Murphy Surveys Recognised by the New Civil Engineer and Shortlisted for 2 Tunnelling Awards
We’re proud to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for 2 New Civil Engineer (NCE) Tunnelling Awards. The internationally recognised awards celebrate global tunnelling expertise and project excellence. We’ve been shortlisted in the Innovation in Instrumentation and Monitoring and Innovation in Tunnel Fit-out, Operations and Maintenance Category.
“Innovation is an integral part of our ethos at Murphy Surveys. We’re unafraid to break new ground by harnessing emerging technologies and embracing different ways of thinking, to deliver more value and efficiencies to our clients,” commented Colin Murphy Director, Murphy Surveys. “So we’re absolutely thrilled to be recognised for our innovative approaches and shortlisted in these two very prestigious categories.”
“Working in the planning, construction and maintenance of tunnels, be it rail, road or utility, brings with it a unique set of complex challenges. By providing the level of geospatial certainty that can be trusted, we give engineers and consultants confidence to work and minimise risk as well as safeguard the lives of those working on and surrounding construction works.”
New Civil Engineer Editor Mark Hansford said:
“The Tunnelling Festival is a great opportunity to gather together the brightest minds in the industry, and our 2019 finalists have all demonstrated the terrific work they are doing. It is a great event to celebrate the work that has been ongoing over the last few years and is in the pipeline for the future.”
Innovation in Instrumentation and Monitoring Category
We’ve been shortlisted in the Innovation in Instrumentation and Monitoring Category for our innovative and reusable approach to monitoring for HS2. The project involved autonomous self-adjusting wireless sensor network for the monitoring of ground movement and seasonal influences on bridge/viaduct/retaining wall and ground before and during tunnelling works. Our integrated approach not only adopted the strict specifications required, but also took into account the existing restrictions to satisfy the asset owners and other stakeholders. The approach delivered real benefits in value for money, health and safety and construction confidence as well as leaving a lasting legacy of a reusable approach and methodology for other similar structures.
This category will be judged live on the day by a panel of judges.
Innovation in Tunnel Fit-out, Operations and Maintenance Category
We’ve also been shortlisted in the Innovation in Tunnel Fit-out, Operations and Maintenance Category for our work on Crossrail – Liverpool Street and Tottenham Court Road. As part of the internal fit out package, Laing of Rourke required a check on the shotcrete lining of the tunnel to determine if the lining was within tolerance and identify where the position of the tunnel lining would cause an issue with length of the fixings for the cladding. With the tunnels all being round with no defined edges between cross passages and running tunnels, the correct overall position and alignment of the tunnels was important to ensure that all the cladding would fit together correctly.
We undertook the survey including a 3D model, detailed cross sections and colour heatmaps to determine the position and magnitude of these areas within the tunnels, which may cause an issue during installation. Any locations which required corrective works were identified early and remedial works were carried out in advance to prevent any delays on site.
The NCE Tunnelling Awards will take place as part of the NCE Tunnelling Festival on 5th December at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Tower Bridge in London.
The full list of finalists and more information can be found here.
The NCE Tunnelling Awards is organised by the New Civil Engineer, part of EMAP Publishing Ltd.