Deep Soil Mixing Ltd Achieve ISO 9001 & 14001

Ground remediation and soil stabilisation contractor, Deep Soil Mixing Ltd has achieved certification to two key international business standards – ISO 9001 Standard for Quality Management & ISO 14001 for Environmental Management.

This independent assessment demonstrates Deep Soil Mixing Ltd’s commitment to customer service and quality in delivery as well as ensuring environmental management is top of their agenda.

Deep Soil Mixing Ltd’s Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) Manager Oliver Hopgood says: “Certification has provided us with a robust framework within which we manage our quality and environmental systems. Achieving ISO 9001 certification shows our commitment to quality, customers, and a willingness to work towards improving efficiency.

It demonstrates the existence of an effective quality management system that satisfies the demands of an independent, external audit.

The ISO 14001 standard specify the requirements for an environmental management system that is used to enhance our environmental performance. It allows us to recognise and understand our environmental aspects and impacts so that we can manage our environmental responsibilities in an organised way, therefore contributing to environmental sustainability.  We care not only about delivering an excellent service but also the impact that we as a company and they as individuals have on the environment.  The soil stabilisation and ground remediation solutions of soil mixing that we employ are environmentally friendly and reduce carbon footprint substantially for all the projects we have undertaken.”

He adds: “The ISO accreditation confirms our status as a company capable of internationally recognised standards and we are pleased that our dedication to excellent customer service has been recognised by ISO.  Our clients demand an effective Quality Management System, which gives them the confidence that our products and services will be delivered to exacting standards.

This ISO certification also supports Deep Soil Mixing Ltd’s corporate objectives, while reinforcing a culture of excellence. As Deep Soil Mixing Ltd continues to expand, the ISO quality framework will also assure customers that they will continue to receive the highest quality products and consistent service.  We are therefore rightfully proud of this award and the work that’s gone in to achieving it. In 2018 Deep Soil Mixing will be working towards ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety.”

Achieving ISO 9001 & 14001 comes at the end of a fantastic year of exciting contracts from a slope stabilisation project in West Yorkshire, a mass mixing soil stabilisation project in Carlisle, a mass mixing project in Lewisham and also seeing the opening of the Mersey Gateway Crossing for which Deep Soil Mixing Ltd installed over 1000 soil mixed panels.

Deep Soil Mixing Technology Benefiting Pipeline Installations For Utility Companies

Deep Soil Mixing Ltd ground stabilisation specialists have been using their technology to resolve settlement problems for utility companies during pipeline installations – and all at a reduced expense, time, and using environmentally friendly solutions.

Deep Soil Mixing Limited, say that this technology is now being more widely used as a construction process for ground stabilisation projects within the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Reducing settlements for soft soil types like saturated peats, silts and soft clay is difficult and current answers are extremely costly – however, this specialist firm has a proven track record of offering an effective alternative to utility companies thanks to its deep soil mixing technology.

By mechanically mixing the existing soil with a cementitious binder, deep soil mixing changes the characteristics of weak soil and makes it more like soft rock but can still be excavated by traditional methods. This enables more efficient and effective pipeline installations as well as greater ground stability. Due to the fact natural resources are spared during this process, installations take less time overall having fewer associated costs and carbon emissions compared to other methods.

Robert McGall, Managing Director explains: “While the method for improving the characteristics of non-organic soils by using soil mixing techniques to reduce settlement, increase the stability of slopes and embankments is an established one, it is both more challenging and often more costly to increase the firmness of soft organic soils like peat, silt and clay – until now, that is.

“We’re extremely proud of our deep soil mixing columns as we know they provide clients with an excellent solution for pipeline installation and other ground improvement requirements.

“Results have been very good overall for two utility companies, with a reduced settlement guarantees of less than 15mm and 10mm in 9.0meter depth of peat and 7.0m of soft alluvial respectively.”

Having successfully delivered soil mixing techniques for pipeline projects for utility companies, the firm has the knowledge and expert equipment to ensure the companies benefit in lots of ways.

“Benefits of deep soil mixing include reducing project cost, carbon footprint and timelines,” adds Robert McGall.

“The ground is re-engineered in-situ, removing the need to excavate or import fill. There is no leaching during the installation or later as the mixed soil ages.”

Deep soil mixing techniques have already been used with great success by the company for various projects including strengthening of the sea beds for construction infill work to take place, repairing and realignment of canals, stabilising river embankments even when slippage has occurred, providing impermeable barriers to stop leaching of contaminants, construction of cofferdam infrastructures, reduction of settlement to small structures,  sea defence works, and flood prevention schemes.

Deep Soil Mixing continues expansion with new office in Belfast

The unveiling of a new office this September marks continued growth for Deep Soil Mixing Ltd, the specialist ground remediation and soil stabilisation contractor who has opened an office at College House, Citylink Business Park, Belfast and has seen their turnover double in the last twelve months.

The Belfast office is the second new office for the company in the last 12 months following the opening of a research and development base in Staffordshire, England in May this year.

