Writing the GE Awards winners’ supplement for July issue of GE and preparing the 2016 Geotechnical Services File (GSF) for the next one has led me to reflect on the changes the sector has undergone in the last five years.
When I took over as editor of GE in 2011, the ground engineering industry was going through a challenging time with Crossrail work being one of the few bright spots. Today work on Crossrail is largely in the past – although it is good to see the work become GE Award-winning this year – and the focus is on the infrastructure projects of the future: Tideway, HS2, Hinkley and Crossrail 2.
The residential and commercial buildings market has also revived and the energy market surged, which has also helped advance award-winning businesses in our Consultant, Contractor and Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year categories.
While you can now read full details of this year’s winning GE Awards entries in our features section, you will have to wait to next month to find out the full details of how the industry has performed over the last 12 months and the forecast for the coming year in the 2016 GSF. Nonetheless, the numbers I have reviewed so far suggest 2015 was a good year and the industry is optimistic about the future, despite the concern over the upcoming Brexit vote.
These events in GE’s calendar are not my only reason for looking back over my last five years as editor, it is also because I am stepping down this month to go on maternity leave. However, I will be leaving you in the capable hands of former GE’s reporter and now New Civil Engineer deputy editor Alexandra Wynne who will be acting as managing editor.
I plan to be back next year and one of the first projects I will be involved in will be the 2017 GE Awards, so I look forward to finding out what you’ve all been up to while I’ve been away.
Finally, I’d just like to congratulate all of this year’s GE Awards winners and best of luck to all of you in delivering your award-winning work over the next year.