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Pyrite Testing (IS 398-1:2017/SR21:2014+A1:2016) and Block Testing-Pyrite and Mica (IS 465:2018)

Ground Investigations Ireland Ltd. have been involved in the sampling and testing of pyrite in aggregates since 2007 and have been instrumental together with the late Dr. Brian Hawkins and Mike Eden (Sandberg LLP) in developing protocols for the investigation and evaluation of pyrite in both aggregates and blocks.  We have carried out numerous investigations of aggregates and blocks containing pyrite which formed essential evidence in several high profile court cases.

We also offer a full range of testing of blocks for Muscovite Mica which has caused serious problems particularly in Donegal.  We offer a full service for the evaluation of deleterious material (Pyrite and Muscovite Mica) in aggregates and blocks for both existing structures and materials to be used in new structures.

James Lombard has served on the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) technical groups since 2012 and was instrumental in the development of IS 398-1:2017; and IS 465:2018. James has delivered presentations on these standards to various professional bodies and stakeholders.

Company Notice

It is with a very heavy heart that we at GII share the news of the passing of James Lombard. James was the co-founder and long serving managing director of GII. He had an enormous lust for life and an unrivalled enthusiasm for all things geotechnical. James left an indelible mark on the careers and lives of so many people both in GII and in his personal life. He will be remembered by all for his spirit, his sense of fun and his generosity. His loss leaves an enormous void in the GII family that will be impossible to fill. James will be missed by his family, friends all the GII staff and the wider Geotechnical and Engineering Community.

As a result of James’ passing the offices of GII will be closed on 3rd March 2021.