We are delighted to be working on our first rail project. We have worked in the construction industry for over 20 years and haven’t ventured into this sector before so it’s an exciting first for Walker Ellis Associates.
We've been asked to deliver a whole package of services to the client, Morgan Sindall, which is great. The client benefits when using us for all their photographic requirements not just financially but we also provide consistency across the project and we gain a better understanding of the development enabling us to deliver our services safely and effectively. As we become more involved we are able to advise and provide cost effective options and solutions to their ongoing plans.
During the 18 month period of contract we will be capturing ground progress, aerial and time lapse.
The £20m rail project involves the construction of a 3.2km twin-track railway line. It will take slow moving freight trains travelling from the Humber ports up and over the East Coast Main Line rather than across and along it. The new flyover will help to divert freight traffic for passenger services and allow additional rail freight transport through rail.
Work started in November 2012 for us, with flights using our award winning Swinglet CAM. Our mission was to capture the data required for a topographical survey so that the teams could plan where the haul road was going to go. Traditionally a ground survey team would be used but in this situation the land was inaccessible on foot so the Swinglet CAM was ideal. In June we returned for a new phase in development. An overnight job to capture the lifting of the bridge beams over the East coast main line. There’s never a dull moment in this job and never a day the same or night in this case. We arrived on the Saturday at 10pm to set up and the team got possession of the track at midnight. Over the next six hours, 15 guys, a 1200 tonne crane, at least one can of red bull and lights powered by generators worked through the night lifting about nine beams over the line. By Sunday evening the pictures were prepared and uploaded ready for the project team to review on Monday morning. Some of these images have been used for internal progress meetings, presentations, communications with the client and other stakeholders meetings.