2018 marks a milestone for WJ, as not only is it 37 years since our companies’ formation, but it also marked a rare gathering of our Board of Directors and Senior Managers from across our global operations, representing 23 nationalities from 8 international business regions, for our first International Week in leafy Hertfordshire during early September to mark the formation of WJ Group and the birth of WJ as a truly global brand for all your Water Management requirements!read more
On the 17th and 18th of September 2018, the British Geotechnical Association and Engineering Group of the Geological Society hosted the first major conference on Chalk in almost 30 years, right on WJ’s doorstep, at Imperial College in Central London.read more
Back in May WJ UK had the honour of being included in articles in the British National Press because of our work on the Thames Tideway project. This time we’ve gone one step better and can now claim to be ‘as featured on TV’!
Throughout July the BBC have been running a weekly 3-part documentary series entitled ‘The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer’, covering the planning and construction of the new Thames Tideway Super Sewer that is being constructed beneath Central London. WJ have been engaged to undertake pumping tests and dewatering on a number of sites across the West, Central and Eastsections of the project. Many of these sites have been featured on the documentary series, including Beckton Sewage Treatment Works, Abbey Mills and Chambers Wharf.
The third and final episode in the series included the construction of the Kirtling Street Shaft in Batterseawhich, because of our experience and expertise in dewatering on large scale infrastructure projects and in this area of London, WJhave been involved with for a number of years.
Due to the importance of dewatering at this site in order to construct the shaft and TBM portals, part of the episode was dedicated to not only dewatering, but we were honoured to have a number of our staff feature prominently in that section of the episode – A rare honour indeed!
And if you haven’t already seen the episode (or want to watch it again!), then the episode is still available to watch on the BBC iPlayer facility here.read more
WJ have been an established part of the dewatering game in the Middle East for over 15 years now since providing the dewatering for the Dubai International Airport Terminal 3development back in 2003, with offices in Dubai since 2005 and our Qatar office due to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2019. January this year marked our expansion in to nearby Kuwait when we were appointed by the Main Contractor HDEC (Hyundai Engineering and Construction) working under the Client KIPIC (Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company) for the Al Zour Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal Project.
The new terminal is located in the Al-Zour region of Kuwait near to the border with Saudi Arabia, approximately 90km south of the capital Kuwait City, and will include eight LNG storage tanks, each with a capacity of 225,000m3, and associated marine facilities.
Although the sandy ground conditions were prime dewatering territory, the project had the potential to be particularly challenging. Not only would WJ be working in a new country which always brings with it a steep learning curve, but the structures to be dewatered were far from insubstantial – the intake and outfall structures which our systems were going to target were approximately 500m by 200m in size, and up to 15m deep, and the works would be taking place on land reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. Fortunately there are few things WJ love more than a challenge!
In order to complete the works in a swift and prompt fashion WJ utilised one of our trusted partners, Trevi, to work alongside our own SM14 drilling rig. In total 62 dewatering wells and 10 groundwater monitoring standpipes were installed for the intake structure, and another 21 for the outfall structure. The initial plans were to install both perimeter and internal dewatering systems to draw the groundwater level down to enable a dry excavation, however the perimeter system proved to be so successful that there was no need for the internal system to be installed.
Although the works began at the start of 2018 when the temperatures in Kuwait are relatively comfortable, as the project has progressed the day time working temperatures approached the 40⁰C’s and as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan arrived it became necessary for some of the installation works to be undertaken during the night, with only monitoring to be undertaken during daylight hours. This however had no impact upon the expert level of service WJ are known for.
Hopefully this is the start of long and successful times for WJ in Kuwait and helps to strengthen our position as one of the go-to contractors for any technically challenging dewatering project across the Middle East.read more
WJ Groundwater have a long and enviable reputation as technical leaders in the dewatering industry, renowned for being able to provide a professional and practical solution to groundwater problems. In order to reinforce this position, and to enhance our reputation as the ‘go to’ company for overpumping, WJ have invested in some new larger capacity pumps to add to our already extensive fleet.
The new pumps were purchased to aid with another high-profile sewage overpumping project at the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world with over 1200 stores! The pumping setup included a mixture of WJ’s fuel efficient 16”, 12” and 6” diesel surface pumps, chosen to cope with both the project requirements and to minimise overall project costs to the client, HLG.
As is often the case in this industry, the biggest challenge WJ faced during the project was logistical. The site was located with an elevated bridge section on one side, and a live road on the other, with the requirement for several hundred metres of the overpumping system, including a 400mm diameter pipe, to be buried through a live construction site. With WJ’s characteristic careful planning, we were able to liaise with local authorities for road closures and the installation works proved to be a great success!
The system continues to perform extremely well even with the significant changes in flow between peak and low flow times of the day.
