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Issue19
InTheFieldInTheField

Is this useful for you?

Over the years we have built up an extensive list of contacts and I hope you don’t mind when we send you Water Chestnuts, our newsletter containing updates, the latest equipment and information to make your job easier and more efficient. If it isn’t relevant to your current role please let us know or please feel free to forward it to your colleagues who may find it useful.

Feedback on what we do is exceedingly helpful – both good and bad. So far this year we have introduced a huge amount of new equipment, upgraded our website including our new introduction, added a link to the current standards governing environmental monitoring and spent an enormous amount of time out and about with customers. These training sessions have proved very popular and we plan to dedicate more of our time doing this in the future.

If you would like us to come along or need any further information, help or advice call me on 01428 661 660 or email Vincent@vanwalt.com.

Sincerely

Vincent Van Walt

VW Equipment Update
Diver PeristalticPump InterfaceMeters UtilityProbes ErgonomicHandles

DIVER

Users of Diver should always ensure they have the latest version of Diver Office when using their level logger, particularly if you have a new CTD Diver.

If you encounter a problem with your Diver the first thing to always check is that you have the most up-to-date software. This can be downloaded here.

Electronic Peristaltic Pump

Our advanced peristaltic pump has been upgraded to include an optional auto shut off for drawdown control when low flow sampling in monitoring wells.

Oil Interface Meters

We have added a third alternative to our oil interface meters ranging from a model that detects hydrocarbons as thin as 1.52mm in wells as small as 19mm, options in length from 30m to 200m with audible and visual alarms built in. Tapes can be graduated to 1mm and there are different sized probes.  We even have a meter that has been certified intrinsically safe for use in hazardous locations.

Peat Probes

Our peat probes are a simple and effective way to determine the depth of peat/soil. They are available with 92cm extension rods, light, strong and represent excellent value.

For more information click here.

Ergonomic Handles

Our ergonomic handles have been improved and several new versions have been developed.  Drilling in an ergonomic way is even easier with improved working height settings, a ‘stop’ knob to stop you drilling too deep, extended handles with replacement grip points so less force is required and a new, robust ratchet system has been incorporated.

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We want to deliver a refreshing approach to customer service

At Van Walt we don’t like mistakes, they cost time, money and customer loyalty.  That’s why we try and put in place processes and procedures to ensure we pick up our mistakes before equipment leaves our premises but, occasionally, equipment breaks or doesn’t work. When this happens, for us, it is how we deal with it that sets us apart from other suppliers.

So, as soon as you identify there’s a problem, let us know so we can try and resolve the issue immediately, over the phone if we can. If we can’t, we aim to get a replacement piece of kit to you as soon as possible and repair or replace the item in question.

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Smarter Water for Crowded Cities

As world populations grow and more and more people migrate to the cities critical supplies like water are being strained to the limit. Now IT solutions have been developed to help provide a holistic view of infrastructure information across an entire city to better maintain, repair and monitor the day-to-day functioning of a city’s water supply.

Currently 50% of the world’s population lives in cities and this is expected to rise to 70% by 2050. The strain on the situation is made worse in many locations by ageing pipe networks that are difficult to access and constantly leak.

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Our supplier gets a 'Royal' seal of approval

We are delighted to announce that our supplier Eijkelkamp in Holland has achieved 'Royal' status. From now on the Eijkelkamp Earth Sampling Group will use the title 'Royal' in its name and on their website, stationery and marketing material. The accolade was announced at Eijkelkamp's 100 year celebratory party earlier this summer.

This seal of approval is great news for the company as it reinforces their focus on their staff, products, research & development and delivering consistently high service to distributors and customers alike, throughout the world.

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Passive or no purge sampling

Since 2001, in the USA, the use of no purge sampling has outgrown any other groundwater sampling technique and six months after we launched the Snap Sampler it's easy to see why. No purge sampling devices are gaining acceptance because they save time and money, the logistics are simple and it's 'green technology'.

The Snap Sampler is already being used extensively by large companies including Boeing, Chevron, Shell, DuPont, Eastman-Kodak, ExxonMobil, GoldCorp, United Technologies, Caterpillar and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Navy, Air Force, Department of Energy and Geological Survey. The no purge sampling technique is quickly gaining acceptance here in the UK.

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Do you like nice pictures?

At Van Walt we're a real fan of good photography just take a look at our website, new brochure, photo galleries etc but we were wowed by the pictures entered in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 competition.

From giant oval storms on the surface of Jupiter to colourful wispy remnants from a supernova explosion and the dazzling green curtain of the Northern Lights - nearly 800 images were submitted for the latest Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The highlights can be found here.

A new face at Van Walt

It is with regret that we have to say goodbye to Jonathan Hawkins who has decided to get the travelling bug out of his system while he is still young enough to enjoy it! Good luck Jonathan we will miss you.

So we are delighted to introduce Gary House who was previously with a local precision engineering company and has a background in warehousing, logistics and stores. He is learning the ropes in our rental and repair department and getting to grips with our equipment range with a view to stamping his mark on our stockroom processes.

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VW In the field

Over the past few months we have been out and about with our customers demonstrating new equipment, providing training, troubleshooting monitoring issues and generally getting ‘stuck-in’ with some of their really interesting and challenging projects.

Thank you – this is what motivates us and keeps us on our toes – please keep these wonderful opportunities coming.

 

QRA

We recently joined the 16th International Quaternary Research Association Postgraduate Symposium field trip on three sites along Durham’s heritage coast – an area of wide-ranging geological, geographical and archaeological interest with a continuing legacy of past industrialisation.

Leading the fieldtrip were Dr David Brigdland, senior lecturer in the Department of Geography at Durham; Dr Natasha Barlow and Dr Matthew Brain, Durham Geography research associates and Mr Derek Teasdale, an independent consulting geologist.

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Scottish Contaminated Land Forum

Recently Vincent was asked to make a presentation at the Scottish Contaminated Land Forum (SCLF) whose aim it is to encourage and promote the effective and sustainable rehabilitation of contaminated land in Scotland and elsewhere and to thereby positively contribute to the future growth of the Scottish economy and the quality of life of its people and communities.

This was too good an opportunity not to promote the no purge/passive sampling technique, truly 'green technology' - see article ABOVE. A copy of the presentation is available here and was very well received from all the delegates and we hope to be invited back next year...

On site with the Dart Project

We are excited to be involved in the Dart Project (Detection of Archaeological Residues using remote sensing Techniques). This is a three year project led by the School of Computing at the University of Leeds, backed by the Science and Heritage programme which is funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The project is examining the complex problem of heritage detection and has attracted a consortium consisting of 25 key heritage and industry organisations and academic consultants and researchers from the areas of computer vision, geophysics, remote sensing, knowledge engineering and soil science.

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Working on the Ecosystem Land Use Modelling & Soil C Flux Trial (ELUM)

We are privileged to be involved with the ELUM project with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) who are leading a seven-member consortium project funded and commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to produce a framework for predicting the sustainability of bioenergy deployment across the UK and internationally.

More details can be found here

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