Dr Mothersille interviewed by Ground Engineering magazine – August 2018

In his capacity as Convenor of the technical committee TC 182 – Working Group 3 (EN ISO 22477-5: 2018 – Testing of Grouted Anchors), Dr Devon Mothersille was interviewed by the editor of Ground Engineering magazine Claire Smith as a precursor to the imminent publication of the new standard. The long awaited standard has been under development for over fourteen years and, according to British Standards Institution, is scheduled for publication in late August 2018.  Since Dr Mothersille’s appointment as Convenor in April 2015, it has been a tremendous achievement to have taken the document to completion over an intensive three year period.

The standard is complicated by the fact that it features three types of test (Investigation, Suitability and Acceptance tests) and within each test type, there are three test methods (Test Methods 1, 2 and 3). The main challenge was gaining consensus from European member countries that have established traditional approaches. Over the last three years several meetings were held in various locations across Europe including London, Munich, Lisbon  and Belgium, and over 1000 submitted comments were addressed in order to create content that satisfied all parties. Despite the complexity of the standard, it will provide a unified approach to testing across Europe and will form a trinity with two other related standards; EN 1997-1:2004+A1:2013 (Design) and EN 1537: 2013 (Execution).

A summary of the interview can be found on page 7 of the August/September edition of Ground Engineering magazine.




Landmark deal established between Bauer International FZE and SBMA Ltd – JULY 2018

Months of negotiations have culminated in a landmark deal between Bauer’s Middle East division (Bauer International FZE) and UK based Single Bore Multiple Anchor Ltd. The two companies will partner as business associates to implement specialized ground anchor technology in the Middle East and Iran.

During a visit to Bauer’s Abu Dhabi office earlier this year, SBMA Ltd’s Managing Director Dr Mothersille was left in no doubt that the association between Bauer and SBMA Ltd would be a good fit, since both companies shared a similar vision for expanding the use of anchoring in the region, delivering excellence to their clients and further developing the technology through continued research and development.

Already projects are earmarked, and this heralds an exciting period for the use of ground anchors in a variety of diverse applications.

Look out for further postings in the near future.

Meeting of TC 250/SC7/WG3/Task Group 5 (Anchors) – Brussels 18th/19th June 2018

Over a demanding two-day period, members of TC 250/SC7/WG3/Task Group 5 met at the offices of the Belgian Building Research Institute in Lozenberg, Brussles to discuss aspects related to the most recent draft of the revised Eurocode 7, Chapter 8 on anchors.









Members enjoy an evening meal after the first day of discussions.

From left to right: Mr Noel Huybrechts (Convenor of TG5, Belgium), Mr Ole Moller (Denmark), Dr Devon Mothersille (UK), Ms Eva Dornecker (Germany), Mr Klaus Dietz (Germany), Ms Ira Gutjahr (France) and Mr Adriaan Van Seters (Netherlands)




Dr Mothersille presents at the International DFI conference in Rome – June 2018

On behalf of specialist ground engineering contractor Kasktas, A.S (Turkey), Dr Devon Mothersille presented a technical paper entitled:

DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND PERFORMANCE OF SINGLE BORE MULTIPLE ANCHORED DIAPHGRAM WALL IN IZMIR, TURKEY’ at the DFI-EFFC International Conference on Deep Foundations and Ground Improvement Urbanization and Infrastructure Development – Future Challenges. This conference was held in the beautiful city of Rome between 5-8thJune 2018.

The technical paper was co-authored by Dr Rasin Duzceer (General Manager, Kasktas, A.S), Mr Alp Gokalp (Deputy General Manager, Kasktas, A.S) and Mr Senol Adatape (Senior Design Manager, Kasktas, A.S) and documented the successful construction of some 2400 SBMAs, with working loads up to 670kN for excavation support as part of the prestigious Mahall Bomonti Development in Izmir, Turkey. The SBMAs achieved the highest test loads of any anchor system installed in the region and has paved the way for many more substantial projects in the future.

In addition excellent preliminary discussions were held between Dr Mothersille, Dr Rasin Duzceer, Mr Rajeev Narayan Dwivedi (Director, Chennai Metro Rail Limited, India) and Mr Mohan Ramanathan (Managing Director, Advanced Construction Technologies, India) re the use of SBMA technology in India.










