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GDI MAR 2012

A garden left in tiers

Geotechnics was called in to investigate a landslide in Bewdley, Worcestershire. Len Threadgold explains

What lies beneath

Fugro explains how both geospatial and geophysical methods can be used to reduce risk in site investigation

The key to success

Soil Engineering explains how digital borehole logging, drilling parameter recording and core scanning can be used to improve ground investigations

A seal of approval

David Beatt Borrteknik reports on a ground source heat-pump project in southern Sweden

Technical improvements

Comacchio has recently updated its flagship MC 900GT geothermal rig

Projects

Borehole technology to ‘Cool the Tube’

Work to cool the platforms at two central London Underground stations was set to begin in late February

Liebherr LB 28 used on German institute site

A Liebherr LB 28 rotary drilling rig has been used on a major project at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT) in Itzehoe, Germany

Sandvik strikes gold record at Randgold mine in Mali

A Sandvik twin-boom DD420-60 jumbo hydraulic rock-drilling rig has been used to achieve a new record for underground advance at Randgold Resources’ Gara Decline Project gold mine in Mali

BSP hammers home at harbour

BSP hammers have been used to help redevelop Scrabster Harbour, near Thurso on the north coast of Scotland

Laing wins Crossrail work

Crossrail has announced its intention to award the main construction contract for Liverpool Street station to Laing O’Rourke Construction

Cairo metro line opens

Phase 1 of Line 3 of the Cairo metro opened on 21 February

Bauer puts down foundations for Bangkok line

Thai Bauer, a local subsidiary of Bauer Spezialtiefbau, has carried out foundation work on the new MRT Purple rapid transit line in Bangkok

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Kier BAM JV goes nuclear

EDF Energy has awarded a Kier BAM joint venture the contract to carry out over £100 million of site-preparation works for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset

Dando rigs in Darfur

Dando Drilling has supplied three Watertec 24s rigs for a United Nations and African Union funded water-well project in Darfur

Fugro installs met mast

Fugro Seacore has signed a contract for the design, build and installation of an offshore met mast to record and monitor site conditions on the proposed Rampion Offshore Wind Farm site
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Equipment

Sonic Drill Corp boosts safety features

Sonic Drill Corporation has expanded its range to include two rod-handling systems and a range of safety cages

Facelift for Doosan Portable Power line

Doosan Portable Power has introduced new branding for its portable air compressors, generators and lighting towers

Froude Hofmann rolls out test rig for mobile drilling platforms

Engine-testing systems manufacturer Froude Hofmann and its wholly owned subsidiary, Go Power Systems, have developed a new drilling test rig for Boart Longyear

Bulroc hammer goes deeper

Rock-drilling equipment maker Bulroc UK has completed successful field trials of its new Hyper 55 Deep Hole (DH) hammer with a major European operator in the geothermal industry

Doosan generates new duo

Doosan Portable Power has launched two generators, which meet the EU Stage IIIA engine emission regulations that came into force on January 2011

Prolec simplifies with touch-screen control

Prolec has introduced a new product range featuring an advanced touch-screen control module to improve operator confidence, ease-of-use and productivity

MIHpt probe released

Geoprobe has launched a direct-push logging tool for analysing soil

BSP at ADSC-IAFD Expo

To raise awareness of its products in the North American market, BSP International Foundations is exhibiting at the International Association Foundation Drilling (ADSC-IAFD) Equipment Expo and Technical Conference, held at San Antonio, Texas, on March 14-17

ESG gains inshore vessel

Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG), the land and marine survey specialist, has boosted its survey capability with the addition of a dedicated inshore vessel

YRM adds two rock splitters

Yamamoto Rock Machine (YRM) has launched two new models of hydraulic splitter: the 22kN HRB-1000 and 34kN HRB-1700

Terraplus offers new meter

Terraplus has launched the KT-10 S/C magnetic susceptibility/conductivity meter; a handheld instrument that simultaneously measures the magnetic suscept-ibility and conductivity of rock samples or drill cores

