Keynetix Sponsors Staff through The Geotechnical Academy

Please note that the following news item is an archived article. Therefore any links and information may now be out of date.

Keynetix have sponsored 4 members of staff through The Geotechnical Academy and are planning on sponsoring 2 more at the next intake.  The course provides real life geotechnical knowledge and skills and helps our support and consultancy staff better understand the requirements of our industry and customers.

Providing training for our staff is vital.  In the past we have done a number of lunchtime presentations covering several aspects of lab testing and site investigation.

Roger Chandler, our Managing Director, is one of the lecturers at The Geotechnical Academy, but when we got the opportunity to join as delegates it was an ideal opportunity for us to help the moving forwards of the development of our products, services and staff.

As you will see from Phil Child’s own personal take on the course, this is proving very beneficial and he would highly recommend it to others.

“The sessions take the form of a lecture with questions as they come up from the floor.  It’s generally time to don a suitable amount of PPI and set off for something practical.  This might take the form of a focused tour around a lab, getting the perspective of drillers in the yard, a visit to a local landslip (in our case, a stroll around the Forest of Dean – nice!) or similar.

Geotechnical Academy Image to be used 1

The quality of teaching has been exceptional.  What you get in Pete is not just an academic approach but the kind of perspective which only really comes from years of experience and a passion for the subject.  While I can’t retain everything, there have certainly been several epiphany moments, the digital text in an AGS file taking on a new significance when you experience the analogue counterpart it represents.

At times I have been humbled.  Like many in the industry, I have been guilty in the past of making drillers the brunt of jokes.  Having spoken to those who drive some of Geotechnical Engineer’s wireline rotary core units I’ve had to reassess this very unfair view.  With the skill, judgement, commitment and experience to be effective I found myself comparing them to the pilot of a commercial airline – they bear a great deal of responsibility with so much to monitor and control, dictated by skill, but informed by intuition.

Listening to the ALcontrol case study of a contaminated site in Congo I found myself to be not only informed, but also rather moved.  For all the flaws and frustrations this industry might bear, it was a reminder that in the end it is still – dare I say it – actually a rather noble one.  Much overlooked and misunderstood the ground specialist might be, but society as a whole is undoubtedly improved as a result.  The Congo case study – really as much an example of a lack of the resources to remediate – made me realise this anew.  It left me reflecting on the human cost of their absence and with the nagging sense that somehow we, as individuals if not organisations, must be able to do more.  Honestly, I don’t think that was the intended response but I think that if more seminars we attend in the industry caused this kind of emotional response it could only be a good thing.

Geotechnical Academy Image to be used 2

One of the real plusses of the format is the team spirit you develop with your peers.  At the first module you are a collection of strangers gathered awkwardly in a room; now they are folk I have come to admire and respect.  I want them to do well and all have something different to offer.  There are several geotechnical engineers but also an environmental specialist, a structural engineer and, of course, a couple of folk from Keynetix.  I’m sure I’m not alone in finding there have been times when I’ve felt dumber than a bag of wet mice and yet there have also been times when I have been on my subject – enthusing and informing, bringing something unique to the group.  This is perhaps the strength – the knowledge of the whole is always much more than the knowledge of any one individual, a truth effectively realised when there is a place for everyone.

So I would – and indeed already have – recommended to anyone in the industry.  It strikes me as a particularly viable way of smaller organisations ensuring graduates are sufficiently equipped for a life in the field (or at least in an office for the consultants!) rather than a life in a lecture theatre.  I know that I have benefitted from the academy – and will be rather sad to see it come to an end – and am sure many others will too”.  Written by Phil Child, Senior Consultant, Keynetix.

Details of the course The Geotechnical Academy run can be found here.   For more information on The Geotechnical Academy’s Fringe Festival which takes place over Geotechnica, please click here.

 

LATEST STORIES

  • Monday 6 November 2017

    AGS Data Conference 2017 Review

    It has been 25 years since the launch of the AGS Data Format, a standard format for the transfer of geotechnical data across the industry, and to celebrate this milestone, the AGS organised a conference to celebrate the past success of the format and to encourage change and improvement going forward.

    Read more
  • Tuesday 31 October 2017

    Cadline Autodesk User Conferences

    We were delighted to have had the opportunity to exhibit at the first of this year's Cadline Autodesk User Conferences in Manchester on 17th October and are thrilled that we will also be exhibiting at their London User Conference on 8th November..

    Read more
  • Thursday 19 October 2017

    Agenda Announced for the Keynetix User Conference and Exhibition

    Read the full agenda for this year's User Conference. Following the last few years fantastic User Conferences, what are you waiting for to book your place at this year’s Keynetix User Conference?

    Read more
  • Monday 24 July 2017

    Geotechnica 2017 – The Biggest so far – Our Review

    The vibe at this year’s Geotechnica was electric, with customers from all over the country coming to visit us there were several times during the two days that we were rushed off our feet on the Keynetix stand.

    Read more
  • 2017 Geotechnical Data Management Awards – Entries Open

    The Geotechnical Data Management Awards are a perfect way for you to show your supply chain and future clients why they should be working with your organisation. The UK Site investigation industry has made great strides on the improved importance and management of geotechnical Data in the last couple of years and we feel it is only right to help you recognise and celebrate the best achievements of the industry.

    Read more