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GE Awards shortlist: Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year

Read profiles of the companies shortlisted in the Contractor of the Year category for the 2016 GE Awards

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Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year sponsor

Innovation and excellence in site investigation, surveying and monitoring is recognised by the Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year award. Entrants demonstrated successful project delivery; partnering capabilities; relationships with clients, project partners, stakeholders and the community; and delivery of growth.

Dunelm Geotechnical and Environmental

Dunelm reports that it has seen significant growth in the last three years with an increase in turnover during that period of around 80%. In 2015 alone the business saw a 50% increase in turnover to £4.2M. This growth has enabled Dunelm to increase staff numbers and develop new innovative work procedures that it says have increased overall efficiency.

The company has said that the increase in turnover is due also to the type of projects it is undertaking, including some very large scale specialist site investigations which it says required its considerable expertise in the field. To ensure clients have confidence in its business, Dunelm has now also gained accreditations in quality, environmental standards and health and safety.


Geotechnics has said that results from last year represent the most significant period in the company’s 30 year history with a 40% growth in revenue, 358% rise in profit and 28% increase in staff numbers. The company has also seen a large jump in the maximum size of a single project it has worked on from £845,000 to over £2.7M last year.

The company has supported the growth with the opening of a new office in Leeds, new effective stress testing equipment at its Coventry lab and development of the first purpose built CE marked modular sampling and probing rig.

In Situ Site Investigation

In Situ Site Investigation has seen a 40% increase in it UK sales over the last 12 months and taken on four new staff to support the increase in demand.

The company has continued to expand its overseas operations and undertook a year-long ground investigation in the Middle East during 2015. The company also undertook work in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Albania during the year and the demand led to investment in new purpose built CPT rigs to allow the business to undertake larger projects.

In Situ has tried to ensure its clients get the best out of the CPT results it delivers and has developed a special course to aid them with interpretation with guest speakers from the BRE and Norwegian Geotechnical Institute.

Soil Engineering Geoservices

Soil Engineering undertook over 200 projects in 2015 ranging from simple schemes right up to multi-faceted and phased schemes with values in excess of £1M to deliver a turnover of £15M.

Investment in staff, equipment and services formed a key part of Soil Engineering’s strategy last year with new equipment to expand its geotechnical laboratory services and investment in digital equipment to add value to its services. In terms of digital investment, the company continued to retrofit its fleet of site investigation rotary rigs with drilling parameters recording equipment and data loggers and successfully trialled its first rotary percussive rig fitted with the technology.

Van Elle

Van Elle reports that its ground investigation division has grown at the same pace as the rest of its business in 2015 with the sector contributing to a growth in revenues for the whole business from £46.6M to £73.6M in 2015.

The company has undertaken a number of challenging ground investigations in the last year including one in the rail environment where the ability to draw on Van Elle’s rail division helped with successful delivery.

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