Moira firm keeps railway on the level

One of the Datum monitoring points at Kent Station, Cork.
One of the Datum monitoring points at Kent Station, Cork.

Datum Monitoring Ireland in Moira is playing its part in changing the face of one of Ireland’s busiest railway stations - and its all on the level!

The firm, which specialises in the remote monitoring of earthworks will be ensuring that construction beside to Kent Station in Cork will not affect the ‘stability of the city’s superstructure or railway lines’.

The ongoing €3.5million project at Kent Station by Iarnród Éireann (Irish rail IR) will see the construction of two new entrance buildings and a new bi-directional road linking Railway Street, Alfred Street and Horgan’s Quay.

Datum Monitoring Ireland, which offers a comprehensive range of geotechnical and structural expertise specialising in remote monitoring of earthworks, structures and transport infrastructure, has been appointed by Dublin based construction group - SIAC Ltd.

SIAC Ltd, which is currently constructing a new building entrance and subway, appointed Datum Monitoring Ireland to install extensive remote monitoring sensors.

Mark Hodgen said Datum’s specialists are delighted: “This is a 13-month project set in the hub of intercity rail service which connects Cork with the rest of Ireland. It’s an exciting project for Irish Rail which will change the face of one of Ireland’s busiest railway stations.

“SIAC Ltd have contracted Datum to install Wireless Tilt Sensors to monitor any movement which could potentially occur on the existing buildings and railway lines due to construction activity.

“Wireless Piezometers monitoring ground pressures are also being recorded.

These systems are set up with early alarm protocols which activate on-site sirens if any movement exceed allowable limits.

“The DATUM team will also monitor the works using precise 3D target levelling and by manually reading deep boreholes for inclination.”

The project has involved instalation of hi-tech wireless sensors to provide SIAC Ltd and Irish Rail real time data on how the structure is reacting to ongoing ground works which include heavy industry piling.

DATUM have also installed 26 precise Levelling points which are being manually monitored on a weekly basis.

Mark added: “Datum is delighted to be able to offer our client a remote monitoring system which they can access and review their own data. This provides them with the comfort of reviewing any changes in on-site construction activity without needing to leave their offices.

The entrance buildings will incorporate information systems, public address, ticket vending, seating, commercial advertising, provision for potential future retail vending.