Thursday, 22 December 2016

Depth Conversion Training in London


Depth Conversion is a rather intricate process, which involves quite a lot of legwork. Depth Conversion, no matter how tricky at times, is directly associated with the end result. Well ties are incorporated to a depth conversion result to product a good seismic image to later be used as part of an exploration effort or a field development interpretation.

There are a number of programs out there which aid geologists and geoscientists in the depth conversion effort, and we’ve made absolutely no secret of the fact that our favoured tool is easily Velit – an addition to Petrel and IHS Kingdom which takes away all uncertainty and provides sound results, with easy-to-use features such as the Velit Wizard.

Other programs are quite numerous, and of course Petrel and IHS Kingdom themselves can manage the job by themselves. But it when comes to getting the most out of your workflow and eliminating opportunity for human error, Velit is heads and shoulders above the rest.
But what about learning this program?

You’ll be pleased to know that the creators of Velit, London-Based Equipoise Software, hold regular seminars and Depth Conversion Training courses to help your team get to grips with Velit. Such training courses are held very frequently at their Croydon based offices.

Depth Conversion Training with Equipoise Software takes place over three days, where learners will start off at the basics, loading data into Velit from a Petrel project among other tasks. Day 2 will move onto more complex techniques, in order to give all learners a solid foundation and an intermediate level of Velit knowledge. Day 3 will cover probability analysis, sensitivity analysis, and spill point determination, not to mention a series of in-depth discussions on the entire course.

Essentially, Velit is an incredible tool which can rapidly increase the productivity of your team and reduce the margin of error within most calculations thanks to it’s excellent interface and wizard. However, training is still very recommended, so your team can get the most out of this amazing piece of kit.

What’s the point of an architect?

Nothing’s worse than living in a home with flaws that can’t be very easily remedied. Having a home is of course very understandably important, so many of us settle in properties with issues. For some of us, we may purchase a home with too many rooms, with the intention of knocking a wall through here or there. Some of us purchase homes with quite odd design, hoping to rectify it later. That’s where an architect or a luxury house designer cheshire comes in; but what exactly is the point? Can’t we just draw up some plans, cut out an extra charge, and approach a construction company or a builder personally?


The field of architecture is a very complex one, and quite simply said, they earn their pay. There’s a world of legislation in regard to making changes to a structure, even if it’s residential, as unregulated changes can be of danger to occupants and even individuals without. An architecture professional will also know how to build a building. While indeed they’re not working in constructing a property, they will know about structural engineering, planning, rights of light and other laws and guidelines, sustainable buildings, mechanical and electrical engineering, to name a few subjects. Essentially, architects in Cheshire and otherwise know their stuff.  


An architect is there to protect the health, safety, and welfare of a building’s occupants, through good design. It’s impossible to accomplish such without a good understanding of all elements involved within construction; whether it’s drainage, building, or even laws such as light laws. Aside from the architect, every individual upon a construction site has one area of focus.

Within a construction crew, you might find a groundworker, an electrician, a bricklayer, and such. Single discipline specialists, with one field of expertise. An architect is an all around expert, which knows in and out how a building is constructed, in all disciplines. Essentially, one is needed and DIY jobs on house modifications are not safe, or recommended.

An Architect’s Role on a Construction Site

An architect’s role is usually quite clear when it comes to designing and planning, but some of us might be surprised to learn that the job of the architect doesn’t quite end there. An Architect’s work during a construction phase is usually construction administration, and contract administration. What is this? It’s imperative, for a start. There are a number of architects and luxury house designers in Cheshire which are tasked with this, and a number of other things, throughout the construction phase of a new build or an adaptation of an existing build.


But what is construction and contract administration? This is quite a number of tasks, but an overall description is the act of providing clarification about design and specifications that they have gone through with the client, by acting as your go between a builder. As such, they respond to RFI (Request for Information) requests which are initiated by a builder or a construction company when something is unclear, or additional information is needed. RFIs may be initiated by builders, plumbers, electricians, joiners, or even agencies hired on behalf of fire departments and health and safety inspectorates, or even the local council.


Furthermore, an architect is also tasked with evaluation and designing of changes, should a change of design be warranted due to factors which were not discovered in initial inspection. An example of which is if, within a particular room, plumbing or electrical work is not to standard – or even if structural inconsistency is discovered as work begins.


