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The GVB is the municipal public transport operator for the city of Amsterdam, operating the local metro, tram, bus, and ferry services. Not too long ago, the GVB has become the proud owner of a brand-new metro line. But great ownership comes with great responsibility, for they are now expected to run a safe, reliable, and efficient metro service at all times. This is why regular examinations of the underground railways are so important, although there is one problem: numerous areas of concern are reaching high above the ground. The GVB used to rely on overnight workers to examine these areas, by using areal access platforms. This method was not only costly and time consuming, but can be very dangerous for the workers too. The GVB was therefore in search for a safer and more efficient method of examination.
Since as early as 1962, BALM is a true specialist in the field of concrete construction renovation and repair. With a strong track-record in both large and small projects, BALM restores and strengthens all sorts of damages that may appear in concrete constructions over time. Before the start of every project, BALM inspection-experts closely examine the state of the concrete on forehand. This step is essential to determine the amount of materials needed to get the job done and, of course, to set-up a quotation for the customer. One of the biggest challenges here concerns restoration projects for high reaching apartments. As the traditional approach relies on areal access platforms, it is not only dangerous for the worker involved, but also takes days to complete. For a long time, BALM was considering drones as an alternative, but in many cases, there was one problem standing in the way.
When roughly 60% of your country’s population lies below sea level, and 70% of your economic output is generated there, then there is talk of significant risk. Add to this the spectre of global warming and increasingly extreme weather, and you have the pre-requisites for a perfect storm. There is zero tolerance for failure – Holland has to be sure of its defences. The Netherlands is home to over 3,700 kilometres of primary flood defence systems, with more than 10,000 kilometres of regional ones. Without this complex network of these dykes, flood basins, and sea defences, Holland would be literally be up the creek without a paddle. At any given day, over 400 professional inspectors therefore manually examine these systems, in search for erosion, subterranean voiding, and areas that may allow water to slip through. In the context of global warming and national safety, a more intelligent and effective approached is now called for.