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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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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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