News archives for May 2016

Soil Engineering Geoservices outgrow Scotland Yard

Soil Engineering Geoservices Scotland have outgrown the yard and office at Cleland and moved to new premises:

The new address is:

Block 6
Greenhill Industrial Estate

The telephone number remains the same:
Tel: 01698 863 400

From the new facilities in Coatbridge Soil Engineering will continue its tradition of excellence in the geotechnical sector, delivering a quality driven service via three principal business strands:

  • Ground investigation
  • Drilling and grouting
  • Geotechnical laboratory
  • in situ testing

Each of these services will remain available independently on a ‘stand alone’ basis or as part of a fully integrated and seamless service offering.

Felicity Bargeton will continue to lead SEGs Scottish operations team.

For more information or to discuss your future ground investigation or drilling and grouting requirements please contact the CoatbridgeTeam direct or Business Development Manager: Natalie Bews on 0113 3859 180 and at

Soil Engineering Geoservices Ready and Already Experienced for New British Standard in MWD

Due to increasing demand from clients SEGL continue to invest in the latest technology for Drilling Parameter Recording (DPR) or Measuring Whilst Drilling (MWD) to ensure our continued place as market leaders in the use of this technology for UK ground investigations; a position we have occupied since 2009 when we first retrofitter one of our rotary rigs with the instrumentation.

A total of 7 of our rotary and rotary-percussive rigs are now fully equipped with the sensors and data loggers. These include the compact tracked DB515, 3 No. tracked DB520s, a Marooka mounted DB520, a Soilmec SM-8 and a recently acquired Soilmec SM-8G.

Many of our drilling foremen are now fully trained and experienced in achieving and delivering DPR data which is captured from sensors fitted to each rig which continuously and automatically collect data on all aspects of drilling, in real time, without interfering with the drilling process.

With the publication in 2015 of the draft International Standard ISO 22476-15 on ‘Measuring while Drilling’ to which SEGL have made substantial contributions and with major consultants going on public record that they foresee this as being very much the future of rotary drilling we can confidently expect that this will continue to be an area of growing demand. The equipment used by SEGL meets the highest quality class defined in the draft Standard.

Over recent months SEGL have supplied data for numerous contracts including Rocky Lane, Phoenix Way, Crossrail C510 and Wigan Bus Interchange. All 3 rigs at the Olympicopolis site in East London and the 2 rigs used at Thorpe Park, Leeds also produced high quality DPR data as specified by the respective employers and most recently, contracts for the Coal Authority at Hauxley and East Chevington used DPR data down to nearly 80m to confirm the precise depth of worked coal seams. As part of our work on the Shieldhall Tunnel project in Scotland we have also successfully used DPR with rotary percussive probe drilling on both the Jura Street and Titwood Road sections.

The final draft of ISO22476-15 on Measuring while Drilling is currently out to National Committees for final vote and approval prior to issue as a British Standard.


SEGL Take the Lead in Digital Data Logging


Soil Engineering are once again leading the industry with the use of digital borehole logging technology across their Ground Investigation operations. SEGL’s latest purchase of 6 additional KeyLogbook systems feature the very latest Windows 10 based fully ruggedized [IP65 rated] Conkertab NS10 tablet computer.

This device, like the predecessor Motion CL series, was first identified by Soil Engineering and then adopted as the default device by Equipe Geosolutions, the supplier of KeyLogbook together with their developer, Keynetix.

Since first introducing KeyLogbook to the UK industry in 2011 Soil Engineering have continued to progressively invest in additional systems and in helping to identify and develop numerous enhancements to the software. This process continues with further improved and extended capabilities to be introduced shortly with the latest 2016 release.

Three years after Soil Engineering first introduced the methodology, British Standard BS8574:2014, Code of practice for the management of geotechnical data for ground engineering projects, formally recognised the advantages inherent in using electronic data capture in the field and concluded “Data should be collected at source, entered once and retained electronically eg in a computer system”.

The additional KeyLogbook systems will further extend Soil Engineering’s capabilities and allow delivery of digital data direct from site throughout all of their Ground Investigation drilling operations. In addition to delivering Driller’s Daily Report sheets, installation sheets and in situ permeability test results together with corresponding AGS v3 and 4 data, directly into the Soil Engineering server, KeyLogbook also produces uniquely identified bar-coded sample labels which allow improved sample traceability. The latest tablet systems also feature in-built scanners which allow scanning of bar-coded containers, particularly those used for environmental sampling, allowing improved chain of custody and sample schedules, all achieved by direct transfer of AGS4 format digital data into laboratory systems without re-keying.

This investment and innovation brings Soil Engineering’s clients numerous benefits compared to traditional paper-based systems including speed of delivery, consistency and completeness of data, error reduction by data validation at point of capture and, if required, simultaneous provision of AGS digital data for incorporation into Building Information Modelling [BIM] processes.

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