four years

    28-Nov-2013

    Development of plans for High Speed 2 (HS2) will call for £50M of ground investigation work over the next four years, according to documents published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) this month.
  • Levee best practice guide published

    27-Nov-2013

    Lessons learnt from levee breeches around the world have been brought together in a new guide that is to be published in early December that aims to prevent future failures.
  • Norfolk wind farm investigation awarded to Fugro

    20-Nov-2013

    Scira Offshore Energy has awarded a contract to Fugro to carry out hydrographic and geophysical monitoring surveys at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm site and along the export cable and transit routes.
  • Looe landslip house demolition starts

    20-Nov-2013

    Demolition of the house partially destroyed in a landslip that killed one person in in Looe, Cornwall in March has got underway and will enable investigations into the incident to be completed.
  • Keller reports improving market outlook

    19-Nov-2013

    Keller has reported that the market improvements seen in the first six months of this year have continued into the second half, according to an interim management statement issued today.
  • HS2 ground investigation valued at £50M

    18-Nov-2013

    Development of plans for HS2 will call for £50M of ground investigation work over the next four years, according to documents published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in November.
  • SSE secures £1M grant for offshore wind turbine foundation testing

    6-Nov-2013

    Energy secretary Ed Davey has announced £2.5M of funding for offshore wind developments, which includes a £1M grant for SSE Renewables for research which will include foundation testing.
  • Niton Undercliff stabilisation scheme gets underway

    6-Nov-2013

    Work on a £1M package of stabilisation work has started on the Isle of Wight and is the first in a major programme of schemes to be delivered at locations prone to ground movement under the island’s highways PFI contract.
  • Commercial shale gas extraction to be questioned by Lords committee

    5-Nov-2013

    The House of Lords Economics Affairs Committee is due to take evidence from companies hoping to extract or exploit shale gas in the UK this afternoon.
  • Crossrail's Mike Black looks back over his 20 years on the project

    GE November 2013

    As the ground engineering construction work on Crossrail reaches the halfway stage, head of geotechnics Mike Black reflects on his two decades working on the scheme
  • Dropped and propped: piling on Ludgate Hill

    GE November 2013

    Piling at Ludgate Hill has provided tourists taking open top London bus tours this summer with a new attraction, but the team on site have been firmly focused on fast tracking the work.
  • Shielding South Shields with new flood defences

    GE November 2013

    Coastal construction work near South Shields will not only create a larger beach at Little Haven but also protect the area from frequent tidal flooding
  • Fugro unveils £1M lab investment

    GE November 2013

    Major investment in the latest soils testing laboratory equipment by Fugro is a step change in the approach to commercial testing facilities.
  • Bentley expands offshore software offering

    GE November 2013

    Construction industry software developer Bentley Systems has announced that it has acquired Moses software from Ultramarine. According to Bentley, Moses is the leading analysis and simulation software for complex projects involving the transportation and installation of offshore structures, including the launch of jackets and floatover of topsides.
  • Fugro unveils £1M lab investment

    GE November 2013

    Fugro officially opened its newly expanded laboratory testing facilities at its headquarters in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, in October.
  • Innovation news in brief: November 2013

    GE November 2013

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  • Managing nature for rail safety

    GE November 2013

    Operating a rail line through an active landslide complex presents a high risk but Network Rail hopes to gain EU funding to assist with installation of an innovative new monitoring system
  • Model future for ground support specialist

    GE November 2013

    Ground support specialist MGF is aiming to help clients and staff to develop a better understanding of the solution before moving onto site with its new models. The company is pioneering use of a 3D printer to build realistic and accurate models of its standard and bespoke support systems.
  • RSK launches Mobile Maps

    GE November 2013

    Ground investigation specialist RSK has launched a new mobile app which it claims will help with visualisation of available data on site. The Mobile Maps app can be used on smart phones or tablets to see “an augmented reality view of what is in the ground beneath the feet of the user”.
  • Groundwater flood risks lower than previously suggested

    25-Oct-2013

    A new groundwater flood risk map developer suggests that the risks are considerably lower in many areas than previous models have suggested.
  • Challenging ground extends A82 closures

    25-Oct-2013

    Difficult ground conditions encountered during the last phase of piling work by McLaughlin & Harvey for a new viaduct on the £9.2M Pulpit Rock Improvement scheme has led to the overnight closures on the route being extended.
  • Survey searches for Stromeferry landslide solution

    17-Oct-2013

    Highland Council is working with URS to find out how periodic closure of the A890 near Stromeferry from landslides affects local organisations and businesses.
  • GE Awards open for entries

    17-Oct-2013

    GE’s annual awards event has become a highlight on the geotechnical calendar and entries are now open for the 2014 edition of the GE Awards, which will be presented at a special ceremony on 14 May next year at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
  • Keller acquires geotechnical division of South African civil engineering firm Esorfranki

    9-Oct-2013

    Keller has announced that it has bought out the geotechnical business of South Africa-based civil engineering and construction company Esorfranki for an initial consideration of R500M (£31M).
  • Cementation sees signs of steady recovery

    4-Oct-2013

    Cementation Skanska managing director Martin Pedley believes that the geotechnics market is showing signs of a steady recovery but does not believe the sector is about to suddenly boom.
  • Ritchies secures £90,000 Scottish ground investigation

    4-Oct-2013

    Bam Ritchies has been appointed by Transport Scotland to carry out the ground investigation for the Berriedale Braes A9 road improvement scheme.
  • Back analysis proves basement savings potential

    3-Oct-2013

    Analysis of the construction works for Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road station box has revealed that savings could be made on future works through less conservatism.
  • Landslide closes Rest and Be Thankful road

    3-Oct-2013

    Heavy rain is believed to have triggered a landslide which resulted in closure of the A83 Rest and Be Thankful route in Scotland earlier today.
  • Hidden Talents: Whitechapel section of the Crossrail project remains unnoticed by the public

    3 October 2013

    With a building to cover the Whitechapel shaft the only clues about the Crossrail work underway there are the lorries taking material to and from the site.
  • Proving the concept of geothermal piles

    GE October 2013

    Many contractors now offer geothermal piles as part of their foundations solutions, but Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering must be one of the few to have designed, constructed and operated them.
  • Spreading the word about geoenvironmental engineering

    GE October 2013

    Opening the eyes of the next generation to the opportunities that exist in geotechnics, as well as geoenvironemntal engineering, is a key aim of newly elected Ciwem president Mike Summersgill
  • Undercover operation on Crossrail's Whitchapel tunnels

    GE October 2013

    With a building to cover the Whitechapel shaft the only clue about the Crossrail work underway there are the lorries taking material to and from the site.
  • Crossrail cleans up

    GE October 2013

    Crossrail’s Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy has installed a Siltbuster plant to neutralise high pH water produced during sprayed concrete lessons at the facility.
  • Detection innovation with ground probing radar

    GE October 2013

    Ground probing radar (GPR) specialist Pipehawk has announced the launch of a cable avoidance tool. The company says that the e-Safe All Service Avoidance Tool allows users to detect any buried services and not just metal or live cables that limit the benefits of many conventional cable avoidance tools. The e-Safe uses Pipehawk’s GPR technology but the company says it does not require the operator to have any knowledge of GPR in order to use the equipment.
  • Geothermal scheme eyes Christmas deadline

    GE October 2013

    Installation of a new geothermal heating system for Manchester Cathedral is currently being fast-tracked through use of a Marini drilling rig in order to meet the Christmas deadline for reopening the cathedral.
  • Raising the bore in Switzerland

    GE October 2013

    Work on a new pumped storage power station in Switzerland has now reached the shaft construction stage and main contractor Marti worked with tunnel boring machine (TBM) specialist Herrenknecht to find a solution.
  • Keller secures major Singapore contract

    30-Sep-2013

    Keller has announced that is Singapore-based subsidiary Resource Piling has secured its largest contract to date for foundations work for a new hospital.
  • Crossrail's Whitechapel station: Crossing the lines

    26 September 2013

    Excavating 60,000m3 of material and replacing it with 4,500t of steel reinforcement, 1,200t of structural steelwork, nine lifts and three escalators using three tower cranes with the assistance of two mobile cranes sounds simple, doesn’t it?
  • Retaining wall guidance update needs industry support

    25-Sep-2013

    Construction industry research organisation Ciria has responded to demand from the geotechnics industry to update guidance for embedded retaining walls but is calling for the sector to financially support the project.
  • Geotechnics industry needs to call for government action on MSc funding

    24-Sep-2013

    Ground Forum is calling for geotechnical professionals to take the issue of MSc funding up with their local MP and has drafted a letter to help ensure the message is delivered nationally.
  • New basement guidelines aim to improve standards

    23-Sep-2013

    Improving standards and harmonising the approach to basement construction is the aim of new guidelines that are to be launched in October by the Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors (ASUC).
  • Conference considers future of geotechnics

    19-Sep-2013

    Safety concerns and fewer engineers could drive more automation and remote management in the geotechnics industry, according to speakers at a Bam Ritchies conference yesterday.
  • Weather impact on landslides underlined by new research

    12-Sep-2013

    Wet weather in 2012 resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of landslides occurring outside the normal “season” between October and March, according to new research by the British Geological Society (BGS).
  • Breakthrough achieved on Sweden’s longest rail tunnel

    6-Sep-2013

    Construction work on Sweden’s Hallandsås Tunnel has reached a major milestone with breakthrough achieved on the second bore of the 8.7km tunnel.
  • Crossrail completes Connaught cofferdam work ahead of schedule

    5-Sep-2013

    Reconstruction of the Victorian Connaught Tunnel for reuse by Crossrail has been completed ahead of schedule enabling the Royal Docks to be reopened.
  • Marine noise should drive use of gravity bases for wind farms

    5-Sep-2013

    Impact of noise propagated through water on marine wildlife should drive wider use of gravity foundations for offshore wind farms, according to The Concrete Centre (TCC).
  • Power surge: hydroelectric demand is being met through seismic sites

    GE August 2013

    Hydroelectricity projects have the potential to transform the economies of less developed nations but many schemes currently being proposed are in seismically active areas
  • Solution validation: Software gave confidence in Beamister Tunnel slope remediation design

    GE August 2013

    Software analysis has proved to be a vital tool in designing the slope stabilisation for the Beaminster Tunnel in what is believed to be the first soil nailed scheme in the Upper Greensand.
  • Port construction at Naples

    GE August 2013

    Ground and site conditions at the Port of Naples create a challenging construction combination for Trevi in its work to build a new container terminal while the port remains an active passenger and good destination
  • Conference call to arms: BGA unveils plans for the 16th European Conference of Soil Mechanics and Ground Engineering

