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Rail Surveys – What You Need and Why Your Project's Success Depends On Them

Rail Surveys – What You Need and Why Your Project's Success Depends On Them

When undertaking any form of construction or upgrade works in proximity to the UK’s rail infrastructure, a range of surveys are first required. Neil Yakes, survey manager at SOCOTEC Monitoring – formerly ITM Monitoring explains why surveys are required for rail projects, what is involved in each type of survey and why they are important to the overall success of a rail project.…

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Why Engage with Instrumentation and Monitoring Specialists Early?

Why Engage with Instrumentation and Monitoring Specialists Early?

The idea that involving specialist subcontractors early in a project makes for a more efficient delivery is nothing new. It is a topic that has been discussed in the construction industry for many years but, it is also a topic which remains incredibly relevant today. With the conversation about early engagement continuing, Stuart Fawcett - business development manager at SOCOTEC Monitoring, formerly ITM Monitoring - discusses why it is still something the industry should strive for.…

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The Role of Monitoring in the Proactive Risk Management of Tunnelling Projects

The Role of Monitoring in the Proactive Risk Management of Tunnelling Projects

There are risks involved in any tunnelling project. One significant risk – the uncertainty of the ground’s behaviour and the impact this has on existing infrastructure – can be greatly reduced through geotechnical and structural monitoring. Having a clear understanding of how the geotechnical conditions will behave allows contractors to make informed decisions about the impact to construction works, and therefore allow for adjustments to be made to minimise any risk to people, existing structures and the project’s budget and timescale.…

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SOCOTEC Monitoring Scales Great Heights Thanks to In-House Rope Access Capabilities

SOCOTEC Monitoring Scales Great Heights Thanks to In-House Rope Access Capabilities

Over the past year, SOCOTEC Monitoring has undertaken over 100 hours of rope access work and this is expected to be an area of continued growth due to the benefits it brings clients in budget efficiencies, time saved and quality control over instrumentation installation. Rory Millin, operations manager at SOCOTEC Monitoring, discusses the many benefits of installing monitoring systems via rope access.…

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Sensing the Future: The Latest Monitoring Innovations and Their Applications

Sensing the Future: The Latest Monitoring Innovations and Their Applications

As the requirement for monitoring structures, highways, rail infrastructure, bridges, dams, ports, mines and other assets has increased and projects have become more complex, monitoring instrumentation and data management software has also developed to be more sophisticated. From handheld instrumentation and handwritten data points to cloud-based automatic data collection and analysis tools, instrumentation and monitoring systems have come a long way over the years and they continue to evolve.…

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Minimise the Risk of Extreme Weather on Rail Assets and Passengers with Monitoring

Minimise the Risk of Extreme Weather on Rail Assets and Passengers with Monitoring

Our climate is changing. According to The Met Office’s UK Climate Projections analysis tool, by 2070 there could be up to 35% more precipitation in winter. Evidence also exists to suggest that this precipitation is likely to become more extreme, with intense, prolonged periods of rainfall increasingly common. This is a big issue for the UK’s rail infrastructure.…

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