Remote site monitoring for Crossrail project

Long-term capture of excavation and construction works in the heart of the city.

ONCE completed in 2019, Europe’s biggest construction project will have increased rail capacity across London by 10%.

The decade-long, £15bn Crossrail project – which was the feature of a three part BBC documentary – has just passed the halfway point and has already racked up 44 million working hours.

Such was the challenge of building a new access shaft at Moorgate station, major construction firms Bam Nuttall, Bauer and Kier joined forces to deliver the work. And together they enlisted our services to help them monitor progress.

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Above: Look VERY closely to see one of our engineers de-rigging one of our camera systems from inside a cage suspended from the crane!

For over two and a half years, our camera systems constantly captured all onsite work in the heart of Central London and provided all parties with access to an online viewing portal.

The main challenge faced by the construction team was the lack of space, due to the number of Crossrail construction sites in the area. The site was constrained further by the close proximity of Hammersmith & City Line and the existing Moorgate station ticket hall.

But our secure, web-based viewers meant everyone involved with the project could keep up-to-date with progress, no matter where they were in the world.

Work carried out at the site included the removal of deep foundations; the construction of a concrete diaphragm wall; installation of new 60m piles and excavation for a main shaft. The whole project will allow emergency access to the new ticket hall, as well as providing a means of ventilation.

More and more companies involved in the challenging rail industry are realising the potential of remote imaging – and particularly our expert services. Other rail projects we have been involved with include:
The last major pinch-point being removed from the West Coast Main Line, in Staffordshire. We have multiple camera systems in place for the Staffordshire Alliance Improvements Programme.
Re-enforcement of a vital road bridge at in Manchester for Network Rail.
Two camera systems currently capturing at the iconic Hamilton Square railway station, Birkenhead.
A short-term installation to capture improvement works on the railway through Manchester Airport.

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