    GE September 2013

    Creating the opportunity for collaboration is the main aim of the 2015 European Conference of Soil Mechanics and Ground Engineering, according to organiser of the Edinburgh event Mike Winter
  • Ground freezing planned to prevent further pollution from Fukushima nuclear power plant

    4-Sep-2013

    The Japanese government has pledged to spend Y32bn (£206M) to create a cut-off wall using ground freezing around the earthquake-damaged  Fukushima nuclear power plant.
  • Close encounters of the piling kind

    GE September 2013

    Piling and basement construction specialist Burras says it has overcome the challenges of piling close to a site boundary through investment in a new rotary head for its Soiltek S100 piling rig. According to the contractor, the new head allows it to construct piles with their centre within 250mm of a site boundary rather than the previous 650mm.
  • Found Ocean mixes it up

    GE September 2013

    Development of a new approach to grout mixing by grouting specialist Found Ocean is claimed to improve the efficiency of operations for monopole foundation installation on offshore wind farms.
  • Keynetix unveils new mapping solution

    GE September 2013

    Geotechnical software developer Keynetix used July’s Geotechnica exhibition to unveil the latest development which will allow engineers to instantly preview their site investigation data alongside British Geological Survey (BGS) data and aerial photography.
  • Klemm delivers performance benefits

    GE September 2013

    Delivery of a new Klemm KR702-2 drilling rig, supplied by Skelair International, to the piling arm of Middlesex-based Underpin & Makegood (U&M) is already being put to good use on the company’s larger projects.
  • Liebherr delivers concrete improvements

    GE September 2013

    Liebherr has unveiled a new version of its truck-mounted 47 M5 XXT concrete pump, which it says offers a number of productivity improvements for concrete delivery operations.
  • New Hope for concrete speeds up pouring jobs

    GE September 2013

    Hope Construction Materials has launched a new ready mixed concrete range that it says will speed up pouring operations.
  • Accident investigation calls for Northern Ireland Railways embankment flood risk review

    2-Sep-2013

    Development of procedures for adverse weather conditions and assessment of the impact of flood risks on rail earthworks in Northern Ireland has been called for in a report into a rail embankment failure last year.
  • Crossrail tunnelling reaches Woolwich milestone

    27-Aug-2013

    Crossrail has announced that tunnelling work in south east London has reached the halfway stage with tunnels between Plumstead and the Woolwich box now complete.
  • Crossrail’s Olympic tunnelling stars start their race below London

    19-Aug-2013

    Crossrail’s seventh tunnel boring machine (TBM), which is named Jessica after Olympic god medal winner Jessica Ennis, has been launched from Pudding Mill Lane towards Stepney Green.
  • Piling starts on Nova development in Victoria

    16-Aug-2013

    Ground engineering work to construct a two level basement at the Nova site near Victoria in London for client Land Securities has got underway.
  • Geotechnical Services File 2013: Market analysis

    9-Aug-2013

    Demand certainly seems to be returning to the geotechnics market, but tight margins and recruitment issues are still presenting a challenge to many companies in the sector
  • Trial underway to speed up offshore wind farm foundation construction

    7-Aug-2013

    Nordsee Ost wind farm developer RWE Innogy and specialist contractor Found Ocean are working on onshore trials to investigate effective ways of speeding up offshore foundation installation processes.
  • £12M investment supports Crossrail construction

    GE August 2013

    Demand for rental equipment on Crossrail has led Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage to invest £12M in new hydraulic breaking equipment from Atlas Copco over the last 12 months.
  • Autodesk unveils its Geotechnical Module

    GE August 2013

    The result of a collaboration between Autodesk and its industrial partner Keynetix has been launched and is expected help make Building Information Modelling (BIM) more easily realised for the ground engineering sector.
  • Geo-Slope previews new GeoStudio 2014 product

    GE August 2013

    New features and improved functionality are promised by the GeoStudio 2014 software package, according to developer Geo-Slope International.
  • Geotechnical Services File 2013: Rankings

    GE August 2013

    Listings of the top 100 companies in the geotechnical market based on turnover
  • Geotechnical Services File 2013: Skills shortages

    GE August 2013

    Skills are set to be an issue for the geotechnical market as workload demands increase
  • Innovative piling solution aims to maximise capacity on the M4/M5 interchange

    GE August 2013

    Limited space and difficult ground led contractors installing 32 gantries on the M4/M5 interchange to use an innovative piling solution. 
  • New BGA chairman Chris Menkiti explains his passionate approach

    GE August 2013

    The 2015 European Conference of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Edinburgh may seem some way off, but for new British Geotechnical Association chairman Chris Menkiti it is a date firmly in his sights
  • Siltbuster adds new products

    GE August 2013

    Water treatment specialist Siltbuster has added a range of mobile vibrating screen and hydrocyclones to meet demand from the construction, materials processing and remediation industries.
  • Landslip-hit Beaminster tunnel reopens to traffic

    29-Jul-2013

    Slope stabilisation work above the portals to Beaminster Tunnel in Dorset has been successfully completed and Dorset County Council (DCC) has said that the route will reopen today.
  • Has the geotechnics market emerged into the sunlight?

    25 July 2013

    This time last year many respondents to NCE sister magazine Ground Engineering’s annual Geotechnical Services File (GSF) raised concerns about what would happen to the market when demand from Crossrail started to wane.
  • Maccaferri wins Northern Ireland road upgrade work

    10-Jul-2013

    Construction of soil reinforced bridge abutments and wing walls on the A8 upgrade in Northern Ireland is to be undertaken by Maccaferri, the company has announced.
  • The industry's voice

    4 July 2013

    Creating solutions and driving projects forward are concepts that Tensar vice president of global technology Ian Fraser says he has thrived on during his career in the geotechnics industry. These values are already being brought to bear in his latest career development as chairman of Ground Forum – a role he took on earlier this year.
  • Opening the gateway

    GE July 2013

    For an area with an historic connection to the soap-making industry, some areas of the town of Widnes are less than squeaky clean. The waste materials and connected industries from the manufacture of soap and cleaning products has actually left a legacy of contamination, but remediation is underway at one site.
  • Crossrail choreography

    GE July 2013

    Diaphragm wall work for one of the deepest shafts on the Crossrail project is calling for the highest level of logistical planning. Claire Symes visited the Moorgate site to find out more.
  • Developing talent

    GE July 2013

    Judges singled out Atkins’ focus on people at the recent GE Awards, but the company is not sitting back to enjoy the recognition and has plans to further extend its staff development programmes. Claire Symes reports
  • Atlas Copco’s new S rig removes need for manual rock bolting

    GE July 2013

    Atlas Copco’s new Boltec S rig is designed to prevent the need for manual rock bolt installation on even the smallest of projects. The new rig can be used in tunnels with headroom as low as 2.8m but has a reach of up to 7.5m.
  • David Ball wins award for low-carbon research

    GE July 2013

    Specialist cementitious product manufacturer David Ball Group (DBG) is celebrating winning £30,000 in funding through the Shell Springboard awards to develop a low carbon cement-free concrete product.
  • Kobelco responds to demand with new heavyweight crawler crane

    GE July 2013

    Kobelco Cranes has responded to demand from customers for equipment to meet ever more challenging foundation projects around the world with the launch of the new 120t BMS1200HD heavy duct foundation crawler crane with lattice boom.
  • Skelair gets on track to deliver mobile power pack

    GE July 2013

    Ground engineering and rock drilling equipment supplier Skelair has added a Klemm PP-95-DS tracked power pack to its rental fleet. The machine is the first to be delivered to the UK market.
  • Tunnelling regeneration reliability improved

    GE July 2013

    tunnel boring machines (TBMs) from Herrenknecht as a cost effective solution to equipment investment on smaller diameter tunnelling schemes will now receive a higher level of assurance on reliability. Herrenknecht is offering an approval certificate for AVN TBMs that have undergone its checking and restoration process to restore the equipment to the original functional state.
  • Bauer wins US Embassy foundations work

    25-Jun-2013

    Bauer Technology has been awarded the contract to undertake the piling and diaphragm walling for the new US Embassy building in Battersea.
  • Geotechnical data standard out for consultation

    25-Jun-2013

    Issues related to the collection, transfer and presentation of geotechnical data are being tackled through a new standard that has just been released for public consultation.
  • Floating wind turbine study to look at construction solutions

    19-Jun-2013

    LDD and Keybvor Mor Lift (KML) have been appointed by the Energy Technology Institute (ETI) to undertake a installation study for the project to develop, build and test a floating wind turbine.
  • Hatfield rail line reopening planned as repairs near completion

    14-Jun-2013

    Network Rail has said that it needs to remove a further 60,000m3 of material from the Hatfield Colliery site over the next few weeks in order for limited rail services to resume on 8 July.
  • Sochi sea outfall tunnelling sets new record

    11-Jun-2013

    Utilities tunnelling work for the 2014 Winter Olympics site in Sochi has set a new record for tunnelling boring machine (TBM) rates Herrenknect has said today.
  • Keller plans to expand Canadian business through acquisition

    11-Jun-2013

    Piling contractor Keller is to acquire North America Piling from North American Energy Partners in order to strengthen its position in the Canadian foundations market.
  • Delhi to set tunnelling machine record

    6-Jun-2013

    Construction of the Delhi Metro is set to claim the record for the most tunnel boring machines (TBMs) in use in one city at one time with the announcement from the scheme’s developer that 34 machines will be used on Phase III of the project.
  • Removing the blight

    GE June 2013

    Residents in part of Hemel Hempstead have been living with the risk of ground collapse from historic chalk mining for 12 years but work is now underway to remove the problem. Claire Symes reports.
  • Rust Risk

    GE June 2013

    Ground movement is probably what most geotechnical engineers would think of first when it comes to the risk related to tunnelling but there are other more insidious issues that should also be considered. Deoxygenated air can present a potential danger during construction and for maintenance during the operational phase. Research is currently underway at Imperial College to reveal the cause of the problem.
  • Bauma exhibition in Germany gave the ground engineering sector a boost

    GE June 2013

    High numbers of vsitors numbers attending Germany’s tri-annual Bauma construction equipment exhibition have helped boost confidence that demand is returning to some areas of the foundations industry. The event - which is the largest exhibition in the world, was held in Munich in April - attracted more than 530,000 visitors from over 200 countries.
  • Beaminster Tunnel soil nailing delayed

