October 23, 2019

Steve Vick International entered the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2019 and were delighted to win Best Innovation – Gas for Enhanced SEAL, a technique developed in collaboration with Northern Gas Networks. Northern Gas Networks announced, in their recent Innovation Annual Summary, that the Enhanced SEAL technique alone, has saved Northern Gas Networks £3million in benefits to date, with...

January 15, 2019

Steve Vick International (SVI) are delighted to have gained the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Accreditation. SVI are committed to continually measuring and improving their environmental performance and have spent several years putting new policies and practices in place in order to reach the high standards set by the ISO. The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for...

December 12, 2018

Due to the growing workload of the company’s Contract Service division, Steve Vick International (SVI) has made new management appointments. Mike Hall is now Contracting Development Manager with responsibility for special operations within the Contract Service division. He will oversee large and more complex projects such as the large-scale grout filling operations currently being undertaken...

December 3, 2018

For over 30 years Steve Vick International’s Contract Service teams have been working around the UK, Europe and further afield providing a broad and expanding range of services from cutting large diameter pipes and performing complex gas pipe repair and renewal operations to sealing off abandoned drains and filling all types of underground pipes and voids. Whilst SVI is known primarily for...

December 19, 2017

Following the successful Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) funded project to develop a tool for the safe, effective window cutting of ductile iron mains, Wales & West Utilities has worked with Steve Vick International (SVI) to introduce a cutter which allows the removal of a window from a steel main. Due to the lack of tooling available, Wales & West Utilities and all other gas...

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...

August 25, 2017

Planned Maintenance (Pennine) Ltd (PMP Utilities) have purchased a Keel Cutter from Steve Vick International (SVI) to help them fulfil a contract with Thames Water which involves cutting a water main 20m underground. The automatic pipe cutter will be used to cut a redundant 760mm (30 inch) ductile iron, cement lined water pipe with a 20mm wall thickness. The pipe is located in a 40m long...

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...