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Marathon man Max

GE publisher Max Soudain battled injury and searing heat to complete this year's London Marathon in four hours 45 minutes. Soudain raised nearly £1400 for RedR-IHE: International Humanitarian Expertise for Development and Relief and would like to thank all those individuals and companies who donated, in particular: Lankelma, Roger Bullivant, Arup, Edge Consultants and May Gurney.

Stent tap into RaPPER grant

Stent Foundations has won a £150,000 grant from the DTI-led technology programme for its RaPPER project (Rapid Pile Performance Evaluation Resource) in partnership with the Building Research Establishment, Testal and Instrumentation, and Testing and Monitoring. The research will produce a set of guidelines for a rapid nondestructive test system to suit speci c site conditions and parallel testing on sites using static load testing, Statnamic testing, dynamic testing and sonic echo integrity testing.

Agency ducts the issue

The Highways Agency has produced guidance on trenchless installation of small diameter service tunnels and ducts beneath motorways and trunk roads. The Agency is also publishing guidance on treatment of ll and capping materials using either lime or cement. Both can be found at www. highways. gov. uk Ofce pile analyzer A new portable Pile Driving Analyzer has been launched by Pile Dynamics to enable remote data transmission via broadband internet. This will enable engineers to monitor the load test from their of ce computer.

Atlas doesn't spare the rod

Atlas Copco has launched a rod handling system for use on its Rocket Boomer E-series of face rigs that will enable drilling of longer holes for grouting, probing or drainage without the need for an operator to extend the rod manually from the service platform. The system was launched after stricter safety regulations were recently introduced in some countries that prohibit operatives standing on the service platform to carry out manual work during drilling.

AMEC sells Buchan AMEC has sold its pre-cast concrete business Buchan Concrete Solutions to Roger Bullivant Group for an undisclosed amount. Buchan has assets worth £10M, employs 170 people and generated sales last year of £29M.

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