7 May 2019
Expanding FT takes over AGEC and doubles its geotechnical team expertise
FT has taken over Applied Ground Engineering Consultant’s (AGEC) services, an investment which significantly increases the size of its geotechnical team.
FT and AGEC have worked together on major projects across Ireland and the UK for over 20 years. Their combined capabilities and experience offer a broad, competitive range of geotechnical and multi-disciplinary services to existing and new clients in Ireland, the UK and across the globe, FT Managing Director, Eamon Timoney, says.
FT hired 21 staff last year alone. And as work progresses on its extensive portfolio and several of its larger projects, such as the €100 million Dunkettle Interchange in Cork and the €75 million N4 in Sligo, staff numbers at FT could increase from just over 70 to closer to 80 in the not too distant future, Mr Timoney anticipates.
“The AGEC take over doubles the size of our geotechnical team and complements FT’s specialised geotechnical engineering design and consultancy services and our expertise in the Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Waste Management and Urban Development sectors.
“Our geotechnical team can now provide a full range of Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology services. This includes earthworks design for major infrastructure such as highways and railway; design of earthworks and structures on soft ground and shallow and deep foundations for buildings and structures – including deep basements. The expansion of our geotech team further enhances our export suitability for use in UK and abroad.
Commenting on the take-over, AGEC MD, Turlough Johnston, said: “This development augurs well for the industry and will give our clients access to a greater range of services. Our staff have come together to offer an unrivalled, specialist service and an expert group of engineers and scientists. We have the up-to-date knowledge of best practice, latest technologies and industry trends, to guarantee an exceptionally high-quality service throughout the lifecycle of a project from site investigation to feasibility and detailed design to on-site supervision and completion.”
AGEC Director Paul Jennings is excited about the range of geotechnical services that the combined team can now offer:
“We now have capabilities to provide more complex solutions, including peat slope stability assessment and repair of slope failures; landfill geotechnics; numerical modelling and temporary works design. We routinely procure, manage and supervise site investigation works, prepare interpretative and design reports and provide geotechnical expert services.”
Pictured from left to right: Gerry Kane (Senior Geotechnical Engineer), Ian Higgins (Principal Geotechnical Engineer), Tanya Ruddy (Principal Scientist), Ray O’Dwyer (Director), Niamh Deehan (Human Resources Manager), Eamon Timoney (Managing Director), Beren De Hora (Director), Paul Jennings (Technical Director), David McHugh (Director), Paul O’Reilly (Civil Engineering Technician), Tom Clayton (Senior Geotechnical Engineer)
The AGEC take over doubles the size of our geotechnical team and complements FT’s specialised geotechnical engineering design and consultancy services and our expertise in the Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Waste Management and Urban Development sectors.