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Survipod

The Story of Survipod

As an engineer on a recent project, I was confronted with the dilemma of being without a stable platform, on each floor, from which I could begin ‘setting out’ the building on.

On some projects it is possible to begin setting out by positioning the tripod and instrument on top of the lift core walls or stair core walls of each floor and using them as a working platform.

However on this particular project the core walls were being built and advanced one floor higher than the decking level/floor I was required to set out and work on. This left me without a platform to use.

To overcome this difficulty it is possible to use a conventional way, a tripod and concrete pad, however there are numerous disadvantages associated with this method. This encouraged me to invent a device, which when used together with an existing concrete structure on site, results in a more reliable, accurate and simple way to overcome the problem described. This device is called the ‘SURVIPOD’.

Use of the Survipod assumes, in most instances, that an existing cast-in sleeve for the alsi-percha safety system is already in place on site. This cast-in sleeve is utilised in conjunction with the Survipod as a way forward in forming a stable platform for all engineering instruments such as Dumpy Level, EDM and Laser Level to be placed upon and more accurately used in setting out.

However, sleeves may be supplied separately if this safety system is not in use on a project. This is the situation with a number of companies.

The Survipod is currently being used by numerous large concrete frame companies predominantly in the UK. Some of the projects it has been used on include The Shard,
Neo-Bankside, Beetham London Tower.

The Survipod is a patented product belonging to Deer Park Engineering Ltd and is manufactured in the UK.

The Survipod is fabricated from a mild steel circular tube with a tapered end and a flat plate welded on top. All surveying instruments can be secured on the flat plate via a screw thread. There are also two handle bars, one on each side of the tube to aid installation and removal of device from the cast in sleeve.

Weighing 11kgs, it is simultaneously durable and lightweight, and easy to transfer from location to location by the engineer.

Being a sustainable and re-usable product the Survipod is excellent value for money. It is also less time consuming and more accurate to use than the method of using a tripod and concrete pad, making it economical.

Steadiness of the Survipod ensures that expensive instruments such as the EDM, secured on the screw thread, are very safe and there is little chance that they will be
knocked over accidentally.

The Survipod is an uncomplicated, sturdy tool to use and does not require any prior training by an engineer. Its use simply involves placing the ‘Survipod’ into the existing alsi-percha cast in sleeve, in the concrete column and then securing the required instrument, on the screw thread, on top. Accurate setting- out can now commence.

Manufactured in the UK from mild steel, the quality and durability of this product means that it is a long-lasting and a better functioning product than a tripod, resulting in it being replaced less frequently. The Survipod is a product designed for re-use and recycling.

 

“We are using the Survipod on all of our projects now and it has proved to be a very beneficial tool in aiding the engineers accuracy in setting out the building. It also prevents very costly accidents that may occur from falling instruments while using a tripod. I have no hesitation in recommending this product to other companies.”

Michael O Neill- Getjar Ltd

 

Practicality
The Survipod is fabricated from mild steel circular tube with a tapered end and flat plate weld to the top. All instruments can be secured on the flat plate via a screw thread. There are also two handle bars, one each side of the tube to aid installation and removal of the device from the cast in sleeve.

Weighing 11kg, it is simultaneously durable and lightweight, and easy to transfer to location by the engineer.

Suitability for Replication
This product’s suitability for replication is evident from the number of units which are being used (125 as of June 2011) and from the high profile projects on which they are being used - such as the Shard.

Economy & Value for Money
Being a sustainable and re-usable product, the Survipod is excellent value for money. It is also less time-consuming and more accurate to use than the method of using a tripod and concrete pad, making it economical to the project.

Steadiness of the Survipod ensures that expensive instruments such as the EDM, secured on the screw thread, are very safe and there is little chance they will be knocked over accidentally.

Simplicity
The Survipod is an uncomplicated, sturdy tool to use and does not require any prior training by an engineer. Its use simply involves placing the ‘Survipod’ into an existing alsi-percha cast-in sleeve, in the concrete column and then securing the required instrument, on the screw thread, on top. Accurate setting-out can then commence.

Sustainability
Manufactured in the UK from mild steel, the quality and durability of this product means that it is a long-lasting and better functioning product than a tripod, resulting in it being replaced less frequently. The Survipod is a product designed for re-use and recycling.

 

  1. Choose Survipod set out locations.
  2. Instruct joiners to keep the ply decking 3-4mm from the column at the required location.
  3. Once the Alsipercha has been removed from the required location, collect the Survipod.
  4. Oil the bottom of the Survipod with shutter release agent and proceed to insert it into the Alsipercha sleeve.
  5. Drive down the Survipod with its full weight by the handle bars. (DO NOT FORCE OR BEAT DOWN THE SURVIPOD INTO THE SLEEVE)
  6. If the Survipod still moves when lightly tugged, lift it up again, rotate slightly and repeat the above. This should work but it may be necessary to move to an alternative location.
  7. Place specialised instrument on top of the Survipod, securing tightly to the screw thread on the top plate.
  8. Begin setting out.
  9. Once set out is complete, remove the Survipod and place beneath the decking for safe keeping.

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