As major projects such as HS2 look set to revolutionise the way in which data is collected and handled in the geotechnical sector, Philip Ball, group technical director for SOCOTEC, looks at the growth in digital development and the impact this will have on the efficiency of project delivery.
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.
Taking place at the prestigious Imperial College London, the annual Rankine Lecture always draws noteworthy discussion and this year’s Lecture on ‘Triggering and Motion of Landslides’ was no exception. Here, Philip Ball, group technical director, describes the day’s events and its links to SOCOTEC’s geotechnical business:
The annual Glossop Lecture recognises Rudolph Glossop’s outstanding contribution to engineering geology in the UK. Last week’s event, a highlight of the geotechnical engineering calendar, also included the Glossop Award, in honour of Glossop (1902 – 1993). Our group technical director, Philip Ball, was present at the event and discusses how this year’s lecture was an apt tribute to the man often credited with bringing together engineering geology practitioners and academics.