A vital part of this is also review of shop drawings which are submitted by various tradesmen. An architect will make a basic design in the drawings phase, and fabricators make far more detailed drawings. An architect will give these drawings a once over before the item in question is created, to ensure that practicality meets what you have envisioned together. Along the same lines, they are also tasked with reviewing and approving mockups and samples that fabricators create.

As you can see, an architect in Cheshire’s responsibilities and requirements within stages past initial design and pricing make the process absolutely vital, and they are imperative in maintaining excellent progress of either a new build or a modification to an existing one.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

What to do if you’re experiencing problems with your TV aerial


For some, a tv aerial that have suddenly stopped working might not be a matter of urgency, but for others, it can cause lots of problems. Local bed and breakfasts and hotels for example, rely heavily on these services to keep guests entertained and offer value for money. So when it stops working when we least expect it – we just don’t know what to do. We’ve put together a guide that will help you resolve the situation in best way you can, when it comes to your satellite North Wales:

Wait it Out – If it’s the first time this has happened, it may just be a blip in your service. It’s always recommended to wait and see if the problem corrects itself. Most aerial installation Pwllheli companies will charge for a call out. So, although waiting to see if the problem resolves itself might seem frustrating, it could save you some money if does.

Check your connections – Can you spot any loose cabling? Some cables work themselves loose over time with the movement of television screens to suit the viewer.Externally, can you see any hanging cables? Bad weather is the main cause of unexpected satellite problems in the rural areas of North Wales and this could have damaged your cable setup. If you do see hanging cables, don’t attempt to correct them yourself. It’s time to make a call out.

Carry out a local business search – Search for professional aerial installers in your local area. You need someone who can reach you as soon as possible, without the delays that long journeys and lack of area knowledge can cause. Get as many quotes as you can. Most good aerial installation companies will have a system in place to deliver a quote to you without the need to pick up the phone.

Look at reviews and testimonials – A good aerial installer will be able to offer feedback and examples of their work on their website for you to see. Look for a good range of experience, which should offer reassurance that they can assist with a range of issues before you peruse their services.

Maintain good communication – If the company you use need to replace your current equipment with new, it may be a good idea to maintain good communication so that you’re always in the know, when it comes to your (potentially complex) setup. In future, the company may be able to support you over the telephone, and therefore can save you time and money.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Oil and Gas Exploration: A process


Oil and Gas exploration is undoubtedly imperative to companies large and small, whether they are in possession of a prospect or a lead. Oil and Gas exploration involves a great number of technical processes and an even larger amount of identification, risking and ranking processes, but this article hopes to provide an overview of what exactly is done in order to properly identify prospects into leads, and eventually assets.

Initially, an oil and gas exploration company will perform a series of exploration evaluations. These are varied and numerous, and generally involve subsurface evaluation in order to identify prospective resources, which of course will influence a companies’ decision of whether or not to drill. These evaluations can include basin analysis, seismic processing, seismic interpretation, application of regional geology, as well as Play and Fairway analysis of the prospect. This will properly identify a prospect, and all of the risks that go along with it.

Should your prospect turn into a lead, appraisal evaluation is implemented. This process is essentially the evaluation of seismic, well and test data which was gathered throughout the exploration evaluation stage. The collected data is assessed and interrogated to get the full picture of the prospect. Should said prospect become a lead, this data is then applied to the decision to either drill more wells, or develop the initial one. In the case of collected data showing the cost of doing so outweighs what can be extracted, the decision can then be taken to abandon the project and the prospect – saving a company (depending on the project) from $10m upwards to excess of $100m per drill. Needless to say, knowing what exactly a prospect is worth is imperative.

In the case of a lead turning into an asset, field development is started. This process generates plans for the maximum amount of hydrocarbon recovery, and commerciality. Your asset is developed, and reserves are quantified. The process for field development is varied, with each and every government having their own sets of rules and own levies in regard to this. An Oil and Gas exploration company will take care of it all, preparing and delivering proposals, and the approval process falls to them.

Ongoing operations support then characterises varying activities (which of course vary, depending on what is needed for the project in itself) which can include drilling infill and extension wells, as well as the ongoing adaptation of operations to properly take advantage of production response.
As you can see, oil and gas operation work is crucial to all finds, whether it is within an old resource or a brand new one.

