Central Alliance to map soil moisture backing Welsh Government’s commitment to coal tip safety

September 23, 2021

Central Alliance (part of the RSK group of companies) has been commissioned by the Coal Authority through a Welsh Government grant scheme to undertake an extensive satellite mapping project to assess colliery spoil tips in South Wales. This work is upholding the Welsh Government’s commitment to proactive assessment of climate change.

The project, which will utilise GroundSat, a new innovative analysis technique utilising ASTERRA’s revolutionary and patented EarthWorks technology combined with additional datasets and expert analysis provided by Central Alliance, has been funded by the Welsh Government as part of the Coal Tips Safety programme and will add value to the assessment and monitoring of disused coal tips.  High-resolution EarthWorks soil moisture data and analysis will be carried out over tips and surrounding areas across 10 different local authorities in South Wales.  The assessment will confirm the effectiveness of existing drainage systems and identify any hidden moisture which could represent a future risk.

GroundSat, which uses the space-borne remote observation technique alongside other data sets and expert analysis, has been developed in collaboration with satellite technology partner ASTERRA, pioneers in the detection of water on earth using L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar. The technology is an adaptation of what is used to search for water on other planets.   It allows users to remotely measure soil moisture levels below ground level, assessing sites and identifying geotechnical risks or drainage issues before they have an impact on critical infrastructure, construction projects and development sites.

Richard Pidcock, Central Alliance’s Joint Managing Director commented on the project saying,

“It’s fantastic that the Welsh Government and the Coal Authority are turning to the latest technology proactively, to help provide reassurance that existing drainage systems are effective and to identify hidden wet areas. As we have seen from recent extreme weather events from around the world, it is vitally important to monitor the impact of climate change, and this project will form an important dataset for that assessment, confirming the Welsh Government’s commitment to proactive assessment of climate change.’

Lori Frater, the Welsh Government’s Head of Coal Tip Safety Task Force added: “Alongside engineering works, technology has an important role to play in ensuring the safety of disused coal tips. It’s important that all possible means of monitoring of tips over the long-term are considered and funding different technology trials helps to ensure we have appropriate approaches in place.”

The project is due to start in September 2021, capturing data in relatively drier months, with a second phase to capture seasonal change in winter introduced early next year

Tim Marples, Head of Tips Response at the Coal Authority said: “We are pleased to engage Central Alliance to undertake this innovative review which we believe has the potential to add value to the project. We look forward to working with Central Alliance to assess this technology and the opportunities it presents.”

🤔 Should businesses offer free period products to staff?

We think they should!

💚 We decided to trial this at our offices, offering pads, panty liners and tampons for free. What’s more, all products on offer (and their packaging) are made from sustainable materials.

What do you think of this initiative?

#Inclusion #Wellbeing #Culture #WorkCulture #Diversity #Sustainability
...

📸 #selfiesonsite 🤳

RSK Radiological’s Karen Gunn on her way to site in her first drive of one of our RSK’s electric vehicles fleet!

Want to join our team? View our latest opportunities 👉 www.rskgroup.com/careers

#RSKgroup #behindthescenes #meettheteam #RSKfamily #RSKonsite #culture
...

🤝 At COP27, delegates from across the globe debated vital issues from expediting clean energy solutions to ensuring financial support for nations on the front lines of climate change.

🤔 As we are looking ahead to what the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) will bring, we asked specialists from across the RSK group what impact the agreement has had on their sectors and regions.

Read more in our bio!

#ClimateChange #Biodiversity #ClimateCrisis #COP15 #COP27 #Sustainability
...

📸 #selfiesonsite 🤳

Amelia Houghton from RSK Biocensus having a wonderful time on-site!

Want to join our team? View our latest opportunities 👉 www.rskgroup.com/careers

#RSKgroup #behindthescenes #meettheteam #RSKfamily #RSKonsite #culture
...

👏 Steven Carmody, Managing Director at SCP Infrastructure, an RSK group company, has been re-elected to the national council of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.

💚 "I take great pride in seeing things being built and leaving a long-term legacy for our world.”

Find out more about Steven's work in our bio!

#Highways #Transportation #Transport #Infrastructure #Sustainability #Council
...

🤔 Do you ever wonder what COP15 really is and why does it matter to you and your business?

💚 Dr Stephanie Wray, RSK Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Managing Director of Nature Positive, gives us a clear explanation about why it is essential for the business community to understand the opportunity that is COP15.

Read more in our bio!

#COP15 #Biodiversity #Nature #Environment #Sustainability #NetZero
...

🤝 @facaderemedialconsultants' Managing Director has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove to highlight concerns around new regulations such as the Building Safety Act 2022 and the developers’ pledge – Mr Gove’s bid to reset building safety in England.

Find out what he requested in our bio!

#Housing #Building #Construction #Safety #Home #Development
...