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Ground Engineering & Tunneling

As an international leading supplier of geotechnical consultancy services, Atkins offers a comprehensive service in ground engineering and tunnelling. With more than 270 professionals, Atkins’ geotechnical reputation is built on the skills, excellence and commitment of our people in all aspects of geotechnical engineering.

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    • As one of the industry leaders, our Railway Geotechnics discipline is engaged at all project lifecycle stages including site inspection, ground investigation, detailed design and construction support. Our clients require value engineered solutions and an important part of our work is developing automation through the use of digital tools. We are a recognised framework partner and work closely with a number of Contractors providing buildable solutions to extend the life of railway assets. We are lead designer on East West Rail Phase 2, which re-introduces passenger services between Oxford and Cambridge and covers over 70km of earthworks and the Engineering Delivery Partner on Phase 1 of HS2. Network Rail are a key client and we are actively involved with many projects across their 5 UK regions. Overseas experience has provided many exciting challenges such as the Dubai Metro where we were lead designer for 10 underground stations and Gautrain Rapid Rail Link in South Africa, providing the first high-speed rail system in Africa.
    • Geotechnical expertise for our Highway clients is provided in five main areas: site assessment, design, certification, site supervision and asset management. We work with a range of public sector clients such as Highway England, Welsh Government and Transport Scotland as well as numerous Local Authorities undertaking design services and management of geotechnical assets. The asset management side of our business covers physical inspections and monitoring as well as creating and maintaining databases of assets to enable a risk-based and proactive approach to remediation and improvement works. Atkins also work with major contractors on delivery of Design and Build Projects such as the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme, A9 Dualling Northern Section and A465 Heads of the Valley Dualling Section 2, covering the design of earthworks, reinforced soil structures and slopes, retaining walls and foundations to structures. We also work closely with other disciplines and can draw upon experts on contaminated land, hydrogeology, flood risk, environmental management and mitigation, heritage, landscape and tunnelling.
    • We provide world class ground engineering expertise, utilising our digital edge to help our clients maximise their potential in the nuclear, renewables, oil & gas, mining and conventional power and distribution sectors. We are firmly involved in the decarbonisation challenge with our clients and take an active position around innovation in this space.
      Nuclear: We are an active Tier 1 consultant to the Nuclear new build industry in the UK at varying stages including Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C for EDF and Bradwell B (CGN) and provide services ranging from permitting and 3D modelling through to engineering delivery, design management and client side consultancy.
      Renewables: We have a long history of providing support both offshore and onshore for renewable technologies including offshore wind, wave and tidal, solar, geothermal and CCS. In offshore wind we have a pedigree of over 40 prestigious and diverse projects throughout the world including UK, Europe, China, Taiwan, South Korea and USA. Examples throughout the project lifecycle include, desk study ad 3D ground modelling and jacket foundation design for the St Brieuc OWF France, Concept to Detailed Design of the pre-piled jacket substructures for Beatrice OWF and design optimisation for Triton Knoll OWF which resulted £45M of client savings.
      Oil & Gas: Over 50 year’s heritage in development of the oil and gas market internationally across the full project lifecycle (Upstream, Midstream and Downstream). Our global team of experienced ground engineering professionals work on some of the most challenging projects to ensure that geotechnical challenges and geological risks are managed. Atkins has been supporting BP since 1965 with the master planning for the Southern Gas Basin terminals as our first project. We hold global agreements with BP for projects (GPO), operations (GOO) and wells (GWO) and have provided geotechnical support in all of their major regions.
      Mining: Mining and quarrying companies frequently turn to Atkins to provide high-end design, project management, engineering, environmental and geotechnical services for various high-profile projects. This work has frequently pushed the boundaries of technology and innovation including recent Interpretation of satellite, aerial, UAV & LiDAR data combined with 3D, 4D & 5D ground modelling and visualisation. We currently actively involved with both live UK new mines for West Cumbria Mining and Sirus Minerals.
      Conventional Power & Distribution: The power network and distribution is the common thread amongst the other sectors outlined above. We work closely with the likes of National Grid and others to ensure that power generated is distributed. We also assist other providers and operators in optimising or decarbonising current operations.
    • We provide world class ground engineering services to enable clients to deliver excellence in their projects. Our reputation has been built up over many years combining the knowledge of experienced staff with cutting edge digital techniques.
      UK Regulated Water: we have worked alongside most UK Water Companies in both strategic partnership roles and as Design and Build partners and have built strong relationships along the way. We have also played a leading role as detailed designer in the delivery of Thames Tideway.
      Environment Agency (EA): we have a strong portfolio of projects with the EA ranging from small-scale remediation of flood defences, to large complex flood risk management storage schemes. Our reputation and excellent working relationship with the EA is built on the skills, excellence and commitment of our people. This is demonstrated through the successful appointment of Atkins onto the new Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF) as design consultant for the South Western region, where we are working closely with Kier and the EA to deliver innovative, carbon neutral, economic solutions over the next five years.
      UK Ports: we have a strong track record and portfolio of current projects working closely with our maritime clients. We are working across the port sector for private, trust and public body port owners and operators. Our involvement in the UK ports sector covers both the detailed design of new quaysides and associated assets as well as the inspections and maintenance of existing facilities. Atkins is currently acting as designer on behalf of contractors constructing a range of new facilities across the UK, from ferry terminals, deep water berths and land reclamation.
      International Water & Ports: our team has worked on various international projects to improve the reliability and sanitation of current water supplies and to provide flood alleviation barriers. Recent projects include Freetown Water Supply Project in Sierra Leone and the Kelani flood alleviation scheme in Sri Lanka
    • Geotechnical expertise in the Cities and Development market supports our Clients across many segments of the built environment including residential and commercial development sectors, the education sector and helping unlock transport-oriented development. Our expertise ranges from contributing to development appraisal and master-planning through to outline and detailed design stages of projects and construction supervision.
    • The ground engineering team has provided invaluable support in major airport expansions including London City Airport and Gatwick Airport. The team was also involved during the ground investigations at Heathrow undertaken in support to the airport’s sustainable expansion.
    • Our geotechnical expertise in the Defence sector relies on our wide range of experience in both national and international geotechnical projects, both in defence and civil engineering. We have gained an enviable reputation in seismic and blast engineering through major projects undertaken for Defence sector clients including various seismically qualified government buildings for the DIO internationally and within the UK. We have secure working environments with SC cleared core discipline and specialist subject matter staff. Our extensive work in fields such as civil nuclear and offshore engineering provides substantial technical crossover which has enabled us to build a large team of engineers with the required specialist skills for defence projects. Our commitment to staff technical development has enabled us to push industry-leading innovations to the benefit of our clients. A number of specialist ex-services and army reserve staff are employed by Atkins giving a first-hand insight into the requirements of the MoD.

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    • Ground Investigation & Characterisation
    • Engineering Geomorphology, Geohazards and Ground Modelling
    • Geotechnical Data Management
    • Digital Ground Engineering
    • Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures
    • Seismic Geotechnics
    • Ground Engineering Numerical Analysis
    • Offshore Geotechnics
    • Ground Movement and Asset Protection
    • Dispute Resolution and Due Diligence
    • Earthworks and Natural Slopes
    • Rail Geotechnics
    • Highway Geotechnics
    • Tunnel Ventilation and Fire Life Safety
    • Tunnel and Shafts
    • Rock Engineering and Mining
    • Sprayed Concrete Lining and Rock Tunnelling
    • Underground Energy Storage
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