January 14, 2016

Trenchless technology specialist, Steve Vick International (SVI), has launched a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz 20th anniversary edition Sprinter vans. The newly-branded vehicles will provide customers with a reliable and efficient service and a safe modern environment for contract engineers. The new vehicles will replace existing vans as well as increasing the contract engineering fleet to cater...

December 10, 2015

Wales & West Utilities, together with its long term contracting partners, have successfully replaced 850 metres of large diameter (16”) gas main with new 355mm P.E on a major through road in Bristol. This large scale project was part of the national 30 year gas mains replacement programme, which will provide a safe and dependable gas network for the future. The Live Mains Insertion...

April 22, 2015

Steve Vick International has introduced two new pipe cutters to its range – one for cutting ‘windows’ and one for circumferential cuts; both developed for cutting ductile iron. Whilst the majority of the existing gas network in the UK is made up of cast iron pipes, there is a significant proportion constructed from ductile iron and steel. These mains pose a problem for utilities when...

April 20, 2015

Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid company, recently undertook a gas mains insertion project in West Albany, upstate New York, which was carried out ‘live’ using a special technique pioneered in the United Kingdom. ‘Live’ mains insertion allows customers to remain on gas throughout the insertion process. The final stage of transferring the old services to the new PE main can then be...

After extensive research, Wessex Water selected the new trailers because they found them to dispense pipe very smoothly and quickly thanks to a hydraulically raised hexagonal central drum configuration. Wayne Johnson, explains, “With the trailers we were using we had to allocate two or three operatives to assist in dispensing the PE pipe but with these new trailers, the pipe comes off so...

A leaking drain which was causing waste water to enter the basement pool complex of a luxury Kensington town house was successfully sealed off by Dyno-Rod using the DRAINBLOCK BAG™ technique developed by Steve Vick International. Dyno-Rod franchisee, Candid Services Ltd of Staines, Middlesex, were called in when the home owners found water on the floor around their underground swimming pool....

Specifically, the company was commissioned to design a method of safely removing one metre lengths of ducting without contaminated particles becoming airborne, to carry out on-site trials and subsequently supply application equipment and sealants which Sellafield operatives would be trained to use. The method devised by Steve Vick involved using the company’s patented FOAMBAG™ technique,...

March 22, 2015

Steve Vick International has signed a contract with infrastructure specialists Van Voskuilen Woudenberg b.v. The Dutch company will promote and carry out Live Gas Mains Insertion throughout The Netherlands. Live Mains Insertion is a cast iron mains replacement technique offering maximum operational flexibility. It is similar to the normal insertion of a new PE pipe into an old cast iron main...

March 1, 2015

Steve Vick International has been presented with a ceramic poppy from the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” display at The Tower of London. The commemorative poppy from the moving and hugely popular installation in 2014 was presented by David Goodall, Senior Vice Chairman of the London, Southern and Eastern Section of IGEM (The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers) in recognition of...

January 4, 2015

In 2014 Steve Vick International (SVI) achieved first place in the ‘Best application of an innovative solution(s) with tangible savings/benefits – SME’ and were shortlisted for the highly commended ‘Ministers Award’ at the NDA Supply Chain Awards. The award was collected by SVI Nuclear Project Manager, Richard Ditte. Richard was consequently approached by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)...

January 1, 2015

Steve Vick International’s Contract Service teams have renewed forty 1¼”, 2” and 4” live gas risers in multi storey buildings in the centre of Glasgow without the need to decommission the services whilst the work was in progress. Using their Live Gas Riser Transfer technique, SVI were able to save Scottish Gas Networks tens of thousands of pounds compared with carrying out the project...

July 23, 2013

Steve Vick International has been involved in a pipe sealing project at Sellafield where “a complex set of decommissioning challenges” exist in dealing with the 60 year old First Generations Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP). The scope of the work covered the removal of redundant pipework in a high radiation area and then cleaning and sealing a contaminated pond wall. The redundant 10cm...