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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.

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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.

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River modelling

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.

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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.

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Busy Busy Busy

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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Watercourses

Survey teams have carried out surveys on just about most types of waterways and associated structures this month. With their well kitted out teams and vast experience in watercourse surveys, the client can be assured of a good value survey on time and within budget.

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Heavy Snow

Heavy snow brought most of the UK to a stand still in early January but Storm Geomatics braved the elements and moved their schedule around to mobilise on projects with less snow. It was still cold though! One of the diesel cars coughed and spluttered down the road as the -15 degrees C turned the fuel to jelly. In the picture on the right, surveyors are recording levels on the Stanford resevoir spillway where it falls into the River Avon, not on this day though as it was frozen solid!

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Global Gathering

Snow came on the shortest day of the year creating further challenges for the surveyors at Storm Geomatics. Site operations continued despite the weather in an effort to keep projects on track. Surveyors were busy collecting model data on a series of fifteen Mills in Essex when the snow started falling. The data will be supplied in Hec-Ras format and will be added into an existing hydraulic model to improve the integrity of its predictions.

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Night-time Surveying

Four surveyors from Storm Geomatics Ltd spent the entire night surveying drainage systems and ballast levels on the railway line at either end of the Newport tunnel, South Wales. The track was under a possession from 01:30hrs till 07:00hrs one Sunday morning which allowed surveyors full access to the relevant drainage, which is failing to take heavy rain away from the line. Two teams were mobilised in order to capture all the site data in one session, saving the client time and money. Although the weather was dreadful at times the survey teams completed the work keeping the urgent project on schedule.

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Trackside drainage systems in various parts of the north east of England have become inadequate to cope with recent storm water run off. Surveyors have been creating base plan drawings of the drainage systems and their relevant features so engineers can assess and upgrade the system to become 100% efficient.

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