In October 2017 Geobrugg, an international supplier of rockfall barriers, fences and netting held their biannual Geo-Summit in Davos, Switzerland.  This summit combined lectures, seminars and practical demonstrations to 400 delegates from 46 countries around the world.

Richard Sutton, our geotechnical engineer, was privileged to receive an invitation to this prestigious event as one of the 6 UK delegates.

During the practical demonstrations a rockfall catcher fence was subjected to a 25t boulder of concrete being dropped with 10,000 of energy.  This world record attempt was successful and you are most welcome to watch the video of the event.

Geobrugg – Davos 2017 – Click to see the video

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During the past year Hartigan have been working with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers (CIGPE), Jersey Federation of Consulting Engineers (JFCE), Jersey Construction Council (JeCC), University College Jersey (UCJ) and Skills Jersey to develop a training scheme that will fill an oncoming shortage in engineering skills.

Hartigan arranged a survey of Jersey and Guernsey businesses to see what shortages companies foresaw over the next 5 years.  The results showed that there was a shortage in all technical levels of civil, structural and MEP Engineering.

Hartigan helped push the development of a training course that would help educate students in technical disciplines and we can now say that such a programme is to commence in September 2017.  It will be a day-release course in either Civil Engineering or Building Services, where students will spend 2 years undertaking a BTEC L4, then 2 years Batchelors and then 1 year completing a Masters Degree.  On completion of these stages accreditation from the ICE is achievable, either EngTech, IEng or CEng respectively.

Hartigan are supporting an A-Level graduate who will be starting in the summer and commencing on this course and over the next 5 years we hope will become a leading engineer on the island.

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Hartigan – Site Visit and CPD

Members of staff from Hartigan were taken to visit on of their major project, Cheval Roc.  Senior Engineer Richard Sutton showed the staff around the site and discussed the methodology for the stabilisation works, proposed demolition and redevelopment.

Following the walkover of the site they visited the beach in Bonne Nuit Bay and he gave a talk about the geology of the area and how it was formed, how to distinguish the different strata types and how some of the coastal engineering works.  This visit was undertaken when a larger excavator was undertaking trial pits on beach so the staff could also see how the beach was made up.

This visit was done as internal CPD session as all of the engineers in attendance are working towards professional qualification and this contributes to their wider knowledge.

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Cheval Roc – Cliff Stabilisation & Building Rebuild

Another stage has commenced at Cheval Roc in stabilisation of the slope – 25% soil nails have been installed following site clearance, scaling, regrading and installation of netting.

After the collapse in March 2016 significant works were required to ensure the stability of the slope.  The north-west wing, which had a risk of collapse following the land slide had to be demolished due to structural instability, and rebuilt. 

Hartigan’s engineering services comprise various stages throughout the project: conceptual design, planning, site investigation and the final design for the stabilisation.  Hartgan have also been engaged to undertake the contract administration for the stabilisation as well as demolition.

The works are expected to be completed at the end of 2017 and this important phase enables the Team to progress to demolition and commencement of rebuild.


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Completion of Chateau Plaisir, St Ouen

Hartigan are pleased to have been involved in the successful development of “Chateau Plaisir” in St Ouen.

Set in the north part of St Ouen’s Bay the site used to be a home to a night club popular 40 years ago, which fell into disrepair.  The original structure has been replaced by three environmentally-friendly houses.  The Architect for the project, Tim Skudder, designed the dwellings to integrate with the landscape, with natural materials such as stone and timber cladding.

Hartigan have been involved throughout all the stages of the project, from initial assessment of the existing structure, demolition, planning, structural design and detailing to engineering supervision of the works carried out.

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