    31-May-2013

    Dorset County Council has said that it expects to be able to reopen the Beaminster Tunnel in late July, more than two months later than planned.
  • Engineers ramp up Jubilee Line tunnel repair effort

    23-May-2013

    Engineers were this week ramping up efforts to head off a worsening structural problem on a section of London Undereground’s Jubilee Line, NCE can exclusively reveal.
  • Piling starts for new Gibraltar hotel

    16-May-2013

    Roger Bullivant (Gibraltar) has just started piling work for a development which will see a five-star hotel added to Gibraltar’s tourism offer by the end of the year.
  • Greater Gabbard windfarm foundations dispute resolved

    15-May-2013

    Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds (GGOW), which is jointly owned by SSE and RWE, has announced that it has reached an agreement with contractor Fluor over claims relating the quality of foundations on the project.
  • Early London Underground tunnel boring machine to be shown on BBC programme

    15-May-2013

    The history of the construction of the London Underground will be showcased in a programme on BBC2 at 9pm on 16 May and will give viewers a chance to see one of the first tunnel boring machine (TBM) used to construct the network.
  • Looe landslide stabilisation plans presented

    15-May-2013

    Plans to stabilise the landslide that killed one person in Looe in March have been finalised by Cornwall Council (CC), which is seeking the go ahead on the scheme from affected property owners, the police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
  • Keller forecasts good results for 2013

    15-May-2013

    Keller has said that it expects to see “a continuation of recent progress” in its business for the rest of the year despite it reporting that economic conditions across global construction markets continue to be varied.
  • Deadline draws near for 2013’s Geotechnical Services File

    10-May-2013

    There is just 10 days left for companies in the UK ground engineering and geoenvironmental sector to submit details for Ground Engineering magazine’s annual industry listings.
  • Caterpillar confirms its exit from the tunnelling market

    9-May-2013

    Caterpillar has said that it is to close its Canadian tunnel boring machine (TBM) factory in mid-2014, although it will continue to support customers using its products until 2016.
  • Environmental work continues at Costa Concordia site

    9-May-2013

    While the human tragedy of the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy early last year may have faded from the headlines, work is still underway to prevent the accident becoming an environmental disaster.
  • Connaught strengthening work underway in drained dock

    7-May-2013

    Work to strengthen the Connaught Tunnel for use by Crossrail trains is now underway following drainage of 13M litres of water from the Royal Victoria Dock.
  • London’s deputy mayor supports Hammersmith tunnel proposal

    1-May-2013

    London’s deputy mayor Isabel Dedring is “enthusiastic” about the proposal to replace the Hammersmith flyover with a tunnel, said London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham leader Nick Botterill last night.
  • A quay issue

    GE May 2013

    With Channel Island ferry services already set to restart in time for the peak holiday season in July, Balfour Beatty is under pressure to complete harbour wall repairs at Weymouth. Claire Symes reports.
  • Close encounters

    GE May 2013

    Contractors on Crossrail’s western running tunnels are to get their first sight of the cutting face of one of its tunnel boring machines since its launch almost a year ago. Claire Symes visited Bond Street to find out more.
  • Plug in, water out

    GE May 2013

    Groundwater control during building of a new residential development in Greenwich is being achieved by construction of a grout plug. Claire Symes reports.
  • Atlas Copco rig widens its appeal

    GE May 2013

    Atlas Copco has announced that its Boyles C8C exploration rig is now available internationally following its debut at the China Mining exhibition in November last year. According to Atlas Copco, the new surface core drilling rig’s design focuses on power and simplicity to make exploration operations available to the broadest possible range of drilling professionals.
  • Dando adds sonic capability to line up

    GE May 2013

    Dando Drilling International has joined forces with Canada-based Sonic Drill Corporation to develop a new compact sonic drilling rig for the UK market.
  • Plantworx innovation award winners 2013 announced

    GE May 2013

    Green technologies, security and engineering innovation have been acknowledged in the inaugural Plantworx awards, announced last month.
  • Sika targets basements with lining

    GE May 2013

    Sika has developed a new waterproofing product in response to the increased demand for underground parking and basement construction in the UK. The company says the new product marks a move away from the conventional mastic asphalt membranes, cementitious mortars and geosynthetic liners that are normally used for waterproofing solutions.
  • Spillard to showcase safety at Plantworx

    GE May 2013

    Spillard Safety Systems says it will display the world’s first 360 degree surround view camera system for industrial and commercial vehicles on its stand at Plantworx 2013.
  • Groundforce braced for action in Warrington water scheme

    25-Apr-2013

    Construction of a new waste water treatment plant at Bewsey Bridge, near Warrington by contractor DCT Civil Engineering is being eased through use of Groundforce’s Mega Brace struts.
  • Further work needed at A72 landslide site

    22-Apr-2013

    Scottish Borders Council has said that further work is needed to prevent further landslides on an embankment on the A72 at Dirtpot Corner, between Peebles and Innerleithen.
  • Grout curtain construction starts at Wimbleball dam

    19-Apr-2013

    Water supplies for South West Water and Wessex Water customers will be safeguarded by work currently underway to strengthen the dam at Wimbleball Lake in Somerset.
  • Foundation construction underway on German wind farm

    10-Apr-2013

    Construction of the Bard Offshore 1 wind farm in the North Sea has reached a new milestone with delivery of the materials for the foundations for the 400MW development now underway.
  • Ten-fold rise in landslips on South West Coastal Path

    5-Apr-2013

    Figures released by the South West Coastal Path Association show that there was a 10 fold increase in landslips on the route this winter compared with previous years.
  • Dense asphaltic concrete for Biffa landfill site

    GE April 2013

    Hydraulic asphalt specialist Walo has marked its 10th anniversary of working on Westmill Landfill site for Biffa Waste Services by constructing the 10th cell at the site using dense asphaltic concrete (DAC).
  • GDS adds new analysis tool

    GE April 2013

    The analysis of laboratory bender element tests has recently been simplified following the launch of a new software tool by GDS Instruments. The GDS Bender Element Analysis Tool (GDS BEAT) was developed to address the subjectivity often present when analysing the data obtained from these tests.
  • JCB role on Brazilian ring road

    GE April 2013

    Tunnelling work on a new ringroad around São Paulo in Brazil is being fast tracked by contractor Toniolo Busnello with delivery of four new JCB 535-125 Loadalls.The new machines, which can lift 3.5t to 12.5m, are all fitted with platforms to enable construction workers to position the explosives ahead of blasting. After the detonation, the operative use the Loadalls to position the tunnel supports.The 177km ring road is due for completion in 2014.
  • Plantworx exhibitors unveil innovations ahead of event

    GE April 2013

    With less than two months to go until the first Plantworx construction equipment show, exhibitors are starting to reveal the innovations that will be launched at the event.
  • Second Koralm tunnel TBM to be launched

    GE April 2013

    The second Aker Wirth tunnel boring machine (TBM) is on the verge of being launched on the Koralm tunnel, which will link Graz and Klagenfurt in Austria with a new high speed rail link.
  • Wuxi metro tunnelling reaches breakthrough

    3-Apr-2013

    Work to build the first two of five planned metro lines in the Chinese city of Wuxi has reached a milestone with 16km of tunnels completed by a fleet of eight tunnel boring machines (TBMs) in just 20 months.
  • Sustainable sprayed concrete to be targeted by new joint venture

    3-Apr-2013

    Atlas Copco and BASF Construction Chemicals have announced that they have signed an agreement to work together on development of sustainable sprayed concrete expertise.
  • Keller wins major Moscow foundations contract

    3-Apr-2013

    Keller is to start construction work on a major diaphragm wall contract in Moscow following award of a RUB1.6bn (£35M) contract by Russian development and construction company LSR Group.
  • Energy industry calls for cuts to wind turbine foundation costs

    2-Apr-2013

    Foundation costs for offshore wind farms have been identified as a key area where savings need to be made in order to make the sector more appealing to investors, according to a new report.
  • Stealthy tactics

    28 March 2013

    Dense ground conditions and stringent noise limitations have resulted in some innovative solutions for construction of new facilities for the latest generation of container ships at the Port of Southampton. Claire Symes reports.
  • Beaminster Tunnel works to start in April

    27-Mar-2013

    Dorset County Council (DCC) has confirmed that soil nailing of the slopes above the Beaminster Tunnel, where a landlside killed two people in July last year, will start on 2 April.
  • Looe landslip death follows stabilisation work

    25-Mar-2013

    Work on a scheme to stabilise a slope in Looe was due to be completed this week but the work has been linked to the landslip that claimed the life of a woman when debris engulfed her property downslope from the site.
  • Polish dam could be stabilised with new diaphragm wall technology

    21-Mar-2013

    Stabilisation of the Zelazny Most copper mine tailings dam in Poland could be achieved using new diaphragm wall technology developed by Soilmec, according to yesterday’s 53rd Rankine Lecturer.
  • A67 closed as ground movement continues

    21-Mar-2013

    Increased ground movements on a slope next to the A67 at Low Carlbury in Darlington have led to indefinite closure of the route.
  • Bond Street breakthrough

    21 March 2013

    The first Crossrail tunnel boring machine (TBM) to reach Bond Street station will arrive later this week after achieving a record tunnelling rate of 217m last week.
  • Crossrail western running tunnels reach milestone

    14-Mar-2013

    Construction of the tunnels on the western section of Crossrail have reached the third way point with both tunnel boring machines (TBMs) having together completed 5km of tunnelling between Royal Oak and Farringdon.
  • Piling rig punctures London rail tunnel

    14 March 2013

    Health & Safety Executive (HSE) officials were this week preparing to investigate how a piling auger from a central London construction site penetrated and damaged a main line rail tunnel below.
  • Piling augers pierce Northern City Line tunnel

    11-Mar-2013

    Train services from Moorgate to Finsbury Park in London were suspended after augers from piling work above broke through the tunnel lining.
  • Landslide protection cash for Rest and Be Thankful road

    7 March 2013

    More than £40M must be spent to safeguard the A83 Rest and Be Thankful road from the risk of landslides despite completion of an emergency relief route, Transport Scotland said last week.
  • Crossrail cores to be stored in Cheshire salt mine

    28-Feb-2013

    More than 20km of cores drilled in the course of site investigations for Crossrail have been safeguarded for future use by putting them back underground.
  • Landslides, track breaks and climate threaten rail

    28 February 2013

    Landslide knocks line out for at least two months
  • A9 ground investigation award to start next month

    26-Feb-2013

    Environmental Scientifics Group is expected to start work on a ground investigation for Transport Scotland for the dualling of the A9 next month.
  • A83 emergency route ready for use