Oil and gas exploration starts via de-risking a prospect, such as properly and accurately identifying what exactly is being dealt with, and evolves to management services which will allow you to get the most out of every drill. Finally, the oil and gas exploration process autonomies the project, ensuring that every aspect of it goes smoothly.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

New Research Shows Insects Don’t Like LED Lighting


LED lighting prevents insects
LED lighting is more than just an attractive lighting solution for home and commercial use – and it’s been getting some very good press recently.

Recent research which was undertaken by scientists within the University of Bristol has shown that LED lighting isn’t very attractive to insects – and this could be incredibly beneficial for us.

It appears that nuisance insects, such as biting midges and mosquitoes are much more attracted to traditional filament lamps than LEDs. They’ve hypothesized that this is likely due to filament lamps giving off heat whilst they’re on. Insects like mosquitoes use thermal cues to find unsuspecting warm hosts in the night – so having filament bulbs in or outside your home during the evening likely invites them in for a feast!

The study showed that LEDs attracted four times as few insects in comparison to the filament bulb. The statistics also revealed that only 2-3% of the 4,000 insects in the study favoured the LED lighting. This is a rather huge difference and it's likely more future research will experiment with LED lighting.

This is not only good news for those of us who are tired of waking up to a large quantity of very irritating bug bites during the summer – it could also reduce the spread of deadly diseases.

We’ve all heard of the Zika virus in the news. This often fatal disease is spread through mosquito bites – which if you’ve been to countries in warmer climates, are incredibly and unfortunately easy to obtain. Other fatal viruses carried by mosquitoes are malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever.

If LED lighting is used more frequently outside and inside of homes, fewer mosquitoes carrying deadly viruses will be attracted to them. LED strip lights can be used throughout the home, and are often very customisable with the colouring. For outdoor use, LED rope lights could be used to colourfully light your garden, as well as deterring those pesky biting insects.

This is also a great result for the environment and our pockets, as LED lights have incredible energy saving properties.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Myths Debunked: LED Lighting Is Expensive

LED Lighting is probably one of the biggest and best inventions of the 21st century, even if technically very much of its development was a 20th Century type affair. The latter stages of LED Lighting’s development – the refinement, the transformation from a pipe dream came in the 21st Century, in very recent years. Nowadays, LED Rope Lights and LED Strip Lights are a very common sight to see.

LED Lighting now is far more affordable than what it ever was when it first hit the public in the 20th  Century thanks to power manufacturers such as Panasonic, Sony, and OSRAM being insightful enough to view this technology as the future and thus investing their own funds into development and manufacture. As such, they lifted the LED Lighting Industry from Concept to a very real product.

It’s been a bumpy ride.

In the electronics industry it’s very well known that when something is brand new it’s often prohibitively expensive – as quite simply put, the manufacture route simply isn’t there.
In the case of new inventions, specialist machines have to be designed, constructed and built to be able to cope with producing large volumes of said product every single day, as well as quality procedures have to be established – not to mention sourcing materials and such.

There’s a lot of trial and error involved within the first stages of absolutely anything, and to purchase something immediately is known as being on the “bleeding edge”. Aptly named, this term is a step above “cutting edge” and as the name would imply, is often pretty painful – at least in regard to pricing for the consumer and investment from companies.

Hypothetically, should something not pay off (Does anyone remember the ill-fated minidisc from Sony?) it can be absolutely devastating to a company, but the rewards are gigantic for companies that invest in the right thing. As such, manufacturers are enjoying the fact that LED Lighting (in an unstable global market nonetheless, where estimates are extremely conservative) has shot up in a massive fashion since 2015, from $25bn to $30.5bn in 2016.

What does that mean for the consumer?

It means that LED Lighting is cheaper than ever for you and me, and some very real savings can be made now the risk of LED Lighting is no longer apparent to companies – and they can lower their prices thanks to increased supply, manufacture, and more importantly, competition now the way has been paved.


Monday, 7 November 2016

Coloured Inversion With InSeis


For all users of Petrel or IHS Kingdom Seismic and Geological Interpretation Software, there’s always been a rather big question. When it comes to Seismic Inversion, there’s many ways in order to work your original reflectivity data from an interface property to a rock property (impedance – sonic velocity and bulk density multiplied.)

