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Surveying Jobs - Jan 1968

No4 Sub-Area, No4 Area, East Midlands Division, NCB from 1st January 1947


Book 2 - Page 10

- Senior Assistant Surveyor -

Jan 1968

Wed 10 U/g … 10s face heading dial survey and measurements taken to fall area. The heading was abandoned.

Fri 12U/g … Progress measurements on 8s district … (self RB*)

Wed 17 … Surface … to Sutton … workings to date

Tues 23U/g … 8s DG and 8s SG theodolite angling … 5 men (RB*, AF, CHS, OH, AW)

Wed 24U/g … 5s DG theodolite angling. Catenary measuring 8s LH and 8s DG … 5 men (RB*, AF, CHS, OH, AW)

Feb 1968

Terry Wood returned from Undermanager at Sherwood on Special duties.
Carl Sterland (CHS) promoted to Supervisory linesman

Thurs 1 … Surface … subsidence levelling along Teversal / Silverhill branch line and coal stocks area … 3 m3n (RB*, AF, ABC)

Thurs 15 … Surface … subsidence levelling along Teversal / Silverhill branch line and coal stocks area … 3 m3n (RB*, AF, ABC)

Wed 21U/g … 4s district dial survey and measurements. Checked 5s and 10s Scouring thirling … 4 men (RB*, CHS, OH, AW)

- Annual Leave 1 Week -

Mar 1968

Tues 5 … Surface … measurements for incident to lorry and cable at coal bunker … (self RB*)

Fri 8 … Surface … subsidence levelling along Teversal / Silverhill branch line and up the tip and along No5 and No6 slurry ponds … 3 men (BTB, RB, AF)

Tues 12 … Surface … survey of dirt tips …6 men (BTB, RB, AF, CHS, OH, AW)

Wed 13 … Aerial photographs of tips from 1947 … also showed New Inn Level … these were lost

Thurs 14U/g … 150s dial survey and measurements … 3 men (RB*, OH, AW)

Tues 19 … Surface … check survey of dirt tip … 5 men (RB*, AF, CHS, OH, AW)

Fri 22 … Surface … check measurements on dirt tip … (RB*)

Sun 24 … Surface … Safety Film at Teversal Welfare  (RB*) rep (Sunday)

Tues 26 … Surface … Lound Hall Dirt tip course… talks by Jim Stones (Chief Mining Engineer), Arthur A Grainger (Area Mechanical Engineer), Gordon Fryer (Area Civil Engineer), J Williams (Chief Engineer), G Fryer again.

Wed 27 … Surface … Sherwood Training Centre … visits to Mansfield and Creswell dirt tips with George Harris Deputy Civil Engineer.

Thurs 28 … Surface … subsidence levelling on Teversal / Silverhill branch line and slurry pond bank ... 3 men (BTB,, RB, AF). Continued check levelling on branch line movement. Levelling field between sidings … 3 men (RB*, CHS, OH)

Fri 29 … Surface …to Silverhill and  piezometer readings in boreholes on bank between No5 and No6 slurry ponds … 2 men (RB*, OH)

A Brian Clarke ABC potential Apprentice had accident on motorbike and would be off work long term for about a year.

Apr 1968

Tues 2U/g … 7s DG theodolite survey … 4 men (RB*, AF, CHS, OH)

Mon 8 … Surface … information to Dicky (Richard) Chambers and Dougie Green re tipping at far end (RB* plus 2)

Fri 19 … Surface … piezometer readings and gave them to Gordon Fryer Area Civil Engineer (RB*)

Mon 22 … Surface … checking subsidence levelling … 2 men (RB*, OH)

Wed 24 … Surface … dirt tip inspection with Pat, Shephard Hill contractor (RB* plus 1)

Thurs 25 … Surface … tip inspection and piezometer readings and reported to Gordon Fryer, Area Civil Engineer (RB*)

May 1968

Mon 6U/g … Dial survey and measurements 17s LH and 17s RH face heading … 3 men (BTB, RB, CHS)

Thurs 9 … Surface … subsidence levelling along Teversal / Silverhill branch line and slurry pond bank … 3 men (BTB, RB, AF)

Tues 14 … Surface … with Stan Brunskill, Geologist, Gordon Ison, Group Surveyor and Geoff Halfpenny (Elec)… locating old Nibland shafts at Whiteboro’.

