Catalyst excited by spark of innovation at subsidence training day


New technologies, including the use of artificial intelligence to crunch data captured in space, were among key topics at the Subsidence Forum Training Day attended by Catalyst Services UK.

The annual training event, held near Atherstone, Warwickshire, on 12th October, brought together subsidence professionals, property managers and representatives from the insurance industry, among others.

Catalyst had a stand at the fully-subscribed event, while its Head of Network and Technical, Paul Duddle, was a key organisers on the day as Vice-Chair of the forum’s Executive Committee.

Future solutions

Paul Duddle said: “The training day is one of the forum’s most important events of the year. This year’s was busier than ever, with excellent training sessions delivered by forum members and great feedback from visitors.

“The forum’s purpose is to bring interested individuals and organisations together in an expert environment where we can share ideas and orchestrate the subsidence solutions of the future.

“It was clear from the information shared, and the debates held at the training day, that there are exciting new subsidence technologies that will emerge over the next five years, some driven by artificial intelligence.”


He added: “Data analysis has always been vital to our response to subsidence risks and AI promises to allow us to unlock and use huge historical data sets for the first time, to predict how subsidence will impact much larger areas in the future with much greater accuracy.”

AI enabled analysis

Visitors to the training day discussed how more powerful satellite monitoring will underpin more effective responses to subsidence. Over time, this could reduce the cost of subsidence remediation as less costly  interventions can be made before serious damage occurs.

Catalyst Managing Director Brad Jackson said: “Like Paul, I am excited about the new tools we will have, as a subsidence investigation and remediation specialist, to support our insurance clients and property owners.

“Alongside advances in satellite monitoring, ground scanning and the use of AI to analyse truly enormous amounts of data, there are other innovations coming down the track that will make subsidence interventions more sustainable.”


He added: “These include using more advanced resin injection stabilisation systems that prevent the need for major structural underpinning, and improved root barrier systems, so trees can be preserved rather than chopped down.

“Catalyst is a strong supporter of the Subsidence Forum and key events like the training day because it has a vital role to play in assessing and sharing information about these technologies. Stakeholders, like insurers and loss adjustors, will then have confidence in them and they can be deployed in a timely way.”


Find out more

Catalyst delivers a range of specialist drainage, water supply, subsidence investigation, home emergency, and environmental investigation and remediation services for insurance companies and loss adjustors, plus legal professionals, property management specialists and property owners.

Talk to members of our senior team about how Catalyst is working the shape the future of subsidence investigation. Telephone: 0800 870 8080. Email: [email protected].

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