- On 16th December 2016
- In General
- By William Coulet
Exo Environmental specialises amongst environmental and engineering services, in the application of external grant funds (also called bid writing), we have so far applied for and been allocated more than 1 Million Pounds, in the support of our clients and their projects . This success also applies for Exo Environmental as a business;
Following our successful application, Exo Environmental have been awarded £3,500 by the Micro Grant Scheme as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to grow the business with an overall capital investment of nearly £20,000 and extend the range of services that we provide.
With this great news and Christmas just around the corner, this means new toys! The main addition to our growing arsenal of survey equipment is the purchase of our own modular pontoon system.
This is a modular system comprised of units approximately 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.4 m in size that can be connected and configured to provide a safe, floating working platform in a range of aquatic environments. A versatile piece of equipment with extensive application, especially for our field of work.
Specialising in dredging and beneficial reuse projects within inland and coastal environments, whether it be conducting site investigations, monitoring and sampling surveys or installation works, it is fair to say that Exo is often in the mud or on the water.
With the ability to create our own working platform, we can extend the range of our services whilst improving the safety of our operations, in what can be an unforgiving and variable environment. Examples of the floating pontoon application include;
- A stable long-term monitoring platform on which equipment can be safely mounted and secured without the need for existing infrastructure and without impeding navigable waterways,
- A temporary working platform capable of supporting heavy machinery, such as drilling rigs for geotechnical surveys, with an optional moonpool facility,
- The provision of area of firm standing and access in areas of uneven ground and variable water depth.
The first test of this system will be in our upcoming saltmarsh works. Here, the platform will provide; an on-site storage facility for materials used in the construction of the brushwood fascine retaining structure, an area of hard standing from which to conduct the installation the thereby reducing the physical impact of the works on the surrounding environment and provide a safe point of access and egress for workers.