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Best Practice Approaches to Basement Monitoring

Best Practice Approaches to Basement Monitoring

When it comes to construction projects requiring deep excavations, there is always a requirement for a significant movement of material, and consequently the potential for disruption to that vital layer of support. Basement construction works are often also carried out in highly and densely populated urban areas, so it is crucial that an accurate geotechnical assessment of the ground conditions and surrounding infrastructure is carried out to understand the conditions at play prior to works commencing.…

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Locating Sub-Surface Infrastructure with a Line and Level Correlation Survey

Locating Sub-Surface Infrastructure with a Line and Level Correlation Survey

When a development site is located near or above underground infrastructure – such as rail tunnels or utilities - and the project requires piling, excavation or other sub-surface works, conducting a line and level correlation survey is the critical first step in understanding the geospatial relationship between the proposed construction works and the existing below ground asset. Without this knowledge, the owners of the underground asset will not grant permission for works to proceed.…

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SOCOTEC Monitoring on the Railway

SOCOTEC Monitoring on the Railway

When undertaking building and civil engineering works on or near to the railway, monitoring the movement of the ground, adjacent structures and assets is essential to ensure the safety of workers, passengers and the environment. From cuttings and embankments to tunnels, stations and viaducts, SOCOTEC Monitoring UK Ltd has designed, installed and managed monitoring systems for a range of rail projects across the UK, helping to deliver schemes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Combining critical real-time information with over 30 years’ civil engineering experience, SOCOTEC Monitoring has overseen small and large-scale railway projects across their entire lifecycle.…

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Sensitively Monitoring Heritage Buildings and Historical Assets

Sensitively Monitoring Heritage Buildings and Historical Assets

Heritage buildings and historical assets present a truly unique monitoring challenge. By their very nature, they are often old and fragile with poor foundations and constructed from materials less tolerant to small environmental changes. At the same time, heritage buildings are often extremely valuable as historical architectural records and need to be preserved in a state that is as close to original as feasibly possible. Over the years, SOCOTEC Monitoring has become well-known as an expert provider of monitoring solutions for heritage buildings and other heritage assets.…

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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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