Geotechnical Engineering

Robert Bird Group offers dedicated in-house Geotechnical Engineering teams based in London (our central hub), Birmingham and Dubai. RBG’s award-winning geotechnical teams continue to provide industry-leading design solutions on a variety of challenging and prestigious building and infrastructure projects. Our teams are able to service projects located across the UK, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

We draw upon the entire professional expertise and experience of our offices globally, as well as our affiliates within Surbana Jurong, to deliver engineering excellence.

We are a unified engineering force with the agility and flexibility to assemble key individuals from across the group to deliver industry-leading knowledge and experience to any project, anywhere in the world.

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The retention of excavations, and the construction of foundations and substructures – especially in constrained urban areas – has the potential to carry significant risks.

If these risks are not well-managed, projects can incur elevated costs or suffer significant programme delays. The need for solutions to mitigate logistical constraints, overcome challenges around in-ground obstructions or potential damage to adjacent existing assets is becoming increasingly common.

RBG are specialists in providing these solutions – we use a range of complex analytical tools in combination with our “Design Leadership” approach to design-out such risks.  We also use our “Design for Delivery” approach to develop and inform optimised construction sequences and innovative construction techniques that reduce or eliminate construction risk, leading to better programme and cost outcomes..

Working Relationships

Our experience and excellent working relationships with the major asset operators, including Network Rail, Crossrail, London Underground and Thames Water, allow us to provide an exceptional asset protection service. As a result, we are often able to unlock the full value of a project that may otherwise appear overly constrained.

Pioneering Approaches & Techniques

Working closely with our clients and their design teams, our geotechnical engineers assess the requirements and opportunities of each project to develop bespoke geotechnical risk mitigation strategies at the earliest possible stage. These feed into our designs to ensure that, for each project, an optimised solution is delivered.

Our geotechnical team provide a wide range of geotechnical services including:

  • Site appraisals
  • Ground-based risk assessments
  • Site investigation design, management and interpretation
  • Due diligence consultancy
  • Foundation and substructure design
  • Soil/structure interaction analysis
  • Ground movement predictions
  • Asset protection services with statutory authorities and infrastructure operators
  • Movement monitoring specification and interpretation
  • 2D and 3D finite element analysis

Robert Bird Group is committed to continue to be a leader in the engineering services we offer, to meet the key challenges of the future.

Committed to continual improvement, we can be relied upon to suggest alternatives to commonly accepted practices. Our ability to fully understand the perspective of the client, the architect and all involved in the project team has resulted in award-winning designs and projects. To this end, we are early adopters of new technology, whether it be for engineering analysis, design, documentation, or communication.  For the client, it is an inspiring combination of reliable experience and unexpected passion.

Robert Bird Group is committed to continue to be a leader in the engineering services we offer, to meet the key challenges of the future.

Committed to continual improvement, we can be relied upon to suggest alternatives to commonly accepted practices. Our ability to fully understand the perspective of the client, the architect and all involved in the project team has resulted in award-winning designs and projects. To this end, we are early adopters of new technology, whether it be for engineering analysis, design, documentation, or communication.  For the client, it is an inspiring combination of reliable experience and unexpected passion.

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