The Flying Boat
Oil & Gas professionals survey Rubislaw Quarry
When the Directors of Rubislaw Quarry were confronted by the ever increasing rising water level, they decided to take some serious action.
Hugh & Sandy had already been in talks with Aberdeen City Roads Department and between them had succesfully found a way to avert any risk of flooding by draining the water, now 500 foot deep, to a local watercourse. They needed to find out the volume of water they were about to handle, before installing a submersible pump system to safely manage the water level. With Sandy's oil & gas background and Hugh's diplomatic approach, they put together a team of professionals, who agreed to help in what was a unique project and one the team would eventually use as a training exercise.
The teams "can do" approach was a remarkable success and provided Sandy and Hugh with much more than they had bargained for!
The survey itself was pretty "plain sailing" for KD Marine's 11 tonne offshore support vessel, which had been specially kitted out with NCS Survey's state of the art sonar equipment to provide "realtime" images and Seatronics "Predator" ROV to get a closer look at any interesting images picked up by the sonar. Getting KD Marine's vessel into Rubislaw Quarry seemed more of a challenge! But to James Jack Crane Hire, it was just another day at the office and everything went just like clockwork. Additional support was provided by SLD Pumps and Power and the Balmoral Group.
Hugh & Sandy also had unanimous support from the local residents at Rubislaw Mansions for the use of their car park to whom they are most grateful to, as the survey would not have been possible without their support and approval.
The end result has provided Hugh & Sandy with some amazing 2D and 3D images showing Rubislaw Quarry as it has never been seen before. These will be invaluable in the years ahead and will play a part in their vision to build a heritage centre to celebrate Aberdeen's granite heritage. They now also know that they have 6,750,000 cubic meteres of water to handle, equivalent to 1,350,000,000 gallons!!!!!!