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25 June 2017 Dr Ray Hickey - Senior Principal, Data Collection and Systems

Ray HickeyWhen many engineers hear the term “data management”, they immediately envisage a collaboration site or a proprietary database or even BIM – at a basic level, data management is the approach which an organisation uses to coordinate and improve its knowledge.

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Appointment on Wessex Water Framework

15 May 2017

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Opus International Consultants (Opus) has been appointed on a framework with Wessex Water, a water and sewage treatment business serving the south west of England, supplying drinking water to 1.3 million customers and sewerage services to some 2.7 million customers.

The framework will see Opus delivering minor and reactive design services on Wessex Water’s distribution network which includes 110 water treatment plants, 340 service reservoirs and water towers, over 200 pumping stations and just over 11,500km of water main. Their much larger sewerage system comprises 405 treatment plants, 1,515 pumping stations and more than 30,000km of sewers.

Potential projects would include design relating to assets and infrastructure, emergency engineering assistance, structural condition surveys for repair and maintenance, and specialist structural and geotechnical design.

Huw Edwards (UK Managing Director) said: “We are delighted to be on this framework, where we can provide high-level expertise to ensure that Wessex Water can continue to deliver to their customers, and we can further develop our portfolio of work in the Water sector.”

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‘RustScan’ a catalyst for industry change in condition monitoring

11 May 2017

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Since the beginning of Opus’ research partnership with Nottingham Trent University and Innovate UK last September, ‘RustScan’ and ‘RustDetect’ – a system that will be able to detect structural corrosion from up to 100m away – has been gaining momentum.

As we reach the six month mark, big strides are being made in the development of three rust detection systems. The appointment of a full-time research associate, Dr Ali Sohaib, to focus on instrumentation and data capture has seen initial developments made in a long-range ground based system known as PRISMS (portable remote imaging system for multispectral scanning), which is able to detect and classify different types of rust.

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Shortlisting at the Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards

26 April 2017

We are thrilled to announce that this year, Opus is a finalist in several categories at the Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) Awards, with the awards ceremony set for July 14th at Celtic Manor in Newport. 

Opus’ supportive culture is clearly reflected in this year’s shortlisting, with our Learning and Development initiatives recognised in the People Development category. Matthew Le Masurier and Gillian Steele are both finalists in the Young Achiever category. We wish Matthew and Gillian the very best of luck!

Congratulations should also go to our client, Interserve Construction, whom we worked with on the Dyfatty High-Rise project to refurbish a 1960s block of flats in Swansea and which is shortlisted in the category for Integration and Collaborative Working.

We have heard that there were 134 entries this year, so it’s a great achievement to gain this initial recognition. 

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NCE Companies of the Year Shortlist Announced

22 March 2017


We’re delighted to be a finalist in the category ‘Best Place to Work’ at the 2017 NCE100 Companies of the Year Awards.  Feedback gathered through NCE’s staff survey was crucial in this shortlisting, providing evidence from our employees to support our submission.  

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Opus makes key Asset Management appointment

28 February 2017

Ray HickeyLeading global infrastructure company Opus International Consultants (Opus) has appointed Dr Ray Hickey as Principal Asset Manager to lead growth in the transport, buildings and water sectors. 

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Opus now offering reports with NQMS Quality Mark

20 January 2017


Opus is now able to provide clients with land contamination assessment reports under the National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management (NQMS), following Jon English’s (Technical Principal – Contaminated Land) appointment as a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP). 

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The Super Six

4 November 2016

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Congratulations to Gillian Steele, our Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, who has fought off tough competition to be awarded 2nd place out of the "super six" finalist in the prestigious New Civil Engineer Graduate Awards 2016. 

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Certification under BRE Global’s BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification Scheme

5 September 2016

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Opus’ Cardiff office has achieved certification under BRE Global’s BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification Scheme.

The certification scheme assesses whether businesses have the capability to use advanced 3D modelling tools and have the standards, methods, procedures (SMPs), skilled staff and infrastructure in place to ensure strict compliance with the UK’s Level 2 BIM mandate.

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Supporting Greater Manchester's vision

29 July 2016

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Opus International Consultants (Opus) has been appointed on Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) Transport Professional Services Framework to provide Highway Asset & Network Management Professional Services starting on 1st August 2016.

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