Philip Ball

As Group Technical Director, Philip Ball is focussed on continually developing industry leading technical solutions for SOCOTEC's clients. Predominantly managing the client technical engagement and development within Infrastructure Services, Philip has specific expertise in this area having joined ESG - now SOCOTEC - in October 2012 as Managing Director of the Geotechnical Services division. Philip graduated from Portsmouth University with a first degree in Engineering Geology & Geotechnics and has experience in managing major geotechnical projects in the UK and abroad. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and also a RoGEP Adviser (Register of Geotechnical Engineering Professionals). Philip is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and is a Chartered Manager. He served on the Eurocode Standards Committee for Micropiling and has co-authored the Soil Nailing chapter of the ICE’s Manual of Geotechnical Engineering.

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Embracing the digital age

Posted by Philip Ball on 09-Feb-2018 13:41:48

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. 

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Topics: Ground Engineering, SILAS, Digital, Geotechnical Engineering, geo environmental, MiPortal

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

A Landslide Victory for Rankine Lecture

Posted by Philip Ball on 17-Mar-2017 08:55:54

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:

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Topics: Geology and Geotechnics, Geotechnical Engineering

Standards and Quality in Ground Investigation

Posted by Philip Ball on 07-Nov-2016 09:13:17

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.

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Topics: Geology and Geotechnics, Geotechnical Engineering

ESG’s Role in Supporting the Next Generation of Ground Engineers

Posted by Philip Ball on 30-Oct-2015 13:41:00
With confidence growing in the ground engineering sector, Philip Ball, SOCOTEC’s group technical director, and Portsmouth University alumnus, discusses how we’re helping to secure the industry’s future through support of Engineering Geology and Geotechnics undergraduates.
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Topics: Skills Shortage, Geology and Geotechnics, Engineering, Infrastructure Services, Ground Engineering, Portsmouth University

Celebrating our Heritage and Technical Expertise at ECSMGE

Posted by Philip Ball on 15-Sep-2015 14:38:00
SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, exhibited at the XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ECSMGE), in Edinburgh. SOCOTEC’s group technical director, Philip Ball, took the time out from his busy schedule of attending keynote lectures, taking part in discussion sessions and advising clients on the latest technical solutions for their projects, to discuss why attending this year’s conference is so important to SOCOTEC.
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Topics: Infrastructure, UK Infrastructure, In Situ Testing, Infrastructure Services, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Consultancy

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