Borehole Solutions, who have bases in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Brighouse, West Yorkshire, will work with academic experts at Leeds Beckett on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme, part-funded by the Government through Innovate UK.\nAs construction site investigation specialists, Borehole Solutions use geotechnical engineering a form of civil engineering involving the study of materials present below the earths surface. This is used within infrastructure projects and uses a range of drilling techniques.\nDr Martin Pritchard, Reader in the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing and project lead, explained: One technique used by Borehole Solutions is sonic drilling this relatively new technique is seen as the future of drilling. It is a soil penetration technique that strongly reduces friction on the drill string and drill. Vibration frequency, of up to 150 Hz, causes a very thin zone of soil particles surrounding the drill string to go into liquefaction. Its benefits include increased safety, cost savings, speed, cleanliness, and accuracy as well as being more environmentally friendly.\nSonic drilling is currently not widely used throughout the construction industry - with cable percussion (CP) drilling being the most common technique in the UK. Borehole Solutions are an innovative and forward-thinking company, and they want to expand the capability of sonic drilling within the UK construction industry.