    26-Feb-2013

    Transport Scotland has confirmed that the new emergency relief route on the A83 is now operational with vehicle convoy testing underway.
  • Rotary first for Rock & Alluvium in Fulham

    22-Feb-2013

    Rock & Alluvium has been putting its first rotary piling rig through its paces on a new residential development in Fulham.
  • Bauer starts foundation work on Sydney regeneration scheme

    20-Feb-2013

    Redevelopment of a former container port next to Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia has got underway with work on installing foundations for a new mixed use development at the site.
  • Rock solid performer

    GE March 2013

    Last year Atkins’ David Shilston became the first engineering geologist to become president of the Geological Society. Claire Symes talks to him about the role and his ambitions to tackle the skills issues facing the sector.
  • New equipment launched at Bauma construction equipment exhibition

    GE March 2013

    Deeper, faster, quieter and with greater efficiency and improved accuracy sums up what the latest equipment for the geotechnics industry will offer when it is launched in Germany this spring. These new innovations will be among many new developments for the construction industry that will be on display at the tri-annual Bauma exhibition in Munich from 15 to 21 April this year.
  • Old mine workings could create Glasgow geothermal network

    14-Feb-2013

    Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have started work on a project to look at the feasibility of using water in abandoned mine workings to create a geothermal heat source for the city.
  • Portal construction starts at Victoria Dock

    14-Feb-2013

    Work by Vinci Construction UK to install more than 700 piles to create the Crossrail portal structure at Victoria Dock has got started today.
  • Tideway planning timescale revealed

    14-Feb-2013

    Thames Water has said that it will submit detailed plans for its 32km, £1.6bn “super sewer” Tideway project to the Planning Inspectorate on 28 February.
  • Colliery landslip halts rail services near Doncaster

    13-Feb-2013

    Rail services between Goole and Doncaster have been halted after a landslip in a colliery spoil, which was first noticed on Sunday, deteriorated.
  • Ritchies secures African quarrying contract

    12-Feb-2013

    Heidelberg Cement subsidiary Granutogo has appointed Bam Ritchies to carry out drilling and blasting work at its quarry in Agbelouve in Togo, West Africa.
  • Boart Longyear sells UK drilling services business

    8-Feb-2013

    Boart Longyear has confirmed that it has sold its UK drilling services business to the Mulraney Group and the division has been renamed as Geosonic Drilling.
  • Screen and clean

    7 February 2013

    Construction of a new trade centre on a former port may have been years in the making, but the careful planning has enabled the remediation effort to achieve recycling rates of 96%. Claire Symes reports.
  • Ireland reacts to backfill induced heave with new standards for damaged homes

    7 February 2013

    Home owners and remediation specialists this week welcomed publication of new standards from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) to deal with ground heave caused by pyritic backfill material on residential properties.
  • Bucking the trend

    5 February 2013 GE

    Few companies can report continued growth during the recent years of recession, but Bam Ritchies has managed to maintain and build on its position in the last five years. Claire Symes talks to Ian Dalgleish about how the company has bucked the trend.
  • Mersey makeover

    5 February 2013 GE

    Construction of a new trade centre on a former port may have been years in the making, but the careful planning is enabling the remediation effort to achieve recycling rates of 96%. Claire Symes reports.
  • Powering through

    5 February 2013 GE

    While renewable energy sources are seen as the way forward, getting those supplies onto the National Grid also requires some major investment - in terms of cost and innovation. Claire Symes reports from Scotland.
  • Miller picks up a number of large piling contracts

    5 February 2013 GE

    Miller Piling has raised the bar for continuous flight auger (CFA) piling in the UK with the introduction of a 140t machine from Italian manufacturer Casagrande. The new C850 DH rig can install piles up to 1,000mm in diameter to a depth of more than 21m, and Miller believes it to be the largest cased CFA rig in the UK.
  • Landslide-affected Scarborough properties to be demolished

    25-Jan-2013

    Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) has ordered the demolition of four privately owned properties at Knipe Point in Scarborough to prevent them being destroyed by a reactivated landslide.
  • Strabag shelves windfarm foundation investment plans

    21-Jan-2013

    Austria-based contractor Strabag has blamed uncertainty in energy policies for its decision to scrap plans to invest several hundred million Euros in a wind farm foundation factory in Germany.
  • Crossrail eyes progress at Canary Wharf station

    21-Jan-2013

    Preparation work on the “soft eyes” in the Canary Wharf station box has been completed and the excavation is ready to receive the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) Crossrail has said.
  • Bernice breaks through on UK Power Network’s deep cable project

    17-Jan-2013

    The tunnel boring machine (TBM) driving UK Power Network’s deep cable tunnel from Brentford Park has successfully completed its drive to the reception shaft at Willesden.
  • Towering Achievements

    17 January 2013

    Work on the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Big Ben’s clock tower may have secured John Burland’s position in the geotechnical halls of fame but his career in soil mechanics very nearly didn’t happen. Claire Symes reports
  • Ground investigation for basement cancer centre starts

    14-Jan-2013

    Campbell Reith and contractor ESG have started work on a challenging ground investigation for a new Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) facility for University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) in London.
  • Crossrail’s first slurry tunnelling machine starts work

    10-Jan-2013

    Construction of the first of two Crossrail tunnels below the Thames got underway yesterday with the launch of the first of the project’s slurry tunnel boring machines (TBMs).
  • Age old problems in worn out Britain

    10 January 2013

    It is impossible to travel far in the UK without being presented with the fruits of Victorian infrastructure innovation.
  • Trevi ready to set new slurry wall record

    2-Jan-2013

    Trevi has claimed that it is ready to set a new world record in terms of ground engineering by constructing a slurry wall to 250m below ground level, exceeding the previous record by 100m.
  • Hungarian trial assesses power tower foundations

    Ground Engineering January 2013

    Testconsult has just completed trials of its TDR2 and BGCMap systems for Hungarian utility company Mavir and local consultant Energin to prove the potential of the systems to quickly assess tower foundations.
  • Low cost logger launch

    Ground Engineering January 2013

    Smaller construction sites can now benefit from more effective monitoring, according to Itmsoil following the launch of a new vibrating wire data logger which it claims combines low cost with high technology.
  • Real time information on TBM progress

    Ground Engineering January 2013

    Construction of National Grid’s London Power Tunnels is being monitored remotely using a new web-based system that contractor Costain claims is helping to keep work on the £220M project on track.
  • Fugro appointed to undertake survey for US offshore wind development

    31-Dec-2012

    Fugro Atlantic has been appointed to undertake a geological and geophysical survey for the Virginia Wind Energy Area for the Commonwealth of Virginia in the US.
  • Rainfall blamed for Ystalyfera landslide

    31-Dec-2012

    Heavy rainfall has been blamed for the reactivation of a historic landslide at Pantteg in Ystelyfera, South Wales.
  • Piling: Some grounds for optimism

    20 December 2012

    Brownfield development, rail and metro systems should help a leaner and meaner piling industry to achieve slow growth during 2013.
  • Bauer wins foundations contract for Europe’s tallest building

    18-Dec-2012

    Bauer’s Russian subsidiary has won a contract to undertake the foundations work for the Lakhta Tower in St Petersburg, which at 420m will be Europe’s tallest building when it is completed in 2018.
  • A83 landslide mitigation options published

    18-Dec-2012

    Transport Scotland has published the draft feasibility report prepared by Jacobs to look at options for the landslide-affected A83 route.
  • Keller confirms positive finish to 2012

    18-Dec-2012

    Keller has issued a trading update to confirm that it expects to deliver revenues of £1.3bn and a pre-tax profit significantly above market expectations for its full year results.
  • Carbon storage database to be developed

    17-Dec-2012

    The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Crown Estates are to join forces to create an online database of mapped UK offshore carbon dioxide storage capacity .
  • Greater consideration of liquefaction risks urged by Christchurch report

    14-Dec-2012

    Land development rules in Christchurch, New Zealand failed to take account of liquefaction risks, according to a new report published this week.
  • Urgent action

    13 December 2012

    Media attention following the fatal landslide at the Beaminster tunnel has put the local council under pressure to find a solution to the slope stability problem. Claire Symes reports.
  • Maxwell wins Kuala Lumpur monitoring contract

    11-Dec-2012

    Main contractor MMC Gamuda has appointed Maxwell Geosystems to provide instrumentation and monitoring systems for the underground sections of the Klang Valley MRT in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Bridgwater scheme wins 2012 Fleming Award

    6-Dec-2012

    Somerset County Council (SCC) and its contractor Crestmoor Construction beat off stiff competition last night to secure the 2012 Fleming Award for its emergency repair work on Bridgwater’s West Quay, which collapsed in November last year.
  • Further guidance still needed for Eurocode 7

    4-Dec-2012

    The challenges of using Eurocode 7 (EC7) were highlighted by speakers at CIRIA’s Geotechnical Issues in Construction conference held in London yesterday.
  • Flying a flag for quality

    3-Dec-2012

    Scarborough is a name synonymous with all things seaside and Yorkshire Water is investing £50M to ensure the resort’s bathing waters meet the highest standards. Claire Symes reports.
  • Cordek meets Crossrail challenge

    Ground Engineering December 2012

    Construction of a 28m diameter, 43m deep cast insitu shaft at the Lower Lea Crossing for Crossrail will prove no obstruction to the passing of the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) thanks to void formers developed for the scheme by Cordek.
  • Providing radial drilling power

    Ground Engineering December 2012

    Radial drilling specialist Eco Friendly Installations has just taken delivery of a new 14/115 portable air compressor from Doosan Portable Power to aid its work on ground source heating projects. Compressed air from the new compressor will be used to power the down the hole hammer on Eco’s radial drilling rig.
  • Rockfall barrier passes Euro test

    Ground Engineering December 2012

    Maccaferri’s latest rockfall barrier system took a step closer to being ready for launch when the system passed a 6,500kJ test live in front of potential customers at the Fonzaso test centre operated by Consorzio Trivento Rocciatori in Italy in October.
  • Third Crossrail tunnel boring machine launched

    29-Nov-2012

    Construction of Crossrail’s eastern running tunnels got underway today with the launch of the project’s third tunnel boring machine (TBM).
  • Banging the steel drum

    29 November 2012

    With new chairman Steve Cross in place, the Steel Piling Group has plans to improve knowledge of the techniques with a view to improving the industry’s market share. Claire Symes reports.
  • Climate challenge to slope management highlighted at conference

