December 12, 2017

Using the Live Mains Insertion (LMI) method, tRIIO, a joint venture owned by Skanska UK and Morrison Utility Services working on behalf of Cadent, Britain’s largest gas distribution company, recently inserted a new 355mm PE gas main 740 metres into an 18” underground cast iron pipe in one push. This exceptionally long insertion, given the diameter of the PE, was carried out in minimum time...

October 4, 2017

When faced with breaking out a 24” cast iron gas main outside the new BBC Wales headquarters being built in the centre of Cardiff, Wales & West Utilities faced a potential drama – a challenging gas connection in the heart of Wales’ capital city. Drama was avoided, however, thanks, in part, to the use of the MACAW Pipe Cracker supplied by Steve Vick International (SVI) which helped...

August 29, 2017

Submitted in conjunction with Wales & West Utilities, Steve Vick International (SVI) is delighted to have been shortlisted for an Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) Award in two categories – Best Gas Network Improvement and Best Safety Improvement. Now in its eighth year, the UK Energy Innovation Awards celebrate the best new technologies and innovations that are having a positive impact on...

July 3, 2017

Steve Vick International (SVI) contract service teams recently assisted Wales & West Utilities to carry out a major Live Mains Insertion project in the centre of Exmouth. As part of the ongoing gas mains replacement programme, a 800 metre section of old 14” cast iron gas pipe was inserted with 250mm polyethylene pipe (PE) under ‘live’ conditions, where the main continues to supply...

June 28, 2017

Matthew Maclennan, Mechanical Design Engineer with Steve Vick International (SVI), was announced IGEM’s 2017 Young Persons Paper Competition winner at a prestigious event held at the IET Birmingham, Austin Court, on Thursday 15th June. The grand final of this year's competition saw nine heat winners showcase the best engineering and management talent from around the industry and compete to...

June 14, 2017

Steve Vick International (SVI) has recently signed a new agreement with their exclusive USA distributor, PLCS LLC, following that company’s new management structure. PLCS is a long established company which supplies the American gas distribution industry with a wide range of specialist products for the gas engineer including systems for sealing gas leaks and equipment for installing PE...

June 1, 2017

Introducing the new SVI SMARTester — a highly accurate Bluetooth gas pressure tester. Wales & West Utilities has built a first class reputation for safety within the industry. In seeking to improve on the conventional water gauge test used on new gas service supplies, Wales & West Utilities collaborated with Steve Vick International (SVI), as part of a NIA project to develop the...

January 25, 2017

Aging steel gas pipework at Salisbury District Hospital is being replaced as part of a major renovation project. Plans to replace and redirect a network of old steel pipes that currently encircle a number of hospital buildings is underway. As part of this project the underground pipes are being replaced with new P.E. pipe and the over ground pipes are being replaced with crimped steel; both...

November 22, 2016

Wales & West Utilities has purchased 33 Rapid Window Cutters from Steve Vick International, to help boost the efficiency of their gas main replacement programme. The gas emergency and pipeline service for Wales and the south west of England collaborated with Steve Vick in developing the innovative cutter for ductile iron mains and funded its design as part of the Network Innovation...

November 15, 2016

As part of National Grid’s major gas mains replacement project on Stanley Bridge, King’s Road, London, a Steve Vick International Contract Service team was recently appointed to seal off the ends of three 36” abandoned cast iron mains and one 36” steel main. The filling process took just four hours to complete. The voids needed to be sealed off to prevent backfill entering the open...

October 10, 2016

The Steve Vick International (SVI) Contract Service was recently contacted by SGN to help carry out a gas mains renewal on South Street, Chichester. The Live Mains Insertion (LMI) method was pioneered by SVI in 1981. It was chosen by SGN for this replacement project because closing the street was not an option. The busy street comprises commercial businesses as well as significant pedestrian...

September 22, 2016

Dutch Gas Network Enexis has successfully completed the first Live Mains Insertion (LMI)project on their gas network. Steve Vick International (SVI) provided on-site support and all hardware to complete the job, together with Dutch partners, Van Voskuilen Woudenberg b.v (Van Voskuilen). Live Mains Insertion Live Mains Insertion (LMI) is a technique that was pioneered by company founder Steve...