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JOHNSONVILLE RAIL LINE UNDERCUT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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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MESH REMOVAL CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER

MESH REMOVAL CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER

In June, Abseil Access removed the architectural mesh on the lower portion of the air traffic control tower at Christchurch Airport. Abseil worker Dan Smith, fully and safely roped in, took the opportunity to do some simulated air yoga. Extreme yoga practitioner Dan...

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ATENE TRACK, DRILL AND BLAST

ATENE TRACK, DRILL AND BLAST

Drill and blast team this time making an 80m track across a mudstone slip. Quintin and Jono battling slippy site conditions but pulling through in the end. Jono’s only comment was “a higher order of magnitude for dirty gear”. Atene track due to re-open now after much...

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ROCK REMOVAL SERVICES

ROCK REMOVAL SERVICES

Abseil Access are featured in this brief video clip from TV3 News working above the Peacocks Gallop Reserve in Sumner. We are currently working on this cliff face to remove unstable rock to allow for the safe passage of work for construction of a rockfall bund at the...

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SUMNER LYTTLETON CORRIDOR ROCK SCALING – PHASE 1

SUMNER LYTTLETON CORRIDOR ROCK SCALING – PHASE 1

Abseil Access are currently working with Fulton Hogan for Christchurch City Council on the Sumner Lyttleton Corridor project removing unstable rock from the cliff face. The footage was taken at the Moa Bone Point site in Redcliffs. We will be continuing on the same...

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ANYONE FOR GOLF?

ANYONE FOR GOLF?

It’s not a monumental art installation but actually a weather radar in Hokitika operated by the NZ Metservice. Our crack “A” team were sent there to apply kea-proof sealant. Most of the southern alps were viewable on this stunning day. The project was dependent of a...

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220M MAST DEMO VIDEO

220M MAST DEMO VIDEO

Check out the full video of the demolition (and slo-mo) from the multiple cameras we had going. Just before initial impact a camera caught the base of the 80 ton mast being lifted up by the forward and rotational momentum, making it the worlds biggest...

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ROCKFALL PROTECTION

ROCKFALL PROTECTION

A steep boulder bank threatened the hydro pipes and new valves at Cobb Powerstation, Takaka. The Christchurch geoteam set to work starting with 3 weeks of boulder destruction with explosives followed by building twin rockfall catch fences. Installing anchors deep into...

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