University of Dundee appoints RBL’s Chief Geotechnical Engineer as Visiting Industrial Professor in Civil Engineering.

Jon Ball

Roger Bullivant Limited (RBL) Chief Geotechnical Engineer, Jon Ball secures a three-year contract with the University of Dundee (UOD) as its new Visiting Industrial Professor in Civil Engineering.  

Jon joined RBL 29 years ago starting his career as a Pile Testing Engineer in 1994 and is currently the company’s Chief Geotechnical Engineer. He is also the Chair of the Federation of Piling Specialist Technical Committee which maintains and extends standards, policy, and developments in ground engineering at a national level.

Over the next three years, Jon will assist the School of Science and Engineering with research, and input to course relevance for employers and will host his first lecture on real-world piling in Autumn/Winter 2023.

Engineering Director, Chris Robinson for RBL said: “Jon is recognised by the European Federation of Geologists for the breadth of knowledge and experience he holds, indicating his competence to a European common standard. His credentials and expertise make him an exemplary asset to both RBL and the University of Dundee, and his is a significant role shaping the future innovations for both institutions at a national and international level. I am sure we will see the development of some great initiatives over the next couple of years.”

Chief Geotechnical Engineer for RBL said: “I am honoured that the University of Dundee nominated me for the role, and I am really excited to help direct research in new pile types and design as well as carbon reduced, and carbon efficient technology. As a foundation engineering business, we are always looking to enhance and drive-up economical and sustainable solutions that have a significant positive impact on both our clients and the environment.

We have a longstanding relationship with the university and I’m proud to be involved in making a difference in the industry and affirm our technical expertise.”

Professor Jonathan Knappett from the University of Dundee said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to benefit from Jon’s extensive experience in foundation engineering and design. We are also eagerly looking forward to building on our previous research collaborations, developing new and innovative approaches to foundation engineering that address current and future challenges faced by society.”

Roger Bullivant operates 7 regional offices across England, Scotland and Wales and employs over 500 people. The company is a part of the Soletanche Bachy Group, which is one of the world’s largest geotechnical contractors with a turnover in excess of £1.7 billion.


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