Thursday, 30 March 2017

The first of ERC Equipoise's Training Sessions of 2017

Industry leading oil and gas evaluation firm, ERC Equipoise, are teaching two PESGB training courses in October 2017. This course is with Dr. Chris Edwards, the head of the company’s sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy competency division, and looks to be a treat indeed.

The first course commences at The PESGB, and is open for members only. If you’re a member of this prestigious society, you can’t afford to miss this course. Spanning over two days, the course is essential via its introduction of the principles, concepts and practical methods of sequence stratigraphy as a fundamental component of the petroleum exploration workflow.

For those seeking to gain a higher understanding of sequence stratigraphy – from its core as an informal chronostratigraphic method which provides means of subdividing stratigraphic record, to the finer points of identification and prediction of facies, to even the documentation of time-transgressive natures of lithostratigraphic units, the course provides a hands-on approach to sequence stratigraphy through lectures and exercises which use live outcrop, core, well log and seismic data to predict petroleum system elements with absolute certainty.

Furthermore, you will complete the main objectives: Forming basic concepts and terminology of sequence stratigraphy, developing skill with the building blocks of dispositional sequences, recognizing the criteria required for proper identification of depositional sequences, as well as developing the recognition of criteria for the above, as well as identifying their components in outcrops, cores, well logs and seismic data. As the icing on the cake, so to speak, you will also apply effective sequence stratigraphy in marine, non marine and submarine depositional settings as you predict petroleum system element.

The first part of these courses, detailed above, will commence from the 9th to the 10th of October, 2017. This course will take place at the PESGB training centre, in Croydon, London.

Furthermore, pricing for this essential course is £550 – with a discount for PESGB members at £500. This Registration fee includes all that is needed, including lunch, refreshments, and a copy of the SEPM book as standard.

What is Systems Thinking?

This blog has extensively covered all manner of things relevant to the industrial and construction industry in recent months, including BIM and sustainable building, BREEAM certifications, and of course the importance of keeping the industry open to apprenticeships and the like.

Systems Thinking is a relatively undiscussed part of the construction industry, and generally, to understand it, you have to view it as a framework for understanding complex issues with a site or an individual build and structuring problems out – in order to deliver better results.

Take very well-known civil engineering Denbighshire firm, for example. Brenig Construction are a firm which work on a multitude of projects within the North Wales and North West England area, and have particular experience in infrastructure, railway, and marine developments.

Brenig Construction have dealt with projects throughout any of these which no doubt would have involved multiple stakeholders with differing motivation, purpose, aim, objective, and of course monetary and non-monetary constraints, and some, or all of which is very probable to have caused multiple conflictions throughout the length and breadth of the project.

Civil engineering in North Wales, Scotland, the UK, or even in far flung regions such as Australia is of course demanding. The same limitations and challenges which affect British companies are the same as those that affect other companies on the other side of the earth. There is the old style of thinking, of course – the “brief, design, construct and deliver” mind set only takes a civil engineering firm so far, and is often referenced as the UK-wide recognition that the industry must learn other ways of thinking.

Systems thinking is generally considered only a part of the new ways of thinking, and Brenig Construction in particular have embraced Systems thinking with their projects, to great effect. First of all, when you look at a project, you must understand that success involves collaboration, and that stakeholders must understand and agree the purpose of each and every stage of the construction and planning effort. Essentially, it’s communication – albeit logged communication and the establishment of a common goal.

Systems thinking has proved its worth across the UK in terms of providing a framework for understanding and management, as well as allowing stakeholders to add value to a project, and enabling the structure of problems, as well as identifying what exactly is needed for the project’s success.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Advice For Checking Your Fuel Tank

If you store domestic heating oil North Wales, you’ll know the importance of checking your fuel tank regularly for any signs of wear and tear.

Losing oil can not only end up costing you a fortune, it also means your home will not be heated and your cooker won’t be powered; depending on what you use your fuel for.

When it comes to checking your tank, there are a few things you should always look out for. This includes checking the tank base and its supports for any signs of cracking, as well as ensuring that the content gauge within the tank is functioning correctly. As a general recommendation, you should be checking the condition of your fuel tank at least once a month.

It’s also beneficial to check the surrounding pipe work and valves for signs of leakage, which may be in the form of staining. If your tank is close to flowers or other vegetation, you should also check whether the areas next to the tank have died, as this could suggest an oil leak.

