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Storm GeoRiver, the river model creation software; is proving to be more than a tool – it is an engine. Anthony Pritchard operations director says “Our surveyors are using this software every day to produce the deliverables that our clients want. Storm GeoRiver is reliable in handling river channel data and high in performance when it comes to reaching the quality and speed that is required. Our surveyors quickly found that they could trust and enjoy using the software on a daily basis. The more they use it, the more they find it works for not only channels but for other tasks such as embankment and road profiles. Because it is a standalone piece of software which is cloud licenced, we have installed it on every machine in the office so wherever you sit or wherever you are in the world, all you need is your username and password to use the software – no more queueing for computers with a pyramid of expensive software loaded on them to run a bolted on app or tool – we can share a single licence across the whole company and have the strong processing engine of Storm GeoRiver on every PC – a “must have” piece of software for anyone involved in creating river models.”
After three years of software development, meetings, testing, SCRs, SPRs and tiny modifications Storm Geomatics are on the verge of launching an important piece of software to the hydraulic engineering market. The software will change the way that surveyors work when preparing river data, speeding up the process and supplying river model data in a more advanced state. There will be tools for the hydraulic engineers too, they will be able to speed up the way they import geometry and differing variables into their systems. The launch is due early in March and the development team are working hard to bring the software to its release version. Roll on March, everyone can start saving a lot of time and money by using Storm GeoRiver! Keep an eye on developments at www.storm-georiver.com.
Some people quit the booze for January but dry January for the River Dearne in Yorkshire had a totally different meaning. The cascading weir at Yorkshire Sculpture Park can be seen in this photo without any water flowing over it. No, the River Dearne hasn’t stopped flowing, don’t worry! It was diverted around the series of weirs to make it easier for our surveyors and engineers to carry out an assessment on the structures for possible maintenance work. If only we could do this for all the structures we survey!
Continued rain into December has left a lot of homes flooded over the Christmas break. Spare a thought for those that have had to leave their properties behind and find alternative accomodation over the festive period. The stress and upset this causes is bad enough at the best of times, but over the Christmas period where people and families want to come together and share happy times it is devastating. Our surveyors plugged on in the wet conditions to complete four scour protection surveys for the Western area for Network Rail.
Extreme flooding across the UK has led to a very busy week at the end of November for Storm Geomatics. On the 26th November surveyors were called out to the River Soar in Hathern, Leicestershire for post flood level monitoring. In Leicestershire flooding caused devastating levels of damage and destruction to local communities with 13 flood warnings in Leicestershire issued by the Environment Agency over the weekend of the 24th November, including warnings for the River Soar.
This month surveyors undertook a bathymetric survey for McCains Food Processing in Peterborough. The data from the survey of the gravel pit lake (pictured), adjacent to the McCains factory, is to be used in a feasibility study for the use of the water as a coolant via a heat exchange system within the factory. The bed levels were recorded using an Ohmex single frequency echo sounder synchronised to a GNSS controller, meanwhile temperatures were logged using a depth and pressure sensor more commonly used for tagging sharks!
Wilford Toll bridge crosses the River Trent at Wilford, near Nottingham. The bridge is no longer used for traffic – only pedestrians. The bridge was originally built in 1864 to replace a ferry which had a history of disaters – the worst one in 1784 when the overcrowded ferry capsized in a gale and six of its passengers drowned. The bridge is to be widened to carry the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) which is a network of tramlines across the city. Our surveyors were asked to carry out a bed level survey under the bridge before construction starts and then another one at the completion of the bridge. We wish the construction company a “successful widening” and look forward to returning to the bridge in the spring 2013.
Birdland in the lovely Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire was within the scope to survey the River Windrush that flows through the town. It made for a few interesting days as the survey team worked through the famous attraction – birds were seen on the Windrush that have never been seen before on our British watercourses! The river provides an ideal habitat for some of the wading birds and river birds within Birdland. This project was also the first project that our new trainee surveyor Steve Drew experienced. It doesn’t get much better than that Steve! Welcome aboard!
Some nasty floods around the River Calder in West Yorkshire this month gave rise to our surveyors getting on their bikes and doing some investigation into how the flooding occurred. The upper reaches of the river run through a steep valley alongside a canal, and in this event the canal overtopped into the Calder in places causing the river to flood. Our surveyors equipped with Network RTK GPS used the tow path of the canal to move along the valley on bicycles to identify low spots between the canal and river. The data will be used within the hydraulic model of the catchment to improve the integrity of the model results. The name Calder is thought to originate from the early British meaning violent waters or stream – our surveyors could see how it got its name from the damage they witnessed while carrying out the work.
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Our surveyors have concerns about nutrient pollution in UK rivers. As a way of contributing to the knowledge and the clean-up of nutrient pollution, water samples are taken and tested for phosphate levels at sites that our surveyors visit. These readings are for a point in time and would vary depending on several factors. The […]