SEG announce Pre-Construction Team

Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited are currently reviewing the structure of our Pre-Construction Team which includes our Estimating and Business Development functions.

The Team is currently headed by Mr Ray Nix, Estimating Manager, supported by Cheryl Baxter and the following Regional and Department Managers:

  • Felicity Bargeton – GI Scotland – 01698 863 400
  • Ian Swain – GI North of England – 0113 271 1111
  • Wilton Bennett – GI South of England – 01276 674 988
  • Sarah Proctor – GI Major Projects – 0113 271 1111
  • Simon Baxter – D&G England – 0113 271 1111
  • Donald Robertson – D&G Scotland – 01698 863 400
  • Stuart Kirk – Geotechnical Laboratory – 0113 271 1111

Should you have any tender enquiries please contact the above individuals and/or send them to:

Alternatively, should you wish to discuss your future geotechnical ground investigation or drilling and grouting requirements, or any aspect of our service capability, please contact:

Natalie Bews
Tel: 0113 3859 180

Ray Nix
Tel: 0113 3859 131

Soil Engineering Geoservices Maintains UKAS Accreditation

For the 22nd consecutive year the geotechnical testing laboratory of Soil Engineering Geoservices has successfully maintained its UKAS Accreditation for its full schedule of Soil and Rock Tests.

The geotechnical laboratory of SEG recently underwent its annual UKAS surveillance audit, the audit was carried out over two days by United Kingdom Accreditation Services. The purpose of the visit was to cart out an examination of the laboratory’s ability to meet the requirements of UKAS and ISO 17025:2005 whilst conducting testing activities for both its internal and external customers

The assessment covered both in situ testing and laboratory based geotechnical testing and was rigorous, with test procedures, quality and management systems as well as calibration procedures all being under the spotlight.

The laboratory successfully maintained its accreditation for the 22nd consecutive year.

The BSI assessors considered our staff to by courteous, professional and competent and that all our technicians showed a high degree of knowledge and experience of geotechnical laboratory work.
This latest assessment proves SEG’s laboratory to be one of the UK’s leading geotechnical testing facilities.

The UKAS Certificate and full Schedule of Accreditation can be found at Testing Laboratory No. 1265

Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited Presented with Prestigious Industry Health and Safety Award

Soil Engineering Geoservices are once again celebrating winning an industry award this year. At the recent British Drilling Association Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony SEG won the Health and Safety Award for the introduction and use of the Groups On-Line Safety Reporting and Mobile Phone ‘Safety App’.

The Judging Panel were particularly impressed with how the reporting system not only facilitates the reporting of accidents but also incidents, near misses, environmental incidents and Home Safe Observations, but also, that there are separate In-Apps for information and data sharing within the Safety Blog and Feedback zone as well as a dedicated In-App for the reporting of Catastrophic Accidents & Incidents (CIA).

The judges also appreciated how the App enables the timely reporting of accidents and incidents as they occur in order that remedial actions can be put immediately in place and Best Practice, Lessons Learnt and Observations shared for a safer community.

Warm welcome to 2015 Intake


Soil Engineering Geoservices welcomes Leeds University MSc Students.

SEGL welcomed twenty seven students and lecturers from Leeds University to its head office in Leeds. The students who are enrolled on the MSc course in Engineering Geology were at the company to gain valuable hands on experience in the logging of rock core. Matthew Baldwin the company’s technical director gave them a half hour talk on the theory of logging and the students then had three hours of practice of logging and describing a variety of rock cores.

Soil Engineering Geoservices welcome four new Graduates and a Student Placement to the Soils Team.

This September four new graduates joined Soil Engineering Geoservices across all the regions

Alistair Campbell and Harmohit Singh Rai join the Southern team working out of Camberley.

Sam Gregory joins the Scottish team working from Cleland facility.

Graduates Craig Judson and Michael Taylor and Student Placement Helena Ryan all join the Soil Engineering Team working out of the Leeds facility.

The new team members will attend a three day Induction Training Course held at the Leeds facility.

The course will cover:

  • The history and heritage of Soil Engineering Geoservices
  • An Introduction to the Groups Safety Culture and our behavioural safety system: HomeSafe
  • An introduction to the Company’s service offering and business streams
  • An explanation and tour of the Laboratory testing facility an introduction to the services we offer.
  • Two Day SALOSAR (Sampling and Logging of Soil and Rock) Course

Members of the Soil Engineering Management Team will deliver presentations on the various elements of the course. The SALOSAR Course will be facilitated by Matthew Baldwin assisted by Principal and Senior Engineering Geologists: Malcolm Townsley, Rob Rogers, Helen Dalton and Paul Rodgers.

A warm welcome is extended to all our new team members and we wish them each a safe, happy and rewarding career with Soil Engineering Geoservices.

Quality Results in Ground Engineering

We are excited to announce Matthew Baldwin, Technical Director at Soil Engineering Geoservices will be speaking at the AGS upcoming Quality Results in Ground Investigation seminar taking place on Wednesday 14th October 2015 at Hamilton House, London.

This year’s conference will focus on site investigation specifically for clients and consultants, what laboratories can provide and the importance of quality sampling.

Matthew will be talking on “Sample Extraction” and obtaining appropriate samples from ground investigation, understanding quality class and test requirements, together with the scheduling of laboratory testing. Matthew will highlight some of the common issues associated with the industry’s failure to routinely provide testing laboratories with samples fit for purpose and by extension the derivation of parameters required for design purposes.

