2018 was a momentous year in the long history of WJ, with the launch of WJ Group, and major global projects such as Thames Tideway in London and Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto hitting full throttle, therefore as the year drew to a close it was the perfect opportunity for all of our staff to let their hair down and relax.read more
On the 17th and 18th of September 2018, the British Geotechnical Association and Engineering Group of the Geological Society hosted the first major conference on Chalk in almost 30 years, right on WJ’s doorstep, at Imperial College in Central London.read more
This week WJ are proudly celebrating the success of one of our colleagues away from the field of groundwater management!
Chris Robson, one of our monitoring engineers based in our UK office, has a long history in football having had a successful playing career before gaining his UEFA B coaching license. Chris is now manager of Totternhoe F.C, who play in the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two and has enjoyed great success since taking over as manager of the club, culminating in their latest triumph, a 2-0 win over Cranfield United in the Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy!
The match was held at Bedford Town’s 3,000 seater Eyrie Stadium, and was a closely contested affair with Jack Lauder scoring to give Totternhoe the lead in the 24th minute. Joe Smith scored a second for Totternhoe to give them a 2-0 lead going in to half-time. The second half was just as tight, with Totternhoe managing to see out the game despite a big final push from Cranfield in the last ten minutes.
Chris told the local Luton News:
‘I am over the moon for everyone involved at the club, the committee, the players, the staff, and the number of supporters who travelled to cheer us on. To deliver a trophy for them means the world to me.’
Totternhoe currently lie fourth in the league, 12 points behind the leaders Park View, but have several games in hand due to the successful cup run, and could still challenge for the title. Everyone at WJ wish Chris and Totternhoe the best of luck for the rest of the season and hope they can add another trophy to their proud 112 year history!
You can read more about the game on the Luton Today website.read more
At WJ we are defined by our people, and in order to allow them and the company as a whole to flourish and reach new heights, teamwork and a healthy body and mind are crucial.
WJ have a long established sporting pedigree on all levels with their involvement with Team Frankie’s, who have taken part in the prestigious Tour of Sharjah cycling races, to helping support Eton Manor Rugby Football Club Ladies’ Under 13 team, and WJ’s Middle Eastern Offices have got in on the act by helping to support and encourage all employees to get active!
It started with just two HR staff, who were eager to play badminton for fun and exercise, however this group grew rapidly to include other colleagues who were eager to join in.
Once WJ received an invitation for a local Basketball and Indoor Cricket competition it became a perfect opportunity to encourage more staff on all levels to get in on the act, and with the financial and supportive backing of the management Cricket and Basketball teams were formed.
The sports teams have proven to be very popular with the staff. Payroll Officer Tausif, appointed to the prestigious position of captain of the cricket team, said:
“Being assigned as the Captain of the Cricket Team is somehow a big responsibility which tested and improved my leadership skills. In the team, I always make sure that we practice enthusiasm and positive attitude. Sports really is a key for good communication and teamwork. Personally, I felt like my stamina has increased because of joining these sports. I want to suggest adding more sports in the future like chess, volleyball or bowling.”
Not only does the formation of these sports teams help employees enjoy their spare time, but the bond between players will help improve teamwork within the company, which we can take from the cricket pitch to the construction site. Design Manager Warren believes this will benefit employees and the company as a whole:
“This sports activity that we are having is like a team building. I believe this activity gives our Labourers a feeling of importance. It makes them feel they are really part of WJ”
This feeling was reiterated by Admin Assistant Anu:
“It is creating a good relationship between staffs and Labourers. Playing sports with your colleagues form a Team Spirit”
Head over to the Gallery to see more of our sporting stars in action!
On Wednesday 6th December, WJ Groundwater’s Chairman, Dr Toby Roberts, was invited to present the keynote speech at the award ceremony for the illustrious Fleming Award, at the Institute of Civil Engineers in central London.
The Fleming Award, won by WJ in 2006 for their works on the Govan Tunnel project in Glasgow, is an annual award presented by the British Geotechnical Association to recognise excellence in the practical application of geotechnics as part of a larger project, with a strong emphasis on teamwork displayed by the various disciplines across the project team (For more information on the Fleming Award visit here). The 2017 award was presented to the PISA Project, comprising Oxford University, Imperial College London, DONG Energy, The Carbon Trust and SOCOTEC UK (For more information on the 2017 Award visit here). Dr Roberts was invited to present the prestigious keynote speech at the ceremony, taking place whilst the judges deliberated over who the award should be presented to. The speech, entitled ‘Groundwater control for excavations in Cork, Ireland’, covered a series of dewatering case studies from the extensive redevelopment of Cork over the past 20 years.
WJ have a long history of working and providing dewatering in Cork, having undertaken more than a dozen projects during this time period, including the recent Navigation Square and South Mall developments on the River Lee in the east of the city.
For more information of Dr Roberts’ talk please visit the British Geotechnical Association website here.read more
WJ’s latest Canadian employee inspects one of our pumps in the Eglinton Crosslinx tunnel in Toronto.
WJ Groundwater is pleased to announce that since the beginning of February 2017, the company has become proud owners of some additional new business premises. The new yard, office, workshop and warehouse has been purchased to take over from operations at our Clipstone Yard. It has been a long standing ambition of the directors of WJ to own our main yard for the long term financial security of the company and to allow us to develop a facility for our specific needs to a high standard.
WJ Groundwater’s Poland team are mixing national tradition with fun and games this year. Employees at the Lodz branch will celebrate Christmas by sharing out of the holy wafer followed by some fun with a few games of ten-pin bowling.read more
The commercial side of Christmas is growing in popularity year on year in certain countries across the Arabian peninsula. Traditionally known as an Islamic region, countries like UAE and Qatar are also hosting a myriad of Christmas events to cater for the growing number of European, Far Eastern and American ex-pats, workers and holidaymakers.
UK Update: WJ Groundwater’s Driver Manual
WJ Groundwater has recently produced a freshly redesigned driver manual for all members of our staff complement that uses our fleet as a part of their job role.read more