Friday, 29 May 2015

SurgeWatch: A New Database to Help Prevent Coastal Flooding

Description: new national database has been created to help prevent future flooding events. This new database holds details of coastal flooding in the UK which has occurred over the last century, with the hope it’ll provide crucial information to stop such drastic hazards.

There are a number of defence contractors in the UK which supply rock armour for sea defence and marine projects. These construction companies work to protect the communities close by to the coasts throughout the whole of the UK, in order to prevent any further damage being made to the life of these communities, as well as the building surrounding them.

The database called SurgeWatch contains information about 96 large storms taken from tide gauge records, which record sea levels back to 1915. This data includes the highest sea levels produced by storms, as well as descriptions of the coastal flooding that took place during each event. 

This has been produced by a number of researchers, one of which is a lecturer in Coastal Oceanography named Dr Ivan Haigh. He says, “The winter of 2014 saw some of the UK’s most extreme sea levels, waves and coastal flooding for several decades. 

“During this period storms repeatedly subjected large areas of our coast to enormous stress and damage, reminding us of the real and ever-present risks and challenges facing coastal communities today.”

Coastal flooding remains a threat to economic and environmental assets, as well as to life. Therefore, this database will enable others in the industry to improve their understanding of the statistics of extreme sea levels around the UK. For sea defence contractors in the UK, this will be a useful tool. 

It’s vital that there is continual investment in defences for seafronts, as well as the forecasting and monitoring of the information compiled from SurgeWatch. It has shown that seven out of the 96 storms documented over the last 100 years, were those that took place during the winter of 2013/14. 

The damage caused by one of the biggest storms out of the seven last year, was limited in comparison to the tragedy of the storm which took place in January 1953 along the UK’s North sea coast. Therefore the investment is crucial, especially as the coastal defence sector begins to grow. 

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Introducing Automation to the Food & Beverage Industry

Cable Assemblies
The UK food and beverage industry is taking advantage of the benefits automation has for its industry. The growing pressure to cut costs and provide a more reliable service provides more reason to turn to automation for many sectors within industry. The food and drinks sector in general is well-known for having some of the strictest manufacturing and control regulations in industry.

Lapp Group however have excelled with their involvement in the robotics industry and fully understand the benefits that robot technology has within numerous industries, which is also where their cables play an extremely important role from cable assemblies to automation cables.

Batch automation within the food and beverage industry requires robust cable assemblies and other components, to ensure a reliable production line. The use of automation within this industry enables manufacturers to produce precise amounts of products and switch to making other items on the same production line, rather than continuously producing just the one item.

The use of robotics enables this to be done, but has energy-efficient and cost-reducing reasons behind it as to why it should be brought into an array of other sectors. The approach of introducing automation to industry offers consistent quality, greater flexibility and control over the amount of ingredients used and produces less waste. It is an investment worth considering for many manufacturers and not in the food and beverage sector alone.

Robots have become a crucial element of complex production processes, but require cable assemblies and other robust components which can deal with the copious mechanical and physical stresses involved. Lapp provides customers with a custom built cable assembly to guarantee that 100% of your application needs will be met.

If you would like to find out more information on services Lapp offer and their involvement within this sector, then please contact them on 020 8758 7800 or email them at:

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Advantage of Liquid Screed Flooring

Liquid Screed
Liquid screed is one of the concrete services Pump It Ltd offer and all for good reasons. Traditional sand cement has been the most popular option when it comes to flooring, but liquid screed provides several significant advantages.

Before laying your floor you need to consider how much foot traffic is likely, especially if it is within a commercial building where vast amounts of people pass through daily. Additionally, see if it needs to be waterproofed or stain resistant.

Liquid screed is designed specifically to provide you with a smooth, level surface before the application of the final finish. Whether it is in a residential or commercial environment, this option will leave you with a high quality and professional floor finish. It can be used bonded, unbonded or floated and also with underfloor heating.

Screed flooring is a big advantage when it comes to underfloor heating. The smaller depth compared to the traditional sand cement, means heat storage is reduced. This will ensure your floor responds quickly to your desired temperature requirements, which will increase the efficiency of your new heating system.

If your project is limited for time, then liquid screed is the right choice for you. It is ten times faster to install than traditional cement and there is far less labour. Additionally, it dries at an accelerated rate and is completely fine to walk on within the space of 48 hours. This is the ideal solution if you’re working on a commercial property.

Additionally, screed flooring provides longevity, prevention of ‘scarring’ on the flooring from movement of furniture and footmarks, but you can be rest assured that it is more robust and less mark-able ground.

