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.
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.
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.