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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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North Wales

Surveyors have been active on the coastline of North Wales this month working on an urgent project. Sea defences near Llandudno Junction that protect the Crewe to Holyhead railway line were in desperate need of repair. Surveyors worked in split shifts around the tides to deliver valuable base data and condition reports to deliver to the consulting engineers within the agreed deadlines.

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Storm Geomatics have captured the interest of the Civil Engineering Surveyor, which is the trade journal of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors or ICES. Storm were asked to provide an article based on their engineering involvement in the high profile Eco House at Barton-on-the-Heath which is to be shown on Channel 4s' Grand Designs program. The article was a setting-out feature in the July/August issue of the magazine.

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Jon Teall

Jon Teall has won the top award for best student on the two year Survey Association course. Top survey companies from the UK place students on the course to learn the rudiments of surveying. Jon set his sights high on winning the top award from the very outset and has shown huge commitment in achieving his goal. Jon now becomes a surveyor within Storm Geomatics and is on the ladder for professional membership to the ICES. Managing director Mike Hopkins said ?This is a very big achievement as the quality of students and coursework is exceptionally high.

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Flood Protection

Temperatures hit the nineties later on in June and any thoughts of flooding were probably in the back of most peoples minds. However there have been some very heavy outbreaks of rain across the UK which has been a worry for those whose homes were flooded in July 2007.

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Storm Geomatics have completed a local project in the town of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Over 3km of the idealic River Cam and tributaries were surveyed to create a hydraulic model which will help calculate existing channel capacities and highlight any areas with scope to alleviate flooding.

Setting-out work continued on the PassivHaus at Barton-on-the-Heath as the project gets closer to the concrete pour for the base slab in mid-June. 

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