About Aquatic Impact
We always see the finished product as a reward for hard work. But it's how we get to there that really matters.
To be awarded a project and deliver it with confidence takes a lot of work - and over and above the end result, our attitude to our work from the word go is what we are most proud of. It's the reason we're in business, and the reason you can have confidence in us.
Established in 2007, Aquatic Impact Ltd was formed by people with many years experience working in various spheres of Engineering and the Aquatics industry. Our Project Director formally designed and built permanent commercial water features out of glass and stainless steel, which naturally led to the design & build of our mobile display tank, the largest in the World!
Initially we focussed on permanent water display installations, but when we built the Giant Mobile Film Tank (albeit originally as a tank for demonstrating underwater exploration vehicles) we opened ourselves up to an entirely new industry: TV, film & Events. It didn't take very long to discover a gap in the market, and that we were able to apply our abilities and technical experience to provide much needed solutions to working with water on set & stage.
Within 2 years of trading, Our projects division were busier preparing displays for production than for permanent installation. And now, that's virtually all we do. You could say we developed in line with what our clients wanted more than inline with our own business plan - and that's no bad thing. If you're a Producer, Designer, Stage Manager or any other Creative Professional, you can work with us knowing that the solutions we present to you, were developed by working with countless other such professionals. We speak your language.
Our approach to your project
Creative flair vs practical constraints. Our job is to find practical solutions without watering down the intent of the original concept. If it's virtually impossible to make something work, then that is very probably the point of doing so in the first place. So we find a solution. We may work in a very niche sector, but like all Engineers it's our job to make the solution fit the need, not the other way round.
In the fast paced World of production a good engineering solution is not in itself enough. It may work well, and look great. But it also has to transport easily and come together on site quickly and reliably.
So when you present to us your requirement, this is what happens behind the scenes:
- An outline technical solution is considered. Some are relatively formulaic, others require the application of experience from a variety of individual past projects - or even the adoption of a new system or technology. But the important thing is; we know how it can be achieved in principal.
- Cost options. If 20% of the final project accounts for 80% of the final cost, there is a very good chance that particular element could be the difference between the concept surviving or being struck. So we identify cost by element early on to ensure the best decisions can be made.
- Logistical considerations. Where is it going? How long will we have to rig/de-rig, what are the specific limitations we may encounter on site? Taking into account the real World scenario from day one allows us to design and build solutions that save time and money when deployed. As well as stress. It's no use designing something that can work, if it's impractical to make it work on the day.
- Are we missing something? Taking into account all the above, is there an entirely better way of achieving something even more impressive, that our client may not realise was an option? We don't like to stray from the brief, but on occasion our experience will lead us to identify an alternative worth sharing. So if we see 'another way', we always put the idea on the table.
- Safety. We always keep safety in mind. It runs through every solution we propose and every design decision we make. Whatever our brief, it always involves large amounts of water. And whatever the production, it's safe to say you will have large amounts of power and lighting in the same space. We have developed safety and detection systems that can be applied to any display we're responsible for delivering.
- Reliability and contingency. What if a pump fails during a live display? What if a liner is punctured? Safety may be paramount, but we also have to keep the show on the road. Good design breeds reliability. And we always ask 'what if'.
To view specific examples of our work take a look at our Case Studies.
Our displays always employ our water control and containment systems - details of which are here: Mobile Bunded Filtration & Heating.
Making your job easier:
“Creative flair vs practical constraints. Our job is to find practical solutions without watering down the intent of the original concept”
- All our mobile systems feature some form of double containment, in addition to electronic leak sensing and response/alert systems.
- Our displays can be automated either independently or linked to your own show control.
- For major/overseas activations we can engineer instant fall-back solutions and rapid change-out solutions that ship with the main kit.
- Good engineering, good design. Both vital for a reliable, smooth and rapid deployment on site.
- Modular/kit driven design philosophy. We know it has be quick and simple to handle on site, transport and store.
- Impact. It's in our company name - we know technical ingenuity is of little value if our displays don't make headlines.
- Site support and options to keep a technician local to the site.
- We use 3D CAD software to enable our designs to fit seamlessly with set/stage design and other elements designed by third parties.