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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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A rare bird from the heron family was spotted whilst surveying on watercourses to the south-west of Oxford. The ?bittern?, which is a brown flecked looking heron, was seen flying along a small watercourse by Anthony Pritchard. The location of the sighting was recorded and the Ordnance Survey coordinates were reported to the Environment Agency.

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Storm Geomatics have been awarded a contract to survey 50km of watercourses for the Thames Region of the Environment Agency. The contract which is based on tributaries of the River Thames south-east of Lechlade, Oxon was won on a comeptitive tender basis. Surveyors surveyed and delivered approximately half of the project within six weeks of being awarded the contract.atemans brewery in Wainfleet and stock up on some "Rosey Nosey" for a well deserved Christmas break!!

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