A9 Dualling: Tay Crossing to Ballinluig

Soil Engineering are pleased to confirm award of the contract for Ground Investigation Works on the A9 Dualling: Tay Crossing to Ballinluig. This follows our successful investigation works undertaken this year on A9 Dualling: Tomatin to Moy, A720 Sheriffhall Roundabout, and A82 (Tarbert to Inverarnan), and provides the next Major Project to be undertaken by our Scottish office. The works for Transport Scotland, valued in the region of £1.1M, will be undertaken under the supervision of Jacobs UK Ltd, and managed by our Coatbridge GI team.

The award of this contract continues Soil Engineering’s involvement in the ongoing A9 Dualling Scheme, bringing safer and more efficient travel to the North of Scotland. Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson said:

“Work to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness is continuing at pace across the programme with design work ongoing” “Having recently published the draft Orders for the Tay Crossing to Ballinluig scheme, we are now able to award a ground investigation contract for the same scheme which will help inform ongoing design work”.

A82 Tarbet to Inverarnan Detailed Ground Investigation Works

The existing A82 between Tarbet to Inverarnan requires upgrading due to a number of issues including narrow widths, poor accesses, tight bends, poor visibility and consistently wet roads, even in dry weather. All these issues cause low journey speeds, a high accident rate and poor journey time reliability. The A82 Tarbet to Inverarnan scheme proposes to upgrade the existing A82 road corridor, and contribute to an improvement in the connection between the Highlands and Islands, and the Central Belt.

The scope of the ground investigation works to be completed by Soil Engineering includes Ecological and Archaeological Surveying, Overwater and Land based exploratory holes; Land and Water based geophysical surveying; In-situ and laboratory testing; Groundwater/ground gas monitoring; Laboratory testing; and Reporting, in Text and AGS 4 formats. The works, located in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, will be managed from our Coatbridge office, with support from our Major Projects team.

Soil Engineering continue to drive Geotechnical progress

In late March 2018 our Technical Director, Matthew Baldwin, participated in the meeting of international standards committee ISO/TC 182 and the European standards committee CEN/TC 341. Over a three day period these committees met to discuss work on various standards that are relevant to and used by the geotechnical community across the world. Some twenty two members attended the ISO meeting with representatives from Australia, Japan and Russia being present. Fifteen members stayed on to attend the CEN meeting, with most of the major European countries being represented.

The standards discussed included those for soil and rock description (now published as revisions within the last three weeks), in situ testing (various), laboratory testing and various standards covering structural integrity testing (piles etc).

Over the next two to three years, the UK will see the publication of another fifteen of these standards (some of which will be updates to current versions).

A huge amount of work goes into the writing of these standards and the various working groups responsible for the preparation of the standards and that report to the ISO and CEN committees, are made up of members from various countries. Whilst reaching consensus is not always easy, the finished standards are of a high standard and will be used to great benefit across the Geotechnical Sector.

During the visit, the committee members were shown the impressive rail track testing facilities at CEDEX (our Spanish host in Madrid). The facility which is set ten metres below ground level is able to simulate the effects of high speed (250 miles per hour) trains, on both ballast and slab track designs. The loading apparatus is capable of simulating the effect of a whole year of train movements within one week.

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Track testing facility

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Explanation of theory to committee members

Soil Engineering Take Office and Laboratory Data Management to a Whole New Level

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After an extended period of development and testing by SEGL Data Manager, Ian Linton, SEGL have commenced the process of upgrading our geotechnical database system to the very latest and much enhanced software Holebase SI. The new system has already been installed and is in use at the Coatbridge office. Work is currently underway at Leeds and the Camberley office.

HolebaseSI takes the management and presentation of ground investigation data to an entirely new level. Spreadsheet style views allow the user to easily view all data and to verify data consistency and completeness whilst the mapping functions allow borehole locations to be displayed in the real world and for the easy production of cross sections to assist in understanding the ground conditions and describing them in a ground investigation report. Links are also provided to external data such as the BGS 1:50,000 Geology maps and BGS borehole data.

In the Leeds geotechnical laboratory we have recently started to use KeyLab 2, another hugely enhanced software product compared to the original KeyLab which we used for many years. Already in use for many classification and rock tests, development work on KeyLab 2 is currently focussed on more sophisticated tests where our high standards of calibration have required modifications to the programme. It is anticipated that these tests will progressively be transferred into the new system over the coming months.
Taken together, KeyLab 2 and HolebaseSI with its extensions to Excel and AutoCAD Civils, combined with field data capture using KeyLogbook, will allow SEGL to seamlessly take source data through to final report and AGS Version 4 digital data more efficiently than has ever previously been possible.

SEGL Continue to Meet the Demand for Drilling Parameter Recording Data

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Due to increasing demand from clients SEGL also continue to invest in the latest technology for Drilling Parameter Recording [DPR] 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. A total of 7 of our rotary and rotary-percussive rigs are now fully equipped with 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 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 we have supplied data for numerous contracts including Rocky Lane, Phoenix Way, Crossrail C510 and Wigan Bus Interchange. All three rigs at the Olympicopolis site in East London and the two rigs used at Thorpe Park, Leeds also produced high quality DPR data as specified by the respective employers whilst most recently the contract 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.

British Standards Institution Approves Soil Engineering’s Management Systems

This week the Leeds regional office of Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited were visited by British Standards Institution (BSI) who under took our biannual BSI audit. This audit comprised assessment of our health and safety, quality and environmental activities both within the office and on site.

We are pleased to announce that the audit was very successful and confirmed that our procedures and processes are robust and that employees both knew about these and were adhering to them.

The scope of works for Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited covered by the BSI Audit is described as:

“The provision of multi-disciplinary geotechnical services, including site investigation, drilling, grouting and anchoring, in-situ and laboratory testing and monitoring and geotechnical and environmental advice.”

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
Coatbridge
ML5 2AG

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 natalie.bews@soil-engineering.co.uk

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.

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SEGL Take the Lead in Digital Data Logging

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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.

Soil Engineering Geoservices Shortlisted for the Ground Engineering Awards 2016

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Soil Engineering Geoservices has been shortlisted as a finalist in three categories of the 2016 Ground Engineering Awards, namely:

  • Ground investigation Project of the Year
  • Ground investigation Specialist of the Year
  • UK Project with a Geotechnical Value of up to £1m

Before the awards, all finalists will attend face-to-face judging by members of the 43-strong jury, made up of clients, contractors, consultants and academics including:

  • Ken Allison, director of allocation and asset management, Environment Agency
  • Mike Black, head of geotechnics, Crossrail
  • Roger Bridge, tunnelling manager, Balfour Beatty
  • Chris Dulake, engineering director, HS2
  • Rand Watkins, lead project engineer, London Underground

This year saw a record number of companies entering the Ground Engineering Awards and editor Claire Smith commented:

“The range of projects, initiatives and innovations within this year’s entries clearly demonstrate that the UK geotechnics industry is very active and growing, which is great to see. The volume of entries this year means that making it onto the shortlist for the 2016 event was no mean feat and I think the live judging stage will create some interesting discussions.”

The winners will be announced on 30 June 2016 at a glamorous lunchtime ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane, London, where over 800 of the industry elite will join together for an event filled with entertainment, celebration and networking.
The full list of finalists and more information can be found at: https://awards.geplus.co.uk/

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