Tues 14 … Surface later … with Stan Brunskill and Jim Hanson, Silverhill Surveyor, exploring along the line of the old New Inn Level from Hardwick to Silverhill (RB, SB, JH)

Wed 15U/g … Theodolite survey 4s LH and catenary measuring … 4 men (RB*, AF, CHS, OH)

Wed 22U/g … Theodolite angling from 5s Scouring to 4s DG lip … 5 men (RB*, AF, CHS, OH, AW)

Tues 28U/g … 8s LH dial survey and measurements … 2 men (RB, OH) then … abandonment survey of 5s … 6 men (BTB, RB, CHS, OH, AW)

Wed 29 U/g … Check theodolite angling from 5s DG down 5s Scouring then checking through and measuring 17s face thirling … 4 men (RB*, CHS, OH, AW)

Thurs 30 … Surface … subsidence levelling along Teversal / Silverhill branch line … 3 men (RB*, AF, OH)

June 1968
-  Annual Leave1 Week -

Tues 11U/g … Catenary measuring in 4s DG and 10s DG … 4 men (RB*, CHS, OH, AW)

Thurs 13 … Surface … ready for Tip inspection by HMI and National Committee … Saturday

Wed 19U/g … Catenary measuring from 5s Scouring into 4s DG to complete the check survey … 4 men (RB*, CHS, OH, AW)

- Pit Holidays Mon 24 June to Sat 29 First Week -

Mon 24U/g … spudding stations near Teversal for triangulation and surface boreholes … 2 men (BTB, RB)

Wed 26 … Surface … spudding for trangulation observations for surface borehole programme at Dawgates Lane … 3 men (C Skeavington, BTB, RB)

Thurs 27 … Surface … to Silverhill for workings … (self RB*)

Fri 28U/g … Check catenary measuring in 7s DG … 4 men (BTB, RB, AF, OH)

July 1968
Harry C Ward, Area Chief retired
- Pit Holidays Mon 1 – Sat 6 Second Week -

Mon 1 … Surface … Triangulation observations and catenary measuring of bases on Dawgates Lane and Teversal Village for emergency boreholes in the event of a cave in … 6 men (C Skeavington, BTB, RB, AF, CHS, OH)  … note pits with shallow workings not more than 400 yards deep chosen for this exercise.

Tues 2 … Surface … continued theodolite angling with CTS Tavistock 1” at Newboundmill Lane and Norwood Lane … 6 men (C Skeavington, BTB, RB, AF, CHS, OH)

Thurs 4 … Surface … Triangulation observations to stations at Norwood Lane from No1 DC shaft headstocks … 3 men (BTB, RB, AF)

Fri 5 … Surface … Catenary measuring at Norwood Lane. down to Stanley re old New Inn Level later … 5 men (BTB, RB, AF, CHS, OH)

- Annual Leave 2 Weeks -

Mon 22 … Surface … to Sutton for up to date workings … (self RB*)

Thurs 25 … Surface … set out North Manrider bend and 80 feet radius turn in pit yard … (RB*)

Aug 1968

Arthur Morley ex Area Chief No4 Area and Deputy to Harry C Ward appointed Chief Surveyor North Notts from Deputy

Thurs 1 … Surface … reciprocal vertical angles from No1 headstocks station and Norwood Lane bases … 4 men (RB*, AF, CHS, AW) … in afternoon angling to surface bases in pit yard … 2 men (RB*, OH)

Fri 2 … Surface … Check angling with 1” theodolite and catenary measuring bases in pit yard … 4 men (RB*, AF, OH, AW)

Tues 6 … Surface … to Silverhill Laboratory … weigh tape and measured same, for sag and pull correction for catenary measuring  … (RB*)

Wed 7U/g … Checked 1in1.2 drift off 8s DG to old Dunsil North Main Road for line and gradient, established pins. Laid up 17s DG lines … 3 men (RB*, OH, AW)

Mon 12 … Surface … laid out base on sidings with 50 metre invar band and standardised two 50m bands in use …4 men (BTB, RB, CHS, AW)

Thurs 15 … Surface … to Silverhill with Jim Hanson how to use computer sheets

Tues 20 … Surface … standardising two 50m bands … 3 men (BTB, RB, AF)
Surface … to Silverhill for support plans for Planing machine (RB*)

Tues 27U/g … Abandonment dial survey and measurements of 150s panel and the Dunsil seam … 5 men (BTB, RB, AF, CHS, AW)

- Annual Leave -

Sep 1968

Thurs 5 … Surface … survey of dirt tip … 4 men (RB*, AF, CHS, AW) and in the afternoon continued survey … 5 men (BTB, RB, AF, CHS, AW)

Fri 6 …Surface … continued with tip survey … 5 men (BTB, RB, AF, CHS, AW)

Thurs 12 U/g … Theodolite angling in 4LH, check taping … 3 men (BTB, RB, CHS)

