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Pile in for a Career in Piling

There has never been a better time to work in the piling and foundations industry, in any capacity, whether as a geotechnical engineer, designer, project manager, operative or site supervisor.…

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Importing Skills – A Post-Brexit Necessity

Talk to anyone in the specialist contracting sector and they will tell you how significant and important non-UK employees are to its running. Firstly they serve as long-term direct employees,…

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Occupational Health in Ground Engineering

In March this year the Office for National Statistics released a report, which identified that men working in the construction industry are at the highest risk of suicide. It went…

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The rising cost of the skills shortage

The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has written many times about the growing problem of the skills shortage in construction and whilst it is a concern shared by government, some…

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The Hazards Associated with Sonic Logging

Cross-hole sonic logging in large diameter rotary bored piles is well established in the UK. Alternative methods of ‘seeing into’ completed piles are also available such as dynamic testing and…

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Addressing the skills shortage starts at home…

The construction sector is not without its fair share of challenges to deal with and it seems there’s always something, such as the recent Brexit vote, waiting around the corner…

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All that glitters is not necessarily HS2…

…Having received Royal Assent, at long last work will begin shortly on HS2. With the first contracts having been awarded, I am sure many in the construction sector will be…

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Where Innovation Hits the Ground

The open and competitive nature of the UK construction market drives a constant need to do things differently: we are all seeking that winning proposition. There is no better example…

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FPS – Here today – STILL here tomorrow

Few people could have failed to notice that our industry is on the up; orders are on the increase and there is a general optimism permeating the sector. In fact,…

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