    28-Nov-2012

    The impact of climate change on stability of slopes and coping with spending cuts has been highlighted by several speakers at today’s GE Slope Engineering conference in London.
  • Newburn temporary works put to the test with further flooding

    27-Nov-2012

    Work to stabilise the ground collapse that occurred in late September at Spencer Court in Newburn near Newcastle has been put to the test with recent heavy rain causing further flooding at the site.
  • Cumbrian mine shaft collapses during stabilisation work

    15-Nov-2012

    Work to stabilise an historic iron ore mine shaft on council-owned land in Egremont, Cumbria has been halted after ground around the top of the shaft collapsed leading to the evacuation of eight nearby properties.
  • Construction bolsters Bauer results

    14-Nov-2012

    Growing demand for its construction services has helped Bauer to offset the drop in revenue from its equipment business to record a 5.4% increase in revenue to €1.06bn (£850M) for the first nine months of the year.
  • A level playing field

    1 November 2012

    Use of an innovative piling platform has helped to fast-track foundations work on a new sewage works in Staffordshire, as well as meet the site’s access restrictions. Claire Symes reports.
  • Probing into the heart of London

    1 November 2012

    Network Rail has ambitious plans to transform London Bridge station into a state of the art interchange but before work could get underway, a major ground investigation was called for. Claire Symes reports.
  • Disguised development

    1 November 2012

    Construction of the frame for the new oversite development at Bond Street Underground station early next year may give the impression that the upgrade is almost compete, but five years of work remains. Claire Symes reports.
  • Bauma to get bigger

    Ground Engineering November 2012

    The organiser of triennial construction equipment exhibition Bauma has said that the 2013 event that will run between 15 and 21 April will be bigger than ever, ensuring the event in Germany retains its title as the biggest exhibition in the work.
  • On-site sludge removal is in the bag

    Ground Engineering November 2012

    On-site water treatment and sludge removal processes have been eased by the launch of the new geotextile Siltstoppa Dewatering Bags, according to product developer Siltbuster.
  • Rented rig gives piling firm the edge

    Ground Engineering November 2012

    A rented Klemm 702-2 drill rig from Skelair International has helped Norfolk-based Piling & Drilling to meet the demands of a recent restricted access piling scheme in Cambridge without the need to invest in the necessary equipment.
  • Work starts on mine stabilisation for new rail link

    9-Oct-2012

    Remediation work to stabilise abandoned mine workings in Scotland is now underway in order to allow construction of a new rail line to start next year.
  • Bauer wins foundations work for the world’s tallest planned building

    8-Oct-2012

    Bauer has been appointed to construct the foundations for Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, which at 1,001m will be the first building in the world to be taller than 1km.
  • Rampion metmast successfully installed

    4-Oct-2012

    Fugro Seacore has announced that its work on installing a metmast for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has been successfully completed and the mast is now recording data for developer E.ON Climate and Renewables.
  • Culvert washout exposes piles under Newcastle flats

    4 October 2012

    A major ground collapse at Newburn near Newcastle last week could have been caused by the earlier collapse of a culvert which runs through the site in May, according to Newcastle City Council.
  • Standard Bearer

    4 October 2012

    Five decades since the Federation of Piling Specialists was conceived, the industry has advanced, but chairman Jim De Waele tells Claire Symes the drive to improve standards remains.
  • Feasibility work for Saint Brieuc offshore wind farm starts

    3-Oct-2012

    A consortium of Iberdrola and Eole-Res has announced the start of two geotechnical and geophysical feasibility investigations in the Bay of Saint Brieuc to provide foundation information for a new offshore wind farm.
  • Ramboll director appointed president of CIWEM

    3-Oct-2012

    The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) has announced the appointment of Ramboll director Paul Hillman as its new president.
  • Basement sector offers real growth potential

    3-Oct-2012

    Demand for deep excavations is growing but new projects need to make more use of instrumentation and innovative techniques in order to meet cost and technical challenges according to Arup director Duncan Nicholson.
  • Golder Associates acquire GCG (Asia)

    1-Oct-2012

    Hong Kong-based GCG (Asia) has announced that it has been acquired by Golder Associates and will now trade under the name Golder Associates (Hong Kong).
  • Automated CPT analysis software upgraded

    Ground Engineering October 2012

    Datgel has upgraded its CPT reporting software with the launch of the CPT Tool 3 gINT add-on. The company says the development places advanced reporting and analysis capabilities directly in the hands of geotechnical engineers with an array of formula configurations and report generation options unmatched in cone penetration testing.
  • Robust tablet PC designed for on site applications

    Ground Engineering October 2012

    Bauer has unveiled a new tablet PC featuring specially developed hardware and software that it claims can facilitate working on construction sites and improve the entire work process.
  • Seismograph aimed at ground engineers

    Ground Engineering October 2012

    Accudata has launched a new seismograph model which it says is specifically designed for the ground engineering market.
  • Bauer to construct Hong Kong-Zuhai-Macau bridge foundations

    27-Sep-2012

    Bauer has announced that it has been appointed to construct foundations for the Hong Kong side of the new 30km long Hong Kong-Zuhai-Macau bridge.
  • Slow progress delays work on London power tunnel

    27 September 2012

    National Grid this week denied that work on its London Power Tunnels scheme to upgrade the capital’s electricity supply was running behind schedule.
  • Lee Tunnel: Assembly line

    13 September 2012

    Work to bore Thames Water’s £635M Lee Tunnel is now about to get into full flow after nine months of tunnelling. Claire Symes reports.
  • Driving Force

    6 September 2012

    Delivering the £14.8bn challenge that is Crossrail will be no mean feat over the next few years but, according to the man charged with overseeing the engineering aspects, having the right team is the key. Claire Symes reports.
  • Celtic buys mini piler

    Ground Engineering September 2012

    After successful use of a McDrill Mc80B with rotary head from Skelair for mini-piling work on the A399 at Shutscombe Wood in north Devon, Celtic Rock Services has bought the rig for future schemes. Celtic Rock Services managing director Alwyn Thomas says: “We were already in the market for a new machine as we needed greater flexibility to respond to changing client demands.
  • Deformation monitoring system put to the test

    Ground Engineering September 2012

    A Leica deformation monitoring system enabled Swiss authorities to evacuate an industrial zone before 300,000m3 of rock fell 1,000m from the Valegion mountain onto the valley floor near the village of Preonzo in Ticino canton. The authorities were also able to close the A2 highway ahead of the rockfall.
  • New damping system helps cushion the blow

    Ground Engineering September 2012

    Gallery structures have long been used to protect vulnerable sections of road from the threat of rockfalls but a new system from Geobrugg offers to add to the level of protection. Rockfall-X is a damping system that has recently been installed for the first time between Weesen and Amden in Switzerland following successful field tests. The system aims to protect the gallery roof and reduces the static loading compared to conventional gravel damping systems.
  • Alternative to landslide-prone A83 will be ready in 12 weeks

    23 August 2012

    Targets defined by Transport Scotland’s newly established A83 taskforce includes the aim to have an alternative road to the landslide-hit Rest and be Thankful route built within 12 weeks.
  • Beaminster Tunnel ground investigation work due to start

    23 August 2012

    Environmental Scientifics Group was due to start work on a ground investigation of the slopes above the Beaminster Tunnel portal in Dorset as NCE went to press this week in a bid to stabilise the area and allow the structure on the A3066 to be reopened.
  • Sealed for success

    9 August 2012

    Construction of the UK’s canal network was an amazing engineering feat, but when it comes to restoration, sometimes modern methods have to be called on. Claire Symes visits the Wey & Arun Canal to find out more.
  • Taskforce to tackle A83 landslips

    9 August 2012

    Transport Scotland is to set up a taskforce to solve ongoing slope stability problems on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll and Bute after a landslide closed the route for three days last week, resulting in diversions of up to 80km.
  • Green Shoots?

    9 August 2012

    Many had high hopes that 2012 would herald a return to growth for the UK construction industry, but the situation has remained challenging despite a number of major projects helping to boost revenues generated by geotechnics. Claire Symes looks developments over the last 12 months and what’s in store for the coming year.
  • BGS unveils new soil mapping app

    Ground Engineering August 2012

    British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology have joined forces to create a new app that will provide information about soils in the UK.
  • CPT success in New Zealand

    Ground Engineering August 2012

    A new cone penetration testing (CPT) service in New Zealand is proving popular with postearthquake reconstruction projects in Christchurch.
  • Dando reduces the load

    Ground Engineering August 2012

    Dando Drilling has launched a new tracked load carrying vehicle in a bid to solve transportation issues on sites with difficult terrain.
  • Fugro expands capabilities

    Ground Engineering August 2012

    Fugro Salt Subsea has taken delivery of the first of two new trenching systems from Soil Machine Dynamics with the second expected to be delivered in September this year.
  • Deadly landslip probed

    26 July 2012

    Discovery of two bodies in a car buried under a landslip close to a tunnel portal in Dorset has raised questions about the maintenance of slopes above the tunnel.
  • Engineered for Value

    05 July 2012

    Woolwich very nearly didn’t get a Crossrail station but thanks to some careful negotiation and construction sequencing the ground engineering for the new station box is almost complete. Claire Symes reports.
  • Barrier outperforms HDPE

    Ground Engineering July 2012

    Membrane specialist ITP claims to have developed a new hydrocarbon resistant barrier that outperforms current HDPE products.
  • Italian drilling cooperation named Synergy

    Ground Engineering July 2012

    Trevi’s Drillmec and Soilmec equipment divisions have signed a cooperation agreement with Italy-based microdrilling and tunnelling specialist EGT. Under the joint venture - named Synergy - the trio will manufacture and sell horizontal drilling (HDD) equipment.
  • Itmsoil launches new data logger

    Ground Engineering July 2012

    Reliable readings are the main benefit of a new data logger and read-out unit launched by geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring specialist Itmsoil, following extensive testing on construction sites around the world.
  • Pile dynamics improves testing

    Ground Engineering July 2012

    Pile Dynamics claims to have developed a new system that improves the process of carrying out cross-hole sonic logging (CSL) by automating the work.
  • Allu launch improves the mix

    Ground Engineering June 2012

    While development of Allu’s new SureMix is aimed at producing Hydraulically Bound Materials (HBMs) for the highway repair market, the company believes it could also have applications in the remediation market.
  • JCB tackles equipment theft

    Ground Engineering June 2012

    With construction equipment thefts rising, JCB has announced that all models in its Hammermaster hydraulic breaker range will be marked under the Construction Equipment Security And Registration (CESAR) scheme as standard.
  • KeyLab has new features