Fri 13U/g … Progress measurements and lines extended in 7s district, both gates … (self RB*)
Bernard T Bailey left to North Notts Civil Engineering department to be involved with tipping.
Cheslaw Stasiewicz (CzS) redundant from closed Kirkby Colliery appointed Surveyor (my proposed interview was cancelled)

Thurs 19 … Surface … survey of trench and 3 feet diameter pipe at the edge of the tip … 5 men (CzS, RB, AF, CHS, AW)

Tues 24U/g … Theodolite angling from 8s LH across 17s Scour and 17s LH and into 8s DG …6 men (CzS, RB, AF, CHS, OH, AW)

Wed 25U/g … Theodolite angling on old Dunsil Main Road then down the 1in1 drift into 8s DG and 17s DG … 5 men (CzS, RB, AF, CHS, AW)

Thurs 26 … Surface … subsidence levelling along slurry pond embankment (CzS, RB, DH)

Fri 27 … Surface … to Silverhill for workings to date … (RB*)

Oct 1968

Wed 2U/g … Theodolite angling from 8s LH across 5s into 8s DG … 5 men (CzS, RB, AF, CHS, AW)

Fri 4 … Surface … to Silverhill with tip plan then checking alignment of subsidence pegs on No5 and No6 slurry ponds … 2 men (CzS, RB) .. report to Gordon Fryer Civil Engineer.

Wed 9 … Surface … to Sutton for workings

Thurs 10U/g … Catenary measuring in 17s district plus check angle on 8s DG … 5 men (CzS, RB, AF, CHS, AW)

Fri 11 … Surface … Proposed borehole sites to Clowne seam … 5 men (CzS, RB, Stan Brunskill, Eddie Gray bore master and Russ Worsey Planner)
Tony Maddock TM started as Apprentice and Alf Fletcher AF went from Apprentice to linesman.

Mon 14 … Surface … to Pleasley for workings to date … 2 men (CzS, RB)

Thurs 17U/g … Theodolite angling and catenary measuring in 7s DG …4 men (CzS, RB, AF, AW)

Fri 18 … Surface … to Silverhill for workings to date … (self RB*)

Wed 23 … Surface … location and levelling to borehole site for Clowne seam near Water Softener … 3 men plus 1) (RB*, TM, AF and Maurice Lamb boremaster)

NCB X-Ray Unit

Thurs 24U/g … Abandonment dial survey of 4s panel dialling through face and measurements … 4 men (CzS, RB, CHS, AF) … Ches had not been to a coal face for 7 years !!!!

Thurs 31U/g … Dial survey round 8s face and DG and checked line into 21s DG heading and connected up the 1in1 drift to old Dunsil Main Road … 4 men (CzS, RB, AF, AW)

Nov 1968

Mon 4 … Surface … measured up accident site on pit top creeper … 2 men (RB* and Jack Truswell S/O)

Wed 6 … Surface … dirt tip drainage and culvert … 2 men (CzS, RB)

Fri 8 … Surface … dialled and levelled to surface borehole to Clowne seam … 2 men (RB*, AF)

Mon 11 … U/g … Check dial survey round from 8s LH to 8s DG and also checked 21s face heading … 5 men (RB, CHS, AF, OH, AW)

Tues 12 … Surface … to surface borehole D … (RB*)

Wed 20 … Surface … dial survey and measurements and levelling to borehole D … 3 men (RB*, CHS, OH)

Tues 26 … Surface … to Sutton for workings to date (RB*)

Dec 1968

Mon 2U/g … 10s dial survey and measuring … CzS, RB, CHS, AF, OH, AW)

Fri 6 … Surface … to Clowne borehole E …  (RB*)

Mon 9U/g … 17s panel dial survey and measurements. Measured up fault and bad ground on face … 4 men (CzS, RB, CHS, OH)

Tues 10 … Surface … set out borehole position in stock yard … 2 men (RB*, CHS)

Wed 11 … Surface … organised removal of debris over borehole position with bulldozer to reset position … 2 men (RB*, OH) and measured up culvert

Thurs 12 … Surface … to Kirkby Survey Office with CzS to fetch some tackle. Discuss George Davies ex Langton, temporary Surveyor at Kirkby)

Thurs 31U/g … Dial survey and measurements 7s panel CMDE Trepanner … 5 men (RB*, CHS, OH, AF and TM)


Abbreviations used:
LG
or DG denotes Loader Gate or Delivery Gate.
LH denotes Left Hand Supply Gate. RH denotes Right Hand Gate, TG denotes Top Gate and BG is Bottom Gate. MG is Middle Gate. AW is Airway or Supply Gate. TG is Tail Gate, again a Supply Gate for materials.

 

 

P1969 Book 2 - 1969
Surveyor Surveyor's Job