Ramboll named technical advisor to British Antarctic Survey!
Posted on: 17/08/2016

International engineering and design consultancy Ramboll have been named Technical Advisor to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). BAS delivers world-leading research in the Polar Regions and is responsible for almost all of the British Government’s scientific research in the Antarctic. The research enables us to use Polar Regions to advance our understanding of the Earth and our impact on it.

Ramboll has been appointed to provide technical research into developing options for the replacement or upgrade of existing wharves and jetties at BAS research stations. The arctic conditions provide unique challenges, as sea ice and melting ice shelves can hinder the safe berthing and mooring of ships. Ramboll’s research will help ensure safety for the advanced polar research ship the RSS Sir David Attenborough, due to be launched in 2019.

Ramboll will also be providing specialist technical advice to the team responsible for relocating BAS’s Halley Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf. The station is being relocated due to a widening, 50m deep crack in the ice shelf named Chasm 1. If ignored, Chasm 1 could continue to grow and cause the ice to calve into the sea, leaving the Halley research station adrift.

Ramboll’s team will be conducting on-site surveys and support in temperatures as low as -55⁰C and will face a variety of engineering challenges finding solutions on the coldest, driest, windiest and highest continent on the planet.

Project Director at Ramboll, Dave Grove said “We are incredibly excited to be working with such a groundbreaking research organisation. BAS and Ramboll share many goals, including our desire to innovate and collaborate to deliver longstanding solutions that help both people and nature to flourish in our changing world."

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