One man’s trash

How geotechs can save used clothing from landfills. Fast fashion and the increasing quantity of low-quality textile manufacturing has seen a dramatic rise in clothing items ending up in landfill. In fact, the global textile sector is now the world’s second-largest economic contaminant, responsible for 10 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and 20 percent of worldwide wastewater. Each stage of the textile production and processing cycle produces a vast…

Coastal Road Australia

Coastal roads take me home

A new manufacturing research collaboration is aiming to develop geotechnical sensors that will monitor the conditions of Australia’s coastal roadways. The project, which has secured A$420,000 (£235,000) in funding, is being led by geotechnical engineering consultancy Geoinventions Consulting Services, in collaboration with Griffith University. It is also being supported by an Australia-based independent cooperative research centre, the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC). The project is looking to create a…

Turning up the heat

New heat records are increasing subsidence around the world. With global temperature records getting smashed every year around the world (thanks climate change), the amount of subsidence occurring is also on the rise. LV=General Insurance (LV=GI) – one of the UK’s largest home insurers – has warned about the impact of record temperatures, saying the climate crisis has already contributed to a rise in fire and subsidence cases this year.…

Thinking of a geotechnical career?

Thinking about studying an engineering degree but don’t know what are to choose? Or maybe you’re an engineer thinking about changing disciplines? Maybe you’re only just now hearing about geotechnical engineering? Whatever the case, we’ve put together the following so you can find out a if a geotechnical career is right for you and what you’ll need to study to become qualified. What is geotechnical engineering? Geotechnical engineering is the…

New research highlights geotechnical issues when decommissioning coalmines

With international policies pushing for the reduction of carbon emissions around the world, large-scale exploitation of surface lignite (brown coal) mines is gradually becoming uneconomical. As a result, many countries around the world are requiring coal mining companies to plan for the entirety of a mining operation’s life cycle, which includes developing a plan to decommission and close mines when they are no longer profitable. Surface coal mining poses a…

How to make geotechnical engineering sustainable

The message is clear, either get on the sustainability wagon or get left behind! By now you would’ve heard the mantras echoing throughout the engineering space such as going green, net-zero, sustainability and eco-friendly. One needs to only look at recent emission strategies released by the big players like AECOM, Jacobs and Aurecon to see that there has been a notable shift in the engineering space within the last year…

Change isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be that way

From the founder – Declan Vanderhor I want to begin this blog entry by stating that this isn’t a sales pitch for TabLogs. Instead, think of this as more of a jumping off point to use in your own consultancy to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of your current workflows, and whether they need updating/modernising to meet the needs of today’s digital workplaces and fierce competition. Having spent more than five…

Oreo’s twisted truth

Mechanical engineers have put an Oreo’s cream filling through a number of tests to better understand rheology and determine what happens when two wafers are twisted apart. Over the last year or so, MIT engineers decided to object the sandwich cookie through rigorous materials tests to get to the centre of a tantalising question: Why does the cookie’s cream stick to just one wafer when twisted apart? When you twist…

Check out these exciting new software updates

We have been hard at work implementing your valued feedback and are excited to share the following new features with you! Log preferences menu Want complete flexibility on how descriptions are shown on your logs? With Log Preferences, you got it! Build your ideal phrasing of soil and rock descriptions by choosing: • which parameters are compulsory. • parameter order. • capitalisation & punctuation. Log charts Choose to display anything…