The UK geotechnics industry “sleepwalked through” adoption of EC7 in 2010, according to one of the delegates at GE’s inaugural Ground Investigation and Laboratory Testing conference today.
The comment was made in response to the fact that evolution groups have been working on the next revision of EC7 for the last two years yet most of the audience seemed unaware of the work.
The discussion followed on from a presentation by Geolabs technical director John Powell looking at the work underway on new standards for a number of geotechnical test procedures. Nonetheless, Powell expressed concern about the industry’s knowledge about the latest standards and the application of them in the field.
“The standards themselves are good but not every lab or contractor uses them correctly and that is when errors appear in the results,” he said. “This is why proficiency testing is important so that labs know if they have a problem.”
Powell added that he believes the oil and gas sector is better at delivering ground investigation projects as a result of better communication between client, consultant and contractor, as well as application of its own standards. Powell said that the oil and gas sector is expected to publish as new standard for offshore soil investigation soon and he believes the contents will also be useful to land-based contractors looking to improve the quality of their work.