Tanks are available in both metal and plastic varieties, and each come with their own advantages and disadvantages. With plastic tanks, they can be prone to cracking and splitting over time, however this is easy to identify with regular tank checks.

Plastic tanks are not typically repaired once they begin to crack; it is instead advised that you buy a new one to replace it. Metal tanks begin to show signs of rust over time, but are able to be repaired to a certain extent. Plastic tanks can often be cheaper to replace.

If you use a remote tank monitoring service to save you having to check your tank's fuel level yourself, you should still regularly check the exterior of the tank to ensure that no leaks are present.

It is also advised that you have your fuel tank checked by an oil professional at least once a year, to ensure that you haven’t missed any signs of damage and also to give you peace of mind that it is in full working order.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Why You Should Choose Specialist Commercial Satellite Installation For Your B&B

Managing a B&B or hotel means you require specialist solutions in all that you do so provide the best service you can. Even down to your satellite installation Porthmadog, it’s important to hire an experienced professional for many reasons.

Experience – A professional representing a reputable company can offer guarantees in terms of their knowledge and experience having working with similar clients in the past. Upon request, they should be able to provide references showing the kind of service that’s provided and how they rated their service. Professional service providers can be expected to uphold a certain service level unlike unestablished businesses who many not have a set standard of practice.

Quality Service – You require a service that is of the highest quality so in the event that a problem occurs, it can be corrected easily. The work that’s carried out by an experienced professional is often guaranteed for a term agreed prior to the contract taking place. With increased experience comes increased speed when it comes to problem-solving. A reliable professional will work with industry standard equipment and cabling that has undergone rigorous testing.

Cable organisation – In a hotel or B&B appearances are everything. Guests want to escape to an environment that looks desirable but cables and bulky domestic aerial systems could leave negative first impression on your property. Commercial aerial and satellite systems are a lot more advanced in terms of their appearance and usability, making them a much more ideal suit when it comes to your commercial property.

Specialised Service – Commercial satellite installers recognise that each business has very different needs and are therefore able to provide a more tailored service. Most providers will be able to offer a free quotation for the service, letting you know exactly what work will need to be carried out.

Cable organisation – In a hotel or B&B appearances are everything. Guests want to escape to an environment that looks desirable but cables and bulky domestic aerial systems could leave negative first impression on your property. Commercial aerial and satellite systems are a lot more advanced in terms of their appearance and usability, making them a much more ideal suit when it comes to your commercial property.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Human Centric Lighting Reduces Patient Stress Levels

Human Centric Lighting has been implemented at a Danish psychiatric hospital, and positive results which benefit both patients and medical staff have started to show already.  This Human Centric LED Lighting works by tuning brightness of lighting and colour temperatures to patterns – conductive with daytime stimulation, and also night time rest.

It’s an emulation of daytime stimulation and night time rest, that’s to be sure – but it’s an emulation convincing enough to fool the human body, which directly benefits patients who may otherwise miss out on established day and night routines.

The verdict is absolutely unanimous – the facility in question’s doctors, nurses, psychologists, therapists, and also visitors which were surveyed at the facility reported that Human Centric Lighting has indeed fostered a calmer, cozier and more natural atmosphere within the facility, which has directly improved sleep and therefore quality of life for patients, and also staff.

Medical treatment, especially when patients may not be able to be in control of their emotions and their feelings, hence becoming vulnerable people, is based upon dignity for the patient and respect for human life. In situations where an individual has to have their freedoms taken away for the sake of their own safety and the safety of others, it is more paramount than ever to maintain dignity and respect.

In our opinion, Respect starts with making an individual’s situation as comfortable as possible, and Human Centric Lighting is paramount in maintaining a human being’s dignity by making an altered situation for them as comfortable as can be. By fooling the human body to encourage natural sleep cycles, a patient will ultimately have a happier life.

This has been proven by the fact that within this facility, medical staff have administered much less drugs, and noted a marked reduction in patient outbursts and disturbances.  

But what about the cost? Negligible. Human centric lighting is cheaper than you’d think to set up and can be done so with usual retrofitting as well as a variety of LED Strip Lighting and LED Rope Lighting, and the savings for health boards and the NHS at large could be gigantic, should this technology be placed in British hospitals and facilities.