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Insights Adopting sustainable methods in geotechnical engineering

Across the wider construction and engineering industries, countries and organisations are adopting sustainable behaviours to improve the prospects of our natural environment. We are facing an uphill climb to tackle climate change and making significant changes at the early stages of projects, such as geotechnical engineering, will certainly help the industry progress. 

Within AtkinsRéalis , we look to deliver what is right for people and the environment. We’re experts in engineering and work within the rail, highways, water, aviation, nuclear and defence industries. We ensure our practices incorporate low carbon methods so we can drive towards a more sustainable future, and we know that adopting sustainable methods in geotechnical engineering will certainly benefit society.

What is geotechnical engineering?

Geotechnical engineering is one of many branches of civil engineering but it specifically focuses on the earth's physical structure and substance, materials and processes. The work of a geotechnical engineer involves the application of investigative, scientific and mathematical techniques to produce practical solutions to ground-related problems.

Geotechnical engineers are so important because they are responsible for evaluating the ground conditions of a site prior to build-out. Ground conditions can vary greatly, therefore the role of a geotechnical engineer is fundamental to every aspect of society because they assess the foundations of buildings and structures (both above and below ground) that we rely on, such as bridges, roads, tunnels, homes, hospitals, airports, car parks, and more.

How can we make geotechnical engineering more sustainable?

It is no secret that we need to apply more sustainable techniques in every discipline of construction and engineering. Within geotechnical engineering, this can be achieved through applying more digital solutions and technology such as BIM, 3D geological modelling, GIS, laser scanning, digital rock mapping and field force application. 

These technologies reduce time, waste and carbon emissions, and allow geotechnical engineers to have real-time updates and visualisations of geological conditions, providing greater accuracy. Additionally, by increasing collaboration across and between teams, we can share knowledge, remove duplication of work and remove barriers to best practice.

Geotechnical engineering and sustainability at AtkinsRéalis

At AtkinsRéalis , our Net Zero Carbon Routemap, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, makes an important contribution to the decarbonisation of the built environment. Our world-class geotechnical engineering teams have a diverse range of skills that combined with our digital capability, help our clients achieve sustainable project aspirations.

We’re equipped with the various skills to create solutions for some of the world's most pressing challenges, including population growth and climate change. Delivering geotechnical engineering right the first time, therefore, has a major impact on the sustainability, affordability and efficiency of global infrastructure. Our teams are able to do just that because they are expert innovators and add value at every step.

Start a geotechnical engineering career that rocks at AtkinsRéalis

It’s an exciting time to be working as a geotechnical engineer. There is a multitude of opportunities to ensure we build a greener, safer, and more resilient world for future generations, and there’s never been a better time to get involved from the ground up. By learning from our experts and working on some of the most exciting projects in the world, you’ll never stop developing your career in geotechnical engineering. We offer unrivalled career opportunities to help you become the professional you want to be.

Are you looking to start a career that gives you purpose and challenges you to fulfil your potential? A geotechnical engineering role at AtkinsRéalis will do just that. We use the latest technical and digital solutions to provide the best outcomes for not only our clients but ultimately for the good of society.

Find out more about a day in the life of a geotechnical engineer or explore geotechnical engineering jobs to search and apply for a role.