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AGEC active in the renewables sector

We're welcoming the announcement of two new windfarm developments which have been granted planning permission last month - Glemore Windfarm an Carrigarierk Windfarm. AGEC has worked with planning consultants McCarthy Keville O'Sullivan Ltd. (MKOS) to secure planning permission for Clare Winds Limited, for a wind energy development in the townlands of Glenmore, Boolynamweel, Boolynaknockaun and [...]

By | 2017-12-26T14:44:13+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Categories: News, Technical feature|

St. Andrew’s Day celebrations…

            It was a great honour and privilege for both AGEC and our sister company Coastway Surveys to attend the British Ambassador’s St. Andrew’s Day celebration at the British Embassy in Dublin on 30th November. Both Managing Directors, Turlough Johnston and Marion English are photographed here with the Ambassador, Robin [...]

By | 2017-12-26T14:44:13+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: New projects, News|

Sheet piling as a viable alternative for basement construction in the Dublin Docklands

A recent photo from a project we’ve been involved with, showing good progress on a hectic site in the Dublin Docklands. We've given support to our client Trench Control on behalf of Bennett Construction at No. 5 Hanover Quay. The tower cranes in the background give an indication of the level of construction currently ongoing [...]

By | 2017-12-26T14:44:13+00:00 November 25th, 2016|Categories: New projects, Technical feature|

Doing business in Scotland

Republic of Ireland and Glasgow Celtic legend Packie Bonner joined AGEC and our sister company Coastway Surveys at the City Chambers in Glasgow last Tuesday night at the Irish Business Network Scotland. AGEC has been working on projects in Scotland for over a decade, most recently on the upgrade of the M8/M74 between Glasgow and [...]

By | 2017-12-26T14:44:13+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Categories: News|

It’s been 25 years already?….

It’s been 25 years since our Technical Director, Paul Jennings, completed his PhD at the University of Cardiff. We thought it timely that we celebrate his work (and his advancing years) with a blog post! The research centred around landslide hazard assessment in the Rhondda Valleys in south Wales. Funding for the project was sourced [...]

By | 2017-12-26T14:44:13+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Geomorphology and geohazard mapping, Slope and Peat Stability Assessment|

The joy of Earthworks Engineering

We’re very much looking forward to getting our teeth into the Second Edition of Neil Trenter’s seminal Earthworks: A guide which has been updated by Paul Novak and Peter Gilbert. The revision brings the original edition into line with Eurocode 7 and BS6031:2009 but as stated in the preface to the second edition “since earthworks [...]

Welcoming CIRIA C750

The second edition of the much-used best practice guidance (replacing CIRIA C515 probably the de facto CoP for groundwater control in the UK and Ireland) is a welcome addition to the library here at AGEC. Aside from addressing the many typos of the first edition, the main changes are to Health & Safety and Environmental [...]

Adding value to energy geotechnics

At AGEC we think our experience in energy geotechnics, specifically wind farm construction, is almost unparalleled. We’ve been involved in almost 200 separate projects and provide an extensive menu of services from project inception though to commissioning. However, our philosophy is the real key to success. It’s based around the intangible qualities we bring to [...]

System reliability in slope stability

Last month’s issue of Geotechnique contained a paper by Reale, Xue and Gavin titled “System reliability of slopes using multimodal optimisation” [http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/10.1680/jgeot.15.P.142] which we thought was excellent. The author’s present an algorithm for examining many modes of failure of slopes simultaneously stating, correctly, that for a given slope, two potential failure mechanisms might exist with [...]

AGEC Strategic Alliance with CMW Geosciences Pty Ltd

AGEC has formed a strategic alliance with CMW Geosciences in order to provide enhanced analysis and design services on a local and international basis by combining team strengths from Ireland, UK, Australia and New Zealand. AGEC established an office in Western Australia in February 2012 and since then, AGEC has been involved in many high [...]