Big win at the Geotechnical Data Management Awards

October 23, 2018 6:15 pm Published by

Win! Left to right – Roger Chandler (Keynetix), Steve Thorpe (BGS), Ashley Patton (BGS), Kate Wooldridge (T&P), Raife Crooks (T&P), Jon Adams (T&P)

The team was excited to come home from the annual Keynetix Geotechnical Data Management Awards earlier this week with an award in hand.

We were delighted to win the 2018 Data Collaboration Award with our partners at the BGS for the best geotechnical data sharing and collaboration on a project – a fantastic achievement in the face of strong competition from entries by Atkins, Harrison Group and Jacobs.

Our winning innovation involved the digital and georeferenced linking of 3D topographic and sub-surface geological data, both from recent site investigations and data held in the national archive, to simulate, assess and ultimately mitigate remediation requirements in support of a prestigious residential brownfield redevelopment of a former railway site in Central Bristol.

This is the first interactive model of its kind produced in a commercial context being a fully geo-referenced and interrogatable model that goes beyond the site’s boundaries to show the broader geological picture. It allows stakeholders to navigate with us, through the various sub-surface complexities involved in bringing sites to development.

Operations Director, Kate Wooldridge, says:

“Collaboration, persistence and hard work are key to the success of any engineering project, but they were absolutely vital here as numerous challenges had to be overcome to successfully bring together a diverse range of baseline technologies and databases.

“The benefits of the final model shone through when it enabled us to simulate a groundwater risk assessment alongside the Environment Agency’s Remedial Targets Methodology and conclude a minimal risk to clients, Homes England and Galliford Try Partnerships, in readiness for regulatory approval.

“Looking forward, we believe that models such as this which combine site specific and regional geological databases – a vitally important and efficient way of bringing to life historical and new site information in combination – will become the new baseline for our industry and aid in faster, earlier and better informed decision making on a whole host of boundary, off site and deep in-ground risks. “

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