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01482 629770 August 30th 2013

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Issue 38

7th New York City Bridge Conference Photo: Hannah Backhouse

Our Cable Crawler, the innovative solution we have developed for Suspension Bridge access, has once again been the focus of attention. This time at a Bridge Conference in New York held on August 26th and 27th.

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Ipswich Bridge Installation Project Manager, Mike Colyer has very kindly given us a brief overview of the events that took place at Ipswich yesterday. Be warned though - it does involve a fair amount of engineeringlish. So if you're one of Spencer's employees that dont have an engineering background, you might need to find a colleague to help with some of the phrases (Anyone know what an abutment is?) “Thursday (29th) 11 am was launch time for the installation of a pre-cast subway portal under an existing live railway bridge as part of the Ipswich Chord Project. A member of public watching the activity asked me 'Why didn't you just make it in it's final position.' Here's the long answer! Ipswich Chord project has a very clear delivery date: The First train runs on 31st March 2014. So, in under a year the project team has to build and install three bridges. One of them, Bridge 404 over the River Gipping, requires complete replacement of the existing 3 span bridge, and very importantly, this bridge has a public footpath under it. The replacement bridge is a combination of a new subway and a new single span bridge with the subway forming the north abutment for the bridge. © Spencer Engineering Group Ltd. 1989-2013 – All Rights Reserved

Space around this bridge is very tight, to say the least, so having to install piles and build the foundations, bridge, wingwalls. All whilst enabling British Gas to install a new gas pipe line before it gets cold is very much a big challenge to be done in such a short period of time. So two deadlines are pressing on the team. At Week 28, the beginning of October, we must see the installation of the bridge steelwork beside the existing bridge so that by Christmas the bridge deck is ready to slide into place in what the project team is mildly calling 'Week 39' - a 5-day blockade to carry out the replacement of the old bridge. So, it has made perfect programme sense to overlap activities by precasting the subway while the piles and foundations were being installed. Now we just have to finish the south abutment before all that steel arrives!”

Jim Mawson, one of our Project Directors delivered a presentation into why access to suspension bridge main cable access is important and how the cable crawler can deliver substantial benefits over traditional methods of access. Jim’s presentation covered the applications the cable crawlers have been used for, how the units work and how they reduce the need for traffic management compared to traditional methods of main cable access. This was identified by the audience as a key factor, with most of them expressing the opinion that minimising traffic disruption was a key purchase decision, even over price. The feedback on Jim’s presentation was very positive, with several members of the audience commenting on how it increased their understanding of what Spencer can offer, and expressing further interest. In addition to the presentation Spencer had a stand at the exhibition element of the conference, which was well attended throughout the two days.

Photo: Hannah Backhouse


New-Start Focus “We are delighted to welcome Samantha Wadsworth to the Rail South team in the capacity of programme director. Samantha join us from Network Rail where she has enjoyed senior level and extensive experience in managing major programmes of work valued in excess of £300m to date. An APMP qualified programme leader, Samantha will oversee the delivery of our Wessex Package 7 programme supporting Tim Evans, (Operations Director) and the wider team to make sure that the individual projects are delivered safely, on time and in budget for Network Rail, train and freight operating companies and the travelling public.” For the rest of this story and other developments within Rail South, why don’t you track down their newsletters on our website? You’ll find them on the publications page of the media section.

The Story of Charlie’s Facelift The ‘Story of Charlie’ training session which has been used for a while within the company to introduce Site Safety procedures is getting a dramatic update to enable it to maintain pace with the excellent advancements we have made recently in relation to Site Safety Management. The new look ‘Site Safety Management’ session will be more interactive for participants and will incorporate videos, group discussions, presentations and an assessment. This has been trialled already and has received positive reviews. Craig Cook (SC Construction Manager at Guildford) said: “The Site Safety Management session was highly interesting and has certainly developed my understanding of the way in which site safety is managed at Spencer. It has given me the knowledge which will allow me to perform well in my

Look North Visits Humber Quays for Living Wage cost of living and currently stands at £7.45 per hour for workers over 21 years of age, outside of London, which is £1.26 per hour higher than the national minimum wage. The rate is determined as being enough for every worker to provide their family with the essentials of life.

BBC Look North visited our Humber Quays office on the 23rd August to report on our adoption of the Living Wage Standard.

This development has seen a lot of interest from the local press

We reported in one of in touch’s July editions about our adoption of the Living Wage standard. It’s introduction has seen 16 of our colleagues enjoy an average rise in annual pay of £1,259. The Living Wage Standard is calculated to reflect the actual

new role.” Along with this training facelift we are also releasing new courses into the training portfolio, such as Asbestos Awareness and CDM Regulations 2007 Awareness. Both training packages have been written and are in the approval process currently. Internal coverage of these sessions will allow us to up-skill our workforce. Iain Kirk, Risk Advisor, has commented, “I am looking forward to rolling out the Asbestos Awareness training package, which has been in the pipeline for a few months. We have tailored this session to specifically suit our needs.”

we deliver all of our projects based upon strong collaborative principles. Simon Taylor and Julie Worman have been visiting Rail South sites in the past few weeks, talking with the teams about improved communication strategies that will involve staff, customers, supply chain and all other stakeholders. Starting with Ipswich and rolling out from there, we will then integrate the new strategies and criteria needed which will certainly ensure that we achieve the BS11000 standard.

If you would like something published: please contact Julie Worman.

BS11000 coming together

Progress is continuing positively in our pursuit of the BS11000 standard.

or via Skype csl.julie.worman

The BSI recognised standard will allow us to confidently promote how TM

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Spencer in touch issue 38  

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