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Chris Raison, formerly with Keller Ground Engineering, has set up a new company, Chris Raison Associates. The firm offers advice, design and consulting for geo- technical and foundation engineering. Contact tel: 024 7641 0338

Dr Andrew Charles, technical director of BRE's Centre for Ground Engineering, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering for his 'distin- guished appli- cation of geo- technical engineering to understanding the behaviour of embankment dams, enhancing the method of assessment and safety of old embankment dams.

Ken Marsh, managing director of Exploration Associates at the time of its takeover by Mowlem's Environmental Services Group in 1997, has joined Ian Farmer Associates as managing director. David Wilshaw has been appointed director and manager of the new north west office.

Philip Staten has been appointed as technical director at Maccaferri. He heads up the UK design team and is a member of the Maccaferri International Technical Com- mittee. Tom Edwards is promoted to divisional director (Northern UK and Ireland).

Entec has appointed Ian Templeman as principal planning engineer at its Newcastle office. He will be responsible for planning related matters and for developing and standardising project control.

DJ Balmforth (Montogomery Watson), D Cowie (Binnie Black & Veatch), NJK Davies (Kvaerner Construction), RD Jarvis (WS Atkins) and M Roberts (BAA) have been elected to the council of CIRIA.

Robert Pine has been appointed as principal at Golder Associates. Russell Jones, Lingli Wei and Pascal Meyer become associates.

Joseph Chung-leung Ho has been appointed technical director at Scott Wilson (Hong Kong), responsible for the firm's structural engineering projects. Alan Gilham, former head of Urban Sustainability at the BRE and Peter Sharratt, formerly with Short and Associates have joined WSP to spearhead the group's Sustainable Advisory Team.

BGS has commissioned a new web site which will include an interactive version of the BGS Directory. The contract was won by Geocentrix (www.geocentrix. which is working to get the site ready for the first BGS meeting of the 1999/2000 committee later this month.

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