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Ground Engineering 50th anniversary

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    Introduction: 50 years strong

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    Welcome to Ground Engineering 50th anniversary supplement content, which has been produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the magazine’s launch.

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    Comment: Launch into an uncertain dimension

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    In the late 1960s we thought the whole matter of soil investigation, piling and creation of solid dependable foundations was actually fairly well understood. How wrong we were.

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    Past editors: Editorial recollections

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    Past GE editors have played a key role in shaping the magazine, but it has also shaped their careers too. Here some of them share their memories from site visits.

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    Interview: Providing industry insight

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    Imperial College emeritus professor John Burland played a key role in the launch of GE. Claire Smith spoke to him to talk about the role the magazine has played in the sector over the last 50 years and discussed how the challenges facing the sector have changed.

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    Geotechnical heritage: What’s in a name?

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    The British Geotechnical Association has a host of annual awards and prizes but the names behind those accolades pay tribute to the founding fathers of ground engineering.

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    Technology: Taking the innovation initiative

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    Finding opportunity where others see risk is keeping Keltbray ahead of the game

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    Company profile: Strengthening support

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    The foresight that originally led Dywidag-Systems International to expand the use of tensioned bars in concrete superstructures to foundations and ground support systems is still influencing business growth.

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    Diaphragm walls: Going deeper underground

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    Construction of major projects like Crossrail and Tideway is hard to imagine without diaphragm wall techniques. Nadine Buddoo looks at how the method was brought to the UK.

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    Company profile: Joining forces

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    Mott MacDonald’s combined approach to geotechnics and underground structures has advanced innovation in the cut-and-cover tunnelling market since it was first used on the Channel Tunnel works.

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    I&M: Learning from the past

    GE 50th anniversary supplement

    The future of instrumentation and monitoring is exciting but there is still a lot to learn from the past, according to Geotechnical Observations’ Andrew Ridley

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