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A day in the life of a nuclear inspector

RSK geophysics director Dr George Tuckwell was recently interviewed by The Guardian because of his participation in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBTO) Integrated Field Exercise 2014 (IFE14) last November. The How to find a nuclear bomb podcast, part of the Science Weekly series, is now available on The Guardian’s website.

Nuclear weapons are a hot topic now, after foreign ministers from the USA, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany reached a deal that aims to curb Iran’s nuclear activities. In light of this, The Guardian asked UN nuclear testing inspector Dr George Tuckwell and Professor Wyn Bowen, head of defence studies at King’s College London, UK, about the threat posed by Iran and the job of an on-site nuclear testing inspector.

Dr Tuckwell participated in the first training cycle of the CTBTO organised by the Provisional Technical Secretariat in 2007–2008, and led the geophysics team in IFE08, the first on-site inspection integrated field exercise hosted by Kazakhstan in September 2008. Since then, he has regularly participated in CTBTO training events, exercises, meetings and workshops. He wrote early drafts of the standard operating procedures for the deployment of geophysical techniques during on-site inspections and worked closely with the Provisional Technical Secretariat to develop the inspection team functionality and functional field team concepts and procedures.

You can listen to the full podcast on The Guardian’s website and read George’s blog online.

For more information, please contact George Tuckwell.

Dr Tuckwell (right) undertaking a ground-penetrating radar survey with Gordon MacLeod, chief of policy and planning, CTBTO.

Top-notch training

RSK has started running NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work courses.

This three-day course is for anyone who needs to understand the principles of health and safety as part of their job, including team leaders and supervisors, human resources professionals, facilities managers and those training young people in a working environment.

Andrew Glass, RSK’s course organiser, explains: “We aim to run the course on a monthly basis, potentially pairing it with the one-day IEMA-certified ISO 14001 transition course to make a four-day training session. After the four days and the exams, delegates will have two qualifications, which is a valuable combination for continuing professional development.”

If you or a colleague could benefit from the NEBOSH Health and Safety at Work Qualification and/or the IEMA Certified ISO 14001 transition course, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to book a course.


RSK Benelux’s bioremediation technology in the press

World Water, a leading international water magazine, has published an article on a new groundwater bioremediation technology developed by VITO (a leading Belgian independent research organisation in the field of clean technologies and sustainable development) with technical support from RSK.

The article, which featured in the first issue of 2015, focuses on the statistics behind groundwater contamination from methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and tert-butyl alcohol (TBA), the reasons why they need to be removed and the cost-effective and low-energy benefits of the new method. It follows a press release at the end of 2014 announcing that, with its industrial partners Punch Metals NV and Xeramics International NV, RSK now has a global franchise for this new technology and related services from VITO and can offer MTBE and TBA remediation service worldwide.

Subscribers can read the full article on the World Water site (Volume 38, Issue 1, 20–21).

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Leaking underground storage tanks at fuel stations are a major cause of MTBE- and TBA-contaminated groundwater.
The VITO-developed mobile pilot bioreactor.

Structural Soils bound for HS2

Structural Soils (an RSK company) has been appointed as a ground investigation contractors on the first stage of the HS2 route between London and Birmingham, UK. Structural Soils is one of nine contractors that will carry out the ground investigations in more than 90 work packages with a total value of about £50 million over the next couple of years.

The investigations will require the full range of investigative techniques, from simple trial pitting to wireline coring to pressure meter testing, to be used in various working environments from fields in the Chilterns to street corners in London. All this work will have to be done to a very tight programme to ensure timely delivery of the scheme.

For more information, please contact Jim Southern using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Previous rotary drilling for the Bristol Rapid Transit scheme


RSK Polska directors feature in Contact Online

Contact Online has featured an interview with RSK Polska directors Tim Coutts and Andrzej Rożański. The magazine, published by the British Polish Chamber of Commerce, identifies opportunities for bilateral trade between the UK and Poland, shares news and best practice, and offers practical advice about avoiding potential barriers when entering the UK or Polish markets.


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