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.

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.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

How Important Is It To Service Your Car?

Car Servicing Llandudno can help you with a fully comprehensive service, from changing your fluids and parts right down to a wash. However, many of us think servicing our cars is still somewhat of a luxury (or an inconvenience) and push it as long as we can before we ‘treat’ our cars to one. The truth is that a service is completely necessary and here are the reasons why. 

Your MOT is not like a service
When you take your car in for an MOT, it is being tested on its technical ability to for operate safely whilst your service will maintain all the parts and fluids it uses in order to operate. It’s easy to forget that your car needs regular maintenance throughout the year apart from its yearly test.

Can I do it myself?
If you have a newer car in particular, you’ll be working with a much more advanced, possibly even computerised machine which demands experience and precision. Even if you’re perfectly able to carry out a basic oil change, you might require specialist tools to either full gain access the components or to avoid damage. It is always best to leave it to a qualified professional who has the necessary experience to carry out the work correctly. When working with tyres in particular, failing to spot any tears or scrapes could be critical to driver safety.

Can a service save you money?
A car that doesn’t have a clean air filer nor has dirty oil is going to have to work much harder than a clean, smooth running car and will consume the fuel to do so.  Not only that, but an unserviced vehicle has a shorter lifespan with likelihood of component failure.  

Will not servicing my car affect my insurance claim?
Yes it will. Should your car be involved in a ‘total loss’ accident its pre accident value could be lower than expected. Insurance companies take your service history into account when estimating the value of your car which means you could lose out should the worst happen to your car.

Oil and Gas Reserves: What’s it all about?

Natural resources are growing scarcer by the day, and consultants are called upon in increasing numbers to provide audits for prospect studies, contingent resource evaluations and commercial reserve estimation. It’s a very specialist field, with Reservoir Simulation experts in high demand globally. Reserves of course can be estimated and measured for a single reservoir, a field, a nation, or even the entire world.

Oil reserves are generally considered the amount of technically and economically recoverable oil. Economically recoverable oil, as the name implies, is denoted to reserves where viability is first and foremost. Having an expert in the field, let alone a team of them, can prevent oil companies from making very costly mistakes.

The total estimation of an amount of oil in an oil reservoir is generally called “oil in place.” This applies to both producible and non-producible oil.

Of course, this is very often, if not certainly, not an indication of how much oil can actually be extracted from a reservoir. The process is not perfect, and it is a sad fact that within current petroleum extraction technologies (and the characteristics of each and every reservoir being very different, even if found in the same continent) only a fraction of what is actually there can be reached, let alone obtained.

Therefore, an Energy Resource Consultant is absolutely vital when it comes to working out how much can be gained, and whether a project is even viable. When you’re looking for a resource evaluation service, you’ll most likely turn to the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, which is a large group of professionals dedicated to oil and gas reserves and reserve evaluation. Your professional should have a proven track record of generating evaluations for public disclosure or for confidential purposes.

Whether you’re after an evaluation for the purpose of Public Reserves and Resource Reporting Audits, Acquisitions, Divestments, Mergers, Bond issues, Reserve based lending, or Portfolio management, a resource evaluation professional such as London-based ERC Equipoise will be able to assist with audits of assets of all types.  

Friday, 2 September 2016

Protecting Your Workers From Construction Dust

It might sound trivial to laymen, but Construction dust is a massive blight on the UK construction industry. The HSE Executive reports around 500 deaths relating to long-term inhalation of dust from construction sites every year – which is an alarming figure. Construction firms within Flintshire and North Wales as a whole are aware of this, and have measures in place to minimise their workers exposure to hazardous substances.

Some common measures of prevention and control when it comes to hazardous substances are used in conjunction with others. Keeping the number of workers near any dust-producing work areas to a minimum works well, as well as using sheeting and temporary screens to enclose work areas. General mechanical ventilation to remove dust-filled air from work areas is also a tactic employed by most firms – especially when work is enclosed. Finally, the simple act of rotating workers can work wonders in regulating the amount of inhalation suffered by workers.

Generally, assessing risk and putting controls in place works – but those measures are nothing without regular reviews of methods and control mechanism. Procedures should be put in place to ensure that anything related to construction dust is done in a way that is as safe as possible.

It goes without saying that equipment must be maintained appropriately, with RPE filters changed regularly. The HSE Executive demands at minimum, examinations and tests of all on-tool extraction systems are carried out at least once every 14 months by an appropriate person of responsibility. (Usually whoever you have undertaking the initial risk assessments)

Furthermore, your workers should be involved in consultation on any problems and solutions that can be introduced to the work process. A worker of any level of experience should also be supervised to ensure compliance with the controls you get in place – as well as the correct method of work to eliminate any and all risks.