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Mike Crilly, formerly project manager at BRE, has joined the Geotechnical Consulting Group as senior geotechnical engineer.

Gary Brindle has left Keller Ground Engineering to join Van Elle as managing director of the mini/restricted access piling division. Subsidiary A&G (Steavenson) in Newcastle and Sheffield will now operate as Van Elle, drilling and grouting division, headed by Trevor Collin.

Peter Redford has joined Norwest Soil Engineering as southern operations manager based in the Watford office. He previously held the same position at Soil Mechanics.

Dr Ray Hobbs has left Lloyd's Register Offshore Engineering, where he managed the foundations group for 22 years, to set up as an independent geotechnical consultant.

Dr Fiona Chow has won an Engineering Foresight award from the Royal Academy of Engineering and a QUEST award from the ICE to undertake a four-month research project at the University of Western Australia.

Mike Rogers, formerly at Wardell Armstrong, and Catherine Eales, formerly at Johnson Poole and Bloomer, have joined Integrated Geotechnical & Environmental Services.

Blair Douglas has been appointed senior hydrogeologist at Water Management Consultants' Santiago office in Chile. Senior hydrogeologist Jeremy Dowling has transferred Lima, Peru to the Shrewsbury office.

Paul Brown has been promoted to associate at White Young Green. He will be responsible for operation and development of the ground technology division based in the Leeds office.

Richard Chalmers and Colin Harding have become divisional directors of Babtie Group, responsible for geoengineering activities. Chalmers is responsible for Scotland and Northern Ireland and Harding for the Midlands and the north of England.

The International Geosynthetics Society has elected its first ever women council members.Danette Fettig and Maria-Lurdes da Costa Lopez have been elected for the 2000-2004 term.

Rawell Water Control Systems has appointed Mike Naismith as export sales manager.

Philip Dare has joined Gibb Environmental as technical director - corporate risk management based at the Leeds office.

Michael Hendy has been appointed associate at Scott Wilson (Hong Kong), responsible for geotechnical matters on maritime projects.

VHE Technology general manager Mike Summersgill is now operating out of the new southern office in Dartford, tel:01322 424 525.

Weeks Laboratories has opened a new laboratory in Manchester to meet increasing demand in the north-west and to support a five-year partnership with insurer Royal and Sun Alliance to carry out soil testing for subsidence claims.

Instrument manufacturer ELE International has a new head office in Leighton Buzzard, tel:01525 249 200.

SLR Group has opened its first office in Scotland, at Kirkintilloch near Glasgow, managed by Richard Johnson, tel:0141 578 2333 Groundforce has opened two new facilities in Port Talbot, South Wales and West Bromwich.

The IT Group has opened a new Bristol office, tel:0117 930 4111.

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