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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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Grand Designs

Storm Geomatics were appointed the setting-out engineers for a high profile residential building. The building is to be featured on the Grand Designs television program and is believed to be one of only 10 buildings within the UK to be granted special PPS7 planning permission as a design that is "truly outstanding and ground breaking" according to paragraph 11 of the above policy.

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A Woolly Mammoth was seen near Watermead Park in Leicestershire. Surveyors were installing a Environment Agency control station when they saw a full size model of the beast (pictured) which was sculptured on the remains of a real one found in the surrounding gravel pits about 20 years ago.

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Surveyors ventured into Pork Pie Country (Melton Mowbray) and surveyed Melton Brook. The survey was part of a project to model eight watercourses in the Leicestershire area. The survey team discovered that not only is Melton Mowbray famous for its pork pies, but also its fabulous stilton.

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