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Friday,  May 15, 2009 – The traditional methods employed by the Ministry of Communications and  Works in undertaking  soil retention projects  may soon be a thing of the past, as the ministry  currently works with Strata Engineering, Materials Testing and Construction Inspection Services in the implementation of modern techniques.


Strata Engineering is one of the leading producers of geotechnical products for soil reinforcement in the US.   Chief Engineer at the Ministry of Communications and Works Lester Arnold said those products have been proven to be cost effective and efficient. They have so far been used on the Millennium Highway but Arnold said “the intention is to use them in other slope stability projects around the island.”


A representative of STRATA Engineering recently met with engineering staff of the Ministry of Communications and Works and the ministry’s contractors to apprise them  on the new technologies.


“If we could work hand in hand with some of the contractors and also with the manufacturers, then we can see value engineering, and at the end of the day better value for our money”, Arnold said.


Similar sentiments were echoed by Deputy Permanent Secretary Ivor Daniel,  who said that the ministry is focused on building capacity and would grasp every opportunity  to develop its staff, contractors and other stakeholders.


“The introduction of this technology is critical to us at this juncture.  As we can see, the rains are coming and it means we have to focus on hills and slopes to ensure we protect property, lives and government assets,” said Daniel.

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