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Imperial staff form investigation company

STAFF AT Imperial College, London have formed a ground investigation and laboratory testing company.

Geotechnical Observations was founded last year by members of the department of civil and environmental engineering.

Based at Imperial, the company specialises in field and laboratory measurements of pore water pressure, as well as investigation planning, laboratory testing, geotechnical analysis and field measurements of deformation.

GeO has some of the world's leading experts on pore water suction. Research and development at Imperial has resulted in a unique range of equipment for measuring pore water pressures and soil suction.

This includes the Imperial College suction probe, the first sensor capable of direct measurements of suction over 100kPa and able to measure suctions in samples and in the field up to 1500kPa for a range of soil types. Output is logged on a sensitive galvanometer and converted to digital format for reading on a portable computer.

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