Federation of Piling Specialists chairman Alasdair Henderson has said that the geotechnics industry should be cautiously optimistic about the workload ahead but has called for the industry to rise to the challenge of meeting this demand.
Speaking at the Ground Engineering Infrastructure Summit today, Henderson said that there are three areas the geotechnics sector must address to meet the challenge presented by this growth.
According to Henderson, the sector must focus on people, innovation and collaboration in order to ensure the sector maximises the benefits from upcoming infrastructure investment.
“We need to invest in people and present a positive view of the industry, as well as being more open minded about who we recruit,” he said. “Salaries in this industry are not catastrophic and we must promote ourselves more.
“We must invest in learning and development and ensure professional recognition for all within the sector.”
Henderson also called on the industry to be more innovative and collaborative in the way it works with the supply chain and project partners. “Under the current approach to business, there are liability issues relating to the sharing of information within BIM but we must work to find a way to resolve this,” he added.