The highlights from WRc in 2019
2019 has been a fantastic year across the business with new innovations and developments launching for every WRc team. From the development of a new strategy for water disinfection, new clients and sites for our Waste Doctors, allowing buildings to be interacted and viewed in 360 degrees thanks to the development of Insite360, taking WRc's expertise to more international clients across the EMEA area, new training courses being launched through WRc Academy and much more, 2019 has been an exciting time to watch the company develop and grow.
Below are just a few of the highlights over the past 12 months for all our major business areas. We look forward to continuing to share updates from our teams through 2020, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2020.
Insite360, powered by NavVis IndoorViewer, allows you to visualise your estate through your browser. Utilising a combination of high resolution 360° panoramic photos and laser-accurate point cloud technology, Insite360 presents your data in an intuitive and visually accessible solution.
Insite360 is designed to capture and host data significantly faster than other technology and will give multiple stakeholders the opportunity to view appropriate sites in a navigable, photographic environment, accessible via the Cloud through any modern desktop browser. The platform allows access to a high quality 360° digital image, an underlying Point Cloud scan for taking accurate measurements, as well as additional access to key information through user-defined Points of Interest.
Fine to Flush launches
There has long been a problem in our sewer networks due to the incorrect disposal of wet wipes via the W.C. WRc along with the water industry developed the new testing specification WIS 4-02-06, Fine to Flush, and are proud to be working at the forefront of tackling this issue by offering a testing service in accordance with the WIS on behalf of Water UK.
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The team at WRc are working with Water UK and manufacturers, converters and retailers to certify more products, allowing consumers to have an improved offering of products that provide convenience with the assurance that the wet wipes they use can be disposed of safely via their WC.
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Trade association support:
The Waste Doctors have been busy helping trade associations with national sampling and testing programmes to support their negotiations with the regulator(s). There are a number of large and difficult waste streams that have problematic contaminants for characterisation and classification and WRc are helping ICER, ESA, MIBAAA and BMRA with WEEE plastics, incinerator bottom ash, incinerator bottom ash aggregate and auto shredder redidues.
Speciation of metals in ash:
The Waste Doctors have also been busy furthering their understanding of metal speciation in ash from different treatment technologies and feedstocks. In addition to chemical speciation and modelling we have been to the Diamond Light Source synchrotron and used techniques in our labs to pre-concentrate metals in samples with early successes.
WRc - Rethinking Disinfection Policy
Water companies in the UK are required to develop and implement a Disinfection Policy which lays down the high-level strategy for achieving “an adequate treatment”, in line with the requirements of Regulation 26. Water companies must be able to demonstrate that the treatment is designed for the microbiological challenge present in the raw water, and that it is operated within validated criteria. The Drinking Water Inspectorate has taken a flexible approach in allowing water companies to develop the structure and contents of their own disinfection policies, with the caveat that the policies need to be informed by “sound science”.
WRc can support the development or revision of water company disinfection policies. We can perform gap/optimisation analysis, comparing water companies existing disinfection policies with good practice elements drawn from international jurisdictions with well-established drinking water safety and disinfection practice. This fulfils the requirement for establishing disinfection policies based on sound science within a robust, risk-based framework.
We can support the revision or rewrite process, as well as benchmarking existing treatment works against elements of good Disinfection Policy practice. WRc has successfully delivered this solution to a number of water companies and is in consultation with several others, as well as the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) to define optimum approaches. WRc also facilitate a “Disinfection Forum” working group where innovative ideas and best practice can be discussed.
WRc appointed by STW to assess the water quality impact of its wastewater network upgrading in Stroud
STW have commissioned WRc to undertake a water quality assessment of its proposed engineering solutions to alleviate flooding within Stroud. STW need to demonstrate to the EA that their proposed options will not cause deterioration of the river quality in the River Frome. WRc are using their SIMPOL ICM integrated catchment model to fully represent the urban and rural impacts on the receiving water to support this assessment.
WRc Infrastructure - Locating a 24" Asbestos Cement Rising Main
Before building a new sign gantry for the M4 smart motorway the location of a rising main that passed very close to the intended location needed to be found. The rising main is 24” in diameter and if damaged it could cause a pollution incident and result in emergency tankers being required at a cost of around £100k per week until it could be repaired.
Trial holes dug at the recorded location of the rising main had failed to find it and the need to find the location was becoming increasingly critical as installation of the gantry was being delayed. WRc were asked to survey the rising main and identify its location using the Sahara Pipeline Inspection System.
The survey was carried out while the rising main remained in service and involved sending a sensor on an umbilical along the rising main for 730m. Using the Sahara system, the location and depth of rising main was established at several critical locations across the motorway within a few hours of the start of the survey. The final location of the gantry can now be planned avoiding this delaying the upgrade of the motorway.
The survey planning was carried out with close cooperation between WRc, Thames Water and Balfour Beatty on behalf of Highways England.
The location of the rising main is marked outside the area of the 20m long trail hole dug to try and find it.