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WJ Wins Award at BDA 2015

WJ Groundwater is very pleased to share the news that it won the Innovation in Drilling category 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.

12065507_642574355845256_6748095952409696238_nThe 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.

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WJ GroundwaterWJ Wins Award at BDA 2015

Dr Toby Roberts To Speak At Arabian Tunnelling Conference

WJ Groundwater‘s chairman Dr Toby Roberts has been invited to speak at this year’s Arabian Tunnelling Conference and Exhibition 2015 (ATC).

The event is to take place at The Grand Hyatt, Dubai, UAE on 23-25 November and the ‘theme’ this year is ‘Innovative Underground Infrastructure – Challenges and Opportunities’. 

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WJ GroundwaterDr Toby Roberts To Speak At Arabian Tunnelling Conference

UK Project Update: United Utilities, Manchester

WJ Groundwater has recently completed work on a tunnelling project to install a ‘Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)’ to counteract ‘Unsatisfactory Intermittent Discharge of Storm Water (UIDs)’. Neil Coulter (Contracts Manager) project managed the installation of our dewatering technologies for a number of the deep structures at United Utilities at Eccles, Manchester. Our involvement in the installation began in March and concluded at the end of September.

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WJ GroundwaterUK Project Update: United Utilities, Manchester

Qatar Project Update: Marina Yacht Club – Lusail City

WJ Groundwater is now working with contractors, Ceinsa – JTC Joint Venture to dewater the construction site at the future Marina Yacht Club in Lusail City, Doha.


Work on the grand project’s design and build began in August 2014. As part of the complex flood prevention works already undertaken, a temporary earth bund has been constructed to allow temporary structures such as work site offices to remain in place. Meanwhile, the adjacent site will be flooded with diverted water in order to keep the construction site dry whilst building work is carried out.

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WJ GroundwaterQatar Project Update: Marina Yacht Club – Lusail City

Catch WJ at the BDA’s Seminar at the National Space Centre

Join us at the Digital Data in Geotechnics and Construction seminar at the National Space Centre in Leicester on 8 October organised by the British Drilling Association (BDA).

The BDA is the UK’s trade association for the ground drilling industry. The seminar speakers will talk about the benefits of and getting the most from Building Information Modelling (BIM) as an aid to ‘knowledge management’ in construction. You will also hear more about how the digital data produced by the geotechnical sector can interact with BIM systems, focussing on what is possible these days, and what is likely to happen in the near future.

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WJ GroundwaterCatch WJ at the BDA’s Seminar at the National Space Centre