Introducing … the Camfaud Roline

Roline - peristaltic line pump

Roline – peristaltic line pump

Roline pumps are ideal for small pours, pumping from the street and for special materials.

The peristaltic pumping system is robust and has been used to pump concrete for decades. Roline pumps are quiet and have a smooth pumping action. They are easily cleaned and, with the concreting gang, pump operator and mixer driver working together, leave very little concrete waste.

In addition to low volume concrete pours, Roline pumps are especially suitable for pumping flowing floor screeds and foam concrete.

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway

BBC tv's Fifteen Billion Pound  Railway

BBC tv’s Fifteen Billion Pound Railway

BBC tv’s documentary “The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway”, which follow the construction of London’s Crossrail project, is back on our screens.

Episode 1 of the new series shows our team pumping heavyweight concrete at Farringdon Station to form a sound deadening track slab underneath the Barbican theatre and concert hall. The programme explains the construction of the floating track slab in some detail but what it doesn’t tell you is that our pipeline was 1,000m long!

Episode 2 shows two of our M36 pumps pouring a post-tensioned floor at Liverpool Street Station.

They are available to watch on the BBC iPlayer until the third week of June 2017 and will doubtless be repeated at some time in the future.

Crossrail – Technical paper on Moorgate shaft base slab

As previously reported, Crossrail now has a Learning Legacy website dedicated to “the collation and dissemination of good practice, lessons learned and innovation from the Crossrail construction programme”. The material, consisting of case studies, technical papers, documents, templates and datasets, is being “shared for use by other major projects and is relevant to clients, corporates, and suppliers from main contractors to small and medium enterprises.”

Recently a technical paper was published on the Learning Legacy website about the design, detailing and construction of the Moorgate shaft base slab – a 1750 m3 pour carried out using Camfaud pumps.

Moorgate shaft base pour

Moorgate shaft base pour

The technical paper makes for fascinating reading, especially in regard to the pour preparations. As the paper concludes: “Careful planning of the concrete pour from reinforcement detailing through to road closures to give access to a constrained site in the heart of the City of London, the contingency measures for disrupted concrete supply and the control of concrete temperature led to the successful execution of what was at that time Crossrail’s largest concrete pour.”

FORS Gold Award

Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme - FORS Gold Award

FORS Gold Award

We are pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold membership.

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme that promotes best practice for commercial vehicle operators. FORS encompasses all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve performance.

Congratulations are due to Richard Clark, our Plant & Transport manager, who manages the scheme for Camfaud, and to all of our pump operators, truck drivers and the drivers of our company vans and cars for their commitment to maintaining the highest driving standards.

For more information about this award, please visit the case study on the FORS website.

2016 – It Was A Very Good Year

Long distance concrete pumping - up to 1,100m

Long distance concrete pumping – up to 1,100m

In 1965, Frank Sinatra recorded his classic hit “It Was A Very Good Year”. As we look back over 2016, we can certainly echo the sentiments expressed in the song title.

Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping

Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping

The year started with us moving into our new purpose built offices in our yard at Epping and ended with the announcement that Camfaud Concrete Pumps, South Coast Concrete Pumping and Premier Concrete Pumping had joined together with Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping to create the world’s leading concrete pump hire group.

Our mobile boom pump fleet had a very busy year in 2016. We record the throughput of each of our mobile pumps so we can monitor the wear on the boom pipes and concrete pump wear parts. Last year our boom pumps pumped approximately 1,075,000 cubic metres of concrete. This is the first time that we had exceeded 1 million cubic metres of concrete pumped.

The highlight of the year, in terms of technical difficulty, has to have been the long distance pumping we have done using our static pumps. In 2016, we completed 43 pours that involve pumping though 500m or longer pipelines. The longest of these was in excess of 1,100m and several were around the 1,000m mark. If pumping that distance wasn’t difficult enough, 32 of the pours involved pumping heavy weight concrete. On the heavy weight concrete pours, at 1,000m, the pumps had to push around 44 tonnes of material on every stroke!

1000 Companies to Inspire BritainWe were gratified, in 2016, to receive recognition for our work from several diverse, external sources. Last year Camfaud was identified by the London Stock Exchange Group as one of the “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain”. We were also named as one of the “50 brightest and most innovative companies in Essex” by the Essex Innovation Programme. And Putzmeister, one of our two pump suppliers, featured our work pumping the concrete base for the British Airways i360, Brighton in a long article in the BAUMA edition of their Putzmeister Post and also in their 2016 Putzmeister Calendar.

And finally, 77,165 people visited our website in 2016 – including 102 on Christmas day, 5 of whom were considering applying for work at Camfauds!