The UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (Rogep) has said that an increasing number of major clients are now demanding that engineers working on their projects are on the register.
According to Rogep - which has recently registered its 250th applicant – this change in client approach means that the system is making progress in its aim to raise standards within the industry and reduce geotechnical risk to client’s projects.
“I am really pleased the way the register is gaining in popularity and is taking the lead in Europe for the registration of ground engineering professionals,” said Rogep panel chairman Jim Cook. “In the few years that the register has been in existence, we have seen steady growth and industry acceptance. Indeed several major clients are now insisting on registration as a means of raising standards and project delivery.”
Rogep panel member and Ritchies business development manager David Gibson said that the fastest growing category is the professional grade. “This category represents many who have recently become chartered, as candidates benefit from a 50% reduction in fees is they apply for Rogep within 12 months of their professional review,” he said.
Rogep considers candidates who have achieved chartered status through the Institution of Civil Engineers, IOM3 and the Geological Society. According to estimates, there could potentially be up to 7,000 people working in the UK ground engineering market but Rogep has said that the register is essential to clearly identify those who have been assessed as being competent ground engineers and the different degrees of responsibility they should be given.
Submissions for Rogep registration as at professional, specialist and advisor are assessed four times a year and the next assessment days are due in May, August and November.