Geocore buys Comacchio rig

Geocore Site Investigations has added a new Comacchio MC405 to its fleet of rotary rigs, which includes Comacchio GEO 205, MC 305 and two MC 450-Ps
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People

Growth continues for Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco has reported Q4, 2011 results with continued growth in orders and revenues

Sandvik to divest Sandvik Medical

Sandvik has reached an agreement with Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, owned by Altor Fund III, to divest Sandvik Medical Solutions, a unit within the Sandvik Venture business area that makes medical implants, and instruments for orthopaedic and dental applications

Orders down for specialists

The order books of specialist contractors are continuing to shrink, according to a survey by the National Specialist Contractors’ Council

Sandvik celebrates 150 years

Engineering group Sandvik celebrated 150 years in business on January 31, 2012 – a century-and-a-half to the day since Göran Fredrik Göransson formed the firm in Sandviken, Sweden

DSI takes majority stake in Drill Tek

Dywidag Systems International (DSI) has acquired a majority stake in specialist mining contractor Drill Tek Injection Systems of Chesterfield, UK

Administrator appointed for First Call Diamond

Insolvency practitioner SFP has been appointed Administrator of First Call Diamond Drilling, after the firm ran into financial difficulties, leading to debts of more than £100,000

Top 10 slot for Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco has been ranked the world’s 10th most sustainable company in the annual Global 100 list, presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Mott is employee favourite

A recent survey by London’s Sunday Times newspaper has ranked infrastructure provider and engineering consultant Mott MacDonald as one of the better employers to work for

Geosense new premises

Vibrating wire-sensor manufacturer Geosense has moved into new purpose-built premises on a 0.7 acre site, adjacent to the main MGS facility

NDA board names unveiled

The US National Drilling Association (NDA), which represents the geotechnical, environmental and mineral exploration sectors of the industry, has announced its new Board of Directors for 2012

Cat to be sole owner of CJL

Caterpillar and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have announced that Caterpillar Japan (CJL) will become a 100%-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar

MineSuite moves to MinLog

Mine technology provider Maptek and its distribution partner, MinLog, have consolidated their MineSuite businesses

Hillhead show sell-out

The Hillhead 2012 show for the extraction and construction industries is heading for a sell-out, with 350 exhibitors signed up six months before the event
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Features

A garden left in tiers

Geotechnics was called in to investigate a landslide in Bewdley, Worcestershire. Len Threadgold explains

What lies beneath

Fugro explains how both geospatial and geophysical methods can be used to reduce risk in site investigation

The key to success

Soil Engineering explains how digital borehole logging, drilling parameter recording and core scanning can be used to improve ground investigations

A seal of approval

David Beatt Borrteknik reports on a ground source heat-pump project in southern Sweden

Five minutes with…. MuoviTech

Muovitech offers a range of custom-made ground source equipment

Record-breaking bore in Portugual

Drillcon Iberia is sinking two ventilation shafts at the Somincor copper ore mine in Portugal

Optimising the drilling process

Recent improvements in drill rig technology have ushered in cost, speed and efficiency benefits for the drill and blast process

Great expectations

Conrad Stanen describes how the needs of the ground source energy market have evolved

Feeding frenzy

Nicholls Boreholes has developed a hydraulically-driven loop feeder to aid the installation and removal of geothermal borehole probes

Technical benefits

Go Geothermal predicts a rise in the use of PE100-RC pipework for ground source installations

Tight work

Tracto-Technik describes a geothermal project in Germany where space was very restricted

Technology rules

While drilling has always been reliant on skilled workers with an in-depth understanding of the geology of a work site and the impact this can have on drilling efficiency, it appears that increasing use of technology could have a major impact on how site investigation is conducted in the future.

Raising standards

The British Drilling Association is working to improve standards in site investigation, says John Grainger

Technical improvements

Comacchio has recently updated its flagship MC 900GT geothermal rig
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