Structural interpretation of course relies very much of this data, as of course an inverted dataset your values are describing internal rock property – with different values indicating what exactly is beneath via lithology type, porosity or even fluid type within the rocks. When it comes to vital stratigraphic interpretation and reservoir characterisation, velocity modelling is absolutely needed even if it’s garnered itself for being frustrating.

It isn’t as if velocity modelling is difficult, just arduous. By its nature it is a very simple process compared to everything else – but annoyingly slow to complete and far less accurate than most.
It’s generally considered that coloured inversion is the global standard of velocity modelling – and it doesn’t have to be taxing should you have the right tools. London based Equipoise Software’s InSeis, for example. This handy little tool can be added on to either Petrel or IHS Kingdom Seismic and Geological Interpretation Software, which will give you more accurate results, and a much faster workflow.

Faster Results, and Accuracy
InSeis is a pretty special little tool, which is lightweight enough to not be detrimental to the time velocity modelling takes, but interesting via the fact that it’s packed full of features to make you work faster, but in a better way that will give you more accuracy overall. A fun little feature with InSeis, compared to it’s competitors, is the amount of development that’s gone into it and just who it’s from. InSeis is the product of Equipoise Software, and has been created partially through their partnership with ERCE, who are the United Kingdom’s leading employee-owned Oil and Gas Reservoir Evaluation firm.

Having access to all of ERCEs data throughout the years has inspired Equipoise Software to create Velit and InSeis, two add ons that have the power and the functionality of full programs in their own right. These little tools are absolutely invaluable to firms that want to work smarter, not harder with their data.  

Monday, 31 October 2016

How to Save Money on Your MOT




One of the best ways you can save money on your MOT is by carrying out the basic checks for your vehicle yourself.  Identifying mechanical problems before you go for your MOT can save you not only money but the time of repair. Below are some ways you can prepare for your next visit to an MOT Garage Conwy.


Not checking your lights is the easiest way to fail your MOT, but the simplest thing to correct. To be precise, approximately 30% of all MOT problems are because of faulty lighting and signalling. Before you take your MOT, check that the all the lights are working correctly. Reverse close to a wall and you should see the reflection of your break lights in your rearview mirror.

Your wheels and tyres play a big part in the safety of your vehicle and these and as a result will cause you an immediate fail if they aren’t up to standard. The minimum legal tread for your tyres is 1.6mm and any lower than this could cause you a fine and points on your licence should you get stopped by the police. Check for tears or scrapes in the tyre wall and if your see acny, it gives you the opportunity to find a part worn tyre specialist.

Broken mirrors and can easily be fixed at home but could easily cause you a fail if they are in poor condition. You can purchase them yourself from your local car accessories supplier, specific to your car model. Just like your mirrors, your number plate should be good condition and easily readable.

Finally, ensure that your wipers are leaving your windscreen nice and clear without streaks to obstruct your view. Of course, the one way they will test this is by using your washer fluid so be sure to check that it’s filled up along with your oil and power steering fluid.  Maintaining these fluids and keeping a clean car shows that you look after your vehicle and gives your mechanic confidence in your ability to stay on top your vehicle's maintenance.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Building Information Modelling and Digital Built Britain

There’s no doubt that BIM is remarkably important for both the construction of buildings as well as long term management of such, so we’re beyond happy to relay that Digital Built Britain – the latest stages of the BIM Task Group’s programme to have the UK continue to lead the way in BIM has officially been launched, providing a wealth of news and information about this exciting time for UK based Construction companies.

Countless firms have embraced BIM technology, not least Brenig Construction, a North Wales Civil engineering firm with a number of big projects under their belts. Yet it doesn’t matter whether you’re a large or a small organisation, BIM Modelling applies to absolutely every professional in the sector.
The Digital Built Britain programme focused on providing much-needed developmental support and British standards for BIM Level 2, Increasing international trade and opportunity for growth within all sectors of British construction companies, at contractor and subcontractor levels.

Also covered within the Digital Britain Programme is the long-awaited development of the BIM level 3 programme which was announced within February 2015 – and also the extremely long-awaited website in relation to this aim.

Of further note are various talks on cyber security, and the implementation of early adapter projects which of course will focus upon BIM Level 3A and manufacturing technology – and last but not least, boosting private sector interest and engagement.

October 2016 has marked a very significant step toward a digital economy for the British Construction and Civil Engineering sector. An industry that has always been accused of not keeping up with the times and perhaps rather hostile in regard to the face of change, the British Construction industry is taking it’s steps slowly, but surely.


