WJ Groundwater recently attended the well supported annual NCE Tunnelling & Underground Space Awards. The event took place on the 3rd of December at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
WJ was nominated for an award alongside BBMV JV Crossrail C510 in the Ground Investigation and Monitoring award category for the sub-surface dewatering for a steeply inclined SCL tunnel. Unfortunately, WJ didn’t win this year but our client BBMV were worthy winners in a number of other categories.
L to R – Dickie Dexter (J Gallager Tunnelling), Andrew Morgan (Tunnelling Consultant), Toby Roberts (WJ Groundwater Chairman))
Dr Toby Roberts, the Chairman of WJ, gave a fascinating presentation on dewatering cross passages using in-tunnel well systems. The presentation was one of the features at the 3rd Arabian Tunnelling Conference & Exhibition 2015 held in Dubai, UAE in November.
WJ Groundwater is very pleased to share the news that it won the Innovation in Drillingcategory award at the BDA (British Drilling Association) Dinner and Dance 2015 in Edinburgh. The award was for our adapted Baby Giraffa, modified to work in deep excavations and tunnels.
The adapted Baby Giraffa is a fully articulated rotary drilling rig that complements WJ’s existing fleet with its ability to drill at a full range of angles including upwards and horizontally at heights of up to 7m above tunnel ground level. This makes it ideal for probe and depressurisation drilling within tunnels, shafts and basements. As with WJ’s existing SM5 rigs, the Baby Giraffa is operated by remote control allowing it to work in confined spaces where access can be challenging. The drilling rig has already been put to good use drilling probes and wells within tunnels and cross passages on the huge Crossrail project and on WJ projects all around the world.