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Utility Clearance and Mapping Services

24 March 2015 at 10:21

This week the technical services department welcomed a sixth member, Chris McDermott, to Geotechnical Engineering’s team of trained and experienced utility surveyors.  The team undertakes land and utility surveys to demanding internal and external technical standards and ensures that company health and safety requirements and systems are strictly adhered to. They are fully conversant with the Company requirements for the safe operation of the plant and equipment required for undertaking of topographic and GPS Surveys, Utility Clearance and Mapping, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and geotechnical and geo-environmental monitoring.


The team’s qualifications include CSCS, SPA Petrol Retail, LPS trained (ESSO), Defensive Driver Training, LTU Benchmark Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Advanced Utility Surveying, Confined Spaces Level 3, National Grid Person (Substations), BESC (Substations), PTS and IWA.


The technical services department form an integral part of Geotechnical Engineering’s integrated ground investigation service, taking a project from service clearance to enable ground disturbance, through to drilling services, laboratory testing and reporting.


For further details of all our technical services capability please contact Gary Simpson on

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Kirkby Thore - Towards a more Settled future

16 March 2015 at 09:06

An article published in the March Issue of GeoDrilling.  Written by David Owen, Contract Manager at Geotechnical Engineering Ltd.


The Settle to Carlisle railway was originally engineered for high-speed running to compete for passengers between England and Scotland, but recent structural movement of the track meant that the speed of trains had to be reduced.  Geotechnical Engineering Limited was employed by Storey Contracting on behalf of Network Rail to carry out a ground investigation adjacent to the railway track.  The investigation was designed and specified by Wardell Armstrong.


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New P60D slope climbing rig

09 March 2015 at 14:37

This week Geotechnical Engineering takes delivery of a new generation of our slope climbing rigs.  This fourth generation rig is based on a 305 Comacchio head with all the functions associated with the dynamic sampling and rotary coring rig.  The re-modelled rig now has the capacity to drill boreholes up to 250mm.  With a new hydraulic winch and a larger engine capacity the rig now has the ability to reach the borehole location and drill more quickly to produce quality slope data.

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University Industrial Placement Scheme

19 February 2015 at 10:17

University Industry Placement Scheme


Each year Geotechnical Engineering offers a paid university placement to engineering geology undergraduates.


This year’s university placement student Harry King let us know his experience from this year, 2014-2015  “Geotechnical Engineering has given me a great insight and experience into the Ground Investigation industry, setting me up for my final year of study at The University of Portsmouth. Logging, trial pitting, in situ testing, report writing, laboratory testing and data analysis are just a few of the experiences I’ve acquired whilst being at the company. I’ve always felt welcome and enjoyed my time at the company and would highly recommend the opportunity to future students.”


Applications are now open for the academic year 2015-2016. Please send your CV and covering letter to .

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A Great Start to 2015 for GEL

05 February 2015 at 11:08

A Great Start for GEL to 2015

The winter weather in the first few weeks of 2015 has caused some challenges but the well prepared and well trained crews from Geotechnical Engineering Limited have continued to work hard.  We have collected together some of the praise sent from satisfied clients: 

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Geotechnical Ltd and I will routinely include you on the tender list for future site investigation works.”

“I found the drilling and vac-ex crews easy to work with on this job, good attitude, hard workers and good on the health and safety side of things too. Would be happy to work with them again. "

 “Really pleased that the guys got finished in two days rather than three, even in the snow.”

 “As mentioned, Brian said (several times actually) that the drillers did a ‘damn fine job’.” 

“Ref drillers – that’s Simon Dubock, the Ronseal driller – “Does exactly what it says on the tin”.”

 “Many thanks to you and the drillers for the work done at Shrewsbury last week.”


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29 January 2015 at 11:26


The geotechnical laboratory of Geotechnical Engineering Ltd underwent its annual UKAS audit in January 2015 and successfully maintained its accreditation for its 10th year.

UKAS accreditation is a mandatory requirement for many projects and helps provide a high quality, reliable and appropriate geotechnical testing service that is independent of commercial pressures with accreditation to ISO/ICE 17025.

The rigorous assessment covers laboratory based geotechnical testing and includes the organisation, management, integrity, evaluation processes and technical competence of the laboratory.  During the technical competence evaluation the training records of the technicians are assessed, alongside observations of the technicians carrying out selected tests.

Finally, with the forthcoming new international standards, replacing BS 1377 in a staged approach, the auditor was satisfied that we are preparing well for the introduction of the new harmonized soil standards.

The UKAS Certificate and full Schedule of Accreditation can be found at laboratory reference 2718.

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Achilles UVDB Accreditation

21 January 2015 at 13:59

Achilles UVDB Accreditation

Geotechnical Engineering is pleased to announce we have again been awarded the Achilles UVDB Verify Category B2 accreditation during our annual audit.

The accreditation allows Geotechnical Engineering to pre-qualify as an approved supplier to the utilities sector - a process that makes it easier for companies in the sector to manage their supply chain risks and to comply with EU procurement regulations.

The accreditation was granted on the basis of a rigorous independent audit of our Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental management systems.

Excellent scores were achieved in all sections of Health and Safety, environment and quality both on an audited working site and in the management systems evaluation.

Kevin Puckett, Health and Safety Manager at Geotechnical Engineering commented “We are particularly pleased with the on-site Health & Safety assessment, as we see Health & Safety as an integral part of all our projects. “


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MALA Easy Locator

16 December 2014 at 12:03

MALA Easy Locator

The technical team at Geotechnical Engineering Ltd today took delivery of a new “Mala Easy Locator” to complement their extensive range of surveying tools. 

Technical Services Manager Gary Simpson states that the MALÅ Easy Locator Pro HDR is faster, more accurate and offers higher resolution and significantly better depth of penetration than its first generation forebear. The MALÅ Easy Locator Pro HDR delivers outstanding data quality, making interpretations easier and more accurate. Together with its built-in DGPS and the MALÅ ObjectMapper software, it is the most cost effective GPR mapping solution currently available.

For further details of all our technical services capability please contact Gary Simpson on

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Achilles RISQS Accreditation

02 December 2014 at 13:36

Achilles RISQS Accreditation

In November 2014 Achilles completed Geotechnical Engineering’s annual RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) audit, formerly known as the Achilles Link Up qualification. 

RISQS is the pre-qualification scheme supporting procurement from Network Rail, London Underground/Transport for London, train operators, main infrastructure contractors and other rail products and services providers in the management of supply chain risk. The RISQS Audit is an assessment of a company’s Management Systems. RISQS provides a fair, open and transparent third party qualification process and is the preferred route for the supply chain to engage with their customers.

On completion of the audit Geotechnical Engineering achieved the maximum of 4 stars without any discrepancies, non-conformances or observations.  Achieving RISQS demonstrates the company’s commitment to maintaining a Safety Management System and safe systems of work that are specific to the risks faced when working in a railway environment.

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Winner of Geotechnica 2014 Competition!

11 July 2014 at 14:24

Visitors to the Geotechnical Engineering Limited stand at the recent Geotechnica 2014 Conference and Trade Show were invited to win a Jurassic Coast ammonite fossil by entering their business cards in to a prize draw.

From the overwhelming amount of people who left their details, we are pleased to announce that this year's winner was Nicholas Hills of Buckingham based LBH Wembley.

Winner of Geotechnica Prize 2014

Geotechnical Engineering's Commercial Manager Richard Betts visited Nick at his office to present him with his prize. Nick was delighted to receive the ammonite and steg mug, which will take pride of place on his desk.

Congratulations Nicholas!

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