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 (Middle East) has purchased a booster station The technology has been put to work on the Dubai Canal Extension Project. It can pump up to 600 l/s and it is currently feeding off approximately 100 No. deepwells along the course of the Canal. It thrusts the water down a 630mm diameter discharge line 2km to the sea. The station box includes automated monitoring and in-line flow meters on each pump.
WJ staff and clients have had two papers accepted at the XVI European Conference for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering being held in Edinburgh on 13 – 17 September at ICC. The first paper was to be presented by WJ Groundwater’s chairman, Toby Roberts and the second by Emilio Linde from OTB Engineering.