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Civil engineering work is worth over €80 billion/year to the UK economy and is an industry that employs over 6000 geotechnical and engineering geological professionals. However, there is concern that a skills shortage is developing in engineering geology due to the lack of academic champions in universities, the reduction in support for specialist masters degrees by research councils, and industry being non-responsive to the financial need to support training and research in the subject. Unless these issues are addressed there will be an increasing risk of civil engineering construction works being built without a full appreciation of the ground conditions, possibly leading to more functional failures, costly over-designs, or increased litigation.

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