In the early years, the company was known as Oxford Geotechnica International and undertook specialist consultancy services and training in groundwater disciplines in the UK and Europe. Many of our clients were general consultancy companies that had no in-house groundwater capability.
During the 1990’s the company expertise was engaged to support a number of projects following ground failures. It became clear to all concerned that had a groundwater specialist been engaged on these projects from the start, the contractor and project would have benefited financially from specialist design and installation.
In response to this commercial opportunity, in 1997 OGI began developing specialist contracting services for the UK construction industry from a base in the North East of England, alongside the established consultancy services. The North East offers a good strategic location for OGI as it is situated approximately half way between the South of England and Scotland. Following a move to our current purpose built base at Durham in late 2006, the company changed its name to OGI Groundwater Specialists Limited, a description that more accurately portrays the services we deliver.
During recent years of national austerity, OGI recognised an opportunity to offer our Clients cost saving solutions to the challenges they face which can make the difference between them winning or losing a contract. Examples of this include the design of steep batter slopes as an alternative to costly retaining wall approaches to enable the construction of deep base structures.
This approach sometimes requires soil strengthening requiring dewatering. To ensure the most cost effective dewatering solution, OGI have withdrawn from the Contracting aspect of dewatering, but are able to provide detailed specifications which can then be sent out to tender. OGI are then able to verify and adopt the installation as part of the design.