Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited Welcome Wilton Bennett


Geotechnical specialists Soil Engineering Geoservices are delighted to announce the appointment of Wilton Bennett as Regional Manager South working out of the Camberley office.

Wilton has over twenty years’ experience in the field of geotechnical site investigation. Wilton’s experience is predominantly gained working in the south of the UK with particular knowledge and expertise of the London and South East region.

In recent years Wilton has been involved at Project Management level of many major projects including:

  • Crossrail C405 Paddington Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • London Bridge Station redevelopment
  • Network Rails Great Western Mainline Electrification
  • National Grids Power Cable Tunnels

Wilton brings with him a wealth of experience of delivering geotechnical site investigation projects both safely and economically regardless of their working environment and constraining factors.

Wilton is tasked specifically with the management and development of Soil Engineering’s site investigation business in the South and Southeast of England.

SEG and ESG lead the way in collaborative industry training


This week Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited hosted a Chalk Logging course presented by the internationally respected Rory Mortimore. Nine employees of Soil Engineering and six from industry colleagues ESGL, spent a day at Soil Engineering’s head office in Leeds where they received a mix of theory and hands on core logging.

On the second day of the course, all the delegates spent a day at Flamborough Head in Yorkshire, where they were able to see the Northern Chalk sequence in natural cliff exposures.

Soil Engineering’s technical director Matthew Baldwin said:

“this collaborative industry training has been very successful and has given a large group of engineering geologists the opportunity to acquire the basic skills necessary to log and describe chalk core”.

SEGL welcome new QS into Motherwell office

Soil Engineering Geoservices are delighted to announce the appointment of Oluchi Ukawuike as Scottish Region Quantity Surveyor working out of the Motherwell office.

With a first degree in Quantity Surveying and a Master’s Degree in Quantity Surveying and Construction Oluchi comes with 10 years’ experience of Scottish civil engineering and building projects, predominantly Public Sector Schemes.

Oluchi’s role will initially be working on the Shield Hall Tunnel grouting project as part of the site team. Eventually however, Oluchi will provide commercial support to the Scottish Operations business.

Preparation works underway at Haudagain Bottleneck


Soil Engineering have started vital ground investigation work for the £186k A90 Haudagain Improvement Scheme and Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown was on hand to see the start of the works. The ground investigation will provide the detailed information needed for the development of the scheme.

Plans to improve the notorious Haudagain roundabout, the junction between the A90 and A96 trunk roads in Aberdeen, with a new dial carriageway link went on show earlier this year. The roundabout at the bottom of Anderson Drive is a bottleneck and the junction between several major roads in Aberdeen which is currently operating over is capacity. This causes significant queues and delays to traffic on all the approach roads.

Public exhibitions were held by Transport Scotland in Aberdeen in April this year which gave the public the opportunity to view the preferred option for the Haudagain Improvement Scheme.

Mr Brown said “Having let local communities view and comment on the scheme’s preferred route earlier this year, we are now starting the vital ground investigations which will give us the greater level of information we need to help shape the scheme’s design.”

Soil Engineering expect to complete the site works for the scheme by the end of the year. This will be in good time for the next stage of the scheme; the specific design proposals for the road, which are expected to be published next summer.

Tristan Llewellyn, Director of Soil Engineering Geoservices Ltd said:

“We are delighted to be taking forward this ground investigation work for the A90 Haudagain Improvement scheme. We have worked extensively on the Aberdeen Western Periphery Route with Transport Scotland and Jacobs over the past 10 years and we welcome this opportunity to further assist in the alleviation of Aberdeen’s congestion”

“We look forward to working with Transport Scotland over the next few weeks as we play our part in delivering this scheme for the people of the north east of Scotland.”

Soil Engineering are programmed to be on site for a period of 6 weeks and will complete the works using:

2 No. Cable Percussion rigs
1 No Terrior unit
1 No Buretta Rotary Rig

And at peak a field staff of 12 geologist, geotechnical engineers and drilling specialists.

The Clients Engineer, Jacobs UK Limited designed a phased approach for the works to maximise the benefits and value of the investigation, allowing dynamic development of the scope of works as the various ground conditions became apparent.

Work on the Haudagain A90 bypass will not get under way until 2018 when construction of the Aberdeen bypass is complete.

Soil Engineering are completing the A90 Haudagain Scheme in parallel with works they are currently undertaking on the A9 Dualling: Birnam to Tay Crossing Ground Investigation, also for Transport Scotland.

SEGL geotechnical laboratory achieves 21 consecutive years of UKAS Accreditation

The geotechnical laboratory of Soil Engineering Geoservices 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 carry 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 21st consecutive year.

Of the laboratory staff and personnel it was reported that “the laboratory benefits from a stable and experienced workforce who, based on the evidence of the testing witnessed, are well and effectively trained. The testing was carried out to a high degree of conformance with the requirements of the respective standards, and with both confidence and fluency.”

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

Soil Engineering host MSc students for rock core description and logging course


Soil Engineering recognise the importance of training young engineering geologists to correctly log and describe rock core in accordance with the British Standard. To support this the company have hosted two groups of 15 students from Leeds University MSc Engineering Geology Course at their Leeds facility, providing both practical and very relevant experience. SEGL made available core from a variety of geographic regions across the UK, such that sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks were all represented.

This day of practical logging of core reflects an ongoing collaboration with Leeds University which provides both lectures to the MSc Course as well as valuable ‘hands on’ experience for the students.

Ground Engineering Next Generation Awards


Soil Engineering are proud to be supporting the Ground Engineering Next Generation in 2014.

We are sponsoring the Young Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year Award.

Soil Engineering meet the geotechnical industry’s future head on


Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited employees Matthew Baldwin and Helen Dalton represented the company at the Leeds University School of the Environment and Earth Sciences annual Careers Day fair on 22nd Oct.

The event was held in the department and was attended by over 340 students. Soil Engineering was the only geotechnical ground investigation contractor to attend and exhibit at the event and this generated much interest amongst the students.

SEGL received enquiries for both Year In Industry placements as well as graduate employment opportunities.

SEG Scoop BEG Safety Award


Soil Engineering Geoservices are very proud to announce that they have been awarded the British Drilling Association 2014 Safety Improvement Award.

The award was presented by Andrew Stephenson, Chairman of the BDA at Annual British Drilling Association Dinner and Awards Ceremony held 11th October 2014 in Manchester.

The award was presented to SEG in recognition of the company’s focus on Manual Handling and Safety Awareness Training.

UK lags behind Europe on drilling parameter recording

Ability to record drilling parameters during rotary drilling has been possible since the 1950s but the UK is still not benefitting from this information despite it being required under new standards.

Soil Engineering innovation manager Digby Harman said that the UK was failing to harness potentially useful ground investigation information at the British Drilling Association conference on innovation last week.

“Providing drilling parameters is called for under BS5930 already and will also form part of the requirements of the new EN22476-15 standards that are currently being voted on for adoption across Europe,” he said.

Harman said that Soil Engineering’s rigs uses systems supplied by Jean Lutz and, although such systems have been available in Europe since the 1970s, they have not gained the same acceptance in the UK.

“It allows us to measure the behaviour and response of the ground in real time when used with destructive open hole techniques and can provide additional data in coring applications,” he explained. “Assessment of the thrust, rotation, rate of penetration and flush pressure can be interpreted to create a better ground model. I don’t understand why it is not used more widely.”

Harman added that the parameters had proved invaluable in chasing a sand channel on one site. “It is much cheaper than using coring on all holes,” he said.

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