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Best of both

CONE PENETRATION TESTING

Gardline Surveys' acquisition of Lankelma CPT in November has been described by both firms as a 'perfect fit'. The combined services will provide a wide range of onshore and marine services, the firms say.

Lankelma CPT was set up four years ago in the UK by managing director Eric Zon and has been successful in capturing a large chunk of the UK CPT site investigation market.

It initially focused on land-based geotechnical and environmental insitu investigations but in 2001 formed the jointly owned Lankelma Seacore Offshore (LSO) with marine exploration firm Seacore to provide marine investigations for windfarm and oil platforms. LSO provides offshore CPT services from jack-up platforms and a range of vessels and is unaffected by the acquisition.

'I believe the acquisition will offer important opportunities to develop relationships and growth within new arenas such as the railway sector, ' explains Zon. 'It now gives us the potential to work with restricted headroom in London to down to 2,000m on the seabed.'

'Both companies pride themselves on performing site investigation in difficult locations through advanced techniques, ' adds Gardline Geosciences general manager Marcus Noakes.

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