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New staff add to Abseil’s diversity

It has been a pretty full and exciting couple of months for us all at Abseil Access. Last month we gained a new major shareholder the Vertech Group. With change comes change, and we have also have also added a couple of new important members to our team. In our...

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Abseil Access goes to new levels

In what we are sure is a giant leap forward, Abseil Access has been acquired by the highly regarded international inspection and specialist implementation provider the Vertech Group. Vertech is now the majority shareholder of Abseil Access, but the reality is we are...

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Solving Westport’s water supply

Abseil Access workers have recently completed the first phase of a project which will enable Westport residents to once again have safe drinking water. The workers have secured a hill face with self-drilling anchors and a support drape above a water pipe/ tunnel...

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Oriental Bay’s White Lady gets a bit of love

New Zealand's beautiful lighthouses are an essential part of marine safety. It is therefore essential they are kept in the best condition in their challenging sea environment. Abseil Access has the privilege of maintaining many of our light houses. Recently we gave...

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Photo competition announced

The popular Abseil Access photo competition is on again. The competition is open to all Abseil staff and contractors, and aims to capture exciting shots from our varied work sites. Last year’s competition winner James Malone ended up having his photo picked as part of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Calendars still available

Okay its March, but we know there are some of you out there who may not have received our 2019 Calendar. The theme this year is movies, in particular rope access movies. Like all good movies, this calendar is a slow burner. “Initially,” says calendar reviewer and...

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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...

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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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