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12th May 2017

Strongest shotcrete wall ever

The project on North Island Main Trunk line at Utiku for Kiwirail is complete. Over a 5 week period the geo team installed 51 GRP soil nails into the undercut face and then applied a fibre reinforced shotcrete layer on top of a layer of tecco rock fall mesh. The 35mpa shotcrete had sufficient Forta-Ferro fibres to ensure the shotcrete attained an RDP toughness of 400J. Face drains, drilled drains and a sub soil drain along the top ensure the area is kept dry. Tidiest geo project ever!

30th March 2017

Historic site found by Abseil Access

Well before their millionth Kaikoura clearance rock, Abseil Access workers discovered a rock of much greater cultural significance – Tombstone.

Tombstone is rock on a site that contains a number of human bones, probably Maori from battles in the 19th Century. Abseil’s CHO (Chief Historical Officer) Tom Arnold said when they first discovered the human bones in late January, including a ribcage and a skull, it was a little unnerving and shocking. Abseil Access workers during their clearing along the earthquake stricken Kaikoura Coast have found many sizable and interesting rocks and features, which they in turn name – there’s Shark’s Tooth, the Coffin, and most significantly, and literally – Tombstone.

Archaelogists are studying the ‘koiwi tangata’ (human remains) which are being called the most significant historic find in recent years. A book and a possible film on the discovery are being discussed.

Abseil workers near the site where the koiwi tangata were found

16th March 2017

One million rocks

Non-chalantly, Abseil workers clear the one millionth rock, as a bucket watches from above.

March 16 was a significant date for Abseil Access workers clearing earthquake slips along the closed State Highway One north of Kaikoura. That date according to Abseil Access CMO (chief mathematics officer), Donald Matheson, was the day Abseil workers shifted their one-millionth rock. “Though,” says Matheson, “if we included bits of dirt and small pebbles, the number would be in the trillions, but our millionth rock calculation has been based on rocks bigger than a legally sized paua – which most of them, substantially, are.”

The calculation has been made based on the fact Abseil Access workers have been working clearing slips above the scarred highway since 16 November. An average of at least 20 skilled workers are on site(s) each day, and each worker shifts an average of 485 legally sized rocks per day. Abseil Access CAO (chief accuracy officer), Martin Wilson, says, “The figures are all legitimate and accurate. I know for a fact that DJ’s abacus never lies.  As well, realistically I think most rocks shifted are actually bigger than really big balls”.

Abseil workers had expected to shift their one millionth rock on March 14, coincidentally, four month’s since the Kaikoura earthquake, but torrential rain and strong winds delayed the shift until the, extremely coincidental, four month (March 16) anniversary of Abseil starting work on the slope clearing.

For live footage of some previous rock clearing, shot by Richard Phillips of Tonkin+Taylor – Click here! Can you count how many are legally sized rocks?

11th March 2017

Deep in the heart of Transmission Gully

Proud to be part of this billion dollar road construction project which will transform the lower North Island.  Our services were called in for two 250kJ rockfall fences protecting the piers of bridge 20, the biggest bridge on the project.

11th March 2017

Big Balls

Top of Wellingtons highest mountain and back at our favorite oversized football for the upteenth time. Two full repaints (1996 and 2012) and annual wash downs and were getting to know this unusual structure quite well…but this is the calmest night ever and warm too, Leons in a ‘T’ shirt!

If only it were the central hub for global spy network, unfortunately it is only the primary radar for NZ Civil Aviation.

10th February 2017

ACC rates us…

We recently undertook an ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Audit to confirm that our systems are robust, procedures sound, and policies effective. They thought so and have awarded us ACC WSMP Secondary Level Accreditation. What does this mean? We have demonstrated a high level of commitment and effective action to the health & safety of our Staff, our Contractors, our Clients and the Public. Well done Team!

9th February 2017

Kaikoura Progresses…

The hard work continues. Teams of our expert Abseilers are lifted to the top of the large slips every day, with equipment to scale and shift scree, dirt, boulders and displaced vegetation. This enables us to work further down the slope clearing, until the various repair & rebuild teams can eventually safely start to clear the slips from the road & rail lines. The repairs are a huge operation – logistically challenging, weather dependent and with large resources required to run smoothly.

27th January 2017

Glover Street Ngauranga Gorge Wellington

We were called in to remove the rock fall slip debris from above the rear of the buildings at 20 Glover Street to make sure it did not put anymore holes in the buildings! We also did the scaling of the slip to make sure there is no remaining loose rock that could easily fall down.

We had to fly a small excavator up to the slopes to be able to remove all the rubble!

23rd December 2016

2 Bridges in the Far North

We have built another 2 cable suspension walkway bridges in the Far North. They are both in the Bay of Islands bike trail, and cross over 2 historic railway truss bridges – on the inside – so don’t get hit by a train! They were 25 and 76m long respectively.   These were a design and build – so we won the job with our own design – how’s that for diversity?

23rd December 2016

Kaikoura Continues…

We are even more busy with the huge amount of slips on the roads into and out of Kaikoura, with more teams joining to help get things done as quickly as possible. We will be continuing our efforts through into the new year – interesting times ahead!

If you think you have got what it takes to join the A-Team – give us a call!