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First Steps Ltd


First Steps Ltd is a geotechnical and geo-environmental service provider; founded in 2000, it supplies employers with staff and employees with training, and clients with consulting services. Employment services are delivered mainly for long term positions. Where possible those seeking employment are advised according to their individual profile and personal strengths. First Steps now has 10 years experience in providing training and courses for engineers, scientists and technical staff especially in the areas of laboratory work and drilling. All courses are provided by staff that are Chartered and have practical experience in the subject they teach. For those needing a higher qualification it has created the "The Geotechnical Industries Specialised Award" under the umbrella of the NVQ for specialised skills. Our web site www.firststeps-geo.co.uk provides further details of these and other activities. First Steps is also instrumental in managing The London Basin Forum, tasked with publishing the Atlas of London Geology by 2014 for the Geological Society of London.


Christine Butenuth
Unit 17 Hurlingham Studios

Ranelagh Gardens


10th Anniversary of First Steps (Geo) Ltd.

This year First Steps (Geo) Ltd. is ten years in business.

To celebrate this fact First Steps has a new website www.firststepsgeo.co.uk, a new email address admin@firststepsgeo.co.uk and has started a new initiative, viz. the delivery of webinars for the environmental and geotechnical industries; these have been received very positively by those who have attended them.

Other initiatives are in the pipeline including a publication service of refereed papers for researches at subject interfaces and those in industry for which there is at present no suitable format.

For your information the next webinar PORE PRESSURES AND GROUNDWATER FLOW FOR ENGINEERING GEOLOGISTS, GEOTECHNICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS starts with a FREE webinar and comes to your desk on Wednesday 3rd March from 18.00 - 19.00 GMT, details below.


Dr Michael de Freitas CGeol

A course of 7 one-hour modules the first of which is FREE for those attending the evening courses.


Wednesday 3rd March 18.00 - 19.00 GMT
What this knowledge can do for you.

Repeat of free introductory session Friday 5th March 18.00 - 19.00 GMT

Course content for the course starting 18.00 Tuesday 09th March

Module 1: heads, pressures, gradients, flow directions.(09th March)
Module 2: permeability, boundaries & discharge. (10th March)
Module 3: steady flow, boundaries & flow nets (11th March))
Module 4: porosity, storage, consolidation & boundaries. (15th March)
Module 5: varying waterlevels, non-steady flow & boundaries (16th March)
Module 6: hydrological cycle at site scale (18th March)

To participate please send us a completed booking form which is on the website to be sent to us by email, so that we can send you a hyperlink with the joining instructions and links needed to obtain handouts.


COURSE FEE for 6 one-hour modules = £150 + VAT payable in advance.

It is possible to join selected sessions only. The price for a single session is £80 plus VAT.

We hope you will be able to join us then. For more webinars and other courses please keep an eye on our website.

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