Delivering projects across the world

Structural Soils has undertaken several international projects in Africa, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Iraq, Georgia and France. Our international project experience demonstrates the strength, effectiveness and flexibility of our management processes. It has enhanced our geotechnical investigation expertise and sensitivity in addressing local issues and increased our capabilities in dealing with third parties and stakeholders.

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Careful planning is required for every project to ensure its smooth running

The key to delivering international projects is the ability to remain flexible and helpful and have contingency plans if the scope of work is altered.

We appreciate the unique elements of the many environments in which we work and the importance of using the local workforce to ensure sustainability. For example, a project in Kazakhstan comprised training three local geologists in soil and rock logging to BS 5930 standards for the foundation design of a large copper mine. Weather conditions made the project more challenging, working at −30°C with permafrost to 1.5m deep. The specific contract requirements meant that we needed to log soil samples in both frozen and thawed states.

We translated our in-house logging guide and engineer logging sheets into Russian to assist with data collection from boreholes and trial pits. Site-wide challenges included the remote nature of the work; therefore, we ensured we had sufficient backup equipment and supplies to safeguard the continuity of work. The severe cold required specialist clothing and personal protective equipment, which enabled us to operate effectively and safely in this harsh environment.

 

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Structural Soils is part of the RSK group of companies

The RSK group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.