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Geotechnical News

Ground investigations start for A82 upgrade

20-Oct-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

Ground investigations have started north of Glasgow to determine a route for an upgrade of the A82.

Hammersmith flyunder

Hammersmith ‘flyunder’ construction could begin by end of decade

16-Oct-2014 | By

Construction of the proposed Hamersmith ‘flyunder’ could begin within five years, assuming various planning and financing hurdles are overcome.

The UK's deepest geothermal well has been drilled in Cornwall.

UK's deepest geothermal well drilled in Cornwall

9-Oct-2014 | By

The UK’s deepest geothermal well has been drilled in Cornwall.

Christchurch concrete pour

Christchurch earthquake recovery takes shape with huge concrete pour

7-Oct-2014 | By

The rebuilding of earthquake-hit Christchurch in New Zealand is gathering pace with the construction of a new bus interchange.

Donaldson Associates project

Danish giant Cowi buys UK tunneller Donaldson Associates

6-Oct-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

Danish engineering giant Cowi has bought ground engineering and tunnelling specialists Donaldson Associates.

Dawlish sea wall resilience job gets underway

30-Sep-2014 | By

Construction has begun on an £8M project to increase the resilience of the sea wall in Dawlish, Devon.

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Delhi Metro breakthrough

Tunnelling: Delhi Metro

9-Sep-2014 | By

Delhi’s ambitious metro construction programme continues at an incredible pace, with the latest section celebrating an unusual breakthrough, as Margo Cole reports.


Tunnelling: Digging for growth

9-Sep-2014 | By Richard Coakley

Tunnels have been at the heart of economic growth for over 150 years, and their long-term benefits should be taken into account when planning major infrastructure projects, argues Richard Coakley.

Expertise: Atkins’ overseas geotechnics projects include the Kinaxixi development in Angola

Geotechnical: Growth sector

3-Sep-2014 | By

The geotechnical sector is in good health, with some exciting challenges ahead, as Atkins ground engineering operations director tells Margo Cole.

Olympic stadium underpinning

Piling & Foundations: Rebuild, reload

17-Jul-2014 | By NCE Editorial

Transforming London’s Olympic stadium has called for some major ground engineering work. Claire Smith reports.


Race to recruit

24-Jun-2014 | By Jon Masters

Consultants are competing to fill roles amid a growing shortage of geotechnical engineers, finds Jon Masters.

Barrier installation was undertaken with the help of a helicopter

Geotechnical road protection: The new rock stars

20-Jun-2014 | By NCE Editorial

Installation of an extensive network of debris flow barriers is under way at the Rest and Be Thankful pass in Argyll & Bute.

Martin Blower

It’s a dirty job, and somebody’s got to do it. But who?

26-Sep-2014 | By Martin Blower

I read with interest recently a couple of articles about the challenges facing the construction sector as it bounces back to sustained growth. Bumper orders books sound great, these articles proclaim, but at the same time they warn about material and plant shortages.

Martin Blower

Are we ready for interest rate rises?

2-Jul-2014 | By Martin Blower

With Mark Carney and the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee dropping more than a few hints of a sooner rather than later rise in interests rates I wonder how many speciaist construction firms are prepared for its impact?

Phrased repair

Infrastructure in 2014: Balancing risk and cost

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.

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Crossrail Ellie Limmo-Victoria Dock

THE GALLERY | Crossrail TBM starts complex tunnel drive


Crossrail tunnel boring machine (TBM) Ellie has started the 900m journey from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, towards Victoria Dock Portal in east London.

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