Other confirmed guest speakers and presentation topics include;

  • Ensuring Quality of Testing in the Geotechnical Laboratory – Proficiency Testing and what goes Wrong – John Powell (Technical Director, Geolabs)
  • The replacement of BS1377 has begun – Roger Brown, (Associate Director, Laboratories – Fugro)
  • Sampling Standards – Chris Swainson, (Principle Engineer, Geotechnics)
  • Quality laboratory data – are consultants bovvered? Hugh Mallett, (Technical Director at Buro Happold Engineering)
  • Double Standards: Accreditation and Transition to New Standards – Graeme Thomas, (Assessment Manager UKAS)
  • Good Result/Bad Result – Chris Wallace, (Technical Manager, Geolabs)

For further information or to register your attendance, please email

Full Revision of BS 5930 Published


BS 5930 in various versions has been the ‘standard’ for all UK ground investigation for several decades.

It has been the reference or ‘go to’ document for all those involved with specifying intrusive ground investigations.

There was some doubt as to whether the document would survive the influx of new standards associated with the UK adoption of Eurocodes in 2010.

Fortunately enough practitioners in the industry stated the case to retain the standard as the valuable discursive document it has always been!

After several years in the drafting, the fully rewritten and updated version of BS 5930 has now been published. This new version of the standard for ground investigation in the UK may represent the last time that the document is updated in such a comprehensive manner.

BS 5930: 2015 now makes onward reference to all the current suite of British Standards that have appeared since the UK adoption of Eurocodes into UK practice in April 2010.

There should now be no excuse for the geotechnical community in the UK, to be confused as to what should be specified with respect to all the various aspects of ground investigation, whether intrusive or non-intrusive. The latest version retains its useful discursive text that provides the reader with valuable notes relating to each of the investigative methods described.

There will of course be on going publication of other British Standards that will impact on ground investigation. This latest version does however ‘pull together’ the myriad of standards that already exist and should provide a valuable reference document for several years.

Soil Engineering Maintain Achilles Uvdb Accreditation


Soil Engineering Geoservices is pleased to announce that it has successfully passed the Achilles UVDB Verify Audit for Category B2 Management System Evaluation.

Achilles operates the UVDB Utilities Vendor Data Base ‘Supplier Management Service’ on behalf of the UK Major Utility Organisations including power operators & developers and water companies.

Organisations purchasing through Achilles are able to secure specific services via this streamlined and lower risk pre-qualified procurement process. Utility organisations in the UK are increasingly using services like Achilles to demonstrate best value for money and to expedite their procurement process. Achilles currently has over 1,500 users from over 60 purchasing organisation in the utility supply chain.

As an established provider of geotechnical ground investigation and drilling & grouting services to the utilities sector it is important for us to maintain our UVDB Accreditation to continue our history of delivering solutions to the utility sector and to develop new opportunities with organisations using the UVDB service.

The audit was carried out over two days verifying our business management system, processes and procedures both in the office and on site covering Safety, Health, Environment and Quality.

Our scores were 84% for office and 100% for site based activities.

Verification of our site systems took place at our Imphal Barracks Site, York.

Soil Engineering Host Free Industry Training Event

Soil Engineering are hosting another FREE Industry Training Event.

The event is aimed at Graduate and Junior Engineering staff who are involved in geotechnical site works.  The event is a half day event held at our offices in Leeds and comprises the following:

Presentation Time Presenter
Introduction & Welcome 9.00 – 9.15 Natalie Bews
What is GI and Why Do We Need It? 9.15 – 10.15 Matthew Baldwin
Comfort Break 10.15 – 10.30
Specifying Appropriate Sampling 10.30 – 11.15 Matthew Baldwin
Comfort Break 11.15 – 11.30
Scheduling of Laboratory Testing 11.30 – 12.30 Matthew Baldwin
Tour of Geotechnical Laboratory 12.30 – 13.00 Stuart Kirk / Natalie Bews
Lunch, Questions, Networking 13.00 – 13.30

Click here to download the event flyer

Soil Engineering and the MVB JV win prestigious Ground Engineering Award


Soil Engineering Geoservices and the MVB JV have won the UK Project with a Geotechnical Value of between £500k and £1M at the 2015 GE Awards.

The winners of the 2015 GE Awards were announced on 10 June at the Hilton Park Lane, London.

Soil Engineering and the MVB JV’s entry was the West Ham Ground Investigation project, and after review by the panel of 43 expert judges, Soil Engineering and the MVB JV won in recognition of innovative ground investigation utilising multiple techniques in a single hole to investigate complex ground conditions as part of the construction phase of the Lee Tunnel. Boreholes had to be sunk through Victorian Sewer necessitating bespoke – and potentially unique – temporary works. Very challenging ground conditions investigated and close collaboration with the community including a hospital and fellow professionals.

The GE Awards brought together over 700 leaders in consultancy and contracting in the geotechnical engineering industry for a glittering afternoon of celebration, recognition and networking.

Claire Smith, editor of GE magazine commented:

“This year’s winners, as well as the finalists, have demonstrated how the geotechnics industry has continued to push forward innovation to benefit efficiency, improve safety and provide value. We introduced a new approach to judging this year with a greatly expanded panel of judges representing clients, academia, consultants and contractors from across the geotechnical sector and its supply chain. The live judging has reinforced the integrity of the awards with judges able to grill the candidates to clarify the details in their written submissions.”

Our thanks and congratulations go, not only to those involved with the award winning project, but to the whole Soil Engineering Team and their continued efforts and commitment to the business, without which we would not be able to enter these prestigious industry awards.

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