It’s not disputed that indeed, there is a future within BIM. BIM is a step toward keeping buildings far more viable throughout their lives. It’s undisputed that building maintenance is extremely hard and quite arduous. BIM will allow the matter to become simple, and in turn will transform the British Construction industry – which is worth $10 trillion – toward far increased productivity, competitiveness and efficiency. 

Why people Choose Servicing Plans

Instead of paying in full for your 6 monthly or annual services, you can now choose to a servicing plan from an Mot garage Conwy. But why would someone choose to opt for a servicing plan instead of paying in one go? Here are just some of the reasons why:

Convenience – Some may prefer to go for the simple fact it can be a convenient solution for someone who wouldn’t want a hefty bill at the end of their visit. Particularly if you use your car daily, for commuting as well as leisure, you’ll be relying on it to be running smoothly at all times. Any hiccups of course, can very disruptive to your schedule and it’s for this reason it’s worthwhile having a regular service without the crippling cost that goes along with it. The regular monthly sum can help with budgeting, meaning you know exactly where you stand when it comes to your finances.

Avoid Inflation – Prices are always changing but when you enter into a plan you’re fixing to a single price each month for a stated period. The benefit of this is that you are unlikely to be impacted by inflation.

Value for money – Paying by plan often means you can save money when you combine service and repair costs. Often you will receive a number of repair services for free or for a reduced amount with your servicing plan, which means you should be saving money your total costs. It also means that other premium services are open to such as valeting.

Passing your MOT – Ensuring that your vehicles receive a regular service is the best precaution you can take to pass your MOT. A well serviced car will need less repairs to make it road worthy and safe vehicle. With this in mind, it is more likely to pass an MOT than a car which has not been serviced regularly.

Spotting malfunctions early – When you pay for something regularly, you’re often more inclined to use that service and have the vehicle looked at regularly. Although a service won’t check all the critical points of the car, a professional mechanic will know exactly what to look for when it comes to maintaining the health of your car.

A staggering 12% of construction firms within the United Kingdom are using drone technology in order to better view assets, quantify sites, aiding with capturing images for inspections and utilisation within 3D modelling – not to mention other means of simplifying the building process.

According to recent research conducted in September 2016 by drone manufacturer and supplier dronesdirect.co.uk. Staggeringly, that means that half a million people are using drones for commercial purpose, and construction firms are leading the way among this rather large amount of companies.

North Wales civil engineering firm Brenig Construction are just one of these firms utilising drones in their work, and as the UK’s industry sectors, they’ve always been ahead of the game in making changes within an industry which has been called rather slow to adapt change. It seems, certainly from Brenig Construction's portfolio, that they're the exception to the rule. 

The firm themselves have worked on a number of projects in varying sectors – be said projects related to the private or the public sector. A company that takes on jobs within rural or urban settings, including new builds and regeneration projects, with excellent experience within transport and utility infrastructure, earthworks, landscaping and marine developments, they certainly can’t be accused of staying blind to the industry’s changing nature.

Brenig Construction in addition are fully trained within modern industry practise, and also sustainable development, with particular attention paid to BREEAM and of course CEEQUAL standards. Brenig Construction’s own philosophy means that they strive to use renewable and/or recycled materials, develop carbon neutral operations, with an eye on reducing and eliminating waste product at every stage of the construction process.


And, it seems to have paid off for them. Brenig Construction have been selected to work in sensitive locations, including designated areas of conservation, national parks and sites of special scientific interest. All in all, with an eye toward useful technologies, as well as providing a more sustainable approach for building - Brenig Construction within North Wales seem to be what other construction companies should base themselves on. 

Friday, 30 September 2016

3 LED Products We Love



LED Lighting is a rather huge and varied category now, and it incorporates a lot of things. LED Strip Lights, LED Rope Lights, and other products are getting absolutely massive, mostly thanks to renewed focus on our environment, and the damage CFL Bulbs of old actually do. Whether it’s carbon emissions, or even how they’re manufactured, it’s simply not okay nowadays to have them in products. That, and they’re expensive. Extremely so. Switching to LED Lighting in your home will afford you gigantic savings over time, and there’s an array of amazing products out there that utilise this new technology in an amazing way.

