Hi Emilio, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience?
I’m Emilio, the Technical Director of G-Octopus and Cathie France. I’ve worked in the geotechnical and foundation engineering business for the last 25 years for the private and industrial sectors of civil engineering, for the oil and gas sector, offshore wind, and for ports and harbours. I’ve managed G-Octopus and the Cathie offices in France and Italy since 2012.
I’m here to tell you about the Cathie Group of companies, including G-Octopus, what we do and how we support projects onshore, nearshore and offshore.
1. So, who are G-Octopus?
G-Octopus are a Cathie company. We have 15 years’ experience performing quality assessments and testing of deep foundations as well as pile instrumentation solutions and advanced interpretation of pile driving monitoring data onshore, nearshore, offshore and underwater. We also supply quality equipment for foundation control and instrumentation.
2. Can you tell us a bit about the G-Octopus team?
Our team is made up of very experienced engineers and technicians who have a deep understanding of the pile installation process and the geotechnical phenomena behind it. This is essential because our main challenge and success is instrumenting piles and monitoring their installation without interfering with, or causing delay to, client’s field activities. We are proud of our “zero lost time” reputation. To achieve this, we need a good understanding of how to work with our client’s installation processes and to optimize the engineering of our solutions. These are then fine-tuned with the technical competence and experience on site and in our warehouse, where all the instrumentation and sensors are prepared for the project.
Our team works across G-Octopus and Cathie projects so they are able to recognize where
G-Octopus could support or improve a project in an effective way for our clients.
3. What are they motivated by?
The G-Octopus team are motivated to understand our clients’ problems and our people are profoundly committed to the understanding of the pile’s behaviour. This spirit is the deepest motivation of our team, alongside a culture of continuous improvement in our engineering capabilities by using the field data we collect. This provides us with the energy and fuel to improve our services to clients.
It is amazing to see our team preparing a field operations campaign; how each detail is discussed and improvements are proposed and how continuous improvement translates into new, more robust solutions. This commitment makes me proud to be their leader and technical director.
I see how our clients benefit from this “commitment to serve” attitude of the G-Octopus team and again, I am proud to receive appreciation and feedback on behalf of our team.