Enquire about booking a liquid screed service today, by calling Pump It Ltd on 01352 781 524 or email them at:

Friday, 8 May 2015

Which Hose Testing Service Do You Need?

hydrostatic testing
The management of Flexible Hose Assemblies (FHAs) is often overlooked by many companies. However, in recent years the Health & Safety Executive and many more companies have grasped the importance of managing the integrity of FHAs.

Hose testing services such as hydrostatic testing, helium testing and nitrogen testing are carried out in order to test for leaking hose assemblies, which are a risk to personal health and safety. Additionally, there are many environmental issues associated with unwanted emissions. Depending on your company and specific requirements, there are numerous hose testing techniques that can be employed:

Hydrostatic Testing – This involves filling a hose assembly with water and taking it to a pre-specified test pressure, which is generally 1.5 times the maximum working pressure. This is then held at this pressure for a set period of time, to ensure it can hold this pressure without leaking.

Helium Testing – Helium is extremely rare in the atmosphere, therefore it makes it easier to find leaks and due to it being inert, it is safe to test with. It has become the method of choice over time, for the majority of high sensitivity leak testing applications. This is used to find small leaks or possibly larger leaks in bigger volumes.

Visual Inspection – The exterior of a hose can be damaged in many ways, which can make you question its integrity. Some of these defects could be obvious dents and kinks, but others can be a lot harder to find. Therefore the Visual Inspection involves examining the outside of a hose for defects, which are likely to cause leaks during service.

Nitrogen Testing – This involves preparing the hose assembly for testing, but making sure the assembly is completely sealed. This is connected to the test rig through a flexible hose one end and the other end of the hose will have a valve attached to release the nitrogen slowly and safely once the test is complete. The hose is pressurised whilst under water to ensure it can hold pressure without leaking.

Vacuum Testing – This testing service is employed to test hose assemblies used in suction applications, to ensure they will stay rigid during service.

Internal Inspection – A hose assembly can pass both a visual inspection and a hydrostatic test, but it can still have imperfections to its internal structure. The inspection involves examining the inside of a hose, looking for any defects which could cause it to fail during service. After this is complete, the hose assemblies are immediately sealed at both ends using custom made caps to prevent ingress of any foreign bodies.

Electrical Continuity Test – Certain applications require an electrical bond between the end fittings of a hose assembly, to avoid creating a static build up within the length of the hose. This is achieved by incorporating a conductive material within the hose bonded to the end fittings.

If you would like to find out more information of the hose testing services Buckley Industrial offer, contact them by calling 01244 544 080 or email their supportive sales team at:

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Civil Engineering: The Industry that Continues to Grow in 2015

Civil Engineering Contractors in North West
Civil engineering as a profession has grown by almost a fifth in 2014, with approximately 159,000 employees in the sector at the end of last year. This was up from 135,000 a year earlier with an increase of 17.7%, which was the fastest that the profession has grown in the last five years.

Civil engineering contractors in the North West such as Jennings BCE have already entered 2015 with an array of contracts, plus they have secured a number of investments which will see the company and industry grow further. Their first contract win of 2015 has been secured in Newquay, Somerset as a result of their performance at the Caernarfon Search and Rescue facility for Balfour Beatty. Additionally, they have secured a number of other opportunities with Van Oord Offshore, The Welsh Assembly Government and have also continued previous year’s plant investments.

Although civil engineering contractors in the North West currently have great success, other areas of the UK are seeing the increase in demand for civil engineering this year. The government and industry aims to make the country’s infrastructure fit for the 21st century, hence the great amount of sea defence, building and groundwork projects being secured. London primarily has had some of the biggest projects over the years, with the Olympics and Crossrail being two examples. However, the rest of the UK is now receiving the same amount of help.

This is one of the main factors to the growth of civil engineering with many jobs being created for engineers, but additionally the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) launched a campaign in mid-April 2015 to promote the profession by highlighting projects around the UK that will benefit local communities.

The Director for ICE, Nick Baveystock states, “Civil engineering forms the backbone of our communities. It protects us from flooding, ensures we have clean drinking water, finds clever ways to recycle and reuse our rubbish and provides us with the roads, railways, ports and airports that keep us on the move and connect us with others. It quite literally shapes the world in which we live.”

Some of the exciting projects which are underway this year currently take place in a number of cities such as Leeds City Centre, with an innovative £45 million flood alleviation scheme to protect the city in the future. Additionally, the new Borders railway which will connect Edinburgh with the Scottish town of Tweedbank is estimated to cost £294 million and will be the longest new domestic railway to be constructed in Britain for 100 years. This will create seven new stations and 30 miles of tracks, which is designed to reduce residents’ reliance on cars and provide a boost to the local economy.