Socotec strengthens its infrastructure monitoring capabilities

Socotec has enhanced its monitoring capabilities with the acquisition of Survey Associates, a specialist in high-quality manual survey monitoring, correlation and topographical surveys. Based in Uckfield, East Sussex, UK, Survey Associates is actively involved in the monitoring of the London Underground, Network Rail and third-party assets throughout London and the south east.

 Socotec undertaking monitoring work on a railway line

Socotec undertaking monitoring work on a railway line

Survey Associates joins ITM Monitoring, which was purchased by the Socotec Group in March 2018 and together they will become Socotec Monitoring UK, creating a specialist monitoring division of Socotec in the UK.

Ian Sparks, CEO of Socotec UK explained: "The acquisition of Survey Associates further strengthens our position in the UK market by broadening the monitoring capabilities already offered by ITM Monitoring and provides significant opportunities within the infrastructure sector. This is something ITM and Socotec UK have already demonstrated through collaboration on a number of infrastructure projects. The creation of the monitoring division is fully aligned with the Socotec Group's goal of becoming European leader in testing, inspection and certification in the construction and infrastructure sectors by 2020."

Jon Scott, managing director of Socotec Monitoring UK added: "ITM Monitoring has worked with Survey Associates on a number of infrastructure projects over many years, where multiple technical disciplines across monitoring and infrastructure have been used to provide a comprehensive solution for clients."

Sparks concluded: "By expanding our monitoring provision our clients now have the benefit of a single specialist contractor to deliver analysis, design and execution of asset risk control throughout the asset lifecycle, from the planning and design stage through to decommissioning, mitigating the risk to people, property, budgets and timescales."