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Ground investigation survey launched

A survey that aims to probe the position of ground investigation specialists and potential areas of improvement has been launched by a joint task force of geotechnical professionals.

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists and the British Drilling Association set out their joint task force aims in a position paper launched last month and are now seeking views from across the industry.

”From an outside perspective, ground investigation (GI) practice does not appear to have changed much over the last 30 years or so,” states the position paper. ”Perhaps due to this apparent lack of change, many people in the wider Construction Industry perceive GI as contributing limited value and benefit to projects.

”From within the GI industry itself, many practitioners, whether consultants or contractors, feel that what they have to offer is not fully recognised or appreciated by clients, and even by each other. In some areas, morale is low and there is little appetite, or incentive, for innovation.”

The paper, survey and discussions planned for later in the year, will collectively investigate why the sector is in this position and identify actions the industry can take to improve the situation.

Survey submissions will be anonymous and it will remain open from 1 July until 1 August. To take the survey click here. Analysis of the results is expected to be shared in the autumn.


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