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Effective Cone Penetration Testing Strategies

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Introduction The most common question we get asked is why use cone penetration testing (CPT) instead of intrusive investigations? It’s a fair question. The simple answer is that CPT works best as part of a broader geological understanding of the site. In the UK and Ireland, intrusive investigations are predominant – tactile examination of the […]

Unique insight into development of tensile stresses in geomaterials

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Dr Ian Murray discusses his doctoral research efforts recently published in Geótechnique The primary focus of the research paper was to identify experimentally the failure mechanism for clay-based soils subjected to a negative total (tensile) stress, but still having a positive effective stress. This combination of stresses is the same as those occurring in a […]

Just an analyst…?

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Why are management roles promoted within the engineering industry rather than analytical ones? Becoming chartered as an engineer to any of the governing engineering councils is no mean trick. Anyone who has done so has earned it, through hard graft and diligence. But the route is fairly clearly defined. Take for example the Institution of […]

Growing Chinese influence…..in ground engineering

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Commending the technical excellence of Chinese geotechnical researchers off the back of reading two fantastic papers in this month’s Géotechnique regarding deep cement-mixed clay (1) and defective jet-grouted cut-off walls (2) both of which were prepared with either lead or secondary authors from Wuhan University, we were discussing the anecdotal increase in Chinese authorship in […]

One of the industry’s most innovative sectors delivers again

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Two new publications show that the temporary works sector is current, relevant and continuing to innovate OK this blog post is a little bit premature as we haven’t had the time to review the subject documents in detail. We’re referring to two new high-level temporary works publications, one by CIRIA and one from the Temporary […]

Hidden Champions: Outsourcing the Right Way

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Welcoming the government’s new playbook. The German economy is rightly lauded for its power and sustained levels of stable growth. The manufacturing sector in particular employs over 15% of the workforce. For context, manufacturing in the US accounts for just over 10% of the workforce and, in gross and percentage terms, German manufacturers employ more […]

Modified fills in residential construction? The answer is yes…

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We undertook some data collection recently – the charts below are hopefully self-explanatory A couple of points for context: These are fine-grained fills modified with either lime or lime/cement combinations In sum there’s roughly 750 measurements in the dataset Approximately 1,200 houses have been, or are currently being built, on these fills  

Climate Change: The most important chart in the world

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In these, divided times, unity in Katowice “Our common efforts didn’t consist solely of producing texts or defending national interests. We were conscious of our responsibility to people and commitment for the fate of Earth, which is our home and the home of future generations who will come after us” An optimistic summing by the […]

Morandi bridge collapse Italy – Epic fail of infrastructure investment?

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Tragic Italian bridge collapse points to broader problems in infrastructure asset management Italy’s motorway operator, Atlantia, were delayed to the market opening this morning eventually opening over 21% down on yesterday’s share price. Later in the day trading was suspended on the stock. As we write, 39 people have lost their lives and emergency responders […]

What’s wrong with the Government’s new Construction Sector Deal?

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What’s wrong with the Government’s new Construction Sector Deal? As part of HM Government’s Industrial Strategy, a new Construction Sector Deal was quietly published on the 5th July. Just to be clear, this piece isn’t a criticism of the content of the deal by any means. There are excellent proposals here, particularly around apprenticeships, reform […]

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