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Cutting Edge - Profile tool sets out with accuracy


THOUSANDS of site engineers will have spent their early years bashing profile boards into position on construction sites all around the world.

Used to control excavation depth, profile embankments and to allow workers to check levels quickly, the profile board is one of the simplest tools afforded to the setting-out engineer.

The boards were traditionally hewn out of any old bit of timber scavenged from around the site and partnered with an equally ramshackle traveller, but a Brighton-based engineer has developed a simple profile system that is set to shake up setting-out.

Former civil engineer John Turner, managing director of Thirty Design, came up with the idea of prefabricated profiles during his years as a setting out engineer.

He said: 'It seemed ridiculous to me that a massively expensive project is effectively controlled by a few bits of scrap timber knocked up on site. My system does away with all the nails, hammering and de-nailing.' Available in a pack that will allow a 50 m stretch of carriageway to be set out, the Cross-Bone system has a simple slide and clamp that allows the profile's T-section to be fixed at the correct height.

An easy-to-fix traveller is also provided alongside boards, stakes, stand brackets and ref lector.

Mr Turner said: 'It is manufactured from impact-resistant plastic and can be adapted for use as safety fencing support.' The Cross-Bone system is due to be launched in June.