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Soon you will be able to make a cable car journey across the River Thames from the O2 Arena on the south bank to the Royal Victoria Docks on the north bank. Storm Geomatics have carried out the survey of the bed levels of the river and the dock in preparation for the construction of the huge cable supports. The dock survey was undertaken in a small aluminium boat and the river survey in a high powered rib. The high power of the rib was needed as the pull on the tide at this point in the river is extremely fierce.

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Between the chocolate of Easter and the champagne of The Royal Wedding the surveyors at Storm had a change of scenery - a scour protection survey on a railway bridge at Pevensey, East Sussex. Surveyors filled the three day gap in festivities with a full topographic survey of the area beneath and around the structure and also a Hec-RAS model extending 1km downstream. The data is to be used to design benching on the bridge abutments and address wing wall issues. The survey was carried out at short notice and the data processed fast to allow the engineer to keep his side of the project on track.

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Storm Geomatics started the New Year with a resolution to improve their quality and range of services that they provide to the water industry. To help achieve this goal, feedback and ideas have been asked for by clients. A river survey questionnaire was sent to seventy hydraulic engineers and the results are now available (You can get them by emailing us from the contact link at the top of this page).

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Mike Hopkins - Managing Director of Storm Geomatics has been elected as a council member at The Survey Association (TSA). TSA is the trade organisation for survey companies throughout the UK. Mike's first job was to attend an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting on Flood Prevention at the Houses of Parliament. The meeting was incredibly interesting to Mike as Lord Smith (Chair of the Environment Agency) was there to answer questions from MPs and give an update on flood prevention strategies for the future.

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Leica VIVA gear

Storm Geomatics have completed a relatively smooth transition from the Leica 1200 equipment to the new Leica VIVA gear. With good support from the manufacturer on the configuration of the equipment the survey teams were up and running in no time. The new kit has been used on a variety of projects already this year, one of which was a volumetric survey of an 8.5 acre lake. The kit was coupled up with the single beam echo sounder to capture over 800 bed levels of the former quarry pit, producing a highly accurate model of the lake, thus returning a volume calculation with good integrity.

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Snow in the week leading up to Christmas gave most parts of the country a seasonal feel. Rivers and lakes froze and gave Storm Geomatics the perfect opportunity to take a days training on their brand new Leica Viva equipment. The team can be seen in the photo to the right, proving the kit does work in -5 degrees C! The new survey gear will keep the company working to the very highest accuracies and improve productivity as faster processors, quicker motors and improved algorithms go to work in the field.

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Storm Geomatics caught up with the Leica road show at Cheltenham racecourse this month. Leica supply Storm Geomatics with the survey equipment they need to capture the data and information in the field for our clients. The latest generation of the kit is the Viva TS15 which has an imaging facility and talks to you! It has quicker processors and allows hand written notes to be made on the screen. The road show was very well attended and was extremely well organised which has got a lot of people talking about the new Viva kit.

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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.

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St Austell

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!

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Japanese knotweed

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!

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