    Ground Engineering June 2012

    Keynetix has introduced further improvements to its geotechnical laboratory management system KeyLab.
  • Oasys update for EC7

    Ground Engineering June 2012

    Oasys Software has updated its retaining wall program Frew, vertical load program Pile, and slope stability program Slope to allow users to carry out analysis to Eurocode 7 standards.
  • Self-sufficient drilling rig launched

    Ground Engineering June 2012

    Atlas Copco is aiming to improve tunnelling rates on projects without water and electricity supplies with the launch of the Boomer E1 C-DH face drilling rig. The rig is one of the largest diesel-hydraulic face-drilling rigs on the market, with a coverage area of up to 95m2, and also features an on-board 450litre water tank.
  • Geological timeline leads the way to new BGS office

    17-May-2012

    Visitors to the new British Geological Survey office in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire will be able to take a quick walk through geological history on the way, following the official opening today by UK government chief scientist Sir John Beddington.
  • Fugro acquisition expands French business

    10-May-2012

    Fugro has announced that it has acquired France-based geoconsultant Geoter.
  • Itmsoil aims for growth

    8-May-2012

    UK-based geotechnical instrumentation business Itmsoil has announced that it undergone a management buy out.
  • Fehmarnbelt archaeological investigations start

    3-May-2012

    Survey work to check for archaeological remains along the planned route of the Fehmernbelt fixed link has got underway.
  • Parisian parade: Intermat exhibition equipment news

    Ground Engineering May 2012

    Technology to deliver improved performance and safety, along with real-time construction monitoring, in geotechnics was the clear theme running through new equipment being launched at the recent Intermat exhibition.
  • Embankment collapse closes Highland rail line

    27-Apr-2012

    Heavy rain is believed to have caused a landslip on an earth embankment on the Aviemore to Inverness rail line this morning.
  • Ground Investigation contractors selected for Inveramsay Bridge upgrade

    24-Apr-2012

    Allied Exploration and Geotechnics have been appointed by Transport Scotland to undertake ground investigations for the upgrade of the Inveramsey Bridge on the A96.
  • Piling progress for west London school extension

    19-Apr-2012

    Work on extending Notting Hill and West Ealing High School is now underway following completion of the foundations work by Westpile.
  • Bauer reports rising revenues

    18-Apr-2012

    Ground engineering contractor and equipment producer Bauer has reported a 5.2% rise in revenues to €1.37bn (£1.12bn) for the last financial year, although net profits were down 16.7% at €34.1M (£27.9M).
  • Sustainable solution for Yorkshire wind farm

    16-Apr-2012

    Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering’s piling work on the new Ridge Wind Farm in Yorkshire will help deliver sustainable power but the foundation design is also helping to boost the sustainability of the scheme.
  • Drilling rig moves in to start work on Gwynt y Môr wind farm

    13-Apr-2012

    LDD has announced that its most powerful pile top reverse circulation drilling rig has been delivered to Birkenhead ready to start work on installing foundations for the Gwynt y Môr wind farm.
  • Geotechnical: Streatham Hub

    5 April 2012

    With leisure facilities, supermarket, apartments and transport interchange, the Streatham Hub is certainly cramming a lot into one area and is calling on some complex geotechnics. Claire Symes reports.
  • Piletec aids precision piling at One Tower Bridge

    3-Apr-2012

    Over 1000 rotary bored piles are currently being installed on the South Bank close to Tower Bridge in London by Miller Piling for Berkley Homes’ new residential and retail development, One Tower Bridge.
  • Wind farm survey boost for Fugro

    2-Apr-2012

    Development of onshore wind farms in Scotland is creating a demand for hi-tech surveying work for Fugro-BKS.
  • A little French dressing flavours companies’ Intermat launches

    Ground Engineering April 2012

    Bauer plans to use the Intermat 2012 exhibition, which takes place in Paris between 16 and 21 April, to launch its latest innovations for the foundation sector. The company says the main highlight will be the fully redesigned BG30 drilling rig, which will be displayed alongside the MC64 foundation crane. According to Bauer, many of the innovations on the new BG30 rig are based on customer suggestions and include a redesigned and relocated main winch to offer increased capacity and greater ...
  • Flood control – military style

    Ground Engineering April 2012

    Geotextile manufacturer Fiberweb has launched a new geocellular containment system, called DefenCell, which it claims is an ideal ground stabilisation or flood defence solution.
  • Pile recording improvements

    Ground Engineering April 2012

    US-based Pile Dynamics has launched new accessories and software for its Pile Installation Recorder (PIR) system. The PIR Viewer and the new version of the PIRPLOT data processing and reporting software are said to improve real-time information.
  • New guidance for piling through coal issued

    30-Mar-2012

    A new best practice guide published today by the Coal Authority is aiming to reduce the risk from encountering hazardous gases when drilling or piling through coal seams and former mine workings.
  • Instrumentation key to LUL value engineering

    29-Mar-2012

    Monitoring and instrumentation is playing a key role in allowing London Underground to efficiently maintain its geotechnical assets claims Transport for London principal geotechnical engineer Dr Nadar Saffari.
  • Rail culvert collapse triggers safety fears

    29 March 2012

    Poor maintenance and a lack of rigour in recording the condition of small, safety critical rail assets has been highlighted in a report on the collapse of a culvert under a railway line near Bromsgrove, accident investigators said last week.
  • New ground movement sensor on trial at Bond Street

    26-Mar-2012

    Structures around the Bond Street Underground station construction work, being undertaken by the Costain/Laing O’Rourke joint venture, are being monitored using new sensor technology.
  • Keller secures Polish contract

    26-Mar-2012

    Keller has been appointed to construct access ramps and tunnel boring machine (TBM) launch and receiving shafts for Poland’s first TBM-driven tunnel.
  • Rankine lecturer calls for objectivity

    22-Mar-2012

    Cambridge University professor of soil mechanics Malcolm Bolton called for engineers to use objectivity when applying factors of safety rather than arbitrary figures suggested by Eurocode 7 during last night’s Rankine Lecture.
  • Lankelma invests to boost New Zealand operation

    22-Mar-2012

    Ground investigation specialist Lankelma is adding cone penetration testing to its services in New Zealand with delivery of one of its 20t CPT due in Christchurch in April.
  • Costain widens its geotechnical division

    21-Mar-2012

    Costain hopes to target a wider range of work following rebranding of its Geotechncial Services business under the banner of Costain Environmental Services.
  • Picture Gallery: Work to stabilise A890 rockfall fast tracked

    8-Mar-2012

    More than 40 people from TRAC Engineering are working around the clock to stabilise rock face on the A890 Stromeferry bypass near Kyle in Scotland under a contract let by the Highland Council.
  • Flood scheme offers protection for Kempsey

    6-Mar-2012

    Major earthworks, sluices and construction of a new pumping station to protect the village of Kempsey from the risk of flooding from the River Severn are nearing completion, despite being undertaken over the winter months.
  • New geological survey map launched for sustainable drainage systems

    6-Mar-2012

    The British Geological Survey (BGS) has released a new digital map which it claims will help planners, developers and local authorities reduce urban flooding through appropriate use of Sustainable Drainage Systems (Suds).
  • Met mast contract for Fugro Seacore

    6-Mar-2012

    Fugro Seacore has been appointed to design, build and install for a new offshore met mast for the proposed Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.
  • 3D modelling module added

    Ground Engineering March 2012

    Geotechnical software specialist Plaxis has launched a new 3D Dynamics module as an extension to its Plaxis 3D software.
  • Borehole logging enhanced

    Ground Engineering March 2012

    Soil Engineering has adopted the KeyLogbook system developed jointly by Equipe Geosolutions and Keynetix in a bid to improve borehole logging and make the data easier to use.
  • Quick-hitch hammer adapter aims to improve safety

    Ground Engineering March 2012

    Piletec has unveiled a specially developed quick-hitch adapter for excavator-mounted vibratory piling hammers. The company, a division of Groundforce, has developed the Vibrosafe device in a bid to overcome safety concerns linked to some designs.
  • Skelair adds McDrill range

    Ground Engineering March 2012

    Skelair International has added the MDT-40 McDrill rig to its portfolio of drilling equipment. Designed for applications with restricted access, such as indoor drilling and tunnels, Skelair says the rigs can undertake a variety of work, including micro piling, soil consolidation and jet grouting.
  • Keller merges UK business into wider EMEA group

    27-Feb-2012

    Geotechnical firm Keller has merged its UK business with its operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to form a new division in a bid to operate more efficiently, it has emerged.
  • Sensors trigger closure of A83 ahead of landslide

    23-Feb-2012

    Tilt meters installed on an unstable section of the A83 Rest and Be Thankful route triggered an alarm and led to closure of the road ahead of a landslide event yesterday.
  • London council imposes tighter basement restrictions amid growing safety concerns

    22-Feb-2012

    The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) in London plans to tighten regulations for the construction of new basements.
  • Guidebook aims to give model results

    21-Feb-2012

    Improving the quality of geotechnical analysis is the aim of a new guidebook called Obtaining Parameters for Geotechnical Analysis that will be published today at the Case Histories of Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering seminar in Nottingham.
  • London borough tightens basement rules

    2-Feb-2012

    The London borough of Kensington & Chelsea has announced plans to tighten regulations on construction of new basements following a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) inspection of sites across the capital at the end of last year.
  • Bauer adds to the mix

    Ground Engineering February 2012

    Bauer has launched two new products to improve mixing and separation operations on diaphragm wall construction projects.
  • Sandvik tools optimise drilling

    Ground Engineering February 2012

    Sandvik has developed a new GT60 tube system and a range of tailored rock drilling tools that it claims will help to maximise the potential of drilling rigs.
  • Soil analysis tool improved

    Ground Engineering February 2012

    Alcontrol has improved its contaminated soil analysis with the addition of an alarm system to its @mis online data reporting tool. As well as access to live laboratory results, the system allows an alarm to be set for any sample that exceeds a pre-specified contaminant level.
  • TBM on schedule for Crossrail tunnels

    Ground Engineering February 2012

    Herrenknecht delivers for Crossrail, Alcontrol advances analysis, Sandvik improves reliability and Bauer adds to slurry technology.
  • Final funding plea for heritage rail repair

    30-Jan-2012

    Work to repair a collapsed embankment on the historic Gloucestershire Warwick Railway is about to get underway despite funding falling £170,000 short of the full £670,000 cost of the scheme.
  • Ground Engineering: A little nail treatment

