Thought Leadership

We like to use our resources and skills to improve general standards in ground engineering. Our people contribute to industry events and programmes such as CIRIA research initiatives or AGS programmes to improve best practices.

CGL supporting industry conferences

Sarah Key, Chartered Senior Engineer, will speak at the Brownfield Briefing Effective Site Investigation and Data Management Conference in Birmingham on 24-25 May. Sarah will speak on CGL’s large scale holistic site investigation combining both geoenvironmental and geotechnical testing and assessment at Silvertown in London.

Dan Matthews, Director, will be a member of the Industry Response Panel on the state of the environmental agency market at the Environment Analyst Business Summit in London on 21 June.

CGL is a proud sponsor and supporter of the ‘Engineering Geology 50 Conference’ in Portsmouth on 5-7 July 2017.

We have had long links with the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree at the University of Portsmouth. Nearly one in six of our current staff have passed through this prestigious school at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Both have been crucial in the development of the Engineering Geology profession within the UK and wider afield.

The year 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Engineering Geology and Geotechnics provision at the University of Portsmouth and 50 years of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology.

CGL Authors Latest Guidance on Contaminated Land

The third edition of ICE’s guide on contaminated land investigation was published in 2016, co-authored by CGL’s Jo Strange and Nick Langdon.

Contaminated Land Guidance: The route to sustainable economic solutions is aimed at professionals who do not deal with contaminated sites on a day-to-day basis. It provides authoritative guidance on the challenges associated with contamination on brownfield developments. This edition updates the subject following significant changes in legislation and updates by key bodies including Government, the Environment Agency, the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Copies are available via the ICE bookshop at £40 ISBN 978-0-7277-6106-4

Basement Construction and Design

Mark Creighton and Joseph Slattery were speakers at the Ground Engineering Basements and Underground Structures Conference in 2016. Mark and Joseph drew on CGL’s award-winning work for the basement for the Subsea 7 offices in Sutton for their presentation.


UK Ground Investigation Sector Analysis

In 2016 two trade organisations, the Association of Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Specialists (AGS) and the British Drilling Association (BDA) joined forces to set up a ‘Task Force’ to put a spotlight on the ground investigation industry and promote a healthy debate around the UK GI sector. This is the first time the industry has attempted something like this on this scale.

The project centred on an anonymous survey sent to consultants, contractors, suppliers and clients/specifiers that represent the wider industry. The results of this survey will help shape and direct the future to ensure we have an industry we are proud to be a part of.

Adam Branson, Principal Engineer at CGL is part of the ‘Task Force’ Consultants team and is keen to develop tangible deliverables which can really help move the industry forward.

To keep up to date with the latest developments on this initiative, please follow the Task Force at:
Twitter: @AGS_BDA
Facebook: AGS BDA Task Force


Contaminated Land Guidance, Third Edition Nick Langdon, Jo Strange, Alex Large
ICE Publishing October 2016

The Female Face of Civil Engineering (TFFOCE)
Supported by the Women’s Engineering Society and New Civil Engineer, August 2016

Prediction of party wall movements using CIRIA report C580 Nick Langdon and Richard Ball
Ground Engineering, September 2014

Getting to the Bottom of It Nick Langdon and Richard Ball
Ground Engineering, April 2013

Women in Engineering
Guardian supplement published by Media Planet, November 2012

ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering, Volume II J Burland, T Chapman, H Skinner and M Brown Thomas Telford 2012 – (Contribution to Vol 1 Geoenvironmental testing – N Langdon, J Strange and C Swords)

ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering, J Burland, T Chapman, H Skinner and M Brown Thomas Telford 2011 – (Contribution Vol 1 Geo-environmental testing – N Langdon, J Strange and C Swords) .


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