Up and Under Group

Job opportunity

We have an exciting job opportunity if you are an experienced inspection engineer with civil, building or structural experience.  In fact we have several opportunities.  If you are looking to enjoy an exciting growing business take a look at this job opportunity.  Due to expansion in our work load we are seeking well qualified, motivated bridge inspection staff.  We offer challenging, interesting work with the opportunity to be involved with exciting specialist access operations.  Take a look here now and begin the next chapter in your career.P1090003 663x497 Job opportunityPicture 019 Job opportunityConisborough viaduct aug 2008 39 663x440 Job opportunity

Posted in Bridge Inspection

Happy Birthday – 29 today!

Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday dear Up and Under, Happy Birthday to us!

It seems almost impossible to believe, but 29 years ago today Andy started Up and Under at 44 Argyle Road in Southampton, before moving back to Crewe.

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To all of you who have worked with us, for us, supplied us or employed us, we thank you very much and look forward to sharing our 30th year and many more into the future.

And for those of you who haven’t been around quite as long, here’s the tag line from our earliest stationery.

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Posted in Consulting

Anderton Boat Lift – Media Coverage

Tim and Danny were recently given the full paparazzi treatment during their inspection of the Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich.  The struture, which was constructed in 1875, was receiving a detailed examination from the team of engineers from Up and Under.  Local press photographers spent a morning getting shots from every angle.

The coverage can be seen here:

http://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/13715655.VIDEO__Abseilers_investigate_historic_monument/

http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/abseilers-action-historic-anderton-boat-10049343

Anderton Boat Lift is just one of a long list of historical structures we have had the pleasure of working on, including: Menai Bridge, the Saltash Bridge, Pontcysyllte aqueduct, Tower Bridge, plus castles, stately homes, churches and underground antiquities.

We are always happy to help with your ‘old stuff’ as well as any new things you need inspecting, testing or surveying.

Posted in abseil, historic structure, inspection

If you go down to the woods….

……. you might learn something.  Certainly that was the experience for 22 youngsters from The Cheshire Young Carers when they visited Delamere Forest on a trip funded by the Up and Under Foundation.  Arriving in the morning they were given instruction in how to build a cozy woodland shelter.  After a picnic lunch they ventured into the forest with a knowledgeable guide to look for home of rabbits, squirrels and badgers.  Of course at some point they managed to find a stream to jump into and much merriment was had.

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At the end of the day, having said their farewells to the Centre and Foundation staff everyone got onto the bus, and probably a crafty snooze.

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Another great day. The Up and Under Foundation has grants available to support young people, check out www.upandunderfoundation.org

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We have supported the Cheshire Young Carers for a number of years now. For details of the work they undertake look here

Posted in Blog, foundation

Competition Time

It’s competition time at Up and Under.  We have 20 of our new multi function neck tubes (headbands, wrist bands, bandana, beanie, etc) to give away.  To have a chance of winning one simply email andy at upandundergroup.com with ‘competition’ in the subject line.  The winners will be the people who send us the best reason why they need one or most imaginative use or adventure they have for one.

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Competition closes Friday 14th August, so get busy.

If you want to keep up to date with other things happening at the Up and Under Group check out our Facebook Page.

We are still recruiting experienced inspection or testing people. Have a look here

Posted in Blog

CIHT Consultants File

The annual CIHT consultants file has droped onto our door mats again.  We are pleased to report that our continued hard work, investment in development and innovation has once more moved us up the league tables.  Overall our turnover in the Transport and Highways sector has gon up by 20% over the past 12 monthsdemonstrating both a renewed confidence in the industry, but also confidence from our clients in the services we provide.

We have seen The Up and Under Group move up 10 places in the league table of companies ranked by transportation turnover.

Most strikingly of all is the move from 75th to 52nd in the list of companies ranked by transport staff.

CIHT by staff numbers CIHT Consultants File

CIHT by turnover CIHT Consultants File

 

This improvement in performance is due to the dedication of the team at Up and Under Group and the belief shown in them by our clients, thank you all.

If you would like to discuss how we can assist you with your transport related asset management including inspection, testing, surveys of access related maintenance take a look at www.upandundergroup.com or call 01270 589615.  We are LINKUP registered and ISO 9001/OSHAS 18001 accredited.

Posted in Blog

Foundation Rides

The Foundation Rides are back! This Sunday The Up and Under Foundation, with support from Up and Under Group, will be organising the third Foundation Rides to raise money for disadvantaged young people.

DSC 8312 663x497 Foundation Rides Help make this magic happen.

Last year the money we raised help nearly 100 kids with costs of adventure and activity trips that they would otherwise have missed out on.

It isn’t too late to get involved. If you would like to do one of the Foundation Rides Enter Here

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You can find out more about the Up and Under Foundation Here.

Alternatively we are always happy to receive donations, give us a call and speak to Andy or Simon

Posted in Blog

CPD – CIHT Wales – All About Money

It’s all about money! Andy will be at Kinmell Manor on Tuesday 19th May with a presentation titled The Commercial Engineer.

Details cand booking is via the CIHT site at http://www.ciht.org.uk/en/events/index.cfm/north-wales-branch-evening-meeting-the-commercial-engineer/2015-05-19

As usual Andy will bring his lively presentation style to bear on issues that all engineers who aspire to success need to understand. We are all very focused on problem solving and getting the calcs right, but in the end it is all about money!

Posted in CPD, presentation

Friday Fun – I couldn’t wait!

I was shown this today and thought it had to be shared immediately.  Hey, we are superstars!  I’m sure there’s no big problem with Friday Fun on Thursdays occaisionally, is there? have a look at this video about infrastructure inspectors, we are filmstars at last.

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I love the idea that nothing exciting will happen unless we get it wrong.  Is this the breakthough asset management professionals have been waiting for? Will bridge inspectors be the new special forces operatives? OK we can hope, but for now injoy the video.

Followers of Up and Under know that we are really superheroes!

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Posted in asset management, Blog, fun, inspection

Recent Project – Concrete Testing

Concrete testing is a useful tool for a building engineer when assessing the condition of high rise buildings.  During this project on a university hall of residence we undertook a cover survey ofthe concrete elements, assessed the carbonation penetration and took dudt samples from the concrete for later lab testing for chloride ion content.

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Aditionally we carried out a hands on inspection of the building fabric. The results of our inspection were provided to the client in digital format, accompanied by CAD drawings.

If you would like more information on our testing services you can find them here. Or call us on 01270 589615

 

Posted in Building, Concrete, Rope Access, testing, work at height