Drain clean and survey

09 October 2018

Drainage engineers from Lanes Group plc have carried out cleaning and surveying of surface drains serving a new armoured fighting vehicle test facility in South Wales.

They were called in to ensure the drainage system at the facility was in optimum condition with no blockages before it was handed over following its installation.

The test track has been built at the General Dynamics armoured fighting vehicle assembly, integration, and testing facility at Merthyr Tydfil in Mid Glamorgan.
General Dynamics UK has been awarded contracts worth £3.9 billion to deliver and service 589 AJAX armoured fighting vehicles for the British Army until 2024.

The test track, built by Griffiths Civil Engineering and Construction, allows the military vehicles to be fully tested before they are handed over to the Army.
Griffiths site agent Chris Williams said: “The surface water drainage system makes sure the track delivers the same highly-accurate performance test results all-year-round.

“As such, it was important for us to commission Lanes to carry out the drainage survey and cleansing of all underground pipework. Its drainage survey reports provided the evidence we needed to show the client the drainage system across the test site was fit for purpose.”

A jet vac tanker and a CCTV drainage survey team from the Lanes Cardiff depot were deployed to carry out the work.

The drainage system included standard surface water pipes and a network of filter pipes, which collect water from surrounding ground.