    26 January 2012

    Combining soil nailing with electrokinetics is enabling embankment stabilisation on a busy route through Kent to be carried out with minimal impact on nature and traffic.
  • Ground Engineering: Rising to the occasion

    30-Jan-2012

    With more than 245,000m3 of fill needed to redevelop a site in the coastal Devon town of Seaton, an innovative approach was needed to avoid clogging up the narrow rural roads.
  • Ground Engineering: Contamination conundrum

    27-Jan-2012

    Remediation technologies have advanced in the last 20 years, but the classification of what levels of contaminants are actually harmful to health is still very much a grey area.
  • Crossrail tunnels: Delivery driver

    26 January 2012

    Crossrail’s first tunnel boring machine is now being built on site ready to start work in March. Claire Symes reports from west London.
  • Ground Engineering: A dam good job

    25-Jan-2012

    Life as an engineer can be rewarding, but for Arup dam engineer Ljiljana Spasic-Gril it has meant weeks away from home to undertake remote site visits - a sacrifice she believes has been worth it.
  • Nordsee Ost wind farm foundation contract awarded

    24-Jan-2012

    Work on the grouted foundations for RWE Innogy’s 295MW Nordsee Ost wind farm is set to get underway following the award of the contract to Found Ocean.
  • Site investigation for river clean up to start

    19-Jan-2012

    United Utilities has announced that site investigations for a major scheme to clean up the River Lune in Lancaster will get underway next week.
  • South west expansion for Frankis

    13-Jan-2012

    Remediation specialist Frankis Solutions has announced that it is expanding into the south west with the opening of a new office in Cornwall.
  • Lack of codes makes excavations challenging in seismic urban areas

    12-Jan-2012

    Excavations in dense urban areas that are seismically active are poorly covered by existing building codes, said Arup principal Nick O’Riordan at a joint British Geotechnical Association and Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics meeting last night.
  • Arcelor adds to pile portfolio

    Ground Engineering January 2012

    Arcelor Mittal has added a new sheet pile design to its portfolio in a bid to offer a better solution in difficult ground.
  • Mobile rig aids geothermal investigations

    Ground Engineering January 2012

    Testing for geothermal potential has been boosted with the launch of GECCO2’s new thermal/ground response Test (TRT) rig.
  • Profiler analyses bored pile integrity

    Ground Engineering January 2012

    The Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP) is a new solution for evaluation of bored piles that bases its diagnosis on the heat generated by curing cement. The system has been jointly developed by Pile Dynamics and Foundation & Geotechnical Engineering based on research conducted at the University of South Florida.
  • Skelair to supply Wassara equipment

    Ground Engineering January 2012

    Drilling equipment supplier Skelair has signed a deal to become the UK and Irish distributor for water-powered drilling and casing equipment manufacturer Wassara.
  • A Life In Foundations

    15 December 2011

    Many in the foundations industry were surprised at the news that Roger Bullivant had agreed to sell his eponymous business to Bachy Soletanche. But he’s as committed to the sector as ever, he tells Claire Symes
  • Contractor Aarsleff announces UK restructure

    20-Dec-2011

    Denmark-based contractor Aarsleff has announced that it is to expand its business in the UK with the addition of a sewer relining division to the existing piling operation.
  • Ritchies wins £1.5M transmission line ground investigation contract

    20-Dec-2011

    Geotechnical contractor Bam Ritchies has been appointed by Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions to carry out a ground investigation for a new 200km Scottish power transmission line.
  • Lee Tunnel: Ready to Rumble

    16-Dec-2011

    Thames Water’s Lee Tunnel is set to win the race to be the first of the current plethora of London tunnelling projects to launch its TBM. Claire Symes reports.
  • Wall Street

    15 December 2011

    First UK use of a reinforced soil retaining wall is helping one road scheme in Essex meet the client’s architectural and cost demands. Claire Symes reports
  • The Digital Engineer

    15 December 2011

    Although Mike Chrimes has notched up almost 35 years of service with the Institution of Civil Engineers he confesses to having strong feelings for the British Geotechnical Association. Claire Symes reports.
  • A Grounded Academic

    15 December 2011

    As Kingston University’s Professor Eddie Bromhead prepares to deliver this year’s Glossop Lecture he talks to Claire Symes about his unexpected career in soil mechanics and his views on education.
  • Defending The Front

    15 December 2011

    Tide and time may wait for no man, but Galliford Try is tackling both with the construction of new coastal flood defences in north Wales. Claire Symes visited the site to find out more.
  • Crossrail’s first TBM ready for delivery

    14-Dec-2011

    The first tunnel boring machine for London’s Crossrail project is going through final testing and will soon be dismantled for transport to the Royal Oak portal near Paddington.
  • Australia’s Toombul project scoop Fleming Award

    8-Dec-2011

    Presentation of work on one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects helped a team from Arup, Benaim, URS Scott Wilson and RD Geotech win the Fleming Award last night.
  • Power Tunnels reach new milestone

    8-Dec-2011

    The second London Power Tunnel tunnel boring machine (TBM) is set to be lowered into the Willesden launch shaft tomorrow (Friday), main contractor Costain revealed.
  • Thames Tunnel to target Asian contractors

    8-Dec-2011

    Thames Water hopes to attract bids from Asian contractors when the Thames Tunnel project is put out to tender to improve the value of the scheme.
  • Slope stability missing out on full instrumentation benefits

    7-Dec-2011

    Many slope stability projects are not getting the full benefit of instrumentation because there is no funding for long term monitoring, according to Kingston University’s Eddie Bromhead.
  • Cofferdam helps preserve submariner history

    5-Dec-2011

    Balfour Beatty is currently working on installing a cofferdam around the only surviving World War II era submarine at the Royal Naval Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire.
  • Piling federation pilots apprenticeships

    5-Dec-2011

    The Federation of Piling Specialists has announced that it has launched an apprenticeship scheme for the piling industry.
  • Italian maker celebrates drilling rig number 4,000

    Ground Engineering December 2011

    Italy-based Soilmec has celebrated production of its 4,000th foundation drilling rig - a record the company believes no other manufacturer in the world has achieved.
  • Real-time movement monitor provides long-term settlement monitoring

    Ground Engineering December 2011

    Geotechnical Observations has added a tilt sensor to its range of products to offer real-time monitoring of movement.
  • Skelair meets rental demand

    Ground Engineering December 2011

    Delivery of three new Klemm drilling rigs has bolstered the drilling rental fleet of Skelair, the company has announced.
  • US seeks faster geotehermal solutions

    Ground Engineering December 2011

    Atlas Copco Secoroc has announced that it has been awarded a $3.4M (£2.1M) grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to work with Sandia National Laboratories to develop new technology for faster drilling of geothermal boreholes.
  • Mark Thorn to head up SKM’s geotechnics division

    30-Nov-2011

    Project management company Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has announced that Mark Thorn has joined the firm to head up its geotechnical engineering division.
  • BRE aims to Impact on foundation sustainability

    29-Nov-2011

    The BRE is calling on the ground engineering sector to help provide data to improve understanding of how foundation design can improve sustainability.
  • Initiative targets testing standards

    28-Nov-2011

    Geotechnical testing laboratories are being invited to benchmark their skills against others worldwide in a bid to improve standards.
  • Planning concerns lead to new contamination campaign

    28-Nov-2011

    The Environment Industries Commission (EIC) Contaminated Land Working Group is launching a major campaign next week in response to concern within the industry over sustainability failures in the proposed National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
  • Worley Parsons adds London office

    28-Nov-2011

    Worley Parsons has announced that it is to add a geotechnical division to its London office to meet growing demand for skills in the ground engineering sector.
  • Conference to profile coastal slope best practise

    28-Nov-2011

    Halcrow’s new “A Good Practice Guide” on coastal instability is to be presented at GE’s Slope Stability 2011 conference next month.
  • High Flyers

    24 November 2011

    Foundations work for the UK’s first urban cable car is under way in east London. Claire Symes visited the site to find out more about the scheme.
  • Online Eurocodes launched by BSI

    24 November 2011

    British standards organisation BSI will launch a web-based version of Eurocodes on 28 November in a bid to ease use of the system.
  • The Man With Tunnel Vision

    24 November 2011

    Tunnelling is the answer to society’s urban problems, according to Halcrow’s Martin Knights. Claire Symes met him to talk about the industry’s prospects and the drivers for future growth.
  • Caisson foundations needed for next generation of wind farms, says expert

    10-Nov-2011

    Future deep water wind farm developments and government targets will demand a different foundation design approach from the current monopile technique used in the UK, an Oxford University expert has said.
  • Carillion pulls out of the piling market

    10-Nov-2011

    Carillion has confirmed that it will close its piling business, which recorded a turnover of £12M last year.
  • Downpour triggers Somerset wall collapse

    10 November 2011

    Heavy rainfall is believed to have triggered the collapse of a retaining wall on the River Parrett close to the town centre in Bridgwater in Somerset.
  • High line lowdown

    10 November 2011

    Foundations work for the UK’s first urban cable car is under way in east London. Claire Symes visited the site.
  • Eurocode 7 underlines need for broad knowledge

    9-Nov-2011

    Implementation of Eurocode 7 (geotechnical) has underlined the need for engineers to have a broad knowledge and not to be too specialist, Buro Happold technical director Peter Scott said this week.
  • Piling programme completed at Reading station

    8-Nov-2011

    Contractor Bachy Soletanche has announced that the third phase of piling work for new bridges for the upgrade at Reading station has been completed.
  • Experts call for carbon calculator guidelines

    8-Nov-2011

    Carbon calculators’ potential to improve sustainability is being undermined by the absence of government guidelines on how such programs capture and measure emissions, according to speakers at an industry conference yesterday.
  • Heavy rainfall blamed for Bridgwater river wall collapse

    7-Nov-2011

    Heavy rainfall is believed to be the cause of a collapsed wall on the River Parrett close to the town centre in Bridgwater in Somerset.
  • Galliford Try success with new tidal technique

    4-Nov-2011

    Contractor Galliford Try has just completed work on four tidal wall upgrades on the River Thames for the Environment Agency.
  • Fleming Awards finalists announced by Skanska

    3-Nov-2011

    Tottenham Court Road, the extension of the M74 and the Toombul jacked box tunnel in Brisbane have been announced by Skanska as finalists in this year’s Fleming Awards.
  • New hollow pile design promises benefits, says Balfour Beatty

    3-Nov-2011

    City University London has patented a new hollow tubular concrete pile design that it claims could improve foundation sustainability and allow for easier site redevelopment.
  • Bauer revamps BG 28 rotary drilling rig

