The latest news from Grampian Geotechnical Scotland

The Plateman

November 2016

Grampian Geotechnical are proud to announce the purchase of the PLATEMAN auto logging plate load system. The PLATEMAN brings the standard Plate Load Test up to date at last, with benefits for both users and clients in terms of rapid testing, instant results and accurate measurements. The PLATEMAN is a battery powered, wireless, auto logging test system complete with reporting software.

Test results are viewed in real time as the test progresses and results can be viewed instantly on site. The operator simply enters the required load, the number of increments and cycles and presses the go button. The handheld rugged PDA then prompts the operator when to increase the load and when to hold and release it.

Load and displacement measurements are recorded using wireless load cell and digital displacement transducers and transmitted to the PDA in real time. The operator never has to enter the potentially dangerous area below the reaction load to take readings. After the test is completed, the data can be analysed and re-viewed instantly on site, including calculation of estimated CBR.

The Rugged PDA can also be used to record other site information if required and includes a GPS feature to log test positions. Check system are in place throughout the test, to ensure that the plate is bedded in and is not tilting.

The system includes a lightweight, modular, adjustable height, reference beam, that the transducers and wireless connection module hang off. This is easily transportable around site speeding up the testing process.

Features & Benefits

  • Lightweight modular reference beam is easily transportable
  • Rugged PDA in protective case enables testing in all weathers
  • User friendly PC reporting software for personalised and rapid reporting of results
  • Real-Time data presentation and load application prompts for reliable test data
  • BS1377: Part 9: 1990 Compliant

Terrific Terrier

February 2016

Grampian Geotechnical has recently bought a brand new DANDO Terrier light percussive rig. The rig was straight to work and has carried out various projects since arriving. Occupying a small footprint, the compact and extremely versatile Dando Terrier drilling rig is designed to be easily transportable and simple to manoeuvre through tight spaces with difficult access, causing very little disturbance to its surroundings - it can even fit through a standard doorway. Capable of disturbed and undisturbed sampling, SPT and dynamic probing, the rig's rotary mast attachment extends its range of use to include continuous flight & hollow stem augering, tricone & drag bits and rotary core drilling as well as DTH hammers.

Our New Home

January 2016

Grampian Geotechnical are proud to announce that we have moved into our new premises in Newmachar. Due to our continuous growth we have moved into a custom designed office and laboratory. Our large yard and storage area now gives the client an option of storing samples up to 120 days. Our clients are more than welcome to pop in past and see our new home.

Dynamic Dando

October 2015

Grampian Geotechnical has recently bought a DANDO Mtec 6 multi purpose rotary rig. On arrival the rig was painted in the GGS colours and sent out on various large GI project across Scotland. The result of many months of consultation with drilling contractors and some rigorous and creative design work, the Dando MTec 6 sets a new standard for longevity and reliability in the mid-range multi- purpose rig market.

The design brief for the MTec 6 was to create the most versatile and safe machine available in this size. This track-mounted unit offers a full range of features including:

  • Remote tracking/rigging controls
  • Arm-mounted drilling controls that can be moved to either side of the rig
  • On board flush pump - hydraulic winch
  • High-torque high-speed rotary head with side shift
  • Hydraulic rod clamps/breaker.

Get in touch with Grampian Geotechnical about your project today.


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Neil Dawson, Director