Abseil Access public service to broadcasting

Abseil Access came to much loved Wellington music station Radio Active’s rescue this week, when they installed a new antenna on Tinakori Hill. The old antenna was past its used by date and Radio Active director Ross Steele expects the combination of a new antenna and a new transmitter will greatly increase the cult station’s broadcasting range.

Last year Radio Active ran a crowd funding scheme and instead of donating money Abseil Access said they would donate their services to install a new antenna.

Innovative corrosion technology tested

In a world first in conjunction with Trustpower, ReGenerate, Southern QA and Corrosion Control Engineers we have installed the world’s first ICCP (impressed current cathodic protection) in a fresh water hydro pipe at the Cobb hydro station near Takaka. In the test section MMO (mixed metal oxide) titanium anode rods run the length of the pipe and a carefully controlled current is passed through the water reversing the corrosion on the pipes internal surface. It is all very, very technical. The effectiveness is being monitored closely with reference ports, corrosion coupons and vibration windows. We’ll have a better idea of the effectiveness of the anti corrosion work later in the year. Meanwhile the Abseil Access Penstock team were able to record some good times while installing the ICCP (see 2019 calendar, June)

Abseil Access welcomes new staff

In a nod to healing possible sores between Germany and Great Britain caused by GB’s exiting the European Union (Brexit), we have employed a German and an Englander as new office and project managers. Stefan Geissdoerfer who has a mechanical engineer background is our new Wellington based project manager, and Rebecca Malka is our new Wellington office manager.

‘Top of the morning’ to you Rebecca and ‘bonjour’ Stefan. The two bring a host of new skillsets to the Abseil team. Stefan has worked for the past five years as a mechanical engineer and project manager for Mercury overseeing some seriously impressive projects. Rebecca has over ten years’ experience in financial systems management and is already looking to revamp our finance and accounting systems to make them more user friendly. 

Making American Samoan roads great again

Our project in American Samoa has just finished and we have worked on four cliff sites; hanging rockfall mesh to protect sections of the coastal roads on the island of Tutuila. About 11,000 square metres of mesh and 65 anchors have been used on the jobs.

In our own way we feel we have made American Samoa great again. That is: we have made the island more accessible and safer for the people who live there.