WJ Groundwater Chairman, Dr Toby Roberts, with former colleague and BGA Chairman Dr Martin Preene
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.
WJ Groundwater are pleased to announce that one of our recent projects in Scotland has been announced as the winner of a prestigious industry prize. WJ were awarded the contract to undertake dewatering works at the site on the outskirts of Glasgow between July 2015 and July 2016, and helped to contribute to the project which was recently awarded ‘UK Project with a Geotechnical Value up to £1.0m by Ground Engineering magazine.
WJ Groundwater has enjoyed recent success achieving OHSAS 18001 and renewal of ISO 9001 Certifications in respect of our development of good working practice in respect of our Health & Safety (OHS) management procedures.
WJ Groundwater is thrilled to announce that it’s a nominated finalist at this year’s Ground Engineering Awards, The Hilton Park Lane, London on the 30th of June. We have been nominated in the Product and Equipment Innvovation category for in-tunnel drilling, dewatering, depressurisation and probing implementation on the London Crossrail project.
WJ Groundwater recently attended the well supported annual NCE Tunnelling & Underground Space Awards. The event took place on the 3rd of December at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
WJ was nominated for an award alongside BBMV JV Crossrail C510 in the Ground Investigation and Monitoring award category for the sub-surface dewatering for a steeply inclined SCL tunnel. Unfortunately, WJ didn’t win this year but our client BBMV were worthy winners in a number of other categories.
L to R – Dickie Dexter (J Gallager Tunnelling), Andrew Morgan (Tunnelling Consultant), Toby Roberts (WJ Groundwater Chairman))
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.