The Event Complex
Winter 2018/19

The Event Complex Drain Survey and Cleaning

The Event Complex Aberdeen, the replacement for the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, is scheduled to open in 2019. Built at a cost of over £300m, the Event Complex Aberdeen includes almost 50,000m2 of internal exhibition space, three hotels and a 12,500 capacity arena.

W M Donald’s Drainage Services team is currently carrying out the handover CCTV survey and clean of the new venue’s extensive drainage system. Jim Strang, who leads the Drainage Services operation, explained that the project draws on much of the specialist plant and equipment used by his teams:

‘The site currently has no live water supply so we brought in our Kaiser Whale recycler to maintain productivity. The Kaiser recycles the water it jets with and this enables it to work continuously for long periods without having to leave site.

The Kaiser, along with our confined spaces unit, was particularly useful on the main surface water drains as these are 1800mm in diameter and over 7m deep!’

Size works both ways, and a more compact vehicle was needed to access the main exhibition hall and hotels. The Drainage Services’ 7.5t City Flex unit was used in conjunction with its mobile main line CCTV unit to survey and clean the drain network in these areas.

‘We upload each day’s surveys for the client before we leave site. This ensures the client is always fully up-to-date with the project’s progress and is able to make informed decisions.’

You can find out more about the Event Complex Aberdeen, including a fly through of the new venue, by visiting