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Geotechnical Consulting Group and Imperial College London have appointed Professor David Potts as the GCG professor of geotechnical engineering. He will remain deputy head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and become a senior consultant to GCG. Professor Richard Jardine has been appointed head of the geotechnical engineering section.

GCG has also appointed Nesha Kovacevic as a director, Zeljko Cabarkapa as associate director, and Richard Pugh and Professor Tom O'Rourke as associates. The firm has moved to new offices at 52A Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BE. Telephone numbers stay the same.

Buro Happold has a new office in Edinburgh, headed by group director Matthew Smith. Tel: 0131 200 6000.

Nizar Ghazireh has joined Scott Wilson's Nottingham office as technical director. He was previously research manager and chief geotechnical engineer at Tarmac Group.

Halcrow's Inverness office has moved to Fairways Business Park; tel: 01463 231 707.

Byland Engineering has moved to new offices in Clifton Moor, York; tel: 01904 476366 A new company, Independent Ground Improvement, has been set up in Widnes. It is the sister organisation of the Independent Stabilising Company. Tel: 0151 420 0990.

Richard Weeks of Weeks Consulting has been elected as president of the Moles organisation in the US.

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