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Ground repair technology could save millions

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Asset owners could save millions of pounds by using less disruptive ground remediation techniques, a White Paper produced by New Civil Engineer and remediation specialist Geobear claims.

The white paper Injecting Savings contains the results of a study examining the impact of injecting an expanding polymer to stabilise infrastrucure like roads, railways and airport runways instead of traditional methods. 

The research concludes that using the expanding polymer can halve project delivery times and reduce impact on the end users.

The reduced disruption yielded significant socio-economic savings as well as direct project cost savings.

Overall, the savings from using the expanding polymers could result net £400M for the rail industry, £85M in roads maintenance savings and up to £19M per day in savings for airport operators. 

Speaking at a New Civil Engineer event to launch the white paper, Geobear chief executive officer Otso Lahtinen said that including the impact of asset closures on contract pricing will encourage clients to seek the most efficient option with the best socio-economic benefits. 

“The findings from this study clearly illustrate the need to change especially the highway maintenance tendering methods to take into account socio-economic user costs; such as congestion caused delays, noise or emissions,” he said. 

“Incentivising user cost savings in road maintenance tendering would enable main contractors to invest in more efficient maintenance solutions, which are available in the market. Everyone in the value chain would win as a result.” 

A summary of the key findings and access to the full report is available here: 

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