London Airport to launch UK’s first digital air traffic control tower

By 2019 the 30-year-old on site manned traffic control tower will the scrapped for this London City Airport, they will be moving into a new age. The new control tower will be controlled remotely by a new control room at the National Air Traffic Services (Nats) centre in Swanwick, Hampshire. From this control room, they will have a digital 360-degree view of the airport, taken from new 50m high tower equipped with 14 High Definition cameras and two pan-tilt-zoom cameras.

These high spec cameras along with a multitude of other sensors will provide a seamless panoramic live stream of the airfield, with an audio feed and radar reading of the skies above London, which is all pass through a superfast fibre network.

The Controller will also be able to use a range of different viewing features such as high definition zoom and enhanced visuals, which provide detailed views of activity on the airfield, including close-up views of aircraft movements along the 1500m runway, with pan-tilt-zoom cameras that can magnify up to 30 times for close inspection. Which should ensure the safest of journeys for us all.

The technology has been developed by Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, and is already in use at Örnsköldsvik and Sundsvall airports in Sweden, and has been since 2015.

As you can imagine people are afraid of change and are worried that this isn’t as ‘safe’ as a manually controlled tower, but like everything there are pros and cons to it. A lot of worries have come from the issue that the stream may be interrupted, or could be threatened by a cyber-attack, but Declan Collier, London City Airport chief executive, said he was “absolutely confident” that the system is safe from the threat of a cyber-attack.

“No chief executive is complacent about threats from cyber security,” he said.

“But we are very confident that the systems we’re putting in place here are secure, they’re safe, they’re managed very well.”

Emirates announcement contributing to desire to work in UAE

Emirates airline have announced that as of October 29, 2017 they will be operating a second daily A380 service between Dubai and Birmingham.

 Research suggests that with the frequency of flights between the UK and UAE on the increase the willingness for engineering/construction workers to accept short duration/ multi-location work will also raise. This could have an interesting effect on the job market as there is undoubtedly very exciting projects available in the UAE that many people would be interested in participating in. With the frequency of flights on the rise it could be that there are a selection of very affordable flights which allow workers to fund their own relocation without the dependency of their employers.

This service is currently operated by a Boeing 777 however will now be operated by the Emirates A380. This will be in addition to the current daily A380 service already operating this route. In the statement given by Emirates they said this decision was made strongly based on customer demand. We fully understand where they’re coming from in this decision as there is increasingly more jobs coming available in the middle east. Whether this be construction, O+G or other engineering markets, we have noticed a significant increase not only in job numbers but candidate’s willingness to relocate. With the increase in flight availability and hopefully the decrease in cost of travel the middle east will become even more connected to the UK allowing us to effectively commute from A-B at convenient times/cost.

fingers crossed this small change to the timetable will have great effects on  our ability to travel between the UK and UAE.

Ground Breaking Ceremony at £64 Million Orkney Islands New NHS Hospital Construction Project

Orkney celebrated the ground breaking ceremony yesterday at the site of their new state of the art £64 million NHS Hospital.

NHS Staff, Developers, Project Managers from Robertson Group, local representatives and school children all joined together to mark the prestigious project.

This is a special moment for the community as they have been working towards a new hospital for years. This is also going to generate local Jobs with a range of Engineering Jobs and Construction Jobs as the project is expect to run 2019 onwards.

Even though Construction work actually started on site at the end of last month, yesterday marked the official start of Engineering Work on the NHS Construction Project.

Project Director – George Young (Robertson Group) said “the superstructure of the building will start to go up next month”

Also speaking at the ceremony NHS Orkney Chairman – Ian Kinniburgh said “he felt a real buzz” marking this milestone in the £64 million NHS project. Talking with the supporters of the project he said:

“A new hospital in Orkney has been talked about for years and there have been many false dawns. However our aspirations became reality when the board approved its Our Orkney, Our Health strategy, transforming clinical services, which in turn informed and inspired the outline business case.”

Ian Kinniburgh who joined the Health Board in Dec 15 and he has been absolutely blown away by the design of the state of the art NHS building and was over the moon when the Scottish Government approved the business case.

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The GB Group to build retirement village worth £36m

The GB Group have won a contract worth £36 million; they will build a retirement village in Great Alne, West Midlands.

The GB Group provide innovative solutions to clients in a number of different sectors including development, construction, IT and energy. The company has been founded for over 100 years and is still going strong; this just proves that they deliver to a very high standard. Over 70% of their workload is through repeat business. They have five offices up and down the country at Stockport, Newcastle, Sunbury, Rugby and Wakefield.

This is a joint project between Helical Bar and Renaissance Villages. The construction of the village will create hundreds of engineering jobs.

Helical Bar is a property development and investment company; within their portfolio they have developments such as Clyde Shopping Centre, Fulham Wharf and Huddersfield Retail Park.

Renaissance Villages create and manage award winning property developments all over the UK. Owning a property within a Renaissance Village gives you exceptional design and finish and outstanding security. Locations in which they already have developments are West Sussex, Devon and Hampshire.

The retirement village in Great Alne, West Midlands will be called Maudslay Park. The site in which Renaissance Villages have acquired was once a vehicle production works called Maudslay Motor Company. This brownfield site is set in 80 acres of land where newts live so the GB Group are creating two new ponds for them to relocate to. Ground work has already begun including the construction of some of the roads and the first set of cottages.

The development will have a mixture of cottages and one, two and three bedroom apartments. The properties within the village will boost such amenities as underfloor heating, double glazing and excellent insulation. The village will have a whole host of facilities for the residents to keep busy or, in fact, relax; including a gym, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a library.

