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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Key Geotechnical Takeaways from Rankine Lecture

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A super contribution from a great practitioner We didn’t have the pleasure of attending this year’s lecture1) but caught the live stream. Dr. O’Riordan certainly had some big shoes to fill following a super treatise last year from Prof. Alonso but ably stepped in with a great discourse on dynamic soil structure interaction. There had […]

Becoming a Data Driven Consulting Firm

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In an era of ubiquitous technology, are engineers using their data well? At the time of writing, data, or rather the protection thereof, is very topical. Facebook’s share price has fallen a full 12% in the last few days (around 9.5% year-to-date) on the news of an alleged surreptitious data breach which has both British […]

Ground Engineering Solutions – Consulting in Numbers

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GES in numbers…. We thought it would be cool to try to distill our experience in to a pie chart and numbers!

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