Posted on 26th October 2021
I am a student from the University of Portsmouth studying for a BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics…
Since my last blog, my logging skills have developed by weekly practice in the sampling room and working with engineers to understand how the logs are used in final calculations and reports.
For three out of five days a week, I have been logging samples recovered from windowless sampler and cable percussive boreholes, mostly from the in-house Premier rigs.
Following the description of the soils recovered I ensure that appropriate, representative sub-samples are taken, depending on the job-specific geotechnical and geo-environmental requirements. These sub-samples are then stored carefully in strict accordance with internal procedures.
Beyond this, my responsibility in the sampling room also includes managing the freshly recovered sample liners that are delivered daily to the Winchester office by our site technicians and drillers. This includes recording the job details ready for logging. Once sub-sampled, the project engineer then schedules the required laboratory testing and I ensure that the correct samples are dispatched to the relevant laboratory and complete our chain-of-custody processes.
The remaining two days of the week are focused upstairs in the office where I have been introduced and trained to use HolebaseSI to convert the logging data outputs into a neat PDF visualisation of the borehole. I have also begun to look at Desktop Studies, Ground Investigation Reports and Agricultural Land Classification Reports.
I have also managed to get out of the office and on site, accompanying a colleague for a site walkover and a day of Trial Pit soakage testing in accordance with BRE:365 in order to inform drainage design.
I’m looking forward to learning more of what Soils Limited have to offer in the coming months, expanding my knowledge and own personal experiences in the GI sector.
The proposal involved converting the Town Hall Annexe building into block of apartments with two storey floor extension creating one, two and three-bed homes, with a total of 185 new homes
A robust intrusive ground investigation, designed to obtain geological, geotechnical and geo-environmental data.
Additional Contamination Investigation Report to define the condition of materials in select areas across the site which is being redeveloped as a new school
A new ‘Southern Link Road’ linking the A130 southbound to a new signalised junction on the A1245.
Upgrading the A47 single carriageway to a dual carriageway standard including access routes and a new bridge
The demolition of the existing derelict Public House (White Hart Inn) and the construction of eight 3-storey houses
The proposed development was to comprise the construction of a block of flats with the superstructure comprising 4 (central and north-eastern portion) and 3 (south-western portion) storeys.
Redevelopment included hard landscaping such as access roads driveways and pavements and soft landscaping such as communal garden and public open space.
The A27 - East of Lewes improvements worked involved the collection of 3500 plus geotechnical and geo-environmental samples from over 150 different locations
The project comprised the construction of six two-storey, semi-detached three-bedroom houses and the construction of a commercial CO-OP building in the northern section of the site.
Soils Limited was commissioned to undertake a ground investigation by the RNLI for a proposed new lifeboat station at RNLI Penlee, The Strand, Newlyn