The latest office will be located in the heart of Belfast, to strengthen and expand on their already very strong presence in Northern Ireland having undertaken several soil stabilisation projects across Northern Ireland over the last five years including projects in Dromore, Downpatrick, Derry/Londonderry and R&D work with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Queens University, Belfast.

To mark the opening of the Belfast office, Colin Critchlow Deep Soil Mixing Director will be speaking at the Northern Ireland Geotechnical Group Seminar on Soil Stabilisation; Design & Application at Queens University, Belfast on 6 September.

Robert McGall, Deep Soil Mixing Ltd MD, said: “Ireland is an important growth area for Deep Soil Mixing Ltd, as demonstrated by our work over the past few years in Downpatrick, Dromore and Derry/Londonderry, and I am confident that our permanent presence in Belfast will enhance our offering for new and existing clients.

The fact that we have been able to open our second office in less than a year, and continue our expansion despite the ongoing economic uncertainty, is testament to the fantastic work that continues to be done by everyone at Deep Soil Mixing Ltd.”

Colin Critchlow adds: “Our soil mixing ground remediation solutions are ideally suited to ground engineering projects in Northern Ireland with a large percentage of ground containing peat.

Soil mixing is an environmentally friendly civil engineering solution that can reduce projects costs, project time and carbon footprint compared to other more traditional ground engineering methods such as various types of piling, excavate and cart away, dynamic compaction, surcharge etc as there is no need to excavate, there is minimal spoil removal, a wider range of soils can be treated compared to other solutions, and there is no need to bring costly and bulky materials on site and with government pressure calling for a 50% reduction in construction excavation waste being sent to landfill. Soil Mixing would help to meet these targets.

This office presents us with greater opportunities to further expand our business, our technology, and our impact within and the value we can add to the construction and civil engineering sectors.   Our plan is to build on the success we have had in Northern Ireland in the last five years and we are looking forward to creating job opportunities locally.”

The company was established in 2012 in Greenfield, Bedfordshire, and has grown to become one of the world’s leading soil mixing ground remediation contractors with extensive experience of applying advanced soil stabilisation and deep soil mixing technology to a wide range of construction projects.

Deep Soil Mixing Director speaks at world conference

Deep Soil Mixing Managing Director Robert McGall recently presented a paper on soil mixing at Grouting 17 organised by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Honolulu.  His talk on soil mixing and soil remediation generated a lot of interest and discussion.   Robert’s speech centered around Single Column Mixing with the innovative Double Rotary Mixing Head which was developed by Robert McGall for soil mixing and has been successfully used on a variety of soil stabilisation projects across the UK.

Conference Chair Michael J. Byle, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE said about Grouting 17 “On behalf of the conference program committee, I welcome you to one of the most unique and valuable conferences in the world of grouting. This conference continues the series of grouting conferences, held every ten years in New Orleans since 1982 that has always attracted the best and brightest of the grouting world.

Geo-technical grouting has always been fertile ground for innovation and these conferences have provided a medium for communication of innovation that has planted the seeds for advancement of grouting technology. Advances in materials, electronics, instrumentation, digital processing and modeling have accelerated the rate of innovation in grouting and related technologies to the point where conferences once every ten years are not enough. Accordingly, the fifth in the series of grouting conferences shortens the interval to 5 years and promises to be the best yet.
Grouting 2017 includes outstanding keynote speakers and nearly 130 technical presentations that will bring you up to speed on the latest in grouting, deep mixing, and diaphragm walls. As always, the exhibit hall will be a central point for networking with other attendees and exhibitors from around the world eager to provide you with the latest information on equipment, materials, and services. There is nowhere
else that you can find this concentration of knowledge and information specifically related to grouting, deep mixing, and diaphragm walls all in one place.”

New Office in Staffordshire

Deep Soil Mixing Ltd has just opened a new office in Seighford, Staffordshire, and plans to recruit more people from the surrounding area in 2017.

The Bedfordshire-based company has grown significantly over the past year, as a result of numerous successful soil mixing projects across the UK, to become a multi-million-pound annual turnover business.

The recently opened office in Staffordshire is located at Ladford Covert in Seighford, and the company plans to use this new workplace to carry our Research and Development of their soil mixing plant and equipment to enable them to undertake projects of every scale, including HS2 projects.

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CPD Seminar In Bristol

A seminar taking place at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol on Wednesday 17 May is attracting lots of interest from the Bristol construction community.

Hosted by one of the world’s leading soil mixing ground remediation contractors, Deep Soil Mixing Ltd, the topic of the seminar that has got everyone interested, focuses on ‘Tackling Complex Land Remediation Problems’ and how the construction industry can remediate Brownfield sites in an environmental and sustainable way through the use of soil mixing.

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Highways Engineers Award

A recent project Deep Soil Mixing Ltd (DSM) undertook for Kier Living and Patrick Parsons Ltd at Harrowby Road, Bilston in the West Midlands has won the Environmental and Sustainability Award at the Institute of Highways Engineers Mercia Branch Awards.

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Runcorn Crossville Soil Stabilisation

Starting in May 2016 and completing the project this month, Deep Soil Mixing transformed the challenging site, ensuring the extensive project could be finished to a high standard.

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