Geotechnical Investigations

Drain Surveys & Soakways

Drain Surveys

Problems with underground drains can cause severe damage to nearby structures. Leaking water can wash away the “fines” in the soil, causing the soil to become loose. This can be a major cause of subsidence in properties.

Observational surveys can be carried out to examine the internal condition of the drains and locate specific defects that can then be repaired. We can also trace the positions of drains using a “SOND” device. This information can then be passed on to Contractors, Water Companies and other Clients to provide them with accurate information, both for their records and for future planning of work.

Once the surveys are done, we issue detailed reports complete with CCTV observations, video recordings and where necessary we can provide recommendations for repairs.

Soakaways

Testing at the location of proposed soakaways are carried out to provide infiltration rates for soakaway design. The test is carried out to British standard BS:5930.

Drain Surveys & Soakways Case studies

QuickBase Inspection Chambers and Drain Runs

QuickBase Inspection Chambers and Drain Runs

Where the relocation of drains proves cost prohibitive, or not acceptable Quickbase can save the day with easily integrated sealed covers. Quickbase raised and sealed covers can be embedded into screed floor coverings or direct to the finished floor slab.

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QuickBase Clay Soils

QuickBase Clay Soils

Subsidence and heave affect millions of homes in Britain, with almost 1 million in the highest-risk category. With extreme weather conditions becoming more common, the numbers affected are expected to rise.

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Our Other Services

Civil & Structural Engineering

Civil & Structural Engineering

Engineering Innovation is at the heart of our approach to structural engineering. Shire were formed during 1988 in the belief that many clients were dissatisfied with the traditional reactive response of some Engineers.

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Telecommunications Design

Telecommunications Design

Shire have a vast array of in-house design skills and expertise. Our dedicated telecoms team are often driving a gold design standard in the industry for others to follow. Our commitment is to provide quality design in a proactive, forward-thinking way & quickly! Our services also include site surveying, building analysis, tower analysis and line of sight surveys.

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Geotechnical Investigations

Geotechnical Investigations

Shire originally started the geotechnical service to provide our own engineers with information on site, while the structural surveys were being carried out. This allowed us to offer a reactive, rapid response to our clients as a ‘one-stop shop’ for Design, Investigation and Construction.

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Structural Investigations

Structural Investigations

As Structural Engineers, we have worked with the Property Insurance sector since 1998. We conduct structural inspections, impact damage analysis, specialist investigations and root cause analysis. All of which is engineer-led using straightforward language. Our experienced engineers are also asked to conduct Expert Reports and Expert Witness Service for homeowners and clients alike.

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Structural Repairs

Structural Repairs

Shire offer a specialist building repair service registered under the Safe Contractor Accreditation and the Contractors Health & Safety Assessments schemes. In conjunction with our inspection & investigation services, we can offer a full solution from initial cause analysis through to structural repair.

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Research & Development

Research & Development

We love a challenge! We were first asked to find a solution for repairing terraced houses in the City of London that had restricted access but needed structural support. That was in 1998 and the Shire Pile was created. Since then the R&D team at Shire have developed more products with a focus on restricted access, concrete-free, easy to install, removable and recyclable for a wide variety of applications. And there are plenty more solutions on the way. Contact us if you have an engineering challenge we can help to solve.

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