10 Years, 10 Milestone SOCOTEC Monitoring Projects

For over 40 years, the team at SOCOTEC Monitoring has been acknowledged as a leader in the design, installation and data provision for geotechnical and structural monitoring systems. From the biggest tunnelling project in Europe in 2010 to one of the most complex rail projects ever undertaken in the UK in 2020, SOCOTEC Monitoring has worked on some iconic monitoring projects over the past 10 years. Below we recap some of those notable projects:

2020: Monitoring third party assets, earthworks and structures on the HS2 C1 Main Works package

Responsible for delivering the main works civils contract (Lot C1) of HS2, Align[i] joint venture contracted SOCOTEC Monitoring to supply, install and monitor instrumentation along the 21.6km route, as well as record and deliver the resulting data via Calyx OMS™, SOCOTEC Monitoring’s online data visualisation platform.

For more information about this project, please click here.

2019: Delivering time and cost savings for the Newhaven Port Access Road project

Following SOCOTEC’s acquisition of ITM Monitoring in 2018, Survey Associates was also acquired one year later. The two companies together rebranded to become SOCOTEC Monitoring, creating a specialist monitoring division of SOCOTEC in the UK.

The Newhaven Port Access Road project is a perfect example of how working with SOCOTEC as a single sub-contractor across multiple specialist preconstruction and construction services provides a number of benefits to clients, including time efficiencies and cost savings.

The full case study can be read here.

2018: Defining the behaviour of existing assets prior to Silvertown Tunnel construction

As part of Transport for London’s (TfL) Value Enhancement Specialist Framework Agreement, SOCOTEC Monitoring was contracted to carry out baseline structural and environmental monitoring on a range of third-party assets for a period of 12 months, helping TfL to understand the behaviour of existing assets prior to the commencement of intrusive works for the Silvertown Tunnel construction project.

To read the full case study, click here.

2017: 24/7 remote structural health monitoring for the A19 and A1058 Coast Road Junction improvement scheme

This Highways England project aimed to make improvements to the existing North Tyneside A19/A1058 coast road junction by lowering the A19 beneath the existing roundabout in a cutting, before upgrading it to a three-level interchange.

As is often the case with sites of this remote nature, there was no access to mains power. SOCOTEC Monitoring overcame this by using solar panels for the dataloggers, thus avoiding the difficulties and cost of laying extensive cabling networks. The structural monitoring sensors were cabled to battery powered nodes which relayed continuous data to the gateway, in turn transmitting the data to the online data visualisation platform, Calyx™.

For further information about the monitoring system, read the case study.

2016: Bespoke monitoring system for Clywedog Dam, helping Severn Trent Water better understand their asset's behaviour

A comprehensive manual monitoring system had been employed over the years to analyse the performance of both Clywedog Dam and Bwlch y Gle – its saddle dam – to ensure safe operation. In 2015, Severn Trent Water commissioned an extensive 50-year review, which included an appraisal of the existing monitoring system. Two leading inspecting engineers from Atkins and Mott MacDonald oversaw the 50 year review and, in 2016, SOCOTEC Monitoring was tasked with translating the findings of the review into a working monitoring system.

Details of this monitoring system can be found here.

2015: Monitoring the movement of the Victoria & Albert Museum's building facades

The V&A museum was developing an area into a ceramic tiled courtyard and constructing a new entrance into the museum via the Western Ranges, with a new subterranean gallery beneath. 

The main purpose of the scheme was to monitor the movement of the existing building facades and that of the rooms and galleries of the buildings around the development area, which included installations into extremely sensitive areas. The system also monitored construction noise and vibration and the lateral movements of the piles being installed as part of the new development, as well as ground heave/settlement and strain in the temporary props being used across the excavation area.

For more information about this project, click here.

2014: Automated monitoring systems for the Port of Dover

As part of its asset management programme and commitment to maximising the operational life of its assets, Dover Harbour Board wanted an automated monitoring system to continuously measure the structure of the Prince of Wales Pier, with a view to potentially using the same monitoring approach for other sheet piled piers around the Port. You can read the case study about these initial works here.

Since this initial installation, as part of its ongoing structural inspection regime, the Port identified a number of additional assets which are vital to the continuation of general operations within its estate, both in the Western Dock and Eastern Dock areas. Details of the system installed by SOCOTEC Monitoring can be found here.

2013: Remote condition monitoring systems for Network Rail's Wessex route

SOCOTEC Monitoring supplied remote condition monitoring systems for earthworks and drainage assets across the Network Rail Wessex Route. This encompassed 10 sites, with elements ranging from water level monitoring to slope movement. While all of these sites are different, the consistent theme across all of them was SOCOTEC Monitoring’s approach to ensuring that the monitoring systems met the requirements of the asset manager.

Click here to learn more about SOCOTEC Monitoring’s approach.

2012: Monitoring the Blackwall Tunnel for settlement, heave and convergence

The Greenwich Peninsula was a significant development from Knight Dragon of over 10,000 homes, 48 acres of green space and 3.5 million square feet of public facilities, along 1.6 miles of Thames waterfront.

To ensure that these works didn’t impact the Blackwall Tunnel, SOCOTEC Monitoring was contracted to install a monitoring system to measure for settlement, heave and convergence. Further detail can be found here.

2011: Monitoring London Underground assets

Tubelines Ltd (now London Underground) contracted SOCOTEC Monitoring to undertake monitoring on three sections of the network. The first was a section of tunnel between Embankment to Waterloo running south on the Northern Line, while the two ‘comparison sites’ were Golders Green to Hampstead (also on the Northern Line), and Aldwych, a disused Underground station.

The objective of the monitoring system was to understand the effects of transport on a tunnel in comparison to a similar structure in disuse. The project studied the tunnel movement, the cause and the most effective solution in order to better predict these occurrences in the future.

Read a summary of the works at the three sites here.

2010: Maintaining over 30,000 sensors across 15 separate sites for C701 Crossrail

At the time of construction, the Crossrail project was the biggest tunnelling project in Europe, with around 21km of the total 118km route contained within newly bored tunnels. SOCOTEC Monitoring was contracted to provide monitoring systems for the various third party assets within the central section of the route.

At the time, this was widely regarded as the largest monitoring contract ever awarded, and SOCOTEC Monitoring installed and maintained over 30,000 sensors across 15 separate sites in central London.

For more information about any of the above-mentioned projects, or to talk about your latest monitoring challenge, please get in touch.

[i] Align is a joint venture of three international and privately-owned infrastructure companies, Bouygues Travaux Publics SAS, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick, a subsidiary of VolkerWessels UK.

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