The Directors and Management of the Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical Group of Companies are delighted to announce that SafeLane Global has made a friendly acquisition of Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical, Raeburn Drilling Northern, DTS Raeburn, Terra Tek and Allied Exploration & Geotechnics.

SafeLane Global, based in Gillingham in Kent, was established in 1989 and its origins lie in mine action and explosive threat mitigation. Following strategic mergers and acquisitions, Safelane today has offices and operations around the world, including a well-respected footprint in the UK. The Company is an established global leader in relation to countering explosive and hazardous material threats and security risks on land as well as in the marine environment. Their expertise portfolio is substantial and their operational reach worldwide encompassing more than 60 countries and 20,000 projects.

The Raeburn Group of Companies are joining Safelane’s UK Land business unit which currently offers the full suite of unexploded ordnance risk mitigation services, as well as water borehole, geothermal, geophysical and engineering services. The acquisition represents a beneficial link with regards to the Group’s broad range of site development services and SafeLane Global’s existing business interests. It is predicted that the acquisition will open a new chapter for the Group by expanding the synergy that exists between the two companies.

The Directors and Management view this acquisition as a great opportunity to build upon the already well-established Group reputation to become an even more significant force within the UK Site Investigation and Waterwell installation market through continued investment and growth. We wish to thank everyone for their continued loyalty throughout the various Companies’ long histories and that, under the new Safelane Global banner, the Group will go forward in a position of enhanced strength and optimism.

Allied Exploration & Geotechnics Limited (AEG) has the ability to tackle any site investigation ranging from one window sampling unit on site for a single day, through to low-headroom cable percussion rigs or restricted access rotary rigs working inside buildings, to multi-rig units on larger contracts, often on heavily contaminated brown field sites and disused former industrial infrastructure. Furthermore the Company has been contracted to carry out many varied and intricate marine site investigations across the UK. Our experience and practical knowledge allows us to perform floating investigations where jack-up type platforms are impractical and accordingly, in the process, meet Client expectations. 

We can offer the complete solution to site investigation works with in-house professionals and plant resources to cover everything from investigation design, conducting complex and diverse exploratory hole programmes, UKAS accredited laboratory soil testing, environmental monitoring and geotechnical/geo-environmental reporting.

The Company employs full-time site engineering personnel who fulfil front-line geotechnical, geological and environmental roles during active schemes. At minimum all site engineers hold an industry recognised IOSH Safe Supervision of Geotechnical Sites qualification, three day first aid certification as well as a valid (in relation to their role) CSCS card. With experience they are also actively encouraged to become members of a professional organisation (e.g. Geological Society) of their choice. Full-time office engineers are involved at various levels in report production and contracting opportunities.
Services that fall outside our in-house portfolio are typically project managed and out-sourced using our extensive approved subcontractor list. 


Drilling, Boring, Window Sampling
& Trial Trenching Services

We offer a comprehensive package of ground investigation services using our in-house plant resources and personnel to the development and consultancy community throughout the United Kingdom.

Laboratory Soil &
Rock Testing

Our geotechnical laboratory services are accredited by UKAS and fully quality administered for soil and rock testing. This includes quality control in situ testing services for roads and landfill sites.

Geotechnical & Geo
Environmental Reporting Services

Site operations are backed by strong geotechnical and environmental reporting services using gINT and other commercial software for initial deskstudies to final assessment reports.

Site Investigation Access Considerations

Early contractor involvement on difficult site investigations can make all the difference in selecting the most appropriate and cost effective approach. It is often beneficial to all parties that the technical objectives are fully understood and the correct techniques are chosen from the outset to avoid more costly duplication of the work at a later stage. Why compromise when we offer free and impartial advice which can help you tailor an investigation that is both fit-for-purpose and economical - addressing any geotechnical design risk issues and providing representative ground information that will facilitate the design process going forward.

Overwater Investigation: Drilling & Boring

Overwater investigation on the River Tyne, Newcastle using a floating pontoon platform with spud-legs for stability and anchorage. Operations included cable percussion and rotary coring, with associated sampling (CEFAS sediment analysis) and in situ testing (borehole vane, SPT). We have a long heritage and expertise relating to successfully conducting investigation operations on in-land river systems and near shore environments using cost effective pontoon platforms. Our drilling operatives are competent and fully experienced in these situations. 


To enhance our already considerable experience in the field of geotechnical and geo-environmental expertise in order to provide the highest quality, greater effectiveness and an overall service that provides value added cost benefits to the client.

To successfully meet the technical demands placed upon us consistently by the contract specification in an accurate and responsible manner so that the Client is fully satisfied with the service the company provides.


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