LED Wallpaper

LED Wallpaper is an amazing thing, and something we never thought could even exist. Tiny little diodes are placed in certain places on the wallpaper, and emit a very gentle light in order to create an asbolutely stunning focal feature that all of your friends and relatives will notice, immediately as they walk through the door. LED wallpaper is amazing, and while indeed it’s pretty pricy presently, we’re certain that advances in the technology leading to mass production will make it a far more realistic option for anyone’s home.

LED Light Tiles

LED Light tiles are ultra-thin, have a great ability to adapt to a wide variety of shapes and sizes, include fully intergated optics, have a very quick and simply installation, and allows you to present an area in a new light… literally. Whether it’s your bathroom, your kitchen, or even a shed conversion with fancy lighting, perhaps a bar, or even… well, anything, really, LED Light tiles are very good-looking, and you’ll certainly wow a lot of people with proper utilisation.

Absolutely Anything!

Yes, you read that right. The beauty of LED products is that you can utilise them absolutely anywhere. It doesn’t matter when, or how. The only limit with LED products is your own creativity, and for people with that in abundance, LED Lighting is for you. Gone are the days of harsh tones in only about three colours. Now, you can use LED lighting in any colour you please, with tones which are quite simply gorgeous, and suited for anyone’s tastes.

Boasting total customisation and limitless application, LED products are quite simply a very exciting possibility which has since opened up with renewed vigor from top-notch, high quality manufacturers. Why not look into retrofitting your existing features today? It’ll be more than worth it.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

InSies – All You Need For Inversion Software


We’re pleased to relay that InSeis – an excellent Kingdom add-on which allows two different seismic inversion techniques – is coming to Petrel Q1 2016. Coloured Inversion and Simulated Annealing Inversion are undeniably important techniques, which allow turning seismic signals into an acoustic impedance layer model with ease.

Simulated Annealing Inversion is aided with InSeis. Whereas Simulated Annealing Inversion is known as a very difficult procedure with it’s own complexities, generally it is a method of painstakingly calibrating absolute acoustic impedance into well log data, with the eventual aim of generating real, working petrophysical volumes.

 InSeis offers a robust algorithm that derives layered impedance models via very efficient searches of model space – in order to generate an optimised set of model parameters via simulated annealing. Essentially, with the aid of this fantastic little addon for Kingdom and soon Petrel Q1 2016, you’ll be able to use gloal optimisation techniques, which apply parameter constraints which use a macro-model and seismic amplitudes to reduce non uniqueness problems.

No small task – but be assured that InSeis supports multi-CPU processing, eliminating slowdown and making program lockups a thing of the past. Essentially, InSeis utilises however much power you decide to throw at it in as efficient a manner possible, and is very easy to parameterise and run. Furthermore, an added bonus in InSeis is that it has high-resolution output for relative impedance as well as absolute. Finally, it’s integrated within Kingdom and a breeze to link to Petrel.


Log and seismic matches are a vital part of simulated annealing inversion, and a trace near a well can be selected from a seismic data volume which uses a shortest distance criterion. InSeis tackles the well known problem of best matches not being shown from seismic traces which are generated from calibrated sonic logs. 

All in all, InSeis is a prgram thats robust and strong, and capable of deriving layered impedence models with little to no headaches.

Things You Need to Know About Taking Your MOT

Getting an MOT done on your car can be inconvenient, but it’s a necessity in making sure you and your family are safe whilst travelling in your vehicle. However, there’s a few things you should know about making your MOT a swift experience so that you're back on the road in no time all, thanks to MOT testing, Llandudno

Find a Garage that’s open 6 days a week (or offer a courtesy car)
There’s nothing more disruptive to your busy schedule than taking your car in for an MOT only to find out it needs more work but the garage is closed over the weekend! You need reassurance that the work can be done as quickly as possible, so always go for a garage that are willing to put the hours in. If you can take your car to a garage that can offer a courtesy car whilst your car is being tested then this can be a huge bonus to you and your family.

Reputation
There are garages out there that will go above and beyond, offer up a friendly face who is willing to explain exactly what you need and why. Ask around and find out what kind of service your friends and family received.

Can I take my MOT earlier?
You can take your MOT test at any time. However if it’s more than a month before it expires, your new certificate will be valid from your new testing date. This makes testing convenient if you’re thinking of taking a trip away or are moving home.
Some might consider testing earlier so they can drive if necessary after the test even if it fails. However, if your car needs work to make it safe and you continue to drive it, you could earn points on your licence as well endanger the safety of others. It is always advised to have the necessary work done immediately, if possible.

