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Another UK first
04/05/2012 | Channel:
Underground Location / Survey, Equipment
U Mole (part of the Groundforce division of Vp plc) recently supplied the first Vac-Tron LPAIR vacuum excavation unit in the UK to client Geotron UK Ltd.
Geotron works mainly in the environmental industry, with its core business being largely in the petrochemical and contaminated land investigation sectors. Much of the work being undertaken by the new LPAIR unit comprises specialist trial holes for ground sampling and testing, including audit testing of GPR (Ground Probing Radar) survey results and trial holing for civils works. The unit chosen by Geotron is the LP300AIR Trailer-mounted model.
This LPAIR system is the first of its type in the UK offering both wet and dry excavation from a trailer mounted vacuum excavation unit. The set up has a gross trailer weight of just 3500 kg, suitable for UK towing with standard over-run type brakes, and is designed primarily as a dig and dump machine. This particular unit has been specifically manufactured with dumping into UK standard skips as part of the design.
The Geotron rig is fitted with a manual extending boom to support the suction hose and relieve strain on operators during operation of the machine. It also has a Chalwyn valve and a spark arrestor fitted for maximum safety during work in petrol stations, petrochemical locations, etc. where the unit is used to excavate trial pits for ongoing ground contamination measurements.