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The supporting technical exhibition of the 15th ICSMGE will feature a number of geotechnical companies from around the world. As part of the special preview of the Istanbul event, Ground Engineering takes a look at some of the products and services on show.

AP van den Berg Machinefabriek Heerenveen, Netherlands Contact: Engbert Welling Tel: +31 513 631355 Fax: +31 513 631212 Email: info@apvdberg. nl www. apvdberg. com AP van den Berg supplies multipurpose, state of the art measuring, sampling and drilling equipment for static (Dutch) cone penetration test (CPT) methods for onshore or offshore insitu soil testing, with capacities from 1kN to 300kN. The range includes (wireless) electrical cones, data acquisition systems and software.

Belirti Engineering & Consulting Co Istanbul, Turkey Contact: Haldun Bingöl Tel: + 90 216 326 3081 Fax: + 90 216 325 0758 Email: belirti@belirti. com www. belirti. com Belirti carries out ground investigations including soil surveys, geological exploration, geophysics, drilling, instru- mentation and reporting.

Casagrande Fontanafredda, Italy Contact: Renato Fiorotto Tel: +39 0434 994229 Fax: +39 0434 997009 email: info@casagrandegroup. com www. casagrandegroup. com Casagrande manufactures drilling machines and geotechnical engineering equip- ment, offering worldwide service and support. Its product range includes machines for bored piling, secant piling, micropiling, jet grouting, ground anchoring, diaphragm walling and barrettes.

Civilserve - GGU Software Int'l Braunschweig, Germany Contact: Jörg Otto Tel: +49 531 2159849 Fax: +49 531 2159851 Email info@ggu-sofware. com info@civilserve. com www. ggu-software. com www. civilserve. com Civilserve took over the exclusive distribution rights of software manufacturer GGU Software International in April 2000. GGU has over 40 software products for the geotechnical and environmental technology sectors.

Controls Milan, Italy Contact: Martino Di Marco Tel: +39 02 921841 Fax: +39 02 92103333 Email: controls@controls. it www. controls. it Controls develops and manu- factures a wide range of geotechnical testing equipment designed to assess complex geological conditions, new building regulations and increased structural safety. The ISO 9001-certified firm has an international network of commercial offices and authorised distribution centres.

Dywidag-Systems International Munich, Germany Contact: Birgit Etzold Tel: +49 89 9267 0 Fax: +49 89 9267 252 Email: dsihv@dywidag-systems. com www. dywidag-systems. com Dywidag-Systems International (DSI) is a group of companies operating as specialist sub- contractors for post-tensioning geotechnics, reinforcement and special works. Headquarters in Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific form the core of DSI's worldwide network. The firm designs and supplies systems and special solutions for a wide variety of construction projects.

GDS Instruments Egham, UK Contact: Clayton Dodd Tel: +44 1784 439228 Fax: +44 1784 434644 Email: info@gdsinst. demon. co. uk www. gdsinstrument. com GDS Instruments manufactures geotechnical testing systems (triaxial and consolidation) for laboratory and field testing. The firm's new GDSLAB software allows computer control and laboratory automation using industry standard load frames and data acquisition. The most recent hardware development is a hollow cylinder apparatus with the capability of measuring very small strains.

Geokon Geotechnical Instruments Lebanon, NH, USA Contact: Tony Simmonds Tel: +1 603 448 1562 Fax: +1 603 448 3212 Email: geokon@geokon. com www. geokon. com Geokon operates on a worldwide basis through a network of agencies for the manufacture and sale of geotechnical instruments. It offers a range of geotechnical instruments and total measuring systems, including data acquisition and telemetry options and additional services for engineering.

Geo-Slope International Calgary, Canada Contact: Paul Bryden Tel: +1 (403) 269-2001 Fax: +1 (403) 2664851 Email: info@geo-slope. com www. geo-slope. com Geo-Slope International develops and markets state of the art CAD software for geotechnical and geoenvironmental modelling, intended to be both technically comprehensive and easy to use for all geotechnical engineers.

Geotechnical Consulting and Testing Systems Tempe, Arizona, USA Tel: +1 (480) 456 0110 Fax: +1 (480) 456 4727 Email: sales@gcts. com www. gcts. com GCTS provides a range of computer servo-controlled testing systems for soils, pavements, rocks and construction materials. This includes static and dynamic hardware and software for triaxial, direct and simple shear, consolidation, resilient modulus, resonant column, hollow cylinders, ultrasonic, unsaturated soils, shaking tables, downhole/ seismic refraction, cone penetrometer, and other specialised equipment.

London, UK Contact: Max Soudain Tel: +44 20 7505 6665 Fax: +44 20 7505 6790 Email:

max. soudain@construct. emap. com Ground Engineering , the magazine of the British Geotechnical Association, is widely acknowledged as the leading international geo- technical magazine. Established in 1968, Ground Engineering focuses on practical aspects of technical developments in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering worldwide. Ground Engineering also produces European Foundations, the magazine of the European Federation of Foundation Contractors. Visit our stand to meet the editorial and advertising team, for special reduced rate subscriptions and to enter our special competition.

