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Positioning a Syphon Pipe in Winter? Tough Guy Surveyors get it done.


A long-standing project for Storm’s client Northwest Marine on behalf of Yorkshire Water to position and lay a 2 metre diameter syphon into Gouthwaite Reservoir, Yorkshire has now reached its conclusion. A total of ten site visits by Storm surveyors has enabled the client to complete this extensive task. Due the complexity, Senior surveyor Jon Teall was assigned to lead this project for Storm Geomatics. This project called on all of Jon’s 17 years’ experience of surveying inland waterways. Discover how surveyors took on the challenge in the full case study.

Maarten Endel, Project Director for Northwest Marine commented “We would recommend Storm Geomatics for their professionalism and reactiveness to any other customer seeking this type of service in the field of marine and inland water engineering.”

Meanwhile, another team of Storm surveyors undertook a Bathymetric survey to aid riverbed design for the purpose of installing a new footbridge. Surveyor Saul Bolton commented “The installation has now been completed and it’s rewarding to see how Storm’s surveying can now be enjoyed by the local community.” A full case study explains how the survey was undertaken.

Back in March 2023 Storm Geomatics formed a gardening club for green fingered colleagues who wanted to improve their working environment by introducing more plants both inside the office space and outside in Storm’s Garden. Office Manager Britt Hounslow is a member of the gardening club and tells us more “Gardening has been shown to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Taking a break from work to tend our plants helps us recharge and maintain our mental well-being. We work together to plan, plant, and maintain our garden and plants in the office. Having plants on our desks in the office contributes to better air quality by absorbing pollutants and releasing oxygen, creating a healthier work environment for us all.

Maintaining our outside garden promotes environmental awareness and sustainability practices. We have learnt about composting, water conservation, organic gardening techniques, making a natural fence with tree pruning’s and dealing with flood water!

The end of March brought no break in the constant rainfall and once again the local river Stour flooded out of bank across Halford Flood Meadow where Storm Wildlife have 22 Biodiversity Net Gain units for sale. You can keep up to date with the progress of the biodiversity regeneration project via their diary. March has been a busy time in the meadow, not least as it was the 11th time this winter of 23/24 that the Stour has used the flood meadow as an overspill from the river channel. This made the first sight of rare Snakes Head Fritillaries even more rewarding from their planting last Autumn.

As April approaches Storm look forward to the release of version 1.5.7 of GeoRiver® software. Especially, the automations included in this new release. Technical Director Anthony Pritchard is presenting an informative webinar “From Survey to Solutions” on Thursday 18 April at 11am.Be sure to book your slot now and remember the webinar WILL be recorded so sign up even if you can’t make it on the day. Who should attend?

·         Anyone who handles or uses source data for hydraulic models.

·         Land Surveyors who capture data

·         Hydraulic engineers who create flood management schemes

·         Procurement Team Members who act on behalf of the above!

The brand new GeoRiver® website is fast approaching too!

 The Storm Geomatics team now look forward to the longer days and hopefully less rainfall for a while as spring comes to life. You can keep up to date with Storm’s surveying adventures via all social media channels.

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