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A van with depth: the Sprinter 4×4 as a mobile measuring station.

Off-road: Walter Beck's work often takes him out into the wilderness.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter belonging to the geologist Walter Beck contains all of the equipment he needs to assess the quality of wells – down to a depth of 600 meters.

Measurement on-call: somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

Walter Beck’s Sprinter easily ploughs through the mud until it reaches a small clearing. There, deep in the forest in the municipal area of Markt Abtswind near Würzburg, there is a 78 meter deep hole. This is a well and his job is to inspect it carefully with his measurement equipment on behalf of the township. “In Kosovo I worked at wells that were more than 400 meters deep”, explains the freelance geologist proudly and steps off his white first-generation Sprinter 4×4.

A white Sprinter in the woods

The Sprinter 311 serves Walter Beck as a mobile measuring station.

“Water is life.”

His company Fontus Logging Service, run by Mr. Beck and his wife Maria, primarily focuses on drinking water. “Water is life. Today, customers want good quality wells. With our well drilling and inspections we guarantee and protect this valuable resource”, he explains. In order to guarantee optimum water quality, Beck measures numerous factors such as gamma radiation, electrical resistance or the conductivity of the material surrounding the well. His Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has space for all of this equipment.

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Power output

80 kW (109 hp)


2148 cm³

4×4 drive system

Original Oberaigner all-wheel drive


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White Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 211 CDI in the mud.

Highway, forest road, muddy track.

Mr. Beck’s Sprinter has higher ground clearance so that it can reach even the most inaccessible locations. “Optimum ground clearance is essential for me. Apart from that, the vehicle is in original condition – naturally with all-wheel drive”. New wells are often drilled in remote locations. “Some days my work takes me along muddy tracks, over fields and on the highway within the space of only a few hours. My van provides me with safety and support on every terrain.” This is where the Sprinter’s full capabilities come into play, says Beck enthusiastically. And if he ever should get stuck, he always has a machete on board so that he can cut wood to push underneath the wheels. “In situations like that you need to stay calm. And avoid taking too many risks”, he recommends.

Precise measurements require the right preparation.

He knows what he is doing: Walter Beck’s expertise is in demand.

Always in touch with HQ.

The borehole winch is his vehicle’s key piece of equipment. “I have four different types. The main winch is equipped with 600 meters of measuring cable. We use this winch to hang probes into the borehole.” Mr. Beck also has a mobile data processing centre – namely PCs and measuring equipment along with printers so that he can discuss the results with the engineers directly on-site. Generators provide the necessary electricity in the event of an emergency. “Generally there is always a plug socket at the well”, explains Beck and laughs.

Measurement expert: Walter Beck examines the test results on site in the Sprinter.

The master of measurement: Walter Beck analyses the results.

Off to the next well.

Mr. Beck’s inspection of the drinking water well in the forest in Markt Abtswind shows that the cleaning he carried out was successful. Satisfied, Walter Beck moves onto the next well – he and his Sprinter are in demand when customers need clear, high quality water: I have a few interesting projects coming up at Nuremberg Airport, on the US military base in Rammstein and with a renowned mineral water manufacturer in northern Bavaria.”

The longest cable winch in the Sprinter has 600 meters of cable.

Everything on board: Mr. Beck's Sprinter at work.

High-tech: Walter Beck in his mobile measuring station.

Walter Beck's Sprinter has everything he needs.

A plug socket on the well powers the equipment in the Sprinter.

Power is provided by a plug socket in the forest and by the generator, if necessary.

Photos: Kai Knoerzer

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Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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