Effective Site Investigation and Data Management Conference – Our 5 Highlights

The Brownfield Briefing “Effective Site investigation and Data Management” conference was held on the 24th and 25th May in Birmingham.  Our Managing Director, Roger Chandler, was one of the invited speakers and he has put together his top 5 highlights from the conference.

Remediation Specialists Understand the Value of Good Site Investigation

All too often at SI conferences we hear from the contractors and SI companies complaining that their clients do not put appropriate value on the work that they do.

Mark Field from Vertase presented the view of a remediation Contractor, and it was a breath of fresh air.  Mark presented how the availability of more site investigation data enables them to reduce the risk associated with estimating remediation costs.  He clearly showed that investing money on Site Investigation offered a good return on investment and discussed the importance of creating a model at the start of the process.   A very positive and engaging presentation.

Mobile Logging is Gaining Traction

There was a lot of discussion during the day on the use of mobile technology for the logging borehole data and a quick straw poll of the room saw around 30% of the attendees were using some form of electronic logging.

RSK presented a great case study on the consistency benefits (among other benefits) that electronic logging gave when you have many geologists and engineers working on a large logging site.

Keynetix also presented case studies from Van Elle and Soil Engineering that showed that the return on investment on hardware and training pays for itself quickly without needing to consider the intangible benefits that faster data delivery speed gives the client.


The majority of Van Elle drillers now use tablet logging systems

HoleBASE SI Customers Telling Great Stories

One of the benefits of working with so many customers is that occasionally we get to watch them talk proudly of their successes with our software.  This conference was no different – in fact it was getting a little embarrassing with so many HoleBASE SI endorsements during the presentations.

Lauren Ilyas and Rebecca Pembery from Campbell Reith gave a great presentation about putting the theory of good data management into practice in a commercial environment and presented some exciting plots and analysis that had been produced using HoleBASE SI Extension for Microsoft Excel.


Campbell Reith show how their analysis efficiency is increased using HoleBASE SI

Peter Fair and Tim Hodges from Mott Macdonald also presented some great case studies on the use of geotechnical data for optioneering and showed information from Blackburn Meadows Renewable Energy Plant and a project showing geotechnical data embedded into an Autodesk Infraworks model.  A glimpse of the future from Mott Macdonald.


Mott Macdonald show how HoleBASE SI is used in every stage of the SI journey

Remote data sensing is making leaps forward

One of the exhibitors that caught our eye (and our ear) at the conference was Ambisense

They were talking about their new Autonomous Gas Monitoring Technology and showing how this, once difficult area, is coming of age.

Their solution looks very exciting, bringing the Internet of Things and Big Data to our industry in an affordable way.  We think this is one our customers should be keeping a watch on

The industry is getting closer to a paperless (and PDF less) system

The conference was brought to a close with a discussion forum lead by Richard Brinkworth of Leap Environmental.

A lively discussion was had about a paperless future in which data is driving decisions and common data environments will bring people closer and reduce the email traffic.  Truly inspirational session with several of the delegates painting the future of geotechnical data management to be an exciting place.



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