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Latest tech used to maintain historic waterways

Anderton Boat Lift

The latest technology is being used to maintain over 1000 of the UK’s historic waterways.

The Canal & River Trust has awarded software developer Fissara the contract to provide a ‘unique’ field force solution to engineering specialist Amco.

The system will be used by engineers to schedule calls, log problems and manage maintenance issues including mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, telemetry, instrumentation, control and automation on the waterways.

The trust looks after swing bridges, lift bridges, lock gates, sluices, water level and flow monitoring systems and pumping stations across the UK. Also included is the 142 year old, iron Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire, 3 Mills Lock in London and the Tees Barrage in County Durham which require specialist services to maintain. 

Canal & River Trust asset delivery director Simon Bamford said: “The canals were the engineering masterpieces of their day and, while some of the technology has changed over the years, they still require a dedicated team of engineers to look after them. 

“The contract will play a major part in what the Trust is trying to achieve: ensuring that our waterways are kept open and running smoothly and improving customer service.”

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