AFTER NINE AND A HALF years working on Ground Engineering, nearly five of them as editor, the time has come for me to hand over the editorial reins to Damon Schünmann.
It is always difcult to hand over something precious and GE is no exception.
I have learnt a huge amount, both personally and professionally, by working on the magazine. I have visited some incredible and in the case of Ground Zero in New York, harrowing, projects and met some amazing people who are passionate about geotechnics and who clearly love what they do.
One thing that makes the international geotechnical community stand out is the amount of time people give up to improve and develop their industry through the committees and meetings of the numerous learned societies and industry associations. Those involved should be commended for their hard work.
On a personal note, I would like to extend my thanks to all those who have helped me during my tenure as editor - it is often difficult to make time for journalists to come to site, to write articles, review papers and speak at conferences. I hope that the generosity that you have shown me will continue with Damon.
My new role within GE's publishing company Emap includes the commercial role of GE publisher, so I'm sure that there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up with what's going on in the industry.
Finally, to quote my predecessor, Paul Wheeler: 'If you are a young engineer with ambitions to write and seek a potential fast-track to the heart of the geotechnical community, you might be interested in the vacancy for GE reporter.'
As a career move, I can't recommend it enough.