Ground & Water News

10th September 2019

Geoenvironmental • Geotechnical • News

Digging deep for big tanks, saving developers money on soil, cleaning beaches, advising, assessing and helping, keeps Ground & Water busy all summer long. Read on for more…

In this edition:

New technology

Recent case studies

Community engagement

Team news

And finally


An investment in new technology and equipment, means you will benefit from better service levels and lower costs.

MINI-Rae PID allowing better visibility of VOCs

The new Photoionization Detection (PID) monitor measures Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) during the logging of contaminated soils and as a part of ground-gas monitoring rounds. It identifies the presence of VOCs within the soils of brownfield sites, allowing us to provide you with a more thorough contamination assessment. By using it to identify where levels of VOCs are highest during logging, we can better identify the areas of gross contamination, so that chemical testing gives you, faster and more accurate results.

Topsoil verification tool, helping you to ensure your Topsoil is compliant

A tool to help developers to select Topsoil, which is suitable for use, is now available on request from Ground & Water.

Often Topsoil is imported to site, without your consultant’s knowledge, which is out of date or has inappropriate certificates. As part of validation conditions it is highly likely (and a technical necessity) that Topsoil must be independently inspected by a Geoenvironmental engineer.

On sampling and testing Topsoil, the results often show it has high Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons, Lead content and even Asbestos fibres. We do our best to pragmatically assess the risk this poses, but sometimes the Topsoil is unsuitable and has to be removed at extra cost to the client. The tool – which takes the form of a checklist and technical guide – will help you to find good quality and compliant Topsoil, reducing this eventuality.

If you would like the verification tool email: [email protected]


Two heads are better than one

Ground & Water site investigation saves a major housing developer time and money.

In August a client approached the team to re-look at remediation advice provided to it in 2017 by another consultancy. Following a detailed site investigation and risk assessment carried out by senior engineer, Roger Foord, revised guidance was issued, This has the potential to save the client a substantial sum of money. Read the full story here…

Solid foundations for big tanks

Soft ground, settlement and a wall, makes Ground & Water dig deep for its client.

In March, Ground & Water was instructed to carry out a site investigation at a Waste Transfer Station in Marchwood, Southampton. The aim was to establish ground conditions underlying the site, to assist our client and its designers to help them prepare a scheme for development. The proposed development was to install two 450-tonne Nitrogen storage tanks. This site investigation was particularly challenging given that the site was surrounded by a high concrete wall, meaning the drilling equipment had to craned in. Click here for more…

Hampshire planning applications crisis

Natural England, has issued new methodology guidance on nutrient (nitrate) levels in water, which has stopped Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and East Hampshire councils from issuing planning permission on new-build homes. It asserts new development related nutrient levels in the Solent are damaging the natural ecosystems. Read more here…



Corporate social responsibility initiative delivers a clean beach in Gosport

As part of Ground & Water’s commitment to you and our wider community, in December 2018 we reported that the team would be given two day’s paid leave per year, on top of their annual entitlement, to be used for charitable and community work. On 7 June, in pouring rain, the team mustered at the beach front in Gosport. Following coffee and bacon sandwiches, they set off to clean the beach! Six black bags of rubbish, that included a Christmas sock, a kazoo, several lolly pop sticks and a portable charging device later… the task was complete. The second day will be used by individuals to carry out their own community or charitable work.


Employees first – our values creating a competitive advantage

See how our ten core values are shaping our business. The company has a clear vision, mission and set of corporate cultural values… ‘The A-team”. You can read more about this HERE.

Succession has opened significant leadership opportunities

Rewarding loyalty, hard work and success, two Ground & Water team members have been promoted to the role of Team Principal. Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental engineers, Alice Tettmar and Miltiadis Mellios, will now oversee the day to day running of the organisation, projects, technical compliance, client liaison and team development; leaving directors, Fran and Dipalee to focus on ensuring clients receive the best levels of service, broadening the service offering and shaping future strategies.

The Ground & Water team expands to accommodate your requirements

 Six new members have joined the team this year. Our new technician is James Gould. Four graduate engineers, Richard Tucker, Natasha Kearl, Emily Murray and Aubyn Shortland have joined us in addition to our new finance controller, Sabina Patangwa.


Contribute to this newsletter – If you have an interesting case study to share, or want to express a view about an industry issue, we would love to hear from you.

We trust you found our latest update interesting and informative. Ground & Water is growing and we have never been in such a good position to offer you an extensive range of services and exceptional levels of customer service.

Look out for the October issue – there are some surprises in store!

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