Engineering Innovations: Reflecting On 2017

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This year has flown by and we’ve seen some truly spectacular engineering innovations from across the globe. Reflecting on 2017, the biggest winners include renewable energy technologies, quantum computing, SpaceX reusable rockets, drone technology, medical breakthroughs, robotics and floating train tracks.

Once thought of as impenetrable, technology is now breaking barriers. Think about how far we’ve come in just the last 10 years, not to mention since the first moon landing. We have autonomous ground and air vehicles, we’re able to explore the vastness of space, teach our kids how to build robots and nanobots targeting cancer cells. We really are living beyond imagination! Continue reading

4 Smart Ways To Keep Fabrication Costs To A Minimum

fabricationThe construction industry along with the architectural engineering are possibly two of the toughest marketplaces in the world. Fabrication projects are often both complex and demanding where the final product must have high integrity and capable of withstanding nearly anything. It’s also no secret that modern manufacturing and engineering have changed considerably in recent years. Companies now find themselves under pressure to rapidly introduce new products, adapt to local market conditions and improve quality, cost and efficiency.

We can agree that one of the main elements of any fabrication project is cost. And by cost, we refer to Continue reading

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon backed by government review

Swansea_Bay_Tidal_Lagoon_conceptNearly 2 years after the project confirmed equity funding, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has just been backed by a government commission review.

Former UK energy minister Charles Hendry has been gathering evidence for the independent enquiry for almost a year and as part of that review has visited all the potential sites and held various discussions with the industry. That report says that the project would make a strong contribution to the UK’s energy supply.

There were a host of other conclusions in the report, but some of the headline ones were: Continue reading

Osseointegration trial for military personnel in the UK

osseointegration_medical_imImprovements in manufacturing processes and capabilities allow for more complex and diverse solutions to be thought up for an increasing number of problems. The ability to cut and machine smaller and more complex parts using modern techniques like waterjet cutting, 3D printing and various multi axis machines, combined with software developments mean this is becoming increasingly evident in the medical and pharmaceutical world. The ability to make one off, custom implants and limb replacements for specific patient needs is opening up a whole new world. Continue reading

Google’s Lunar X Prize

lunar x prize moon imageSpace travel used to be all about politics, research and development. It was all about, could we get to the moon and set foot there?

Since the first moon landing in 1969, research has gone further. There have been satellites launched that orbit and feed back information and data. There are space stations and there have even been attempts to land vehicles on Mars. Continue reading

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