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An approach to ground investigation in sensitive peatland habitats, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 12 January 2021
  • 18:15 - 19:30
An approach to ground investigation in sensitive peatland habitats, online

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BAM Ritchies’ Angus MacGregor presents an approach to delivering ground investigation in sensitive peatland habitats with particular reference to case studies including Project Viking, Shetland HVDC and Sandwater Road.
Project Viking was a ground investigation for a planned wind farm, comprising 103 wind turbine generators, 10 borrow pits and 75km of access roads, in a remote location in Shetland delivered by BAM Ritchies during the summer season of 2019.
Viking Energy Wind Farm LLP, the wind farm developer, is a joint venture between the Shetland Community and the utility company Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE plc).   The wind farm site is to cover approximately 70km2 in area, and as such the topographical, hydrological and geological characteristics of the site vary greatly.  The site comprises largely undeveloped uplands of an undulating nature rising up to 281m above sea level, with numerous lochans and watercourses spread across the site.  The hills and ridges are generally peat covered with significant erosion features, including haggs, peat pipes and historic peat slides.  Peat thickness is variable with significant accumulations on shallower slopes.  Underlying rock comprises complex, hard metamorphic formations, which can alternate between abrasive and non-abrasive, and are generally strong or very strong.   Typically, zones of poor rock quality are also present due to weathering and faulting.

Sandwater Road upgrade was necessary to provide the principal access to the power generation and transmission associated with Project Viking and the Shetland HVDC Link.
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Angus MacGregor

Angus MacGregor

Angus MacGregor is a Chartered Engineer and business manager with 27 years of amassed expertise in construction phase delivery of infrastructure maintenance and renewal projects in difficult and challenging environments covering the sectors of railway,  geotechnical and civil engineering.  Angus’ present role is focused on business pipeline development across all BAM Ritchies service areas.  BAM Ritchies is the geotechnical division of BAM Nuttall Ltd.

Angus joined Edmund Nuttall Ltd (which became BAM Nuttall Ltd following acquisition) in 1998 after graduating from the University of Glasgow with an MEng(Hons) in Civil Engineering with Geology (Angus also completed civil engineering graduate study at Memorial University Newfoundland during his final year).  Entering Nuttall’s graduate engineer programme Angus progressed from assistant site engineer to geotechnical engineer on both ground investigation delivery and ground engineering projects. Early career projects involved mainly contaminated land, mine remediation and slope stabilisation.  Later career advancement involved delivering many different site based projects deploying industrial rope access; as Project Engineer, then Operations Manager, and then Operations Director.  In 2012 returning to BAM Ritchies Angus refocussed on ground engineering as senior geotechnical engineer, site agent and then project manager on slope stabilisation and tunnel remedial schemes followed by a period in Shetland managing a project delivering a high capacity oil rig decommissioning facility comprising large diameter bored piles and high capacity ground anchors.  From 2016 Angus was departmental manager for ground investigation covering Scotland, then Scotland and the North of England.  During 2019 Angus was Contracts Manager responsible for delivering listed projects in sensitive peatland habitats.

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