Geotech Soil Stabilisation

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Geotech Soil Stabilisation's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Geotech Soil Stabilisation is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.geobind.com

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are represented to other remote
attendees in the vCWE by avatars.
They can communicate vocally either
by conference phone or VOIP. It is
very easy and quick to set up multiple
vCWEs as required, which makes
them ideal for adapting to changing
operational requirements.
Our other main area of business is
providing advisory services to clients
in digitalisation. This is not concerned
with applying digital technology
in isolation but is about creating a
blend of appropriate monitoring and
automation technology, matched
with best-in-class work processes
to deliver maximum efficiency and
value. Once again, our focus so
far has been mainly on oil and gas
but in the future, it is our intention
to offer similar services in other
industrysectors.
In addition to our own staff, we have
access to other senior personnel who
are former members of major oil and
gas operators and service companies
and we have developed a business
model that allows them to work for
us on a part-time basis, as required.
This is often attractive to people who
may have retired from the industry
but are keen to stay involved and
connected, and we are able to benefit
from their significant experience and
knowledge. When working for us,
they adopt our business methods and
work processes and we encourage
advisors to integrate fully into the
client organisations so that they are
seen as members of the client teams.
Many overseas clients, in particular, are
very keen to have industry figureheads
available to them.
Repositioning our delivery
As with many businesses supporting
the energy sector, we are on a
journey to reposition our delivery.
We are transitioning from software
development alone to providing
integrated products and specialist
services. We now enable our customers
to monitor their drilling, completions
and production operations remotely in
real time on any device, using secure
cloud technology.
We also offer experts who monitor
client operations remotely in our
offices, thus optimising performance
and safety. This satisfies the growing
demand for turnkey solutions.
Additionally, we are investing in
products and services for real-time
integrated asset management that
are designed to digitally transform the
way customers manage their assets.
Our further goal is to transpose our
products and services into green
energy sectors.
We now
enable our
customers to
monitor their
drilling,
completions
and production
operations
remotely in real
time on any
device, using
secure cloud
technology
Collaborating with other
discipline experts in a
vCWE
37GEOTECH SOIL STABILISATION |
ENVIRONMENT, FOOD & RURAL AFFAIRS
CEO Philip Fellowes-Prynne
A Geobind compound
storing 60-tonne cable
drums
Geotech Soil Stabilisation focuses on the research,
development and installation of soil binders. Its flagship
product, Geobind, is a soil-enhancing binder which
links soil particles together to create a stiffened layer, allowing
construction traffic to travel or work on top of it. CEO Philip
Fellowes-Prynne tells
The Parliamentary Review
that Geotech
clients include Network Rail, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and McDonald’s,
and explains how Geobind works.
Some 2,000 years ago the Romans built roads across this country, with considerable
manpower and large quantities of cement mortar, vastly improving our country’s
infrastructure. In the 21st century, here at Geotech Soil Stabilisation we recognise
that while our needs might be the same, our methods are a little more modern
than those of our forefathers.
From HGV lorries to McDonalds
We were founded in 2014 by Bill Hinge, who had previously worked with a product
to solidify soils removed from trenches dug for telephone cables or to repair gas
or water pipes. He and our technical manager, Seb Love, realised that this product
could with some modification have a far wider range of uses, leading to the
development of the modern Geobind product.
In 2018 the Geobind binder was granted a UK patent and is now exclusively used
by Geotech to stabilise sub-soils, turning them into stiff foundation layers. The
Geobind system is now regularly used by the construction industry and is strong
enough to support anything from tipper lorries and heavy duty cranes to fast food
restaurant drive-throughs.
FACTS ABOUT
GEOTECH SOIL STABILISATION
»CEO: Philip Fellowes-Prynne
»Founded in 2014
»Located in Wokingham
»Services: Soil stabilisation
»No. of employees: 31
Geotech Soil
Stabilisation
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Environmentally earthed
One of the key benefits of Geobind
is that it has a very positive
environmental benefit. Alternative,
traditional, methods to stabilise soil
either use lime and cement or virgin
quarried aggregate in combination
with geotextiles and geogrids. The
former can sterilise the soil due to their
inherent highly caustic chemistry and
the latter make recycling the aggregate
very difficult due to the interlocked
plastic components.
Geobind acts as a sub-soil binder
which can be fully decommissioned
with no lasting effects on the
environment. Once the initial reaction
required to stabilise the soil takes
place, Geobind becomes inert for
its operational lifetime, and upon
decommissioning the Geobind reagent
returns the soil to its original pH and
nutrient profile.
We also have the ability to introduce
fertilisers with the decommissioning
reagent to improve the subsoil fertility
in agreement with the landowner.
Rooted in science
Our company believes that the use
of Geobind can make construction
projects both more efficient and
environmentally sustainable. Rather
than export the sub-soils as waste
and replace them with tonnes of fresh
aggregates, we retain them in place
and strengthen them.
After all, there is little point digging
sizeable quarries and have all those
heavy lorries on the road, when a
Geobind solution can provide the very
same results. This is coupled with the
fact that everything we do is based
on soil science, and as such we rely
upon the evidence from our rigorous
site testing and laboratory trials,
which inform the future direction of
ourcompany.
We’re grounded
We continue to partner with
organisations such as the National
Grid, and are currently involved with
them on projects to bury power cables
across the country. This direct client