How long does an MOT take?
An MOT test typically takes around 45 minutes. After your test has been completed, you will receive a certificate letting you know what work needs to be done now or done soon. You can wait for the MOT to be completed. If additional work needs to done, this may take longer, so it might be a good idea to make plans for the day using local transport links. Some garages offer a drop off service, so if you pass, you can even have your car back in your drive the same day.

Will I have to pay again if I fail my MOT?
You can be charged for a partial retest within 10 days of the original, however some garages will offer this free of charge. It’s important that you check this before you book with your chosen garage to avoid any unnecessary expense.

Making The Most Out of Your Data With Velit

Velit is an amazing tool for Depth Conversion and Velocity Modelling, with a host of easy-to-use functions such as the Velit Wizard which can increase your productivity via enabling you to use a wide-ranging number of features in order to interrogate your data in multiple ways, and put it to task to truly work for you – enhancing your operational efficiency, and your effective capability in producing an excellent best case technical model of the earth below.

Velit’s analytics is truly leagues above other software offerings in the industry, and offers myriad ways to get the most out of your data. Whether or not it’s incorporation of cross-plots, histograms,  or numerical optimisation, interrogating the well and processing velocities can be done manually, or by utilising predefined workflows to be ultimately user-friendly.

You might be starting to suspect that there are limited options within Velit, that the program forces you into a one-size fits all approach to your data. However, we’re pleased to say that is not the case – and there are also a wealth of differing methods for analysing your well velocity data.

Furthermore, the act of seeing, not just reading, your data from differing angles will allow you to get a better understanding of the way forward by building your best case velocity model, by allowing you to get a far better understanding of the velocities you are working with.

Velit’s inbuilt and extremely comprehensive Numerical Optimisation determines the best parameters for velocity function, with both linear and non-linear functions supported. Whether or not your data is well, seismic velocity and apparent internal velocity, your data’s value is increased dramatically by Velit’s robust numerical optimisation, and your models can truly be better.

Essentially, Velit is industry standard for a reason. All-in-all, it’s an extremely robust, comprehensive program which offers geologists and geoscientists a viable, excellent way to put their data to work in ways that are not overcomplicated and designed for the user in mind.


Equipoise Software, the London-based company which are the creators of Velit, have produced an excellent program which can truly enable superior workflow and better method. Their close link with ERC Equipoise has given them truly unique access to expertise and global project experience, and they’ve created a program that can give your team the benefit of this insight.  

Monday, 26 September 2016

Civil Engineers and Water Management

In September 2016, two landmark reports have been published which has gained the attention of many firms – from civil engineering in Denbigh to the whole of North Wales and beyond. The findings of which regards both ends of the spectrum with flooding and drought, and no doubt will form the backbone of water management strategy in decades to come, forming as a guide for civil engineering firms the throughout the UK and the world – not just North Wales.

A need has been identified for improved rain and flood modelling throughout the UK, as well as a significant need for temporary flood defences and greater protection for infrastructure until new measures to provide permanent defence can be established. Key steps identified within these reports indicate that local resilience needs to be improved, and all modelling improvements must be on an ongoing basis.

In regard to this, civil engineering firms will no doubt be scratching their heads. It’s well known that construction as an industry is somewhat behind the times, and a lot of firms simply don’t like embracing change, whether said change is BIM Modelling, sustainable building or improved workflows and improved mechanism, to promote buildings saving money during their operation time at a slightly extra cost within the build, or otherwise.

Brenig Construction, a North Wales based civil engineering and turnkey project management firm have shown throughout all of their projects that they are more than comfortable embracing change. With strong roots in sustainable building, green building, H&S and one of the few firms within North Wales which work to BREEAM specification, Brenig Construction also have the high reputation that came with direct experience of working on Rhyl’s Coastal Defences some years past.


 Furthermore, Brenig Construction have worked within a multitude of projects both nationally and locally, for gigantic players such as Willmott Dixon, Balfour Beatty, and even smaller scale projects such as Cartrefi Conwy, which shows their dedication to the world around them as well as their dedication to human beings, with a wave of social housing in Llanfairfechan the lastest of their long line of achievements and improvements to the North Wales area.