This age exclusive village will be known for being luxurious, energy efficient and sustainable. The clubhouse and the first apartment block, known as Phase one, has a completion date of early 2016. Phase Two is expected to be complete by April 2017.


Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly ports and roads to be revamped

Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly ports and roads are to be revamped in a contract that is worth £12.8 million.

The project will be concentrating on the harbours at Penzance, Cornwall and St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly. The construction of the harbours is expected to take £7.3 million of the budget and will begin this month, with a completion date of June 2015.

The St. Mary’s pier will be revitalised as it will be widened and extended; likely to be complete by March 2015 before the summer season. The roads on St Mary’s will undergo renovation and will be resurfaced; this is expected to cost £1.8 million. Whilst all the machinery is on the island the runway will also be resurfaced. The freight yard will be widened and improved for easier access also the facilities for the passengers will be refurbished creating an improved experience for them.

Dredging will take place at the Penzance Harbour as well as improvements being carried out on the highways. There is also talk of partial rock amour but this is dependent on approval by the Department for Transport.

The improvements to both harbours will increase the water depth creating space and protection for bigger vessels. Another outcome that is anticipated is that there will be a reduction in conflict amongst harbour users.

The future looks extremely bright for these ports and all plans seem to be accepted by the local community. Links between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will only improve; the local economy will benefit greatly from this cash injection and harbour renewal.


Cluff Natural Resources believe Scotland is sitting on large coal reserves

Cluff Natural Resources is a resource company who are targeting the potential energy within the UK. The company was founded in the early 1970s by Algy Cluff. Cluff has discovered all sorts within the natural resources sector including the Buchan oil field, the Geita mine in Tanzania and the Baomahun discovery in Sierra Leone.

Cluff believes that a new source of gas for industry and power stations may be found under the Firth of Forth, as there may possibly be vast coal reserves.

The process in which Cluff Natural Resources will extract energy is known as deep underground coal gasification, this involves converting stranded coal into syngas. To extract the syngas they will drill vertically and horizontally into various offshore sites. Syngas is safe, clean and inexpensive.

The equipment needed for coal gasification is just two wells; one to bring the gas to the surface and the other to inject water and air.

A visit to the refinery and the chemical complex in Grangemouth was arranged in the hope that they would swap from imported shale to Firth of Forth gas, to support the future of one of the main businesses in Scotland.

A project team, the framework and the drilling plans for the deep underground coal gasification process is all in place but the focus on shale is prominent and may be slowing down the start of the process. Cluff would like the government to provide the same amount of support and incentives being given to shale. Studies have taken place within the EU and they have been successful, this is proof that the process works well and will hopefully develop some successful partnerships.


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The EIA predict that 2015 will be a big year for US oil production

US oil production in 2015 is expected to be at its highest level since 1972 according to the EIA.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) in Washington DC, America, is the analytical and statistical agency within the USA’s Department of Energy. After the oil market disruption in 1973 the EIA was founded in 1974 and they now employ 360 people. The EIA gathers, analyses, and distributes independent and unbiased energy information as well as looking at the interaction between energy, the environment and the economy. They collect data showing the full range of energy sources and energy flows, even predicting international energy outlooks. The EIA supports the public understanding of energy, in-depth policymaking and competent markets.

In 2013 oil production was averaged around 7.4 million barrels per day and is expected to rise to an average of 9.3 million barrels per day in 2015. The EIA produces this information from its Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). Also in 2013 domestic oil, natural gas and coal contributed to meet 82 percent of the USA’s energy demand.

The Atlantic hurricane season is now upon us and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the tropical weather will be below normal so there will be minimal disruption to the oil production.

In 2005 domestic production of oil stood at 65 percent; this was an all-time low but since then it has accelerated year on year. As the industry has continued to grow, new drilling techniques and technologies have been created to meet the high demand. This then creates hundreds of engineering jobs and opportunities and adds to a greater economy.



Exchange an old ladder for a brand new one

The Ladder Association are running a ladder exchange initiative in which any one can exchange an old ladder in part exchange for a brand new one.

The headquarters of the Ladder Association are in Glasgow, but the programme is being rolled out all over the country, it started this month and will be running through til the end of December. This is the fourth year of the exchange; in year one it was run by the Health & Safety Executive.

The purpose of the ladder exchange is to motivate people to remove damaged and dangerous ladders from circulation. Thousands of people used the initiative last year in a bid to stay safe.

A number of companies up and down the UK have decided to become partners of the scheme, making it easier for people to exchange their ladders as they can find a shop that is local to them. Some of the companies are- Good to go safety, Ladder store and Clow group.

One of the main causes of injury and death in the workplace is falls from height and with over two million ladders being used in the UK on a day to day basis; it is of utmost importance that they are inspected regularly.

The Health & Safety at Work Act (HSWA) was passed in 1974 and has just celebrated its 40th anniversary. The law ensures that workers and managers take responsibility for their own actions; this has completely overturned the safety of the workplace in the UK. Since the act came in; thousands of lives have been saved and the UK has grown to be one of the safest places to work in the world.

A ladder that was in good working condition at the time of putting it away could have been tampered with so could be insecure the next time it is used. So it is always important to check the ladder over every time of use. Within the campaign there will also be a silly contest where people will send in pictures and then others will vote for the ‘biggest idiot on a ladder’.

This message of safety is encouraging householders, contractors and businesses to check the quality of their ladders and providing them with a cash incentive. Lives and money were saved last year thanks to the scheme.