Dr Mothersille presents technical data on the use of finite element modelling for the prediction of deformations on the anchored diaphragm wall at Mahall Bomonti










Dr Devon Mothersille and Dr Rasin Duzceer stand outside the conference venue on the steps of Sapienza University in Rome










Right to left: Mr Mohan Ramanathan, Dr Devon Mothersille, Dr Rasin Duzceer and Mr Rajeev Narayan Dwivedi stand outside the conference venue on the steps of Sapienza University in Rome

Enjoy some images from Rome ……








The Collosium








The Trevi Fountain








The Pantheon – the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome





The Vatican


Dr Mothersille visits business associates in Turkey: Anchor works for the Mahall Bomonti development in Izmir, Turkey complete – March 2018

Specialist foundation contractor Kasktas AS have successfully implemented SBMA technology on three deep excavations that will form an essential part of the prestigious Mahall Bomonti development in Izmir, Turkey. In total some 1900No. SBMAs were constructed in problematic alluvial soils and under a high water table. When complete the superstructure will be 245m high and will be the tallest building in Izmir and the third tallest in Turkey.

The successful execution of this project maintains the high standards produced by Kasktas AS throughout their association with SBMA Ltd and this will prove highly beneficial to clients within the region for future projects.

Details of the performance of the anchored structures are featured in a technical paper that has been accepted and will be presented at the DFI conference in Rome (June  2018).








Figure 1: From left to right Mr Metin Akkaya (Project Manager, Kasktas), Dr Devon Mothersille and Mr Gökhan Makas (Safety Officer, Kasktas) stand on the periphery of the 80cm thick anchored diaphragm wall at excavation site A (support via approx 1100 SBMAs)








Figure 2: Excavation site B showing placement of foundation slab reinforcement (support via approx 600 SBMAs)








Figure 3: Excavation site C showing combination of struts and anchors (support via approx 200 SBMAs)








Figure 4: Current view of the spectacular slope stability works undertaken by Kasktas AS using high capacity SBMAs for the STAR Oil Refinery in Aliağa, Izmir, Turkey – project completed 2015










Figure 5: Turkey’s Mount Rushmore! The impressive sculpture of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founding father of modern Turkey


Important visit to Corniche Towers’ construction site in Abu Dhabi – February/March 2018

Further to the successful publication of an article featuring the use of the innovative AnchorTest software on the Corniche Towers project in the Sept/Oct 2017 edition of Deep Foundations Insitute magazine, Dr Devon Mothersille visited the site in Abu Dhabi.

Prior to the site visit a very positive meeting was held at Bauer International FZE’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi to discuss future collaboration, market opportunities and research and development between the companies in the UAE and surrounding regions.









Bauer International FZE (UAE) senior management team:

From left to right: Mr Farid Mansour (Technical Director, Bauer), Mr Marco Vogel (Regional Director, Bauer), Dr Devon Mothersille (MD, SBMA Ltd) and Mr Bora Okumusoglu (Design Manager, Bauer)








View of the Corniche Towers showing the removable anchors supporting a diaphragm wall and struts supporting an area that could not be anchored due to the presence of piles supporting an adjacent Mosque











Key members of the Corniche Towers site team from left to right:

Mr Balaji Thamatam (Geotechnical Design Engineer, Bauer), Mr Mohammad Saeed (Project Manager), Dr Devon Mothersille, Mr Sven Zitza (Superintendent for anchoring works, Bauer) and Mr Marinder Singh (Project Manager, Bauer)










Dr Mothersille and Mr Bora Okumusoglu (Design Manager, Bauer) visit the world famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi








The spectacular Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi during sunset



Successful grouting short course in Austin, Texas – 12-16 February 2018

Dr Devon Mothersille presents at the international grouting workshop in Austin, Texas

The international short grouting course was held at the Engineering Education and Research Centre at the University of Texas this year. The course was attended by engineers from Albania, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dr Mothersille shared the stage with established grouting experts and delivered his annual lecture on high capacity anchors in soils and weak rocks. This year the lecture involved engaging the audience in an interactive exercise aimed at illustrating the concept of progressive debonding on an elastic tendon bonded to the ground by grout. In addition, Dr mothersille presented the key features of AnchorTest, the innovative real-time data management software that has massively optimised the mandatory anchor testing process.

Special thanks are due to Dr TAntonio Marinucci (US representative for SBMA technology and  AnchorTest software) who flew down to Austin from New York to attend meetings with Dr Devon Mothersille and Dr Donald Bruce.









Dr Mothersille presenting at the international grouting workshop in Austin, Texas











Dr Devon Mothersille and Dr Antonio Marinucci visit Texas Capitol in Austin