by Elizabeth Withington 12/07/2016 filed under General News


In July Geotechnical Engineering were delighted to be the Gold Sponsors of Geotechnica 2016.  Geotechnica is a major industry event established in 2009 to celebrate all that is good about the geotechnical and geo-environmental sector, from manufacturers and suppliers through to contractors and consulting engineers. The event brings together all parts of the industry in a single focused event helping to promote specialist services, products and innovations.  No other event brings together such a diverse and focused group of specialists. With a conference, live demonstrations, technical presentations, equipment and services on display throughout, the exhibition covers all bases.


But why was it such a privilege to be the Gold Sponsors this year?  2016 is a remarkable year for the civil engineering sector as Brunel University celebrate their 50th anniversary year, and Geotechnica was privileged to be able to hold the event within the University Conference Suite.  Brunel received its Royal Charter in 1966 and has firmly established itself as a dedicated provider of quality higher education allied to industry, with a strong culture of research, and a constant focus on work-relevant study through its work-placement system. Brunel has always been a dynamic place to work and study, constantly reinventing itself, whilst managing to remain true to its origins and relevant to the needs of the wider society.


To reflect the excellence being carried out by the university, Geotechnica realigned itself this year, placing more of a focus on the conference with many high calibre speakers presenting current thinking and practice in a diverse range of subjects from Health and Safety, major projects, specialist services and communication.


Delegates to the conference were also able to explore the trade stands where the most innovative suppliers to the industry were able to demonstrate their own expertise, but also together they could explore what we need to do in the industry to move forward. 


And finally, Andrew Milne, Managing Director of GEL presented a “Spotlight on the UK Ground Investigation Industry” challenging delegates to consider how we view the industry, do we need improvement, do we need to move the industry forward, do we adhere to standards.  He invited delegates to read the position paper from the joint working party of the AGS and BDA and to take part in the survey.  Further details of the initiative can be found at

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