Fugro takes prize for A9 groundwork

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FUGRO has picked up a top award for its ground investigation work on Transport Scotland’s A9 dualling scheme.

The suvey specialist scooped the ‘Ground Investigation Project of the Year’ prize at this year’s Ground Engineering (GE) Awards, held at the Hilton in London.

The firm said it carried out  “detailed ground investigations of superficial deposits and bedrock along a 46-kilometre section of the A9 between Pass of Birnam and Glen Garry, with a requirement to work sensitively in an area of outstanding environmental value”.

Transport Scotland last year awarded Fugro a £2.5 million contract for this section of the A9.  The scope of the work included “exploratory holes in soil and rock, in situ testing, high quality sampling, installation of instrumentation, laboratory testing, post site monitoring and factual reporting”.

Award judges commented that it “was a very impressive project showing how important it is for engineers to be respectful of the local environment” and “offered excellent technical examples of innovation, adaptability to changing circumstances and delivering client savings.”

Fugro said the investgiative work will  “help inform ongoing design work for the southern section of the dualling which will eventually extend the entire length of the A9 from Perth to Inverness”.

Ross Stevens, managing director at Fugro GeoServices, said, “We are delighted to pick up this prestigious award.

“Fugro is continually extending its technology, capability and geotechnical expertise to deliver complex ground investigations.

“It is very rewarding when the skills of our highly committed teams and Fugro’s mission to excel are recognised by the industry in this way.”