Collaborative working pays off for RSK

February 25, 2022

Central Alliance, an RSK group company, is proud to announce its first overseas contract win. Using the brand new and exclusive technology GroundSat, the company will partner with Transport for New South Wales in Australia to reduce the potential for damage to critical infrastructure.

The journey to obtaining the contract highlights what is possible when businesses across the RSK group collaborate. Central Alliance first read a news article about a large series of landslides that occurred on a major route – Oxley Highway in Australia – in March 2021. The company’s team dived into research around the area and the body dealing with the incident.

As a result of the team members’ hard work, they were able to find the relevant contacts and proceeded to pitch their services.

The time zone difference meant very early meetings and very late calls were necessary, and all of these meetings were held using Microsoft Teams. Transport for New South Wales was impressed with Central Alliance’s capabilities and, in particular, with its exclusive GroundSat technology. The bid was eventually awarded to Central Alliance: its first overseas project.

Central Alliance is now working closely with EDP, an RSK group business based in Australia, to get the project up and running using EDP’s contacts in the country and in the relevant industries to drive it forward.

“We’re so proud of the team for securing this project,” said Richard Pidcock, Joint Managing Director of Central Alliance. “The very early morning calls and late-night meetings weren’t always easy, but it just goes to show that perseverance, collaboration and networking pay off.”

What’s even more impressive about Central Alliance’s new technology is its contribution to RSK’s sustainability pledge. New South Wales might be on the other side of the world, but all of the work to be carried out by Central Alliance can be done virtually, from the team’s office in Wakefield.

“It is fantastic that we have been able to diversify during the pandemic,” Richard continued. “Not only was this project secured entirely remotely, but it will also be delivered entirely remotely, using the power of satellites and the internet.”

The business hopes that this is the start of things to come, in terms of its global offering and partnerships with businesses across the group. The team is incredibly proud that its hard work and perseverance has paid off, and it is excited to expand the offering of this technology to new industries and new continents.

Mark Haydock, Managing Director for RSK Australia, said, “We believe the opportunities for GroundSat in Australia are huge and it’s been great to work with Richard and the UK team bringing this to life for the upcoming project with Transport for New South Wales. We firmly believe this is just the start of GroundSat’s journey down under and look forward to helping the business grow as a key part of RSK’s overall growth plans in Australia.”

GroundSat was developed by Central Alliance Applied Technologies and is an innovative mapping and analysis technique that includes ASTERRA EarthWorks high spatial resolution soil moisture data. The EarthWorks technology measures moisture levels in the soil below ground level from satellite synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors. These data are used as the basis for the GroundSat analysis to assess geotechnical risks and drainage issues before they have an impact on critical infrastructure, assets and human life.

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