Preene Groundwater Consulting are specialists in the design of dewatering and groundwater control systems. We provide specialist advice and design services in the fields of dewatering and groundwater engineering for clients in the construction and mining industries.
The practice was established by Dr Martin Preene, who has more than 30 years’ experience on projects worldwide in the investigation, design, installation and operation of groundwater control and dewatering systems for temporary works purposes. We integrate hydrogeology and geotechnical engineering skills to provide innovative, cost-effective and safe solutions to groundwater problems on construction and mining projects. A short CV for Dr Preene can be downloaded here. Dr Preene is also currently the Chairman of the British Geotechnical Association.
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Dewatering and groundwater control is an essential part of many construction and mining projects, where excavations extend below groundwater level. When designed and installed to high standards, groundwater control can allow excavation and construction to proceed more rapidly, more safely and more cheaply. Conversely, poorly planned control of groundwater can lead to significant delays and cost increases during excavation, or can lead to operational or maintenance problems during the lifetime of a particular project.
There are two main groups of groundwater control techniques:
Martin Preene has experience on projects worldwide in the investigation, design, installation and operation of groundwater control and dewatering systems. He is qualified as:
The latest edition of the Preene Groundwater Consulting blog discusses of some of the issues related to construction dewatering and groundwater control in Chalk.
CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) has recently published the guidance document Report C750 'Groundwater Control: Design and Practice, 2nd Edition'
Dr Martin Preene of Preene Groundwater Consulting Limited will be giving a presentation on Groundwater Control in Urban Areas to a joint meeting of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society and the British Geotechnical Association (BGA)