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Issue19
DIVERJohnBolton

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Indulge me - this issue may appear to be all about Diver® – now exclusively available from Van Walt - as we’re really excited about the opportunity to once again sell ‘the jewel of level loggers’, but there is much more!

Our suppliers continue to amaze and delight us.  Recently we had the pleasure of celebrating 100 years in business with Eijkelkamp – a milestone very few businesses ever aspire to and Aquaread, a British manufacturer of multiparameter water quality test equipment, who won the Kent Excellence in Business Award for the Start-Up Business of the Year.

Working with award winning suppliers and hard-working dedicated customers, who even in the most difficult of economic conditions have continued to prosper and grow, keeps us on our toes.  Without you we would not exist – thank you.  We value the sustenance you provide and constantly work to earn your continued custom and support.

Sincerely

Vincent Van Walt

VW Two well-known names - one solution for smart groundwater monitoring technology

Van Walt Ltd has recently become the exclusive distributor for DIVER® water level loggers.

The Diver suite of data loggers complements our existing range of sensing loggers, modems and telemetry for the remote capture and monitoring of groundwater, soil moisture and water level and quality.

Twelve years ago Schlumberger Water Services introduced the Diver and at that time this was cutting edge technology.  Now Divers are not only common place; they have become an indispensable asset in groundwater monitoring. Tens of thousands of units are in place, worldwide, recording water level, temperature, conductivity, 24/7 with reliability, ease of use and convenience.

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Divers are small, light and easy to use, they record groundwater levels and temperature and store up to 24,000 measurements. Each can be easily programmed in the field or office and has a built in battery life of 10 years.

The range which consists of the Mini, Micro, Cera, CTD and Baro-Diver is available to buy and we also hire Mini, Baro and, as from the 1st July 2011, the Cera-Diver. This new addition to our rental fleet delivers the same accuracy and reliability of the Mini-Diver but in potentially corrosive environments like sea or brackish water.

In addition to adding the Cera-Diver we have also lowered our rental prices for Divers, from £53.74 for one week's hire (going down to £23.87 if you keep the equipment for seven or more weeks). For more information click here or call Tom on 01428 661 660.

Stay with us, with this one: Diver is new to Van Walt, John Bolton is new to Van Walt but Diver is not new to John.

John joins the Van Walt team from MGS and brings with him a wealth of experience in the drilling and geo-environmental fields and now looks after Diver level loggers and the e-Sense range of remote modems and telemetry systems.

John's role puts him on the road, onsite or on the phone, whatever is most convenient for customers. Over the coming months he plans to visit as many of you as possible, if you would like to make an appointment call us on 01428 661 660 or ring John directly on 07767 412 485 or email john.bolton@vanwalt.com.

Our multiparameter supplier Aquaread has won the award for "Start Up Business of the Year" at the Kent Excellence in Business Award ceremony on Thursday 30th June 2011.

Aquaread were selected as category winners after a tough judging process whittled down hundreds of entries to 3 finalists. Aquaread's Managing Director, Craig Harrison, collected the specially created glass trophy that was presented by the University of Kent who were the sponsor for the award category.

The company was also short listed as a top three finalist for the "Best Technology and Science Business" and with the release of a new ground breaking probe later this year, the message to customers both new and old is 'watch this space'!

HandAugers ISO OurOceans

We are delighted to introduce a new range of ergonomic handles that can offer:

  • Improved height settings for optimal working height
  • Height adjustable columns with robust, ratchet mechanism
  • A ‘stopper’ to make it impossible to drill too low into the ground
  • Extended T-handle and replacement of grip points so less force is required on the handle, wrists are placed in a more neutral position.
  • Possibility of drilling near other objects.

Another huge advantage is an adjusted bayonet part so the handle can be used with standard coupling sleeves. The handles are available in four options, for more details call 01428 661 660.

It's that time of the year when we have our annual ISO audit which we're delighted to say we passed with flying colours. As part of the process can we say a huge thanks to all our customers who responded to our recent customer service survey – overall you rated us very highly – thank you.

In addition, to support our commitment to continuously improve, we have recently overhauled some of our processes and upgraded our document control, this included changing our post rental calibration reports to make them more meaningful to our customers. These are now done before we carry out any cleaning or maintenance. An example can be seen here.

If you have a comment or any feedback on what we do and how well we do it please tell us by phone, email or online – we welcome your comments.

In a previous issue of Water Chestnuts we highlighted the horror of the plastic waste clogging our oceans, now Ben Fogle, explorer and TV presenter has drawn attention to this pollution crisis threatening our seas. Recently Fogle was filmed swimming in the Indian Ocean where blue whales come to feed on huge quantities of krill for their survival. He described what he saw as "truly horrifying".

The footage will be used as part of a major cinema production to raise awareness of the crisis unfolding in all five of the world's oceans, as well as seas and rivers, as a result of man's 150-year obsession with plastic.

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VW Three new faces at Van Walt

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People say good news comes in three's well it's a truism at Van Walt. In the last couple of months we have added three new faces to our team.

Amanda Skelding, originally from the Black Country replaces Laura and is your first port of call when you ring us. Be nice to Amanda as she's the lady who chases couriers to ensure your goods reach you when they are supposed to!

Darshana Shah joins us to manage and improve our back office and accounting processes and systems, releasing more time for our equipment experts to concentrate on customer service and support.

John Bolton, as featured earlier in this issue, is our Diver® expert. John has masses of geo-environmental experience and is our 'man-about-town', on the road meeting customers old and new, developing our remote water level logging and telemetry business.

Read all about the Van Walt team here.

Pylon Sampling UniPhotos

A national competition to redesign one of the most iconic energy structures - the pylon has been launched by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and National Grid. A judging panel headed by energy and climate change secretary, Chris Huhne, will decide the winner later this year.

The current pylon design was chosen by Sir Reginald Blomfield, a leading architect of his day back in 1927, but the familiar steel lattice tower design has barely changed since then.

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Our rental Bladder Pumps now come with Drop-Tube assemblies for groundwater quality and pollution monitoring. They can pump to the surface from as deep as 300 metres with minimal agitation so you get the best representative samples.

  • True low flow capability for less agitation
  • Controller with built in high performance air compressor
  • 22mm extra slim design can fit 25mm wells with no compromise on performance
  • Small, lightweight, portable with rechargeable battery and also operates from 12V car battery
  • Optional auto shut-off for low flow sampling available.

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When you purchase a window sampling set part of the package is onsite training so recently Vincent and Yvonne were in Beccles, Suffolk at an Iron Age site with Dr Andy Howard of the University of Birmingham to train archaeology and antiquity students in the art of percussion drilling.

The photographs prove our equipment is certainly field-ready and it's safe to say that the team were Digging for Britain by the time the training session ended!