The UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (UK RoGEP) is expecting a 50% increase in applications in its upcoming second year, following a higher than expected number in its first year.
The register, which after one year now has 70 members, aims to offer assurance to clients of the qualification and competence of ground engineering professionals.
Ground engineering professionals may be chartered by the ICE, Geological Society or IoM3.
On qualifications and chartered status alone they are generally indistinguishable from those civil engineers, geologists and mining engineers who do not have extensive ground engineering expertise and experience, said RoGEP panel members. As a result, the new register sets the benchmark that separates the ground engineer from his/her peers and allows clients to identify who is appropriate for their ground engineering project, they said.
There is evidence that some clients are now actively requiring formally recognised ground engineering specialists and advisers to be involved in their projects, according to the panel.