Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Hard Rope Access Work.

This is how we spent our Christmas carrying out a project for Andersal Engineering.

With each truck taking away 24 tonne loads, after more that 20 Semi Trailers full we got to the bottom of this project. Changed the air slides and then back into operation. Hard work, but we actually had a lot of fun.

Here you can see Tully and Derryn Allsop who shovelled the majority of cement that we moved. As strong as those Duke Boys. Look forward to bringing you more shots. Cheers, Mike King.


Friday, March 21, 2008

rope access

It has all been happening at the Townview Warehouse this week.

We have definitely been a bit slow in setting up our new premises, but this week we got very busy and finally put the warehouse layout into full working order.

We now have a large flowing office, a large open warehouse with a grocery store layout and most importantly, a Gym. In our gym we have a small climb centre, adequate to be able to carry out the majority of rope access drills, punching bags and most probably by the end of the week a speed ball and bench press. It is vital that we have a sharp and fit team and even more importantly in this game a bunch of guys that know each other well and can depend on each other.

Today I had the first practical use of the climb centre in regard to checking out one of our new technicians. Adam is an IRATA Level I and has been on trial for us for about three weeks now. Other that the normal small mistakes that we all tend to make from time to time, there were no bad reports at all about this guy. I called Adam into the gym today and asked him just to carry out some basic rope access drills. Other than some minor correction just to bring him into the style of the company, he moved very smoothly on the ropes. He is officially off his trial period now and part of the team.

This is vital for any company manager that he can take a look first hand at all of the technicians that are working within his team. We all has a duty of care towards our technicians and ensuring that all new guys are competant in their rope access drill is a part of this care.

Cheers, Mike King.


Thursday, March 06, 2008

rope access - We Have Moved.

We Have Moved Premises.

Townview moved out to 202 Parramatta Road last June.

Since then we have expanded drastically and were left with no choice other that to search out a larger premises to cater for our client servicing needs.

Rope Access Equipment and Loads of Building Maintence Tools and Equipment.

With a little searching and some help from the boys at Raine & Horne Commercial we found the ideal place.

351 Trafalgar Street, Petersham, NSW, 2049.

We now have three times the floor space and most importantly, our very own internal climbing section so that we can drill any rope access rescue and work position scenarios.

Everything is still bit messy, but a few more weeks and we should have it all sorted out.

Drop in any time and say Hi!

Cheers, Mike King.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

sydney window cleaning

It was very cool to find Townview at No.1 for
sydney window cleaning
on Google last night. It was only up breifly, but this is a great sign and the first time that I have seen her at No. position.

Well done Townview.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Rope Access in the Silo

From the very first day this project was exposed to be a mamoth task. We dropped into the huge chasm protected from the dusty environment with full head gear and breathing apparatus breathing air supply.

We had been told that it was estimated a 2 week turnaround shift would be sufficient to empty both silos and have time to replace all of the air slides. After four weeks of constant shovelling and rotating to ensure that we always had four technicians on the job at any time, we have come to the bottom and now it is only the clearing out of the crunchy rubble that has formed around the once operating air slides.

Despite have to push the body to the limits and beig majorly restricted wearing rope access harness and full breathing aparatus, it did have its moments.

We always find a way to make each task a game and this job was no exception. The most pleasurable moments where the underpinning of large mountains of cement and then taking away the last chip mements before it all comes caving in.

Some were so huge that they actualy made the silo shake. I recall the first big oe that dropped as I was working away on the lone dusty side of the silo and suddenly the whole silo shook and started to rumble. I was a little concerned as I was a little unaware of whether the source was inside or out. But then I heard Tully and Derryn chuckling in hysterics and realised that they had dropped the big one that they had been working on.

We picked off many other large ones along the way and with continual questioning on progress we were able to take one of the supervisors down for his first venture inside of this beast. A new level of respect started to show as he could now see what we had been going through over the last four weeks.

Cheers, Mike King.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Young Rope Access Technician Tell His Tale.

Being a Rope Access Technician is an interesting line of work, we in this business have the skill, qualifications and certificates to get where other tradesman cannot venture.

We especially pride ourselves on our professionalism and quality of work delivered.
The team I work with at Townview are an exceptional group of young men, their ethical conduct, morals and understanding of good exchange make them ideal when you have to trust the men you work with one hundred percent.

Luckily some of the guys also have a profound sense of humor which makes the unbearable work bearable and entertaining, not to say that a lot of our work is unbearable because in fact most of it is rather enjoyable, I love painting with a million dollar view of Potts Point or cleaning windows fifty four story’s off the ground, that sounds a little bit frightening to some and I assure you the first time I abseiled down a building over a hundred meters tall I was no James Bond but with experience, certainty in your equipment and training comes confidence.

Unfortunately its not all fun and games, because we are the best and well trained we are called in to do work that poses as dangerous for untrained men, for example how would you replace the air beds that are located at the bottom of a nine story silo, bearing in mind that the only entrance is a two meter hole on the roof and the air beds are under four hundred and eighty tons of cement that won’t flow, well like a bad sci-fi you send four guys in telly tubby suits to first dig out the six hundred something tons, this is off course done with a very high regard for safety, radios, watchmen, mechanical hauling system, four to one hauling systems, back up ropes and compressed air, every danger is looked at, assessed and then made safe.

After the cement has been removed by four highly trained technicians posing as telly tubby’s or dust monkey’s, we then measure up the air bed’s, haul our materials down the hole and replace the lot.

After just a few short weeks of tough digging the employing company has a silo which now works better then when it started operation back in the fifties.

Let us not limit our imagination to cleaning out silo’s for we do just about every form of work that involves rope access. Painting, window cleaning, concrete repairs, membrane coating, brick laying building survey and make safes etc.

Thomas Cullen, employee of Townview Group Services

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

rope access

This has been a pretty productive week.

I have been test driving a tool called a 7R Graph.

This is basically a line than you put on a graph that is at the start of the week at $0.00 and you put the target that you want to go for that week at the other end of the graph. You then draw a line from the zero up to the target. You then set out to make sure that the value of the line at the end of the week is above that target.

The graph that I am working on at the moment is for value of quotes out. This week it was $150,000. It is Wednesday night and already I am over the top. Is still have four days to go and I am already up on my target for the week. I am going to push it real hard and slam so much work into production that the techies are having a production breakdown trying to keep up with demand.

The main thing is that I haven't told the guys that I will not be helping them to cope with the overload that is about to come flooding in. Instead I am just going to keep on pouring on the coals until it explodes.

I know that my guys are capable of handing the flood, but I am going to enjoy the looks on their faces when the orders of overwelm come flooding in.

I have seen this before and it is basically like a tsunami. What ever I quote now reflects what is going to occur in about 6 weeks time. And then 6 weeks after that the money comes flooding in. This was the winning formula about 18 months ago when we hit 1 Mill. So I am just gonna do what is already proven. Only this time I am not going to slacken off. Ha Ha!

Ok, I will keep you updated on the results.

Cheers, Mike King.

PS. Rope Access or what ever it is that you are providing, I tell you this works.

This is another LRH Admin Tool in action.