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Chile, earthquake

Tsunami warnings as magnitude 8.3 earthquake hits Chile

17-Sep-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

Five people have died and one million people have been evacuated, according to the government of Chile.

wind turbine piles

Wind turbine pile tests suggest designs are too conservative and expensive

3-Sep-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

Tests which put the load of 37 London buses on wind turbine piles have been completed, with the results being used to develop new design methods for offshore wind farms.


THE GALLERY | Crossrail soil and rock cores stored in UK’s largest salt mine

27-Aug-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

Crossrail has released a series of photographs showing how it is storing thousands of soil and rock cores from beneath London in a massive salt mine in Cheshire.


Lancashire fracking plan rejected

30-Jun-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

A bid by Cuadrilla Resources to drill, frack and test at Preston New Road in Lancashire has been refused by the local council.

Dawn of a new era

Lancashire fracking decision postponed until Monday

25-Jun-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

A decision on whether to allow fracking at a site in Lancashire has been postponed until Monday to give councillors time to consider legal advice.

Celebrating 50 years of UK Offshore Oil and Gas

VIDEO | 50 years of UK offshore oil and gas

22-Jun-2015 | By Michaila Hancock

Liverpool Football Club has released time-lapse footage of Anfield’s new main stand redevelopment.

Geotechnical features

Dollar Wharf

Temporary works: Props forward

21-Sep-2015 | By NCE Editorial

With construction activity, especially in London, reaching pre-recession levels, Mabey Hire has launched a new major projects division to deal with demand for temporary propping projects. Report prepared in association with Mabey Hire.

JCB  4CX piling master

Rigged to dig: New JCB excavator and piling rig

21-Sep-2015 | By NCE Editorial

JCB’s road legal piling machine combines state of the art excavator technology with a powerful rotary drill head.

Across the mines: Heads of the Valley dualling project

4-Sep-2015 | By Katherine Smale

Ground riddled with mine working, wildlife and earth dams all presented challenges to contractors working on the Heads of the Valley dualling project in South Wales.

Farringdon Crossrail

Geotechnical: High speed sentry

24-Aug-2015 | By Katherine Smale

Crossrail is creating deep cavernous spaces underground right in the heart of central London. Here we look at how the project has coped with processing the massive amount of complex data produced to monitor the ground and surrounding buildings.

Careers: Fertile ground

24-Aug-2015 | By NCE Editorial

Workloads may be increasing in the geotechnical sector but this is leading to concerns about a skills shortage in the industry.

Soils data

Soil data helps road maintenance in Lincolnshire

8-Jul-2015 | By Stephen Hallett

Lincolnshire County Council has been using soil data provided by the University of Cranfield to take a more targeted approach to road maintenance.   

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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