A busy start for our Geoscience Department

Back in November 2020 we launched our new in-house Geoscience Department headed up by our Senior Technical Engineer James Morrice.

Our new department is responsible for undertaking geotechnical and geoenvironmental site investigations and reports for clients on the ground conditions of their sites, enabling them to appropriately manage risks due to geology and contamination.

We’re pleased to report the team have had a busy start since launching and have already been involved in a number of projects including :

Surrey : Geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigation in the rear garden of a private home to support the construction of a luxury garden room. Required assessment of ground conditions for foundation design, including consideration of desiccation and heave due to nearby trees. Due to the presence of the existing house and terraced gardens, access to the exploratory location was limited and required specialist equipment.

Sussex : Geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigation for a replacement agricultural barn. Included assessment of ground conditions and soil contamination for protection of human health.

Surrey : Geotechnical investigation on behalf of the local authority to support the design of a reinforced slope and access track for maintenance vehicle access. Combination of window sampling and dynamic probing through highly variable Made Ground and natural soils.

Surrey : Investigation to support the design and construction of a replacement canal footbridge adjacent to a busy roadway. The works comprised boreholes and dynamic probing to determine ground conditions and foundation inspection pitting to confirm the existing bridge foundations.

Nottingham : Geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigation, comprising boreholes, plate load testing and laboratory testing, of a car park to support renovation of the area. Included detailed assessment of historical mapping to identify potential sources of ground and groundwater contamination and enable targeted investigation.

Surrey : Investigation to determine the ground conditions below a bridge embankment which had suffered subsidence due to significant burrowing by animals. Works were undertaken using sonic rotary drilling techniques to minimise the disturbance of underlying voided soils to ensure stability of the embankment and safety during drilling works.

Surrey : Ground investigation to support the design and construction of a replacement foot and road bridge. Works were undertaken alongside above-ground and below-ground surveying works also undertaken by Technics Group.


Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental investigations are an essential starting point for the design of any construction project, so do visit our Ground Investigation Surveys page if you’d like to know more about how they can help with your projects.