Scottish Transport Minister Oversees Start of Works on A9 Ground Investigation

Soil Engineering were recently awarded the Birnam to Tay Crossing Ground Investigation work package, a five mile section of Transport Scotland’s £3 billion A9 Dualling scheme.

It is proposed to improve and upgrade the existing A9 between the Pass of Birnam and the River Tay Crossing, from single carriageway to dual carriageway standard. The ground investigation is being undertaken to provide geotechnical and geo-environmental information for the design process for the new road scheme.

The objective of the investigation is to form exploratory holes in soil and rock to obtain samples for geotechnical analysis whilst facilitating in-situ testing and the installation and monitoring of in ground instrumentation.

The investigation works are to be undertaken on or adjacent to the existing A9 carriageway and the existing Highland Mainline Railway, as well as a number of water courses and environmentally sensitive areas.

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown was on site 27th May to meet Soil Engineering and to officially launch the start of the works. Mr Brown said “Our commitment to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness is unwavering, and underlined in recent weeks with the first of three multi-million pound design contracts awarded, and the remaining two expected before the year is out”

“I’ve seen for myself today the start of ground investigations work for the section between Birnam and Tay Crossing which is vital to help inform the design process and help move towards publishing the draft orders next year. This section presents some particular challenges and we are working hard to minimise any impacts to properties, the railway and the environment.”

Soil Engineering Geoservices are acutely awareof the environmentally sensitive nature of the Pass of Birnam to River Tay Crossing area and the challenges this presents e.g.the River Tay Special Area Conservation (SAC) and the proximity to settlements at Birnam, Dunkeld and Inver.

Soil Engineering propose to undertake the works with the following modern plant and equipment:

  • 6 No. Cable percussive Rigs
  • 5 No. Rotary drilling rigs

Testing of samples obtained will be carried out at Soil Engineering Geoservices in house geotechnical laboratory.

Site works are programmed to last 22 weeks.

Soil Engineering’s Technical Manager presents at Arups 2nd Workshop on Eurocode 7 and Design Challenges

On 18th March, Matthew Baldwin, Technical Manager for Soil Engineering Geoservices was invited to speak at the second Arup workshop on Eurocode 7 and New Design Challenges. Matthew gave a presentation entitled ‘Characterising Soil and Rock: the challenges associated with deriving characteristic values’.

In addressing over 100 delegates, Matthew shared the platform with leading industry figures including Dr Brian Simpson and Dr Andrew Bond. Other speakers were drawn from the Netherlands, France and Ireland.

Soil Engineering’s Matthew Baldwin confirmed as Chairman Elect of AGS

At the recent Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) Members Day held on 19th March, Soil Engineering Geoservices Technical Manager Matthew Baldwin was confirmed as Chairman Elect to the AGS, to take effect from March 2015 for a fixed term of two years. Matthew will succeed Seamus Lefroy-Brooks who is current AGS Chairman.

Matthew has served on the AGS main committee for two years and is also chairman of the Business Practice Working Group.

Soil Engineering Geoservices Finalists in two categories of GE Awards 2014

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Soil Engineering Geoservices are pleased to announce that they have been shortlisted as finalists in the Ground Engineering Awards 2014 for two categories:

  • UK Project with a Geotechnical Value up to £1m – Denaby Main Bath House Subway
  • Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year

We look forward to attending the award ceremony to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, 14th May 2014.

Soil Engineering welcome new Operations Manager

Soil Engineering Geoservices are pleased to announce the appointment of Graham Eaton to the position of Operations Manager. Graham will be based out of our Head Office and Depot at Leeds and will be responsible for the Company’s operational resources, plant department and depots nationally.

Graham comes with substantial experience in the field of geotechnical contracting and has been employed most recently at Green Piling and Simplex Westpile amongst others.

Graham will work alongside SEG’s regional Contracts Managers to ensure the safe, timely and successful delivery of our contracts.

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.

State-of-the-art equipment for Soil Engineering’s geotechnical laboratory

The Leeds laboratory of Soil Engineering have recently added to their extensive equipment inventory having taken delivery of some of the very latest state-of-the-art Automatic Oedometer Systems from GDS Instruments.

The new units will augment the thirty existing ‘conventional’ fully data-logged oedometers already in use in the laboratory.

The new units are self-contained with the applied loads generated by stepper motor, thus avoiding the need for conventional hanging weights, and are controlled using a dedicated computer which allows programming of the devices and also acts as a data-logger . They offer a number of significant advantages to Soil Engineering.

Amongst these are:

  • Can be pre-programmed with numerous incremental loading stages which allow the test to proceed automatically to the next load increment once defined end of consolidation conditions have been met.
  • Increased sample throughput due to progressing to the next stage at any time of the day or night including weekends.
  • No manual intervention required to place weights
  • Fully datalogged
  • Options for Constant Rate of Strain (CRS) consolidation are available for the future

Laboratory Manager Stuart Kirk commented “This new equipment will allow us to offer an improved service for oedometer testing and offers particular advantages for tests with large numbers of loading increments or where test throughput is particularly critical.”

Soil Engineering Fully Registered as Link Up Supplier

Soil Engineering Geoservices Limited are now fully registered as a supplier on Link Up for the following Product Codes:

04.18.02 SER Geotechnical Services
04.18.04 SER Site Investigation
04.19.01 SER Grouting
04.60.03 SER Environmental Site Investigation/Feasibility Studies

Link Up Supplier Number: 055372

We are looking forward to our Audit.

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