The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom.
The partnered AGS and the BDA have partnered to create a new Task Force, which has been conceived to explore the current condition of the UK Ground Investigation industry.
One of the key drivers for the conception of The Task Force was industry representatives being told by a major client that they believed the most hazardous part of their project would be the ground investigation phase. The Task Force are keen to develop tangible deliverables which can really help move the industry forward in reaction to these beliefs, real or conjectured. To achieve this, the collective has been asked to conduct a far reaching and industry wide survey on behalf of the two Trade Associations.
The initiative has been set up principally to provide a collaborative investigation into current industry standards. It is hoped that the project’s survey will produce some interesting statistics, points of view and exposures that can be utilised to shine a light on what is actually going on in the UK ground investigation industry.
A Position Paper is set to be released on June 1st which will set out the current “official” standards recognised by both Trade Associations and advocated by their respective members. Following this, there will be a single, all-inclusive survey created that everyone in the industry will be invited to complete in order to obtain a full, all-encompassing view of UK GI. This Survey will be open to all and will run throughout the month of July. Data will be collated and interpreted in August before the results are openly revealed and discussed across all media.
It is hoped that this initiative will be a stimulus for involvement, change and the start of a new era of working together for the good of the entire UK Ground Investigation industry.
The aim is to gain greater knowledge, recognition, influence and respect for the UK GI industry and promote adherence to technical standards alongside collaboration with all practitioners to improve the Ground Investigation industry.
The Task Force aims to consult as wide an audience as possible including clients, consultants and subcontractors and updates will be posted including links to press releases, a position paper and eventually surveys tailored for clients, consultants and subcontractors.
For more information see updates here.