The intricate detail and quality of information gleaned from ground conditions will influence a project team’s ability to develop an appropriate, efficient and easy-to-implement design. The data also informs a strategy for dealing with potential geohazards during construction, such as faults, mine workings, soft alluvial material, underground obstructions and groundwater, thereby negating unnecessary costs and/or delays. Ground investigations focus specifically on intrusive and non-intrusive geotechnical work such as boreholes, trial pits and geophysics, and form a specific phase of a wider site investigation, which can include desk studies, detailed walkover surveys and the collation of more general information from the client and third parties.
RSK’s site investigations will help you to establish a site’s suitability for construction, plan and design safe and economical construction phases appropriate for the area, foresee potential risks caused by natural or human-oriented changes and determine the possible impact of groundwater, including corrosivity caused by different groundwater conditions.
Decades of reliable expertise
RSK’s high-level geotechnical expertise, coupled with its excellent practical skills enables its specialist Geosciences team, and subsidiaries Structural Soils, Ian Farmer Associates, Central Alliance and Electrokinetic, to integrate closely with clients of all types, including structural and civil engineers, architects, developers and contractors. Moreover, our combination of highly skilled ground engineers, engineering geologists, and geotechnical and civil engineers means we can complete wide-ranging work from inspecting large-scale rock slopes, assessment of slope stability through to specifying foundation and earthworks solutions to complex infrastructure projects.
With more than three decades of combined expertise, RSK, led by its specialist subsidiaries, is a national, multidisciplinary, integrated geotechnical and geoenvironmental ground investigation organisation. It undertakes contracts across the UK and internationally and works for a large range of clients: from private individuals seeking advice on house subsidence to multinational energy companies looking to construct new power stations, and everyone in-between. Our service offerings include desk studies; intrusive investigations; in-situ testing; monitoring; soil, rock and materials laboratory testing; a red laboratory for testing soils contaminated with asbestos and hydrocarbons; factual and interpretive reporting; and consultancy services.
Understanding complex challenges
Our clients, while improving the operation and maintenance of infrastructure, enhancements, renewals and new developments, often ask us for help with gaining planning permission or seeking regulatory approval. We find that budget restrictions and unforeseen ground conditions are often the cause of interruptions to work, which can lead to costly delays and sometimes even the permanent closure of a site. We respond quickly to changing circumstances and advise our clients accordingly. We also provide extensive early contractor involvement to ensure our clients get the best information within their budget constraints.
When working with a client, our fundamental understanding of geotechnical concepts allows our team to provide solutions to almost any geotechnical problem. Our teams are responsive and experts in their field of work; they have significant experience of design-and-build projects and can provide an in-house design and build service coupled with rock and soil slope stabilisation work. We pride ourselves on our ability to complete challenging projects and deliver them through bespoke solutions to solve project and industry challenges.
Our services are designed to add value by ensuring that solutions are specifically tailored to site conditions. We offer management and technical solutions covering land quality issues to industry, developers and government using technical specialists located across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.