Standards and Sample Quality for Ground Investigations

Posted by Peter Hepton on 12-Jun-2018 11:36:57

Peter Hepton, engineering manager (ground investigation), SOCOTEC, outlines the case for standards and sample quality for ground investigations to avoid risks that potentially go beyond negative financial implications on projects.

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Topics: Ground Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Longevity of Service in Ground Investigation

Posted by Clare Chapman on 24-Apr-2018 11:51:09

On-the-job experience as well as a clear career path can support any ground engineer in their career progression. With over 80 years of experience in ground investigation, SOCOTEC understands the importance of building on previous knowledge, learning from past experiences and maintaining performance standards through the upskilling and training of employees. People and staff are one of our greatest assets – without whom, we cannot achieve our visions and values of commitment and excellence.

Operations director for Ground Investigation, Clare Chapman, talks about the long serving staff within the ground investigation team, and how their longevity with the company brings excellence to the individuals’ personal growth and SOCOTEC’s delivery of service as well as to the wider GI industry as a whole.

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Topics: Ground Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

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

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: Geotechnical Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Supporting the Geotechnical Engineers of the Future

Posted by Pete Reading on 22-Aug-2016 15:07:25

As a responsible employer, with a true passion for the industries in which it operates, SOCOTEC has a long and proud history of supporting and encouraging new talent. Just one example of this is our recent sponsorship of the SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, Geotechnics and Geomechanics Prize at Brunel University. To give aspiring geotechnical engineers an insight into how we can help them to reach their career goals, we caught up with Pete Reading, geotechnical consultant, SOCOTEC, after he presented this year’s Prize at Brunel.

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Topics: Geotechnical Engineering, Ground Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

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

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