Geological Research

In the course of our work we undertake many forms of investigations.  Site investigations for geotechnical work of course, but often more general geological investigations where the insitu geology is not known or in doubt.

This has led to a better understanding of the geology and landslips in Cowes, Seaview and Ventnor and we are currently undertaking research on the landslides in the Cowes Gurnard area.

Geotechnical Monitoring

During this work we have undertaken long term monitoring of inclinometer tubes and piezometers in many places in order to acquire a better understanding of the rates of movement that may be expected on these large deep seated landslides.

Structural Monitoring

We also undertake long term monitoring of building movement. For instance on the Winter gardens in Ventnor, we have movement records going back  24 years that have become very useful in the proposed change of use of the structure.

Monitoring of Wave Heights and Flow Rates

We have measured wave heights over a period of two years in Portsmouth Harbour for the Gosport Ferry Company.

We have monitored water levels and hence calculated flow rates for a proposed water wheel in Surrey.

Investigations into Failed & Damaged Buildings

A wide variety of investigations have been carried out into failed or damaged structures including:-
Subsidence and failure of underpinning schemes, failure of a soil multi storey stack system, roof instability, failure of plywood beams, fire damage to steel and concrete structures, corrosion to iron and steel structures, failures to masonry and stone retaining walls and structures and assessing dangerous structures on behalf of the Local Authority.

Work as an Expert Witness

We also undertake legal work and have acted as expert witness in a number of cases, both in the County Court and High Court. These cases have included structural damage, flooding, tree root damage, settlement , landslides etc.

Specialist Software and Advice

Our extensive experience and sophisticated software have meant that we are increasingly being called upon to give specialist advice to other consultants who lack the necessary expertise or software, particularly in the field of geotechnics.

Product Design

We have been instrumental in developing a conservatory system, design manuals for timber frame construction, a replacement wall tie system and a ‘Tide Slide’ to enable yachtsmen to instantly gauge the height of the tide.

Local Authority Work

We have acted on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council carrying out checking work for Building Regulations and Stability Checks for Planning  for many years and have appeared at the Magistrates Court and at Planning Appeals on their behalf.

Papers published to date:-

“Geotechnics in South East Hampshire:Geology and Geotechnical Properties” WGH Hodges, M Woodruff GRJ Browning, Advances in Geotechnical engineering: The Skempron Conference ICE March 2004 pps1330-1341

“Permeability considerations of the minor aquifers associated with the London Clay Formation(Palaeogene) of South Hampshire” WGH Hodges, M Woodruff GRJ Browning, 5th ICEG Envirnmental Geotechnics, Thomas Telford 2006 pps 494 -501

“Combining Slope Stability and Coast Protection at Seagrove Bay, Isle of Wight”, P Winfield, M Woodruff, E Moses, International Conference on Landslides and Climate Change - Challenges and Solutions 2007 IOW centre for the Coastal Environment.