Our experienced ground engineers understand the risks associated with working in the ground and with difficult ground conditions, enabling project risks to be identified and managed during procurement.  This includes the preparation of risk registers to define ground-related risks, risk minimisation and/or management actions, and who maintains the responsibility for each risk.

We prepare the most appropriate Form of Contract/procurement strategy for our client’s projects, using current standard forms of construction contract. During the construction phase our qualified Engineers and Supervisors manage the project, ensuring that a comprehensive certification and warranty is provided to our clients.

Our ground engineers are highly trained and experienced with preparing engineering specifications for site investigations, earthworks, grouting and land remediation, using current standard specifications, modified to meet particular project/client requirements.

We have significant experience with preparing contracts, whether they are in accordance with the Infrastructure Conditions of Contract for Ground Investigation, or the NEC3, which we use regularly for land remediation and grouting projects.

Our knowledge of construction health and safety legislation enables our engineers’ to deal with most contractual  health and safety aspects, with support provided as necessary by our health and safety specialists/CDM(2015) Principal Designers.

We only select contractors from our approved supplier list, enabling us to be certain that their health and safety and quality management standards are sufficient and meet the project requirements.  This list is reviewed regularly to account for contractor under-performance.

We can manage the whole procurement process i.e. issue of tender documents, tender queries, design queries, tender meetings, tender review and analysis, through to formation of contract for signing by the client and successful tenderer.  Where specialised work is involved, we can operate a staged procurement process, involving a pre-selection procedure to inform a shortlist of suitable tenderers.

The management input we provide to our clients is always project specific, depending upon the level of input they require, the client’s site management team, and the sensitivity and value of the project.

On more routine types of work, and those of a generally smaller scale, we frequently provide part-time site management, whereas on larger more complex sites we may require one or more Supervisors based on the site for the duration of the contract.

Our experienced site staff are managed and supported by highly experienced, senior office-based ground engineers, who attend site when required and at the client’s request.

The end product of our consultancy service is frequently a form of certification demonstrating to our client, their partners, regulators or other organisations that the works which have been designed and/or approved, have now been constructed properly and in accordance with the specification.  The form of certification depends on specific project requirements and regulatory requirements, and may be a certificate, letter or a comprehensive validation report.

Standard formats of certification are used where possible e.g. Coal Mining Risk Assessments, and provide cost savings to our clients.  On multi-phased projects, extension of certification using Collateral Warranties is commonly provided.

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