    Ground Engineering November 2011

    Customer-driven design updates were the main focus of Bauer’s engineers when it came to updating its popular BG 28 rotary drilling rig. The rig features a new main winch, a re-engineered rotary drive and an improved counterweight design, as well as a new Stage IIIBcompliant engine.
  • CeDe deal will bring Volvo Europe-wide

    Ground Engineering November 2011

    Volvo piling and tunnelling equipment is now available Europewide from Volvo Construction Equipment after a deal with Sweden’s CeDe Group. The agreement is part of a wider deal that will also mean road-rail machines and forestry bucket jibs, as well as all-terrain forklift units, will become available for sale through Volvo’s European dealership network.
  • Course tows the line for trailer safety

    Ground Engineering November 2011

    Improved safety of workers when towing construction equipment is promised by a new course developed by the National Construction College (NCC).
  • Millimetre monitoring accuracy of ground movement

    Ground Engineering November 2011

    Remote monitoring of ground movement with +/-5mm accuracy is promised by the new 3D Tracker-LT deformation monitoring system. According to the tracker’s manufacturer, Applied Geomechanics (AGI), the system is specially designed for the dynamic needs of mining, bridge, dam, landslide, and geotechnical engineers, and provides hourly position updates.
  • Skelair reports rising rental demand

    31-Oct-2011

    Delivery of three new Klemm drilling rigs has bolstered the drilling rental fleet of plant supplier Skelair, the company has announced, and will help meet the growing demand for rental equipment.
  • Gender quotas are not an answer

    28-Oct-2011

    Look around any engineering company and the proportion of male to female staff is imbalanced at every level. This surely can’t be because women are excluded from the profession but more down to the fact that, for whatever reason, engineering seems to be a more attractive career for men rather than women.
  • Man On A Mission

    27 October 2011

    Rab Fernie clearly has a passion for geotechnics and as the new chairman of the British Geotechnical Association, he plans to channel it to better the industry. Claire Symes reports.
  • Fixing A Hole

    27 October 2011

    Imagine dealing with a project that has hundreds of “clients” and the extent of the work is unknown. That was the challenge facing engineers after ground instability was found in a residential area in Reading. Claire Symes reports.
  • UK guidelines for baseline reports needed

    21-Oct-2011

    Lack of consistency among geotechnical baseline reports (GBRs) is impacting on their potential benefits and UK guidelines are need to ensure the potential is realised.
  • Taj Mahal faces collapse

    20 October 2011

    Indian politicians and historians claim that the Taj Mahal could collapse within five years if work to repair the structure’s timber foundations is not carried out.
  • Infrastructure Show: Women reject quotas to achieve equality

    19-Oct-2011

    Women should reach board room positions in engineering based on merit not tokenism or box ticking, said Port of London Authority chairman Dame Helen Alexander at the Infrastructure Show yesterday.
  • Bachy subsidiary forms joint venture with Menard

    18-Oct-2011

    Bachy Soletanche has announced that its subsidiary Vibro Projects has merged with ground improvement specialist Menard in the UK to form VibroMenard, following success on a joint trial project in London.
  • Record breaking barrier takes the strain

    17-Oct-2011

    Rock fall barrier specialist Geobrugg and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) have set a new world record during trials for a new barrier system in Switzerland.
  • Capita completes historic anchor foundations

    14-Oct-2011

    The anchor from the QEII cruise liner now has a permanent mooring following completion of some challenging foundations work designed by Capita Symonds.
  • Tony Dixon to head up Balfour’s piling division

    14-Oct-2011

    Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering (BBGE) has announced the appointment of Tony Dixon as its managing director as part of a management restructure.
  • Foundations contract awarded for Copenhagen Metro

    12-Oct-2011

    Trevi has been appointed to carry out €90M (£79M) worth of ground engineering work for main contractor Salini Costruttori on phase 4 of Copenhagen’s Cityringen metro line.
  • Coffey’s Badelow to co-chair tall building foundation group

    6-Oct-2011

    Australia-based Coffey Geotechnics’ Frances Badelow has been appointed as co-chair of the Foundations Working Group for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
  • Crossrail readies Wallasea to receive waste

    6-Oct-2011

    Work to prepare Wallasea Island in Essex to receive waste from Crossraill construction is continuing, with the construction of a new jetty now in progress.
  • Foundation failure could threaten Taj Mahal

    6-Oct-2011

    Historians and politicians claim that the Taj Mahal could collapse within five years if work to repair the structure’s timber foundations are not carried out.
  • Partnering will be crucial for foundations industry, says expert

    3-Oct-2011

    The future of the foundations industry in Europe is difficult, but the key to growing the business will be partnering, European Federation of Foundations Contractors (EFFC) outgoing president Maurice Bottiau has said.
  • Bauer wins US dam remediation contract

    23-Sep-2011

    Bauer Foundations has won a $106M (£68.6M) contract to install 29,000m2 of underground cut-off walls and pressure grouting of the Center Hill Dam in Tennessee, USA.
  • Herrenknecht to build final two TBMs for Crossrail

    23-Sep-2011

    Orders for the final two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for Crossrail have been placed with Herrenknecht.
  • Izmit bridge design will be earthquake resilient

    21-Sep-2011

    Building a bridge in one of the world’s most seismically active areas is set to test consultant Cowi’s engineering skills following its appointment as designer for Turkey’s Izmit Bay bridge.
  • Crossrail to benefit from Lafarge rail restoration

    21-Sep-2011

    Transportation of waste from tunnelling at Crossrail’s Royal Oak portal will benefit from restoration of a rail freight line by Lafarge Cement in north Kent.
  • California to test earthquake warning system

    21-Sep-2011

    Researchers in California are reported to be testing an earthquake warning system similar to that which was credited with saving thousands of lives in Japan during the earthquake in March.
  • London Power Tunnels TBM powers up

    21-Sep-2011

    Tunnelling work on National Grid’s London Power Tunnels was due to get under way this week following the lowering of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) into a shaft at Eade Road in Haringey.
  • Ground engineering market still “difficult”

    16-Sep-2011

    Too many companies scrabbling for too few jobs is making the ground engineering market challenging, according to Roger Bullivant director John Patch.
  • Roman remains revealed by Network Rail

    16-Sep-2011

    Engineers working on the Thameslink upgrade close to London Bridge Station have discovered what is believed to be the most extensive Roman find south of the Thames.
  • Crossrail on track to reduce costs through value engineering

    16-Sep-2011

    More than £50M of cost reductions have already been made through value engineering on Crossrail, programme director Andy Mitchell told a British Tunnelling Society meeting last night.
  • Skanska wins New York subway station contract

    15-Sep-2011

    Construction work on New York’s Second Avenue Subway line’s 86th Street Station is to start this month following award of a $210M (£133M) contract for the scheme to a joint venture of Skanska and Traylor Bros.
  • British Geological Survey launches new website to maximise exposure

    14-Sep-2011

    The British Geological Survey (BGS) is aiming to improve geological knowledge through the launch of the new GeoExposure website.
  • New milestone reached on London's cable car project

    14-Sep-2011

    Main contractor Mace has just taken possession of the site for the north tower on the London cable car project in east London.
  • Bachy starts piling on Reading rail upgrade

    9-Sep-2011

    Piling for the third phase of Network Rail’s bridge upgrade work around Reading station is now under way to improve both rail and road capacity.
  • STRONG POINT

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    SLOPE ENGINEERING
  • Taking care of business

    1-Mar-2004

    PILING & FOUNDATIONS
  • Resurfacing in the fast lane

    25-Sep-2003

    Highways: Emergency resurfacing
  • Getting on famously

    1-Aug-2003

    FOUNDATION ENGINEERING
  • Careful to a fault

    17-Apr-2003

    Geotechnics: Foundations
  • Piers of the realm

    1-Apr-2003

    GEOTECHNICS OF TRANSPORT
  • Averting the skills disaster with Coventry

    6-Mar-2003

    Careers: Courses
  • Bring on the centurions

    1-Mar-2003

    SITE INVESTIGATION
  • City climbers

    1-Dec-2002

    Concrete Melbourne Yarra Waters
  • Sweet smell of success

    1-Nov-2002

    REMEDIATION
  • Time to settle down

    1-Nov-2002

    GROUND IMPROVEMENT
  • Grow your own skill

    12-Sep-2002

    Courses
  • Operation Aggregate

    1-Jun-2002

    RECONSTRUCTION
  • Test of character

    17-Jan-2002

    Highways Road base recycling
  • Sphere of influence

    27-Sep-2001

    HIGHWAY MANAGEMENT - M25: Operation of the M25 and its main tributaries has moved under control of just one organisation. Claire Symes takes a look at the changes.
  • Voices of the people - best courses

    13-Sep-2001

    Courses and training
  • Base instinct

    21-Jun-2001

    ROADS: ROAD BASES - Performance concerns over High Modulus Bases have left a gap in the road base market which inventive suppliers are hoping to fill. Claire Symes reports.
  • Reclaiming port records

    1-May-2001

    Work on the biggest and the last container terminal to be built in Hong Kong’s Rambler Channel is now well under way as Claire Symes discovers
  • On course for catastrophe?

    8-Mar-2001

    Almost every sector of the construction industry is bemoaning the shortage of engineers, but what can be done to improve supply? Claire Symes reports.
  • Flying start for Finningley

    25-Jan-2001

    RAF Finningley was one of the RAF’s busiest stations until it closed in 1996 and now presents an ideal opportunity to create a new regional airport in the North East. Claire Symes reports.
  • Leith at leisure

    30-Nov-2000

    Derelict areas of Edinburgh’s dockland are being revived in readiness for a royal resident. Claire Symes reports.
  • Ready to start spending

    30-Nov-2000

    Release of public funds plus substantial private investment is putting a smile back on the face of Scottish civil engineering. Jon Masters, Claire Symes and Mike Walter begin NCE’s special feature by reviewing prospects north of the border.
  • Building up reserves

    1-May-2000

    Sustainable development may be the key to a conservation dilemma in Vietnam. Claire Symes reports
  • Flying squad

    1-Mar-2000

    An air crash, land mines and Russian sensitivities combined to make the upgrading of war-torn Pristina airport less than straightforward. Claire Symes reports
  • Weathering the storm

    27-Jan-2000

    Baptism of fire would be a good way to describe Ringway Highway Services’ first winter looking after Kent’s roads, if it were not for the cold and rain. Claire Symes reports.
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    20-Jan-2000

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