WJ Groundwater is very pleased to share the news that it won the Innovation in Drillingcategory award at the BDA (British Drilling Association) Dinner and Dance 2015 in Edinburgh. The award was for our adapted Baby Giraffa, modified to work in deep excavations and tunnels.
The adapted Baby Giraffa is a fully articulated rotary drilling rig that complements WJ’s existing fleet with its ability to drill at a full range of angles including upwards and horizontally at heights of up to 7m above tunnel ground level. This makes it ideal for probe and depressurisation drilling within tunnels, shafts and basements. As with WJ’s existing SM5 rigs, the Baby Giraffa is operated by remote control allowing it to work in confined spaces where access can be challenging. The drilling rig has already been put to good use drilling probes and wells within tunnels and cross passages on the huge Crossrail project and on WJ projects all around the world.
WJ Groundwater is very pleased to announce that it is now an accredited member of Achilles. WJ qualifies for accreditation with both Achilles UVDB and Achilles Building Confidence that creates procurement opportunities within the Utilities sector (UVDB) and the Construction sector (Building Confidence).
To become accredited candidate organisations are required to complete an extensive audit and questionnaire. The compliance sectors include proof of efficient and thorough procedures in the areas of: Health & Safety; Working Environment, Quality Control, Training and Competence Programmes, Social and Ethical Behaviour, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Emergency Management and Site Security.
WJ Groundwater has recently completed work on a tunnelling project to install a ‘Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)’ to counteract ‘Unsatisfactory Intermittent Discharge of Storm Water (UIDs)’. Neil Coulter(Contracts Manager) project managed the installation of our dewatering technologies for a number of the deep structures at United Utilities at Eccles, Manchester. Our involvement in the installation began in March and concluded at the end of September.
WJ Groundwater is now working with contractors, Ceinsa – JTC Joint Venture to dewater the construction site at the future Marina Yacht Club in Lusail City, Doha.
Work on the grand project’s design and build began in August 2014. As part of the complex flood prevention works already undertaken, a temporary earth bund has been constructed to allow temporary structures such as work site offices to remain in place. Meanwhile, the adjacent site will be flooded with diverted water in order to keep the construction site dry whilst building work is carried out.
Join us at the Digital Data in Geotechnics and Construction seminar at the National Space Centre in Leicester on 8 October organised by the British Drilling Association (BDA).
The BDA is the UK’s trade association for the ground drilling industry. The seminar speakers will talk about the benefits of and getting the most from Building Information Modelling (BIM) as an aid to ‘knowledge management’ in construction. You will also hear more about how the digital data produced by the geotechnical sector can interact with BIM systems, focussing on what is possible these days, and what is likely to happen in the near future.
Come and visit WJ’s exhibit stand at Olympia, London between 6 – 7 October. We will be in attendance as a part of the 8th annual Basements and Underground Structures Conference 2015, organised by Ground Engineering Magazine.