Fugro has secured a second contract for ground investigations on Transport Scotlandâ€™s landmark project to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness.
Worth in excess of Â£1.2M, the package of geotechnical investigations will characterise ground conditions along a 14.5 km section between Tay Crossing and Killiecrankie within the southern part of the dualling.Under the 23-week contract, which has just started on site, Fugro will carry out exploratory drilling and sampling in soil and rock, in situ and laboratory testing and environmental monitoring.
The new award follows a Â£2.5M contract last year comprising broader geotechnical as well as environmental monitoring activity across 45km of the southern section between Birnam and Glen Garry.Geotechnical specialists from Fugroâ€™s UK offices will be mobilising boring and drilling rigs, and using offsite laboratory capabilities drawn from the companyâ€™s integrated global resources.
To accommodate the varying geology, a combination of cable percussive, sonic and rotary drilling techniques will be used, along with wireline logging to assess downhole properties. As with the previous contract, site logistics and methods are being carefully planned to meet complex access and traffic management challenges, with strict consideration for the local ecology and parkland environment.
The Scottish Government aims to dual 129 kilometres of the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025 at a cost of Â£3 billion in one of Scotlandâ€™s most challenging infrastructure projects to date.
Fugroâ€™s previous geotechnical work for the A9 dualling has recently gained industry recognition, winning Ground Investigation Project of the Year in the UK-based Ground Engineering Awards 2016. For more information, see http://www.fugro.com/media-centre/news/fulldetails/2016/07/01/fugro-scoops-ground-investigation-project-of-the-year-at-2016-ground-engineering-awards
For more information:
Simon Brightwell, Fugro GeoServices Ltd
t: 0870 600 80 50
Fugro is the worldâ€™s leading, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions for large constructions, infrastructure and natural resources. We collect data on topography, soil composition and environmental conditions, both onshore and offshore. We organise the acquired data and add value through processing, interpretation and visualisation. In addition, we provide geo-related design, asset inspection and integrity advice. Our services play a critical role in the entire lifecycle of our clientsâ€™ construction and infrastructure projects.
Fugro works around the globe, predominantly in energy and infrastructure markets, employing approximately 11,500 employees in around 60 countries. In 2015 Fugroâ€™s revenue amounted to around EUR 2.4 billion. Fugro is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.