Huesker Synthetic Gescher, Germany Contact: Peter Terhechte Tel: + 49 2542 701 0 Fax: + 49 2542 701 499 Email: info@huesker. de www. huesker. com Huesker is a specialist manufacturer of geosynthetics for the construction industry, with an emphasis on ground and foundation engineering.

Along-side a standard product range supplied worldwide, the firm develops tailored solutions for complex construction applications through extensive co-operation with customers, consulting engineers and research and testing organisations.

Kasktas Piling & Drilling Contracting Co Istanbul, Turkey Contact: Mehmet Ibrahimiye Tel:90 212 274 58 42 Fax:90 212 266 33 93 Email: kasktas@kasktas. com. tr www. kasktas. com. tr Geotechnical contractor Kasktas installs bored, precast, cast insitu and steel driven piles, minipiles, diaphragm walls, anchored bored piles, mini pile walls and sheet pile walls. It also carries out soil nailing, permeation and con- solidation grouting, slurry walls, thin walls, jet grouting, vibro piles, vibroflotation, sandstone piles, prefabricated drains, site investigation and laboratory testing.

Keller Grundbau Offenbach, Germany Contact: Christine Trolle Tel: +49 69 80 51 0 Fax: +40 69 80 51 221 Email: marketing@kellergrundbau. com www. kellergrundbau. com One of the world's leading inter- national geotechnical contractors, Keller provides solutions to soil and foundation problems for the construction industry. Operating from centres in all five continents, the firm works across the entire construction spectrum from industrial, commercial and housing projects to infrastructure construction for dams, tunnels, transportation and water treatment. Keller is also a specialist in rehabilitation works and soil protection.

Loadtest International Gainesville, Florida, USA Contact: Jack Hayes Tel: +352-378-3717 Fax: +352-378-3934 E-mail:

Jack@loadtest. com/info@loadtest. com www. loadtest. com Loadtest International provides deep foundation testing, equip- ment and services, specialising in bidirectional load testing using the award-winning Osterberg Cell. The firm says it is dedicated to providing confidence in foundations through load testing around the world.

Naue Fasertechnik Lübbecke, Germany Contact: Anja Schneckener Tel: +49 5741 4008 0 Fax: +49 5741 4008 40 Email: info@naue. com www. naue. com The Naue Fasertechnik Group is an international firm specialising in the development, production and application of geosynthetics for a wide range of applications for civil and hydraulic engineering, including landfills, groundwater protection, tunnelling and waterproofing. The firm provides high quality solutions to geotechnical engineering problems.

Plaxis Delft, Netherlands Contact: Peter Brand Tel: + 31 15 2600 450 Fax: + 31 15 2600 451 Email: info@plaxis. nl www. plaxis. com Plaxis develops, markets and supports high-tech, user-friendly, geotechnical software. Plaxis software is based on finite element technology and intended for professional engineers for the analysis of deformation and stability in geotechnical engineering projects. Compre- hensive, graphical input and robust numerical procedures make the software a practical engineering tool.

STFA Soil Group Istanbul, Turkey Contact: Korhan Durmus Tel: +90 216 326 11 59 Fax: +90 216 340 06 95 Email: korhand@stfa. com www. stfa. com STFA Soil Group operates in two main areas - piling for jetty and berth construction and foundation works. The firm operates as both main contractor and subcontractor and also carries out marine works. It has a pipe manufacturing plant that can produce up to 3m diameter tubular steel piles. The company recently installed foundations for the Galata Bridge and Turkey's first natural gas terminal.

It operates throughout the Middle East, the former Soviet republics and India.

Terrasol Montreuil, France Contact: Alain Guilloux Tel: + 33 1 49 88 24 42 Fax: +33 1 49 88 06 66 Email : info@terrasol. com www. terrasol. com Geotechnical consultant Terrasol specialises in engineering geology and soil and rock mechanics. It designs and carries out site investigations, designs geo- technical structures, provides recommendations on con- struction methods and on site technical assistance. The firm also develops and supplies Talren (slope stability) and Foxta (foundation design) software and is also a distributor of the Plaxis (finite element) and Cazenove/ Espora (hydraulic tools) packages.

TNO Profound Geotest Rijswijk, Netherlands Contact: Gijs van Ginneken Tel: +31 70 415 56 35 Fax: +31 70 398 94 38 E-mail: fpds@profound. tno. nl www. profound. nl TNO Profound, represented in Turkey by Geotest, specialises in foundation pile diagnostic systems, advanced pile monitoring and testing equip- ment for sonic integrity testing, static, dynamic and statnamic load testing, pile driving and vibration monitoring. Its TNOWAVE stresswave software package allows signal matching and predictions to be made. TNO Profound carries out on- and offshore pile testing worldwide.

Wille GeoTechnik Goettingen, Germany Contact T Wille Tel: +49 551 30752 0 Fax: +49 551 30752 20 Wille GeoTechnik is involved primarily in the manufacture and supply of mechanical and electronic geotechnical field testing devices and laboratory equipment for research and industry. The company was established in 1989 in close cooperation with German research organisations.

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