UKDN Waterflow, who provide total drainage solutions to homes and business throughout the UK, has been shortlisted for two awards at the prestigious United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) 2013 awards.
The awards, which recognise the outstanding contributions made by organisations and individuals to the promotion, use and development of Trenchless Technology in the previous calendar year will be judged by a panel of independent judges, carefully selected to be representative from a broad cross section of the relevant industries.
UKDN Waterflow is up for an award in two categories. The first is for Innovation and UKDN Waterflow is shortlisted is for its work on the Kings Scholar Pond Sewer in London.
In a world-first UKDN Waterflow installed a sprung-cage of its own design, to protect a 104 metre-long, 2.21metre diameter, flat-sided sewer from Crossrail tunnelling works.
The radical approach overcame significant challenges allowing this major storm relief sewer to be temporarily reinforced while maintaining over 92% cross-sectional area.
UKDN Waterflow provided a temporary exoskeleton to support the brickwork, thereby preventing brick displacement or arch failure. The challenge was to provide a lightweight skeleton that could provide the required structural support with all components being small enough to fit through a 600mm manhole.
The ground-breaking solution created a large sprung cage using small steel components acting like leaf-springs – similar to those used on heavy-goods vehicles. These springs allowed the structure to respond dynamically while continuing to provide support.
The second of UKDN Waterflow’s shortlisted submission celebrates the Young Engineer of the Year. James Larkin is one of the next generation engineers to watch. Already a proven Project Engineer James adds a unique edge to the UKDN Waterflow team, providing maturity in design, innovation and cost control.
James has worked on and more recently Project Managed a number of high profile works as part of Crossrail, including Stratford Place Phases 1 and 2. UKDN Waterflow is delighted that their mentoring and personal development programme is producing such talent within the business.
Mark Lusher, Technical Director at UKDN Waterflow’s Technical Services division commented ““James understands the importance of trenchless technology in today’s world. He is passionate about providing a comprehensive service that embraces all stakeholders. The innovation he has shown in projects pushes the boundaries of no-dig and UV lining technology and all associated project work, to deliver a better, more environmentally robust package that is cost effective, and can be used worldwide. We are privileged to have him as part of the UKDN Waterflow team.”
The winners of the awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the end of April.