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Closing the Skills Gap: Finding the Next Generation of Ground Engineer

Posted by Philip Ball on 09-Jan-2018 09:35:07

Britain is building again and the increase in large developments and landmark infrastructure projects are an undoubted boost for the British ground investigation (GI) and ground engineering (GE) industry. But the increasing workload is making the industry’s shortage of skilled field operatives even more apparent, and if the issue is not addressed urgently, it could have a serious long-term impact on the sector.

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Topics: Infrastructure, Ground Engineering

Supporting the 10th Anniversary of the Yorkshire Contaminated Land Forum

Posted by Zoe Cooper on 14-Dec-2017 08:59:05

Being at the forefront of the industry is what SOCOTEC prides itself on.

It is no surprise, therefore, that Zoe Cooper, business development director, Infrastructure & Energy, SOCOTEC has also been the treasurer of Yorkshire Contaminated Land Forum (YCLF) for ten years.

Having celebrated the tenth anniversary of the YCLF last month, Zoe tells us about the importance of the YCLF, as well as the benefit it has on the environment and the relating sectors and professions.

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Topics: Brownfield Briefing, Contaminated Land

SOCOTEC Hosted Railway Environmental Forum 2017 at Tower Bridge and Auchentoshan Distillery

Posted by Nicola Atkinson on 27-Nov-2017 09:37:42

It was just a few weeks ago that SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, hosted another Railway Environmental Forum in both Glasgow and London.

Nicola Atkinson, rail account manager, Environment & Safety Services, discusses this year’s success, the fantastic venues and why such an event is important to the rail industry.

Don’t just take our word for it... Andy Cordwell from GTR, Mark Quirke from GWR and Steve Rooke from SWR, have also kindly given their feedback about the Forum. 

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Rail, Railway Environmental Forum, Effluent

'Five W's' of workplace exposure to hazardous substances

Posted by Mary Cameron on 13-Nov-2017 13:25:46

An occupational hygienist is an important player in the fight against workplace-caused ill-health.  In this blog Mary Cameron, occupational hygiene team leader, discusses the 'five w's' of workplace exposure to hazardous substances:


Who is affected?
What employers must do
When should employers act?
Where to find guidance
Why SOCOTEC plays a key role in COSHH compliance

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Topics: Occupational Health & Safety, Occupational Hygiene, Hazardous substances

Women in Drilling

Posted by Clare Chapman on 07-Nov-2017 13:06:36

According to The Institution of Engineering and Technology, only 27% of Science and Engineering Technicians and 5.5% of Engineering Professionals are women.

Within that percentage falls Clare Chapman, operations director of the Ground Investigation Division at SOCOTEC. Working her way from Geological Technician to Operations Director, Clare has 30 years of experience working within the ground investigation, and geotechnical engineering environment.

To help inspire other women embark on a geotechnical career pathway, Clare talks us through her experience in the ground investigation industry.

 

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Topics: Geology and Geotechnics, Infrastructure Services, Ground Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering

Supporting the Rail Industry with 2017's Railway Environmental Forum

Posted by Nicola Atkinson on 26-Oct-2017 12:27:46

Our annual event, the Railway Environmental Forum, is around the corner once again with only one week to go until our experts present on a range of environmental, safety and compliance topics at Glasgow. Just a week later, our second event will be held in London.

With the focus of Monitoring Environmental Inputs and Outputs at rail depots and work sites, Nicola Atkinson, SOCOTEC’s rail account manager, explains what’s involved in the day and what will be learnt when attending.

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Rail, Groundwater, Railway Environmental Forum, Effluent

Investing in the Future Standards of Waste Derived Fuel

Posted by George Bradley on 05-Oct-2017 16:07:38

With many efforts worldwide to divert waste away from landfill sites and turning waste into energy, companies are beginning to invest in more and more in Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities in a bid to reduce the impact on the environment.

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Topics: Fuel Testing, Energy & Waste Services, Biofuels, Solid Recovered Fuels

History of Legionella

Posted by Paul Sear on 29-Sep-2017 15:26:15

With 496 UK cases reported in 2016, Legionnaires’ disease continues to be a major health concern in the UK. Caused by the inhalation of Legionella bacteria which can be present in a diverse range of water systems, Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia that was first discovered after an outbreak in 1976.

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Topics: Reducing Risks, Legionella, Water, Water Systems, Water Management, Risk Management

Cut Through the Noise with Sound Advice for Environmental Noise Monitoring

Posted by Guillermo Tomac on 27-Sep-2017 09:02:08

Noise is one of the most widespread environmental pollutants that can cause a number of health issues. In various industries, including rail, it is important to monitor and control environmental noise to ensure noise levels in commercial, industrial and transportation settings comply with the recommendations set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Rail, Occupational Health & Safety, environmental noise monitoring,, noise and vibration

Taking a look at EU Biocidal Product legislation

Posted by Jon Fielder on 11-Sep-2017 11:45:57

Navigating the health and safety legislation surrounding the use of biocides can sometimes be a daunting task, with legal jargon and heavy wording complicating an already testing subject matter. Jon Fielder, technical director for Water Treatment Equipment, Built Environment Services, SOCOTEC, breaks through the noise to decipher what you need to know about the EU Biocidal Products Legislation.

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Topics: Built Environment Services, Water, Legislation Updates, Water Management

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