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GDI December 2014

Source of heat

Jake Salisbury of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association describes the advantages and features of different types of ground-source heat-pump systems – a technology on the rise

Underground access

David Gervais of global specialist law firm Dechert explains the proposed changes to access rights for deep-level drilling in the UK

Quality concerns

Water-management consultancy Envireau Water’s Dr Phil Ham stresses the importance of understanding water-quality issues

Improving infrastructure

Economic development in Colombia demands geo-construction technology innovations

Changing perceptions

We need action, not talk, on construction-industry perceptions, writes Martin Blower, chairman of the Federation of Piling Specialists, the industry body for piling, foundations and geotechnical contractors in the UK

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Finding Fault

In New Zealand, a team of scientists and engineers continues to drill deep into a geological fault to reveal more about its inner workings and the mechanics of earthquakes
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Projects

Fugro bags big geotech contract

Dong Energy has awarded Fugro a contract for one of the offshore wind industry’s largest ever seabed-investigation campaigns

Itmsoil sells Soil Instruments

Geotechnical and structural monitoring specialist itmsoil has completed the sale of its manufacturing business, Soil Instruments, to Nova Metrix
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Equipment

Sandvik unleashes Tiger

Sandvik Construction has added a new rig series to its standard surface top-hammer drills

Atlas Copco offers new Drillmaster

Atlas Copco has introduced a new large-range rotary blasthole drill rig to its Drillmaster (DM) line

Coiled-tubing rig is put on trial

The Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre’s experimental coiled-tubing rig was recently trialled at the Brukunga drilling-research and training facility in the Adelaide Hills, Australia

MineSight launches streamlined drillhole-management software

MineSight has released MineSight Torque 3.5, with new utilities designed to simplify the drillhole-management workflow
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People

Sonic pioneer honoured

Canadian engineer Ray Roussy is to be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame for his development and commercialisation of sonic drilling technology

Memorial fund supports engineering students

Seven geotechnical and geology engineering students in the UK have been awarded grants to support their studies from a memorial fund set up in the name of the late engineer John Mitchell
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Features

Source of heat

Jake Salisbury of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association describes the advantages and features of different types of ground-source heat-pump systems – a technology on the rise

Specialists on the job

Shallow geothermal drilling is proving a cost-effective solution to rising energy costs, offering more work for specialist drillers

Pricing geothermal energy

Benjamin Matek and Karl Gawell of the Geothermal Energy Association in the US discuss the economic costs and benefits of geothermal power

Underground access

David Gervais of global specialist law firm Dechert explains the proposed changes to access rights for deep-level drilling in the UK

Quality concerns

Water-management consultancy Envireau Water’s Dr Phil Ham stresses the importance of understanding water-quality issues

Maintaining reliable water supplies

Water and sewage-treatment company Wessex Water, serving an area of the south-west of England, talks us through its groundwater management programme and rehabilitation efforts

A blow-by-blow

German drilling-rig manufacturer Geotool was commissioned to build a cable-percussive drilling rig for Dutch soil-investigation specialist Wiertsema & Partners

Powered up

The Angostura hydroelectric power plant, which began operations earlier this year, represented a major power project for Chile and offered plenty of construction challenges

On track

Dando Drilling International is preparing its site-investigation rig range for the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway project and further demanding geotechnical work in the UK

Improving infrastructure

Economic development in Colombia demands geo-construction technology innovations

Driving the point home

Chris Primett, managing director of Per Aarsleff (UK), makes a case for the use of precast driven concrete piles

Changing perceptions

We need action, not talk, on construction-industry perceptions, writes Martin Blower, chairman of the Federation of Piling Specialists, the industry body for piling, foundations and geotechnical contractors in the UK

Pile profiling

Dean Cotton, senior electrical engineer at Pile Dynamics, presents a technique for assessing the integrity and quality of drilled shafts and CFA piles

Construction in Europe: still a way to go

Francesco Bassi, general manager of Soilmec France, answers GDI’s questions on the current state of the European construction market

Kick-starting BIM

In his opinion piece, Scott Bennison, BIM co-ordinator at geotechnical specialist Bachy Soletanche, writes about the chicken-and-egg conundrum surrounding BIM within ground engineering
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