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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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Company Director Anthony Pritchard attended a conference at Manchester United's Old Trafford Football Stadium. The conference revealed best practice guidelines for Network RTK Surveying in Great Britain. Research and testing was carried out by Newcastle University to prove the accuracies of this GPS technology which has been available and developing for nearly five years. The good news was that network RTK GPS when used by the approved methods, is giving consistent results that will fit the tolerances of many specifications. This will reduce survey fees as control stations can be established in seconds, rather than hours. Download the results using the TSA link on this website.

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Crayfish

A signal crayfish was found in Bampton, Oxfordshire. The invasive crayfish was accidentally trodden on by a surveyor whilst taking river bed levels. These crustaceans are becoming more and more prevelant in our watercourses as they push out our native crayfish. More work was undertaken in the Cotswolds as a result of the floods of July 2007. Surveyors have been capturing additional levels on existing projects as more flood relief options unfold.

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Storm Geomatics took over 5700 levels over 90 hectares using an all terrain vehicle kitted out with Moving RTK GPS. The 15m grid of levels was captured on The North Wyke Research Facility, Okehampton, Devon. Ditch levels were also surveyed on foot using robotic total stations and pole mounted RTK GPS. The survey was part of a project to better understand the drainage situation at the grassland research station.

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A very busy month for Storm Geomatics. Surveyors carried out the survey work for an assessment on flooding in Bledington, Gloucestershire. The Environment Agency brief was to survey two reaches of different watercourses, a number of threshold levels and provide a topographic survey of an area that could potentially provide water storage. A broad range of survey techniques were used to collect the data from traditional spirit levelling to static GPS. The survey was delivered on time and within budget.

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Survey teams mobilized on a project to capture property threshold levels in the town of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. One thousand three hundred property threshold levels were surveyed using digital levels and data loggers. The client specified that 12 items of data for each property were to be collected and presented in a spreadsheet that contained address point data. Storm Geomatics have developed a data capture system that moves from field to finish seamlessly, thus providing a cost effective and time saving solution.

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