Dubai General Manager Oliver Vincent noted that the success of this project was a perfect example of why WJ have grown so quickly in this newly developing market:
“It was clear to us that the market wanted a reliable overpumping contractor that not only rented pumps, but also gave a complete service from design, to installation, to operation and maintenance. Yes, we do offer a rental only service, but often we find that clients don’t want to worry about sewage overflowing at night, so they would much rather give the complete package to WJ and rest easy. As we already had the design expertise, plus the backbone of supervisors, engineers and mechanics required to service the system, it was a natural progression for us. As you can imagine, it is very exciting for us as we get to work with some amazing pieces of equipment, with some very high flows and on some fantastic projects.”
Call WJ Groundwater today to find out how they can help you with your sewage and water control project. WJ are happy to provide advice at early design and prices at tendering stages.
WJ Groundwater have been celebrating once again following receipt of our ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems certification, to add to our existing ISO 14001 and 18001 certificates.
The ISO 9001:2015 certification, awarded to WJ by Bureau Veritas, demonstrates the quality management systems and processes that have been put in place in our Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar offices, and is a welcome reward for the hard work of all of our employees.
To celebrate this achievement, a BBQ was held in Dubai and attended by many of the WJ workforce and their families, including Managing Director Richard Fielden, who had flown over from WJ’s UK head office to join in the celebration. It was a highly enjoyable event, with music, drinks, and food, the highlight of which was definitely the Filipino-Style BBQ Chicken Abodo!
This certification keeps WJ’s Middle Eastern branches in line with the consistently high standards set by the Head Office in the UK.
Hopefully this is the first in many achievements for WJ in 2018!read more
At WJ we are defined by our people, and in order to allow them and the company as a whole to flourish and reach new heights, teamwork and a healthy body and mind are crucial.
WJ have a long established sporting pedigree on all levels with their involvement with Team Frankie’s, who have taken part in the prestigious Tour of Sharjah cycling races, to helping support Eton Manor Rugby Football Club Ladies’ Under 13 team, and WJ’s Middle Eastern Offices have got in on the act by helping to support and encourage all employees to get active!
It started with just two HR staff, who were eager to play badminton for fun and exercise, however this group grew rapidly to include other colleagues who were eager to join in.
Once WJ received an invitation for a local Basketball and Indoor Cricket competition it became a perfect opportunity to encourage more staff on all levels to get in on the act, and with the financial and supportive backing of the management Cricket and Basketball teams were formed.
The sports teams have proven to be very popular with the staff. Payroll Officer Tausif, appointed to the prestigious position of captain of the cricket team, said:
“Being assigned as the Captain of the Cricket Team is somehow a big responsibility which tested and improved my leadership skills. In the team, I always make sure that we practice enthusiasm and positive attitude. Sports really is a key for good communication and teamwork. Personally, I felt like my stamina has increased because of joining these sports. I want to suggest adding more sports in the future like chess, volleyball or bowling.”
Not only does the formation of these sports teams help employees enjoy their spare time, but the bond between players will help improve teamwork within the company, which we can take from the cricket pitch to the construction site. Design Manager Warren believes this will benefit employees and the company as a whole:
“This sports activity that we are having is like a team building. I believe this activity gives our Labourers a feeling of importance. It makes them feel they are really part of WJ”
This feeling was reiterated by Admin Assistant Anu:
“It is creating a good relationship between staffs and Labourers. Playing sports with your colleagues form a Team Spirit”
Head over to the Gallery to see more of our sporting stars in action!
Last week WJ took receipt of a new Soilmec SM14 drilling rig. A welcome addition to WJ’s already extensive fleet of drilling rigs both in the UK and across the world!
Soilmec are internationally renowned and respected suppliers of drilling rigs, who WJ have had a long partnership, and the SM14 is the latest addition to our fleet, a fleet which already contains several trusted and reliable Soilmec drilling rigs!
The SM14 is a compact and versatile tracked rotary drilling rig that allows WJ to continue to provide excellent efficiency and high quality service to all of our customers, allowing us to work in a wide variety of environments from tunnels, shafts and basements to wide open spaces. The rig is fitted with a variety of safety features, including a rig guard cage and radio remote control, to ensure the high levels of health and safety that WJ strive for on all projects can be maintained.
The rig is perfectly designed to work on a wide range of WJ projects, including wellpoint, deepwell and ejector well dewatering system installations, and will be out on site soon where it will be put through the paces by our team of experienced drillers.
For more details on the services WJ offer please visit our Services Page, or contact our head office on 020 8950 7256.read more
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.read more
The Contam Expo, returning for its second year, is one of the biggest exhibitions of its kind in the UK covering sectors as broad ranging as Land Remediation, Spill Response, Clean Air Technology, Hazardous Materials, Nuclear Decom, and the Geotechnical Industry, with talks by industry leading experts and the opportunity to visit stands manned by the leading companies in each sector.
WJ Groundwater will be exhibiting on both days, and can be found on stand C3172. Designers, Engineers, Project Managers and Directors will be attending both days and will happy to explain all of the services we have on offer.