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    Going nuclear: Ensuring the highest standards of health and safety

    According to government figures, the UK cannot rely on fossil fuels for its long-term energy needs: a combination of soaring oil and gas prices, dwindling fossil fuels and public pressure to tackle climate change means increased support for nuclear power. The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset has the potential to contribute 13% of UK energy needs, which means burning fewer fossil fuels and reducing the volume of harmful carbon dioxide in our environment. Developer EDF Energy is constructing the power station.

    The energy giant needed to compile specific ground investigations and hired award-winning Structural Soils, an RSK company, to act as its environmental and engineering specialists. Structural Soils investigated the integrity, structure and geotechnical nature of the ground earmarked for two reactors and associated structures. The data from the investigations would inform EDF’s planning submission and the structural designs of the station. The remit was varied: The Structural Soils team expected challenges, but the company is a recognised industry leader for solving challenges with professionalism and ingenuity.
    A three-front investigation: Drilling, surveying and testing

    Structural Soils engineers drilled 4000-m boreholes, some reaching depths of 140 m, and dug 140 geotechnical and environmental trial pits. For engineers to study anomalies, identified by a geophysical survey, some of the rotary boreholes were drilled at 30 and 45° angles. Radioactive contamination was a possibility, so engineers installed a second tier of 20-m-deep aquifer protection measures on certain areas of the site. EDF’s stringent environment plan meant that no drilling flush could seep into the ground; with no fresh water on-site, Structural Soils was left with a logistical challenge. Engineers estimated that they needed between 1000 and 2000 litres of water to carry out just 1 m of core drilling. Their solution was to create a large network of surface water supply pipes across the site that were charged by water pumped under considerable pressure from 30,000-litre tankers. An army of 1800 intermediate bulk containers collected the used water and transported it off-site for disposal.
    The project’s scale and complex geology meant that the team needed to undertake a considerable array of testing and surveying, including

    • surface seismic refraction and resistivity tomography surveys
    • cross-hole, up-hole and down-hole seismic testing
    • down-hole optical televiewer logging and geologging to identify the in-situ physical properties of the geology
    • in situ testing including static cone penetrometer tests
    • hydraulic fracture testing
    • Menard pressuremeter tests
    • high-pressure rock dilatometer tests
    • packer permeability testing, which formed a large part of the investigation
    • large-scale pumping tests.

    An experienced group team of more than 10 engineers collaborated with specialists from throughout Europe to accurately carry out several testing methods rarely used in UK site investigations. The team’s UKAS-accredited lab completed extensive core testing and logged geotechnical borehole data to characterise the properties of the different lithological units. The data informed EDF’s successful planning application. The nuclear power station has evolved from the planning stage and is now under construction.

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    🏢 Will regenerative design be key in building a resilient future?

    🏙️ In the first article of our new series Cities of Tomorrow, our panel explores what role regenerative design plays in forming a framework for our cities of tomorrow.

    📌 The conversation was hosted by Andrew Tempany, Technical Director at @stephensonhalliday

    Read more in our bio!

    #Architecture #Design #Development #Sustainability #Sustainable #Environment

    🏆 We are proud to share that RSK Group is a finalist for the annual @britchamsg Singapore Award 2022 under the Sustainability Champion of the Year category.

    ⭐ We are thrilled to see the hard work of our dedicated teams being recognised by this prestigious organization.

    📌 The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony that will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on October 13th

    #Sustainability #Awards #Sustainable #Event #Environment #Environmental

    📢 RSK Group is delighted to announce that we are one of the sponsors of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association’s conference and charity dinner.

    🤝 The Conference is an opportunity to gain insight into the heat pump installation industry, through a series of coordinated expert panel sessions, presentations, and networking opportunities.

    💚 Geocore Site Investigations Ltd, Ground Heat, ZED and Carbon Zero Consulting will be attending this event.

    We can’t wait to see you there!

    📅 30th September 2022
    📍 The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, Skipton

    #Energy #Heating #GroundSourceHeatPumps #HeatPumps #Event #Conference #GroundHeat

    📢 RSK Tanzania is proud to host NICOLA – CONNECT, organized by the Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Africa.

    🤝 NICOLA – CONNECT provides a platform for social and technical interaction between members of NICOLA, and professionals interested in Contaminated Land or associated fields, in a casual setting.

    📅 5th October 2022
    📍 Golden Tulip Hotel, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

    Kindly RSVP to hkimario@ ASAP to reserve your seat.
    To call for enquiries, contact: +255 719 697 323

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    #Tanzania #Event #ContaminatedLand #Africa #Land #Environment #Environmental

    🤝 Society is moving towards a more equitable and sustainable world.

    🏙️ Our cities sit at the centre of this modern world: they grow and change as we do.

    🤔 As we face unprecedented challenges today, how will our cities evolve to serve our needs in the future?

    📌 RSK’s Cities of Tomorrow series explores the sustainable solutions available to us to create resilient and future-proof urban centres.

    Stay tuned to find out more!

    #Sustainability #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #Environment #Environmental #Sustainable

    🚗 As we return to offices, how we commute to work will play an important role in our ambitions to achieve net zero targets.

    🤝 Businesses play a crucial part in facilitating action towards these goals.

    🚆 In this edition of our series Climate Realities, Ian Wickett, Senior Associate Director at RSK Transport Planning, tells us why everyday changes, supported by business, are of vital importance.

    Read more in our bio!

    #Transport #NetZero #Commute #Environment #Environmental #ClimateChange