We recently made the long journey to North Norfolk and a quaint village on the East Coast.
The mission was to better understand the flood risk of the beck running through the coastal village.
A majority of our work here at PPS is based around river cross sections, however being specialists in all water based measured surveys we were fully equipped when the client came to us asking for a Threshold Survey.
As part of the scope, we were tasked with measuring all entry points into approximately 70 homes in the village. Entry points of interest included Thresholds on door openings, Air bricks and Damp proof course (DPC) – essentially where water would enter the home should a flood occur.
Three separate trips to North Norfolk were made – one to hand letters to home owners, and then a fortnight of work either side of Easter – giving plenty of time to not only listen to podcasts on our journeys, but also to immerse ourselves into North Norfolk life.
We were blessed with sunshine for the majority of the work – aside from one day when it tipped it down…typically the day we were driving home! And with the help of the local community we were able to get through the job with very few obstacles, including gaining entry to all homes that had been earmarked for thresholds.
Of course, you come across all sorts of interesting quirks when heading onto people’s property but nothing could have warned us about the tortoise. At the time we visited, he was sheltering from the rain under a bush – clever tortoise indeed.
And it’s not all work for the PPS team when away from home. A trip to the coast gave us ample opportunity to sample the amusement arcades and local chippys at night – the deep fried brie bites were a little bit too much though!
The versatility held within PPS was on show once again on this particular project. As well as the thresholds our team also measured levels every 10 meters along the banks of the beck, ultimately creating a 3D Model to present to the end client.
On to the next job we go…