Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been appointed to undertake monthly drone flights across Hinkley Point C, to provide survey data on the nuclear power stations’ ongoing construction. Once a month, Atkins is using a multi-platform approach to survey the 180-hectare site, deploying its fixed-wing Wingtra drone to survey the entire site and multi-rotor drones to conduct localised surveys. With Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) permission granted by the Civil Aviation Authority earlier this month, Atkins can conduct the survey from up to 650ft above ground level, within a range of 1.5km from the drone pilot. The increased altitude afforded by the EVLOS certification is particularly useful at Hinkley Point C, home to the world’s biggest crane at 568ft, which exceeds the standard drone surveying altitude permissions. All flights will comply with Civil Aviation Authority regulations on the use of drones at restricted installations.
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Work on the 49 000 tonne base for the second reactor at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK has been completed, in less than a year, and on schedule. Hanson UK supplied the raw materials for the concrete to main civil engineering contractor BYLOR, which operates the on-site concrete production plant at the new construction site. A four-day, 8 991 cubic metre continuous reinforced structural concrete pour marked the completion of the ‘Common Raft’ for HPC’s second reactor – the reinforced concrete platform on which the reactor, and other parts of the nuclear island sit. Completion meets a date set more than four years ago and marks the transition from below ground activity to the construction of permanent reactor buildings above ground.
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