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Surveyors ventured back into Wales this month to survey some monster control structures that regulate water entering the River Vyrnwy. Critical levels and dimensions were captured on structures to improve the integrity of the river models in the area.
Surveyors just missed the holiday season on the Cornish Riviera when they mobilised to model seven rivers in and around St Austell. Teams provided a staged delivery of the data so the client could start working on river models in parallel with the survey. Unfortunately the only beaches the surveyors saw were where the rivers met the sea!
Rivers in South Wales are being infested with Japanese knotweed. Surveyors have been carrying out a flood risk assessment on a major river in the area and were slowed up by the eight foot tall invasive plant that squashes any native species in its vicinity. The plant restricts the surveyor’s visibility and in turn their ability to measure, it can also grow through concrete and has been known to appear through the floor of peoples living rooms!
Mike Hopkins – Managing Director volunteered a team of surveyors to help The Salmon [&] Trout Association measure the 2010 UK Fly Casting Championships at the CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. This presented a big challenge to the surveyors and proved that Storm Geomatics can measure just about anything in any environment under all sorts of pressure. This is the first time a modern approach to measuring the UK fly casting competitions has been put into practice.
Surveyors embarked on a large topographical survey in Abingdon to identify the possible use of some open land for a flood storage area (FSA). FSAs are being considered and constructed in many areas local to flooding and are proving to be beneficial in high level events. FSAs are designed to hold water back from areas at risk of flooding at peak flow times, thus avoiding surges of water through towns and villages that can run through residential and commercial properties.
River modelling has been the core activity of Storm Geomatics from the outset, and there was no change to this in May. Surveyors have captured and created river model data for watercourses in Weston-sub-Edge and Naunton in the Cotswolds, providing the client with critical level data to exacting standards in order to better understand the flooding issues in the villages. The River Pang at Hampstead Norreys was also surveyed this month and the Environment Agency will use the drawings and model data to quantify flood risk and consider flood alleviation schemes for the village.
Surveyors for Storm Geomatics have been out at Batheaston Bridge near Bath this month. The structure is a 400 year toll bridge and the owner wanted an assessment of the bridges stability. Storm Geomatics teamed up with a consulting engineer to provide a detailed scour assessment of the bridge piers. Mike Hopkins (managing director) managed the project which included coring works at the bridge piers to establish pier foundation depth. During the visit surveyors captured data to create a full topographic survey of the entire bridge which provided a base plan to the client for easier asset management.
March is traditionally a mad month for our survey teams. As government departments and corporate companies come to the end of their financial year there is a rush to use up budgets and survey work is often a good way to do it. With good organisation and time management Storm Geomatics provide realistic timescales and project schedules to meet our client?s demands. If only it was March every month!
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Research into river systems has shown how human intervention influences the biodiversity of rivers. At a time when the recovery of nature is critical in the battle to reverse climate change, river corridors provide an excellent starting point to make biodiversity gains which could spread exponentially into the floodplains and beyond. This paper looks at […]
by Mike Hopkins MCInstCES, Managing Director Our home, planet earth, is dying. It is difficult to avoid hearing this statement if you read the papers or watch television. As of May this year, 2,100 science organisations and governments in 39 countries had declared a “Climate Emergency”. There is a clock ticking, counting down the time […]
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 […]