ITM provides safety critical monitoring at Keble College, Oxford University
ITM Monitoring has been selected to undertake critical structural health and environmental monitoring works during the development of Oxford University’s Keble College.
The £50 million programme is being delivered by BAM Construction following their extensive experience working in Oxford on projects such as the new wing for the Ashmolean Museum. The Keble College development is ideally suited to ITM, utilising manual surveying and remote automated monitoring systems. A similar requirement to that used on the listed Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) extension for main contractor Wates.
Designing a fit-for-purpose scheme
Collaborative consultation between ITM Monitoring, Survey Associates Ltd. and BAM’s project team resulted in a tilt monitoring solution being devised. ITM will provide continuous data wirelessly transmitted to an onsite gateway, relaying data to ITM’s online data visualisation software Calyx OMS.
Manual settlement monitoring of the surrounding buildings by Survey Associates will facilitate the readings, accounting for all 3D movement.
Tom Scott, ITM Project Manager for the Keble College contract stated,
“The development is an exciting project to be a part of and the unique challenges associated with working on a historical site enabled us to explore wireless monitoring techniques which reduced the use of intrusive equipment. We look forward to seeing how the monitoring system informs the construction process during the major excavation works on site.”
Working in close proximity to residents
Keble College is located close to city centre of Oxford, a number of other colleges and surrounding public residents. ITM installed noise and vibration monitoring sensors across the site to ensure construction activity didn’t exceed agreed thresholds. All environmental monitoring data is wirelessly uploaded to the ITM Monitoring data visualisation software, Calyx, to be compared against construction activity.
Site Manager for BAM Construction, Ashely Price, is very pleased with delivery to date, stating
“ITM’s solution allows us to remotely monitor the site and fulfil the client’s requirements of recording and alerting to movement. Data visualisation through Calyx is easy to navigate with information clearly shown using drawings and photos from site. ITM have performed well and we would definitely work with them in the future”.
A landmark development
The Keble College Acland site redevelopment is markedly the largest building project undertaken by Keble since its founding in 1870. The project has been made possible through the largest single donation in the college’s 145-year history.
Construction is well underway, with estimated completion in summer 2018.