CEI Collins Engineers Ltd is opening a new office in Manchester.
The new office will be run by Gary Hastie, a career railwayman with 35 years experience in railways and the wider construction industry. Gary comes to Collins after 10 years with Network Rail and is undertaking the role of Contractor’s Responsible Engineer (CRE) in addition to his office management duties.
Collins’ office in Manchester is currently providing engineering services as part of the Civil Examination Framework Agreement (CEFA) on Network Rail’s infrastructure. Under this agreement, engineers and technicians are providing rope access inspections, confined space entry and underwater examinations of railway bridges, culverts, retaining walls, and CCTV/radio masts.
The firm’s core areas of expertise are structural engineering, transportation analysis, design of transportation systems and related structures, and underwater engineering. In underwater engineering Collins uses engineers as diving inspectors to evaluate underwater structures.
Underwater acoustic imaging
Additional key services include rope access examinations, reducing or eliminating the need for roadway closures and expensive traffic control and inspection vehicle costs; underwater acoustic imaging, providing the unique ability to show clients exactly what divers saw or felt below water, regardless of water clarity; confined space entry inspections; and bridge assessments.
Collins was founded in Chicago in 1979 and has been operating in Ireland and the UK since 2001. The firm provides civil and structural Examination of Network Rail’s Ashton Viaduct No.1. engineering services to transportation infrastructure clients including railways, transportation departments, and waterfront facilities.
The company is looking forward to expanding its UK operations with the goal of broadening its client list to include multiple infrastructure agencies.