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 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.