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Integrated investigation

Geotechnics Round up

INCREASING ENVIRONMENTAL concern and regulation mean environmental contractors and consultants are seeing an increase in their workload.

The Land Sector of contractor Integrated Environmental Technology Group (IETG) believes packaging together complementary investigation services is a logical approach to the logistical pressures this creates - particularly on petrol service station forecourt clean-up projects.

'Utility location, ground probing radar to identify buried features such as tanks and pipelines, site vapour sampling, window sampling, data collection and management are all components to a site investigation that other survey companies can individually supply, ' says the company. But offering them together, IETG argues, eases pressure on engineers so they can focus on higher revenue generating design-based activities.

To date IETG's integrated approach has already secured it a number of term contracts with major oil companies. This no doubt has been helped by the company's enthusiasm for the 'forecourt passport system'.

This is a voluntary training system that advices contractors' site staff on safe working practices and how to deal with emergency situations. Both petrochemical and consultancy companies have adopted the system and IETG believes it could be used throughout the industry.

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