The correct tools for the job

October 05, 2020

Structural Soils Associate Director Eric Downey has presented a virtual webinar to University of Birmingham, UK, engineering students on ‘choosing the correct tools for the job’. The 35-minute webinar can be accessed via GoToStage or by the YouTube video below and is relevant to all students studying engineering or similar disciplines, or with an interest in ground investigation.

Eric begins by introducing Structural Soils, which is part of the RSK group, and highlighting the areas in which the company works. These include drilling, geotechnical and geoenvironmental services; soil, rock and material testing; monitoring; in-situ testing; and data management.

He then moves on to address the investigation techniques and tools that Structural Soils experts have in their toolboxes. One tool is an extensive GIS database covering the whole of the UK; another is an innovation-award-winning whip bar Structural Soils designed that prevents hand injuries while drilling. Eric also details the different types of rigs, including those appropriate for difficult-to-access sites.

Eric comments, “Although it was disappointing not be able to present to the students in person, as I have done in previous years, I was delighted to be invited back; this time virtually. It is always a pleasure to present about Structural Soils to our next generation of engineers. I hope that the webinar is of interest. We would love to see some of you join the business in the future. If you have any questions relating to the presentation or the business, please get in touch.”

You can reach Eric by emailing him at The Structural Soils Engineer’s Quick Reference Guide is also free to download at