News archives for November 2013

A58(M) Leeds inner ring road foundation improvements

Soil Engineering recently completed a series of night shifts to undertake an investigation for Leeds City Council. The work involved intrusive drilling to obtain samples for test for foundation improvements to a footbridge pier on the A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road.

To minimise disruption to this very busy section of the City road network, Soil Engineering worked in conjunction with Carillion, utilising some of their night-time road closures for maintenance of the adjacent tunneled section, thereby mitigating the need for additional road closures and reducing costs.

Soil Engineering Bag Another Two Awards for 2013 Trophy Cabinet

Soil Engineering Geoservices are once again celebrating winning awards in 2013. At the recent British Drilling Association Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony SEG won the Technical Innovation Award for the introduction and use of Drilling Parameter Recording or Measurement While Drilling technology to mainstream geotechnical investigation in the UK. Business Unit Manager Tristan Llewellyn received the award from BDA Chairman John Grainger on behalf of the Company.

Danny Askew was presented with the Derek Oakes Trophy for his outstanding dedication and hard work as an apprentice on the BDA’s Land Drilling Apprenticeship Scheme. Danny is one of our Cable Percussive Drillers who completed the 2-year scheme earlier this year. The Derek Oakes Trophy was introduced last year in honour of Derek Oakes (1925-1998) who was a major figure in the UK’s drilling equipment manufacturing sector; had contributed much to the BDA from its foundation, and was committed to helping and encouraging younger people like Danny in the industry.

Golden Anniversary Celebration

On 11th October 2013 Soil Engineering celebrated 50 years of being at the forefront of UK geotechnics.

The event was marked with a Celebration Day held at The South Leeds John Charles Stadium. Special Guests and around 120 employees of Soil Engineering enjoyed an informal look back at the heritage of the company with presentations made by previous Managing Directors; Mr Ken Child and Mr Peter Redford. The day reflected the growth and development of the business over five decades and how the Company has introduced innovative processes and applications that have helped to shape the site investigation and grouting industries in the UK.

Due to the very nature of our business and the geographic dispersion of our activities the day was a unique opportunity for employees both past and present to come together and catch up with one another. Never before in the history of the Soil Engineering business have so many employees congregated at a single venue.

Over 200 poster images of the company’s history and landmark events were displayed at the venue and former employees and guests came from as far as Italy and Spain to join in the celebration.

Recently appointed Business Unit Manager; Tristan Llewellyn shared his vision for the future of the business and how he intends to further grow and develop the business over coming years.

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