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Geosense Lunch & Learns are designed to promote constructive discussions between engineers, consultants, contractors and provide an insight into the manufacture and use of geotechnical instruments.

The free sessions promote discussion and understanding of the application and performance of instrumentation. Firms who have recently hosted the sessions include Jacobs, Atkins, Sir Robert McAlpine, Aecom and Arup.

Here’s what participants are saying:

“The presentation day from Geosense was a great opportunity for SOCOTEC site staff to share experiences and keep up-to-date with geotechnical monitoring instrumentation, such as the fully-grouted VWP and inclinometer.”

Peter Hepton, Technical Director, Socotec

 

"The topic was of great interest to the ground engineering team and the information presented were tailored to cater for an audience with varying levels of expertise. The Q&A also covered a lot of good ground on various other geotechnical monitoring and investigation tools. Overall, the session was very valuable, practical and engaging,”

Hesham Aldaikh, Geotechnical Engineer, Infrastructure UK & Europe, Atkins

 

Sessions take place for around an hour, usually over the lunchtime period. Companies simply provide a meeting room and invite staff to attend.

“Our initial aim was to present a general introduction to instrumentation from the manufacturer’s point of view,” explained Geosense Commercial Manager Tim Clegg “There’s no sales pitch – it’s just an opportunity for us to share a little of our expertise and to find out what those using or specifying our products want.”

Topics covered include product selection & usage, an overview of sensors and safety monitoring instruments including installation tips, trouble-shooting, data collection and case histories followed by a Q&A forum. And, of course, free lunch.

“These sessions have been really positively received – and we hope it’s not just down to the free lunch,” added Tim. “It is a simple way for us to pass on information and to get feedback from those working in the industry. Putting consultants, contractors and manufacturers together always leads to some interesting discussions – it’s good to look at things from different perspectives. The feedback has been really positive.”

The sessions generally provide a broad outline of geotechnical instrumentation but can be tailored to cover specific interests. Specialist topics so far have included wireless sensor networks, piezometer installation - the fully grouted method and data logging.

For more information, please email tim.clegg@geosense.co.uk or call 07545 830513.