Unrecorded Bell Pits Paper Accepted for Publication

A research paper written by two GRM Engineers has been successfully peer-reviewed and accepted as part of an international mining conference.

Russell Hurcombe (Senior Commercial Engineer) and Andrew Brown (Principal Geotechnical Engineer) wrote the paper after discovering 300 previously unrecorded closely spaced bell pits on a ‘greenbelt’ site in Leicestershire in 2017.

The pits covered approximately 10% of the development site, meaning that ground investigation and subsequent land remediation presented some challenges to traditional industry best practice.

We ran the original story about these unusual features back in December 2020, and the article generated considerable discussion and debate regarding their origin and age.

The resultant paper has now been professionally peer-reviewed and included in proceedings of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining conference being held in Newcastle in November. Russell will be attending the conference and presenting the paper in person during the afternoon session on 11th November. We will also publish the paper on our website once the conference has concluded.

Further information on this case study can be obtained directly from Russell (russell.hurcombe@grm-uk.com) or Andrew (andrew.brown@grm-uk.com).

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