Innovation

Research and development are at the heart of what we do. During these unprecedented, difficult times while the world has been locked down, we have been talking to like-minded engineers and experts in different fields across the globe discussing and developing some exciting new products. We are working hard and hope to bring these to market very soon. Watch this space!

Accelerated Rehydration

Installed by our sister company, Optera

Solutions driven by innovation
We understand how frustration can set in on a subsidence claim when a tree is finally felled following months of negotiation only for ground recovery to take another year. This ground recovery relies on rainwater alone to rehydrate the soil following tree removal. At William Hunt Consulting we recognise this frustration and have developed a system to speed up the rehydration process taking months off the ground recovery phase.

How it works
Using our specially formulated fluid, we target desiccated clay at depth, directly below the foundations suffering from movement. Using this approach, we ensure that the most desiccated zones are treated with a constant supply of fluid providing a continual and controlled uplift for the building. Careful monitoring of the building throughout the process allows for minor adjustments to be made to the system to help keep the recovery timeframe to a minimum.

The result
With ground recovery sped up by our Accelerated Rehydration system we see tree-related subsidence claims reduced by six to nine months. In addition to this, due to our data modelling, we can provide you with a date at which the system will be decommissioned. Ultimately, the time saving and planning afforded by Accelerated Rehydration provides assurance on timeframes and the ability to program works ready for when decommissioning happens.

Please visit www.optera.co.uk for more information.

Compact Barrier

Installed by our sister company, Optera

Breaking new ground
Here at William Hunt Consulting we understand how conventional root barriers can play a pivotal role in subsidence claims by creating a separation between trees and buildings. We also understand the frustration when poor access prevents the installation of a root barrier resulting in a prolonged claim and higher costs. In order to overcome sites with poor access, William Hunt Consulting have developed the Compact Barrier. By adopting the use of portable machinery and easy-to-transport materials we are able to install a root barrier in almost any location.

How it works
Our specially adapted auger rig is capable of forming a continuous trench to the desired depth in the tightest of spaces. If required, this rig can be carried through a house and into a back garden. The trench formed is then filled with a specially formulated mix designed to prevent the growth of tree roots through the barrier.

The result
With the option to now install root barriers in locations that were previously deemed too awkward, we are confident we can help bring a swift conclusion to some of the logistically problematic subsidence claims. Furthermore, with the Compact Barrier there will be no need for protracted negotiations on tree removal or the resulting expensive and environmentally harmful underpinning schemes.

Please visit www.optera.co.uk for more information.

Warwick University

Closer to home, we have a strong partnership with Warwick University’s Civil Engineering Department. Through this link we have furthered our research into how different clays respond to the rehydration process, permitting us to design bespoke solutions for clay shrinkage subsidence claims. We are also in the process of developing a product that limits the clay minerals’ propensity to shrink and swell. These research and development projects are pivotal to our business and something we are passionate about.

From ground investigations with highly qualified operatives and state-of-the-art equipment to innovative stabilisation schemes developed with our partner institutions, our team are ready to help.