Getting to grips with ground-penetrating radar
In December 2013, RSK won and successfully completed its first project using vehicle-towed ground-penetrating radar to help evaluate pavement condition. This required using new technologies and adopting new processing methods and advanced data interpretation. RSK geophysicists worked closely with Amey to ensure that we delivered a high-quality product.
The result of this is that we have now completed six similar surveys in as many months. We have developed our capabilities for rapid ground-penetrating radar surveys so that we can now market this service with confidence to other clients.
David Gibbins, contracts manager for Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd, who will undertake the next phase of works at one of the sites surveyed, said that our report was “very informative and probably the best we’ve seen”. On the back of this, he has recommended to Kent County Council that it should instruct RSK to undertake a complete buried utilities survey of a road section before it completes work there.
“We are winning more of the same type of work and the high-quality output is leading to the commission of work in other revenue areas,” saidgeophysics team managerTim Grossey.
Iraq Energy City lab up and running
RSK’s new Iraq Energy City laboratory generated the first results for clients in June this year. The geotechnical laboratory was off the mark first and now has capabilities for particle size distribution, Atterberg limits, triaxial stresses, moisture, sedimentation, particle density, bulk density, compaction and California bearing ratios, and will soon have the capability for consolidation.
The environmental laboratory was hot on its heels with its first results in the first week of July. Its capabilities include total petroleum hydrocarbon criteria working group data; total petroleum hydrocarbons; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; volatile organic compounds; benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene; polychlorinated biphenyls and solvent extractable matter. Semi-volatile organic compounds will be added soon.
The demand for the services of this laboratory is huge and we have well advanced plans for adding to the existing equipment and the necessary space. A container of geotechnical equipment has recently arrived and additional analytical instruments for the environmental laboratory will arrive by air shortly. As part of our plan to service clients effectively and our commitment to the local community, seven Iraqi graduates have recently started and we will be employing more. The geotechnical laboratory is proving particularly popular: we will introduce a 24-hour shift pattern when our local technicians are trained.
A pre-assessment by a Saudi accrediting body for accreditation to BS EN ISO 17025 is planned for October. This is a critical step for the laboratory and its ability to service the many potential clients in Iraq.
DS 5 containment complete
In late April RSK commenced enabling works at degassing station 5 (DS 5) on the Rumaila oilfield, Basra, Iraq. This signals the start of field remediation operations as part of RSK’s oil and produced water pit remediation contract with the Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO).
RSK development industry seminars 2014
Please book your place here. Last year’s RSK development industry seminars were held against the backdrop of a revival in the UK property sector. This upturn is continuing and the demand for development land has forced renewed consideration of secondary or even tertiary use of brownfield sites. This process brings with it a raft of technical, legal and contractual considerations.
Matt is highly commended at the CIEEM awards
RSK’s Matt Collis has been highly commended at the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) awards. Matt, an ecological consultant in Bristol, was deemed highly commended in the Promising Professional category, which recognises the exceptional achievements of a CIEEM member during the early stages of their career.