Nov 2013: West Midlands Office
MK Surveys have now been confirmed as framework suppliers for Topographical and Utility Survey Services to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.
Following a formal PQQ and tender process and with a total score of 92% MK Surveys have been selected to provide these services until 2017.
The framework launch coincides with the expansion and growth of our West Midlands Division with our recent move into new office space in Kingswinford.
Inclusion in the framework and the opportunities it is likely to bring, will build on the work and contracts already carried out across the Sandwell and wider West Midlands area.
Nov 2013: Movember
Twenty of the MK Surveys team have spent the month of November nurturing and styling their facial hair in order to raise vital funds and awareness for the Movember Foundation which in turn supports a number of men’s health charities including prostate and testicular cancer. Starting clean shaven on 1st November, which made a change for a few of the team members! There has been a wide array of styles developed including one or two handlebars, the odd porn star and at least three Abra Kadabra’s. As an aside there was an in-house competition judged by the Admin Team of Barbara and Gail who after much deliberation decided that Tim Philpot had the best MK Surveys Mo followed by Tim Wingrove and Graham Fowell with the wooden spoon going to Kieran McConnell.
Sep 2013: Saltend Chemicals Plant, Hull
MK Surveys has recently completed their 100th week at the Saltend Chemicals Plant in Hull for BP. The team is considered an integral part of BP’s continued commitment to their “Believe In Zero” policy, by providing site mark out services to their permit signatory team. The Utility Department has recently been awarded an extension to their contract at the plant and will continue to have a presence on site until at least September 2014. We extend a great thank you to BP and to all of our surveyors who have worked so hard to make this milestone possible.
Aug 2013: West Midlands Office
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new West Midlands Office by regional manager Tim Faulkner
Contact: MK Surveys West Midlands, LCP House, First Avenue, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 7NA
Aug 2013: Utility Department Investments - RD8000's
MK Surveys Utility Department have taken delivery of two more RD8000 Precision Pipe & Cable Locators manufactured by Radiodetection and supplied by SCCS.
Data obtained using the RD8000 is a major part of all Utility Surveys, with the RD800 used extensively to locate underground cables, metallic pipes and ducts/sewers (when used with the flexi-trace). The latest RD8000’s benefit from improved accuracy and ILOC which allows the operator to increase the output and change frequency on the transmitter remotely via a long range Bluetooth link.
Pictured is Gordon Livie (Utility Department Manager at MK Surveys and Richard Gregg (Construction Sales Manager at SCCS).
Aug 2013: Utility Department Investments - GPR
MK Surveys Utility Survey Department has taken delivery of their latest IDS Detector DUO, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). This latest addition to the fleet is our fifth Detector DUO purchased from Drilline Products Ltd (the UK Distributor of IDS Products) and makes MK Surveys the largest user of the Detector Duo System in the UK, having purchased the first system (delivered worldwide) back in 2007, we have now taken delivery of the 100th system supplied by Drilline to the UK market.
The IDS Detector DUO is specifically designed for on-site utility detection, it has the facility of a dual frequency antenna, which enables the operator to detect both shallow and deep targets simultaneously which increases the detection performance and being a digitised system you can save the data for later viewing or post processing.
Pictured is Gordon Livie (Utility Department Manager at MK Surveys and Colin Tickle (Managing Director of Drilline Products).
We have also been featured in the national UKSTT (United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology) September Newsletter:
UKSTT September Newsletter
Aug 2013: 3D Laser Scanning - Investment
MK Surveys have added the very latest Leica Scanstation P20 to its fleet of Laser Scanners. This NEW Ultra-high speed scanner records up to 1 million points per second and also brings unprecedented data quality close up and at range (up to 120m), plus outstanding environmental capabilities, survey-grade tilt compensation, and an industry first "Check & Adjust" capability. The investment strengthens our expanding Building Survey Department and supports our 3D Modelling and Building Information Modelling (BIM) services, both of which are gaining considerable momentum. Pictured is Stuart Dimond (Director, MK Surveys) and Charlie Matthews (HDS Account Manager at Leica).
Aug 2013: Surveys4BIM
MK Surveys East Midlands were recently awarded a large topographical, utility and measured building survey of some large industrial buildings. The measured building survey was required to be a complete 3d CAD model. Utilising our in house 3d laser scanner we were able to complete the survey with minimal disruption to the working buildings scanning throughout. Utilising this data we created a full pointcloud which we utilised to produce the final 3d CAD models
July 2013: Southbank Centre London
MK Surveys have been commissioned to undertake a Utility and CCTV Survey as part of the development of The Festival Wing at the Southbank Centre in London. The project will bring the current Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Hayward Gallery built in the 1960’s (part of the Southbank Centres 21 acre site) right up to date. The aim is to compliment other local iconic art centres including the Tate Modern, the National Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall (redeveloped in 2007).
June 2013: East Midlands Office
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new East Midlands Office by regional manager Tim Salmon
Contact: MK Surveys East Midlands, Dunn House, 15 Warren Park Way, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 4SA
May 2013: Surveys4BIM
MK Surveys were recently commissioned to produce a 3D model and detailed drawings of a listed staircase in Queen Anne’s Gate, City of Westminster. One of the planning conditions imposed on our client was that they had to reinstate a listed staircase that had been removed from their property years before. Fortunately similar examples still existed within the neighbouring properties. Hence MK Surveys were commissioned to record one of these using 3D Laser Scanning and to produce a 3D model that could then be used by the joiners and staircase manufacturers.
May 2013: Utility Survey - Wedgwood
MK Surveys have recently spent 18 site days undertaking a full underground utility survey for Wedgwood, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent. Wedgwood, a leading provider of luxury home and lifestyle products worldwide, is about to undertake a comprehensive redevelopment of their site and a full survey was required prior to the works taking place.
Apr 2013: Horsham Office Relocation
We are very pleased to announce our relocation into larger premises within the centre of Horsham. Hillreed House was formally the head office of Hillreed Homes prior to the recent takeover by Persimmon Homes and can be found just off Queen Street opposite the Queens Head PH.
Apr 2013: Builders Profile
As a requirement to more of our clients we have become a full member of Builders Profile.
Builders Profile - Our mission is the removal of all pre-qualification questionnaire duplication, inefficiency and waste within the UK Construction industry.
Mar 2013: Surveys4BIM
Complete survey of Damian Court, London including flats, common areas and topographical survey produced in Revit for BIM
Feb 2013: Ashwell Prison
MK Surveys were commissioned in February 2013 to carry out a detailed topographical survey and underground utility survey of the recently decommissioned 27 acre prison.
32 days field work and 20 days of data processing were required to produce this highly detailed survey.
Feb 2013: Harbour School
Teams from MK Surveys recently completed a detailed measured building survey (floor plans, elevations & sections) of the school building along with topographical, underground utility and CCTV surveys of the site on behalf of East Sussex County Council. The surveys are required to aid the consultant team with their re-modelling of the site which will include a new two storey building to accommodate a new nursery on the ground floor, two further classrooms on the first floor, a new car park layout and an extensive rework of the existing landscaping to improve the flow around the new site layout.