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James Lombard BE MIEI Director

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James Lombard is a Geotechnical Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in Ground Investigation and Geotechnical Engineering. James founded Ground Investigations Ireland Ltd along with Fergal McNamara in 2005. In the intervening years the company has grown to become one of Irelands largest Ground Investigation and testing companies.  

James and Fergal’s vision for the company was and is to provide a high-quality and efficient service to Consulting Engineers, Private Developers, Public Bodies and the Construction Industry.

James has expertise in geotechnical sampling and testing for the investigation of existing structures and for proposed future development.  James acts as an expert advisor and witness for clients and has developed a particular expertise in the sampling testing and interpretation of potentially pyritiferous materials used as under floor fill.  James has published and assisted in numerous articles on pyrite related matters including with the esteemed late Dr Brian Hawkins, an international expert in the field.

James has served on the NSAI committees that produced the following Irish Standards, in order to protect the Irish Public from the use of deleterious fill in under floor fill and block work which has led to major damage to structures in which these materials were used. 

•  IS 398-1:2017 - Reactive pyrite in sub-floor hardcore material – Part 1: Testing and categorization protocol 

•  Draft IS 465:2018  - Assessment, testing and categorization of damaged buildings incorporating concrete blocks containing certain deleterious materials 

James has delivered briefings on pyrite awareness to many Consulting Engineers, Contractors and Developers including e.g. NASI, Engineers Ireland, DBFL, OPW, Waterman Moylan, Walls. Sisk, Purcells.

The projects James has been involved with include

  • Principle Geotechnical Engineer BYC Investigation and witness for subsequent High Court action 
  • Sillegoue 4 (98 houses and infrastructure) Investigation and remediation due to the use of pyritic fill
  • Irish Water GI Framework – Water Treatment facilities, Distribution Mains and Sewage Schemes 
  • ESB Ground Investigation Framework - Windfarm Developments and Services Realignment
  • IDL – Development of GI Procedure for new Distillery and Warehousing in karstic area
  • Harbour GI for marine works; Howth, Dingle, Dunmore East, Foynes, Greenore, Folye, Dublin Port