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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

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 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: Geology and Geotechnics, Ground Engineering, 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

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