In the mid-1980s, a site in the East of England suffered a significant leakage of the chlorinated solvent Perchloroethylene (PCE), causing land and groundwater pollution. Because the density of these kinds of solvents is greater than water, they tend to sink in groundwater systems, resulting in complex plume patterns which can make leakages such as these difficult to remediate.
At GEA, we are increasingly called upon to provide independent advice in respect of piling problems. Here, Martin Cooper - Technical Director at GEA - looks at some of the recent piling challenges we’ve been helping our clients to solve.
GEA was contracted to conduct rigorous contaminated land assessments to prove the Barlby Road site would be suitable for its proposed use and inform any potential remediation works, as well as carry out comprehensive ground investigation works to advise the design of the new buildings.
Julia Markowska, an undergraduate studying BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics and currently on a one-year placement at GEA, shares what attracted her to this field of study and talks about her first six months working as an assistant engineer.