Remote Construction Sites – Connected Office Network

WiFi from Day 1 on Construction Sites

Morgan Est – Thames Water Tunnelling


Morgan Est, one of the UK’s leading providers of infrastructure services and part of top 10 UK construction group Morgan Sindall plc, a FTSE-250 company, won a £38m Thames Water tunnelling deal. An essential element of the project is the ability for site based staff to have data links with head office corporate systems at project start-up, when traditional BT links are not available.


Following extensive trials of the OptiBond at its head office in Rugby, Morgan Est chose OptiBond for their datacomms. Morgan Est installed the unit at a site in Honor Oak where a major tunnelling project for Thames Water commenced. The project is being managed by Morgan Est’s tunnelling business unit and will deliver an extension to the existing Thames Water Ring Main consisting of 4.7km of 2.5m diameter tunnel and two shafts up to 60m deep.


OptiBond enabled the site team to have data links with head office corporate systems at project start-up when traditional BT links were not available. The installation of OptiBond made it possible for these links to be established utilising access to the mobile networks via two data cards built into a rugged P.C. server. OptiBond can also access GPRS, EDGE, 4G and increasingly HSDPA cellular networks.

“The i-MO unit has enabled IT services to be provided from day one. As i-MO is a ‘managed service’ supplied by EMS, there are little additional support demands on the IT department.” Derrick Llewellyn, Morgan Est IT Systems Manager.

EMS specialises in improving productivity by supplying cost effective, instant secure data connectivity at remote and temporary locations.EMS created OptiBond which simultaneously bonds different cellular networks plus ADSL / satellite. OptiBond is a complete internet solution enabling up to six WAN connections and up to five concurrent VPN connections and operates as a local server to enable printing, file share & network connectivity.