Geobear appoint Clif Kettle and launch new invention to tunnelling space
(March 29, 2018)

Geobear is pleased to announce the appointment of Clif Kettle to the Geobear team.

The knowledge and experience Clif will bring, will enhance Geobear’s mission to make geopolymer injection an accepted engineering method for ground engineering to fill voids, permeate and fracture soils.Clif Kettle

Clif Kettle comes to Geobear following 29 years as Group Lead Specialist for grouting at Soletanche Bachy International Group.

He has played a key role in developing injection technologies and processes over the last 23 years in the fields of settlement control and rock grouting. He is internationally recognised as a leader in both fields, having worked on major UK infrastructure projects such as the Thames Barrier, Jubilee Line extension, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Crossrail, Lee Tunnel, and currently, Thames Tideway. In addition to his commitment to Geobear, Clif will also serve UK and international clients as independent consultant.

Commenting on his appointment, Clif Kettle said,

“I am delighted to bring my experience in major infrastructure projects to Geobear, a company whose innovative technical solutions have the potential to deliver new capabilities within the field of geotechnical engineering. There are significant opportunities for innovative companies like Geobear to significantly change the way in which the industry approaches major infrastructure projects. I am very much looking forward to assisting then in achieving their goals.”

In addition to the appointment of Clif Kettle, Geobear now offer a Real-Time Displacement Control system which is designed to protect the built environment from movement caused by adjacent construction activities such as tunnelling or shaft sinking. This newly patented process known as GroundShield™ was invented by Professor Colin Eddie, and a successful proof of concept trial has recently been completed on the Thames Tideway West Project with co-operation of Thames Tideway Construction JV BMB (Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall) and Cambridge University Centre of Smart Infrastructure (CSIC).