Innovation shines at 2017 Geotechnical data management awards

BAM Ritchies, Southern Testing, Mott MacDonald, TSP Projects and Atkins beat off stiff competition to come out on top at the 2017 Keynetix Geotechnical Data Management Awards, in Oxford on 27 November.

“All of this year’s entries – a record number – showed how the geotechnical industry is pushing the envelope when it comes to data management,” said Keynetix Managing Director Roger Chandler.

“Together, the finalists saved more than £1m for their clients, delivering data faster in more productive and interactive ways. Importantly, the awards demonstrate how collaboration delivers amazing benefits to projects.”

More than 100 people attended this year’s awards dinner, held the evening before the 2017 Keynetix User Conference.


Over 100 people attended this year's geotechnical data management awards dinnner

Over 100 people attended this year’s awards dinner

The winners were:

  • Data collection and reporting: BAM Ritchies, for its use of barcodes to manage geotechnical samples
  • Data analysis: Southern Testing, for integrating HoleBASE SI with GIS
  • Geotechnical visualisation: Mott Macdonald, for integrating geoBIM and 3D modelling
  • Geotechnical BIM workflows and collaboration: TSP Projects, for its TRUe geotechnical data strategy
  • Innovation partner of the year: Atkins, for its new approach to data management, connecting 3D visualisation to HoleBASE Cloud.


“Congratulations to all our winners and to those who were highly commended,” Chandler added. “It was really difficult to pick winners from the overwhelming number of high quality entries.  The awards are going from strength-to-strength and have become, along with our annual user conference, an important fixture in the geotechnical calendar.”

The Geotechnical Data Management Awards are open to organisations involved in site investigation, anywhere in the world. They give companies the opportunity to showcase their expertise in, and innovative approach to, data management. Entries will be open for next year’s awards in Summer 2018.

The Geotechnical Data Management Awards 2017 finalists in full

Details for each entry can be found in the Event Brochure

Data collection and reporting

Data analysis

  • Southern Testing: Transforming HOLEBASE SI into in-house GIS – Winner
  • Solmek: Increased use of geotechnical data with HoleBASE SI expansion – Highly commended
  • Atkins: Summary ground model tables
  • Strata Geotechnics: Validating data against the BGS Geology

Geotechnical visualisation

Geotechnical BIM workflows and collaboration

  • TSP Projects: TRUe geotechnical data strategy – Winner
  • Atkins: Embedding geotechnical data workflow – Highly commended
  • Royal HaskoningDHV: Accessing ground risk for a large scale development from historical data – Highly commended
  • Mott MacDonald: Understanding ground risks of reservoir dam grouting scheme – Highly commended
  • Wardell Armstrong: The use of geostatistics and 3D ground modelling in brownfield remediation – Highly commended

Innovation partner of the year

  • Atkins: Connecting 3D visualisation to HoleBASE Cloud – Winner