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-sponsored cycling team Team Frankie’s continue their quest for road domination. Middle East Director, Paul Turner is a stalwart of the team and was instrumental in setting up the sponsorship deal between Team Frankie’s and WJ Groundwater. There are a number of keen cyclists in the company including WJ’s Managing Director, Richard Fielden. Check out our extensive article in Issue 27 of our in-house magazine, The Wet End, here.
WJ Groundwater is a finalist at this years’ NCETunnelling & Underground Space Awards, which is taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on the 3rd of December. We have been nominated, alongside BBMV JV Crossrail C510 in the Ground Investigation and Monitoring award category for the sub-surface dewatering for a steeply inclined SCL tunnel.