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Geotechnical News

Thames stormwater

Major UK players positioned for Thames Tideway mega tunnel

27-Feb-2015 | By

Key players in the UK construction market – Costain, Laing O’Rourke, Vinci, Bachy, Ferrovial, Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty – have been named as the preferred bidders to build the mega sewer tunnel under the River Thames, it has been revealed today.

Road UK generic

Infrastructure Act becomes law

12-Feb-2015 | By

The Infrastructure Act has become law today, after the bill completed its passage through Parliament and received Royal Assent.


Nightmare warehouse job costs Keller £60M

12-Feb-2015 | By

Keller has settled a dispute over a problem warehouse contract it completed back in 2008 – but it will cost the firm £60M.


Nine win HS2 framework places

4-Feb-2015 | By

Nine contractors have won places on the first framework to deliver physical work on the route of High Speed 2.

Crossrail tunnel

Tunnelling skills given £2.8M cash injection

22-Jan-2015 | By

Training for tunnelling and underground construction has received a £2.8m cash boost.

Maccaferri’s FlexMac DT system is quickly assembled to create a flood barrier.

Geotech firm designs recyclable flood barrier

22-Jan-2015 | By

Geotechnical outfit Maccaferri has launched a modular flood barrier system, designed to protect vulnerable homes and properties.

Geotechnical features

New Cannon Street entrance at Bank

Bank Station upgrade: Sharing the experience

2-Feb-2015 | By

It is a year of total focus on the details for the project team responsible for delivering London Underground’s next fiendishly complex major scheme - the £625M Bank Station Capacity Upgrade. That total focus is being aided by a step-change in team working.

piling at battersea

Geotechnical careers: Seize the moment

2-Feb-2015 | By Martin Blower

Government is helping more people take geotechnical engineering MScs, but employers must do their bit to attract these engineers, says Martin Blower.

Keller piling

Geotechnical: Trip back in time

2-Dec-2014 | By NCE Editorial

Keller is installing 2,500 piles as part of an £18M scheme to stabilise a World Heritage Site.

Hessle foreshore

Piling: Timely solution

2-Dec-2014 | By NCE Editorial

A contiguous sectional flight auger pile wall has replaced a failing sheet pile wall to secure the future of a mainline railway embankment in East Yorkshire. NCE reports.

Boston flooded

Geotechnical: Turning the tide

2-Dec-2014 | By NCE Editorial

Flooding in Somerset made the headlines last winter but Boston’s woes were broadly ignored by the media. Now work to tackle the Lincolnshire town’s problem looks set to finally begin.


Geotechnical: Plymstock quarry

2-Dec-2014 | By NCE Editorial

Developing a Devon quarry has required a significant amount of slope stabilisation works.

Martin Blower

Contractors could ignore sustainability during the recession – but not any longer

9-Dec-2014 | By Martin Blower

Sustainability was not a high priority for contractors during the recession – winning the next project and keeping their businesses afloat was what mattered most. But with the economy growing again, ignoring sustainability will mean missing out on major contracts.

Shaking hands

Better – by association

11-Nov-2014 | By Martin Blower

The Federation of Piling Specialists, as its name suggests, represents foundation contractors – those directly involved in piling and geotechnical works on construction sites – it not only promotes best practice, but also ensures that through regular audits its members operate to the highest level of professionalism and quality.

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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