This year’s Ground Engineering shortlist features firms that have sought innovations to achieve significant cost savings, as well as initiatives devised to increase health & safety on site.
DSM Ground Engineering Specialists 2019
Deep Soil Mixing
It was a year of project firsts in 2018 for the relatively new ground improvement company Deep Soil Mixing (DSM), which was established in 2012.
DSM ended 2018 by delivering soil mixing for housing foundations as an alternative to piling for the first time on a residential project in Kent. This work shaved more than a year off the programme compared to more conventional methods.
The company strives to be a pioneer in innovation, and invests heavily in technology to improve innovation in its sector.
Groundforce Ground Engineering Specialists 2019
Groundforce has seen significant growth in Ireland, with turnover more than doubling in the last 12 months.
Last year saw Groundforce introduce a new Excavation and Rescue course for employees, and has excelled its digital capabilities. This includes introducing 3D animation toolbox talks for equipment use and 3D modelling software for temporary works solutions.
The group has continued to expand into Europe, including France.
Keltbray Ground Engineering Specialists 2019
Keltbray Piling has grown to become a £70m business in the space of 10 years.
Its senior management take an active, weekly role in ensuring projects are delivered on time and successfully.
Senior managers attend all projects to conduct feedback sessions on progress made on site. As a result, occurrence of key incidents have declined and workforce engagement on health and safety matters has increased 13 per cent.
Keltbray Piling continues to focus on improving diversity, with 1 in 16 workers from BAME backgrounds, and 1 in 6 staff members female.
Lankelma Ground Engineering Specialists 2019
Lankelma strives to develop innovative solutions while conducting ground investigations.
The firm has devised a Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) solution, developed to allow ground temperature to be measured. Furthermore, the company created a CPT temperature stabilisation unit to control cone temperatures, giving more accurate data.
This new technology has enabled Lankelma to provide more detailed, accurate data.
mc coy ground engineering specialists 2019
Midlands-based groundwork and civil engineering contractor McCoy Contractors has made steps forward in providing innovative solutions over the course of 2018.
The contractor developed a new on-site batching plant for one client, which McCoy Contractors says has provided significant cost savings.
The business has also developed new technology for its gravel skips, whereby material is put into skips using special lifting bars.
VolkerGround Ground Engineering Specialists 2019
Last year, VolkerGround Engineering worked on a number of high-profile projects including: the Meridian Water Station, which will support a new railway station on the West Anglian Main Line; Luton Airport’s Direct Air Rail Transit project; and Ipswich Tidal Barrier.
Key investments this year include £3m on two new dual-purpose piling rigs: a SR75 and a Soilmec SR95. These are some of the largest rigs available in the UK, enabling work to be conducted quickly and cost effectively.
The business has grown from £3m in 2011, to £25m in 2018. This growth reflects VolkerEngineering’s expansion into the concrete market, and an increased focus in highways and basement work.