collaboration is especially apparent
in cases such as the Hinkley Point
C nuclear power plant in Somerset,
where we are collaborating to
minimise the presence of the power
lines above ground.
Indeed, our system has also been used
by Network Rail, helping them to access
railway cuttings and embankments for
essential maintenance and repairs. We
are also involved in the HS2 project,
building stable foundations for the
site compounds, temporary roads
and working platforms. Through our
involvement we will reduce the sub-soil
export and aggregate import by up to
80 per cent, dramatically decreasing
heavy lorry traffic and assisting in
meeting the ambitious construction
programmes and carbon reductions the
project demands. We hope to secure
future business from theproject.
Geobind compound built
for the Greater Western
electrification programme
Geobind acts
asa sub-soil
binder which
can be fully
decommissioned
with no lasting
effects on the
environment
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
38 | GEOTECH SOIL STABILISATION
Environmentally earthed
One of the key benefits of Geobind
is that it has a very positive
environmental benefit. Alternative,
traditional, methods to stabilise soil
either use lime and cement or virgin
quarried aggregate in combination
with geotextiles and geogrids. The
former can sterilise the soil due to their
inherent highly caustic chemistry and
the latter make recycling the aggregate
very difficult due to the interlocked
plastic components.
Geobind acts as a sub-soil binder
which can be fully decommissioned
with no lasting effects on the
environment. Once the initial reaction
required to stabilise the soil takes
place, Geobind becomes inert for
its operational lifetime, and upon
decommissioning the Geobind reagent
returns the soil to its original pH and
nutrient profile.
We also have the ability to introduce
fertilisers with the decommissioning
reagent to improve the subsoil fertility
in agreement with the landowner.
Rooted in science
Our company believes that the use
of Geobind can make construction
projects both more efficient and
environmentally sustainable. Rather
than export the sub-soils as waste
and replace them with tonnes of fresh
aggregates, we retain them in place
and strengthen them.
After all, there is little point digging
sizeable quarries and have all those
heavy lorries on the road, when a
Geobind solution can provide the very
same results. This is coupled with the
fact that everything we do is based
on soil science, and as such we rely
upon the evidence from our rigorous
site testing and laboratory trials,
which inform the future direction of
ourcompany.
We’re grounded
We continue to partner with
organisations such as the National
Grid, and are currently involved with
them on projects to bury power cables
across the country. This direct client
collaboration is especially apparent
in cases such as the Hinkley Point
C nuclear power plant in Somerset,
where we are collaborating to
minimise the presence of the power
lines above ground.
Indeed, our system has also been used
by Network Rail, helping them to access
railway cuttings and embankments for
essential maintenance and repairs. We
are also involved in the HS2 project,
building stable foundations for the
site compounds, temporary roads
and working platforms. Through our
involvement we will reduce the sub-soil
export and aggregate import by up to
80 per cent, dramatically decreasing
heavy lorry traffic and assisting in
meeting the ambitious construction
programmes and carbon reductions the
project demands. We hope to secure
future business from theproject.
Geobind compound built
for the Greater Western
electrification programme
Geobind acts
asa sub-soil
binder which
can be fully
decommissioned
with no lasting
effects on the
environment
39GEOTECH SOIL STABILISATION |
ENVIRONMENT, FOOD & RURAL AFFAIRS
Nothing is set in stone
The construction industry is inherently
conservative by nature. This means
that we must continue to take the
opportunities to prove that the
work we do is in accordance with
industry performance expectations
and environmental specifications.
The traditional default use of
stone and asphalt solutions are
considered standard industry practice;
our challenge is to convince the
infrastructure owners and construction
industry of the benefits that Geobind
solutions can provide.
We are convinced that the Geobind
system solution offers a quicker,
cheaper, safer and more sustainable
solution compared to traditional
methods. By providing a detailed
compilation of the appropriate
supporting evidence we can continue
to demonstrate all the operational
benefits and provide a fully reversible
process enabling the sub-soils to be
returned to their pre-existing condition.
In essence, we pride ourselves on
performing detailed testing before
we work on site, so we know exactly
what is required to install a successful
project. We have our own specialist
soil scientists and geotechnical
engineers and consider ourselves
to be grounded in soil science. This
allows us to effectively deliver the
product for a range of different
soil types and a variety of different
clients within a broad range of
constructionapplications.
Strong and stable
Our recent successes include securing
contracts with Network Rail, Tesco and
Sainsbury’s. We also work with ISG in
Bristol, stabilising the ground for new
Amazon distribution depots in the
UK and recently in Germany – large
projects which require programme
certainty and performance.
We are delivering projects for
McDonald’s, who are developing
more drive-throughs, both suburban
and urban. This collaboration has
shown that Geobind not only
guarantees stable ground, but can
perform on contaminated brownfield
sites, reducing their impact on the
environment. This is something we
hope to explore further.
Paving the way for the future
I joined Geotech a year ago and I am
focused on providing the evidence to
support what we do, in order to grow
on a commercial level. Our current
turnover is over £14 million, and we
have grown consistently year on year.
We aim to bring in £21 million this
year, and targeting that by 2025 we
should be seeing a return of five times
that amount.
At Geotech we recognise that each
project is different and are sure that
our work will stand the test of time.
Our system has
also been used
by Network Rail,
helping them to
access railway
cuttings and
embankments
for essential
maintenance
and repairs
Geobind installation
equipment

www.geobind.com

This article was sponsored by Geotech Soil Stabilisation. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development