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LISTEN TO THE GROUND THERE IS MOVEMENT ALL AROUND

Three Sisters may sound like the gentle name of a location, but they provided some of the most  challenging drilling conditions in our company's history,  which were only overcome with patience, perseverance and the team's dogged attitude -  with the client (NZTA)...

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STACKED UP AT TIWAI POINT

We have a lot of jokes to tell and some of them are about chimneys, but this one is on the house. One of our teams is towards the end of a conduit install at NZAS to enable a link to monitoring equipment on the side of the wind shell. The project scope suited the...

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ABSEIL ACCESS PUTS STAMP ON NZ POSTAGE SYSTEM

Earlier this month NZ Post released a new stamp series celebrating the combined effort and work done reconstructing SH1 and the maintrunk line after the 14 November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. Abseil Access was honoured and humbled to have James Malone’s photo of Dean...

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ROCKY BAL-BOULDER GOES DOWN

At 800 tons Rocky Bal-Boulder is/was the biggest single boulder hanging over SH1 Kaikoura. Yes, even bigger than Million Dollar Boulder (see 2017 news story). The boulder was drilled with 94 holes by our blast team who then loaded it with 40kg of high explosive, the...

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FIFTY SHADES OF BRIDGE

In his defining bridge building opus, Fifty Shades of Bridge, written to celebrate Abseil Access’s fiftieth bridge build earlier this year, Abseil Access director Martin Wilson wrote: “No bridge is the same, they all create a unique challenge… bridges are the best of...

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SH1 KAIKOURA

NCTIR did it, the road is open, the trains are on time, the whales are happy, the seals are safe, the holiday is starting, and Abseil Access have been part of it all. Blasting, drilling, scaling, netting, rescues, sweat and tears for 12 months, check out the...

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ABSEIL ACCESS TO SPONSOR NZGS SYMPOSIUM 2017

The New Zealand Geotechnical Society 2017 conference is coming up 24-25 November in Napier, and we are proud to be one of the sponsors of this event. This years theme – What In Earth Is Going On: balancing risk reward, regulation and reality – will be a hot topic at...

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JOHNSONVILLE RAIL LINE UNDERCUT

The winter rains brought havoc to the Wellington region. One slip threatened to undermine the Johnsonville rail between tunnel 4 and 5. Abseil Access set to work, alongside Aurecon, to fix it up urgently. 77 GRP anchors up to 8m deep and wire rope re-inforced MacmatR...

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MILLION DOLLAR BOULDER

The “Million Dollar Boulder” on Kaikoura slip 7 is finally down at road level. After 6 months of harassment by helicopters, sluice buckets, abseilers and geotechs the 300 ton boulder is finally given the big Amex shove. 120 kg of Orica Amex strategically positioned...

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KAIKOURA COLOUR IN COMPETITION

bseil Access workers have been pivotal to the opening of access routes to and from Kaikoura. SH1 south of Kaikoura and SH7 from Hamner opened earlier in the year. Now, nearly a year away from the anniversary of the earthquake, the North Canterbury Transport...

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RAPID RESPONSE TO NGAURANGA GORGE SLIP

The SH1 Ngauranga Gorge slip on 11 July caused epic disruption to commuters and affected the whole Wellington region. Our team was there in a flash and continued to scale and stabilize the area all day and into the night. Further works were required before all lanes...

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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...

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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...

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ONE MILLION ROCKS

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...

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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.

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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,...

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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...

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KAIKOURA PROGRESS…

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...

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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...

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2 BRIDGES IN THE FAR NORTH

We have built another 2 cable suspension walkway bridges in the Far North. They are both in the Twin Coast 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...

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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...

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KAIKOURA EARTHQUAKE

The recent Kaikoura earthquake sequence has brought many slips cutting off vital rail and road infrastructure. The NZ slang word munted has become the official description. Still, even the longest journey starts with a single step and the clean up process is now well...

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TE PAPA ENTRANCE IMPROVEMENT

Our structural steel corrosion protection team is busy at work on the front entrance of New Zealand’s national world renowned museum. Honza and his team are loving the limelight of being in the public eye and ensuring that the steelwork will last for another 25 years!...

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