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Beefing up the business


Despite predicting a quieter year in 2005, Systems Geotechnique has enjoyed a first six months on a par with last year. 'We were anticipating a significant downturn, but it's not happening, ' says company development director Philip Ball.

Turnover is holding up despite a slowdown on Network Rail projects as frameworks are renegotiated, and a shortage of work in the water sector during the transition from AMP3 to AMP4.

Routine projects on the rail network include installing foundations for new footbridges, as the company did recently at Widney Manor rail station near Birmingham. The contract invol ved piling at a fully operational railway station in close proximity to the track and passing trains. Systems Geotech nique used one of its small, restricted access piling rigs - a Klemm 701-01.

Installation was carried out on the station platform, with 16 piles placed either side of the track.

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