Friday, 26 May 2017

Lifetime Housing in North Wales

Lifetime Homes are designed to make it as easy as possible for as long as possible to live within them, because thoughtful design is at the very heart of their initial build. With a lifetime home, some adjustment may be required in some places, but generally the difference between a lifetime home and one which is not, is that a Lifetime Home is designed to be inhabited through the majority of the occupant’s lifetime. Construction in North Wales is starting to jump onto the idea of Lifetime Homes, as it is a very well-worn subject that there is simply not enough housing in the UK for everyone.

Lifetime Housing is designed to provide accessible and adaptable accommodation, from young families to older people – or even individuals with a temporary or physical impairment. Lifetime Homes design will allow older people to stay in their own homes for longer, as well as reducing the need for home adaptations, as well as provide far greater choice toward disabled people who cannot achieve independent living, due to their own lack of suitable housing.

Lifetime Homes are designed to include 5 principles. Inclusivity, Adaptability, Accessibility, Sustainability, as well as good value. Accessibility is provided from all manner of things such as car parking width, accessible WCs and showers (and also usage of wet rooms instead) convenient bed space, the possibility for stair lifts, and the list goes on.

Lifetime Housing is not a new concept. There are a number of North Wales construction Companies which are willing to undertake the demands of designing a number of houses across the North Wales area which could feasibly be used over the entirety of a tenants life, and Brenig Construction are one of them.

Their work in Llanfairfechan is their first step toward Lifetime Housing built in a sustainable and a viable way, giving great quality homes for the occupants, with thoughtful design which is making waves in the North Wales community for their high build quality and thoughtful design.


Monday, 22 May 2017

Dealing With Water in Your Fuel Tank

Living in Wales means that you have to put up with quite a lot of rainfall throughout the year.

Those who use heating oil in Conwy and therefore have a fuel tank outside of their home need to be especially aware of the weather, as water can cause a number of issues within your tank if it manages to find its way in.

Water within your tank can reduce the quality of your fuel, therefore affecting its efficiency.

Thankfully, there are a number of ways to detect water in your tank, as well as clearing it out without the need of a costly call-out. If there has been a significant amount of rainfall in your area, the first thing to do is to purchase a water-detecting paste.

This paste is applied to a rod (or stick), and placed into the tank. If the paste has changed colour after being taken out of the tank, it means that water is present within it.

If you do happen to find water in your tank, it will need to be removed as quickly as possible. Many tanks feature a removal valve which allows you to empty out sludge and water without too much trouble. However, if your tank does not have a removal valve, there are still a few methods to remove water.

A water absorbent sponge will lie at the bottom of your tank and will soak up any water present within the fuel. Due to the design of these sponges, they will not absorb any fuel and can be removed from the tank once full.

To prevent water from building up, a heating oil water trap can be installed within your tank, which separates water from fuel before it reaches your system.

With summer on its way, we’re hoping that the rainfall in Wales will come to a halt for the next few months – but it’s always best to be prepared.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Understanding Cable Harnessing

Cable Harnessing
If you’re yet to utilise cable harnessing for important applications for your business, the simple question is why not?

As innovations go, cable harnesses are brilliantly simple and always advised as a necessity for health and safety as well as the smooth running of the day-to-day practicalities. If you’re in an environment which requires you to be around a lot of cables all the time (such as somewhere industrial or even in I.T), you can’t go wrong by investing in a harness.

The most obvious plus point for utilising cable harnessing in your workplace is that it makes it far easier to keep all your cabling in one simple and cohesive place. Not only does this provide added space in your atmosphere but it also helps to prevent any calamities in the workplace which involve tripping over trailing cables.

In terms of other industries, harnessing is essential in robotics and also automation respectively. This is because all engineered products from either of those industries need to be highly streamlined, safe and also aesthetically pleasing. Harnessing is commonplace in vehicles and is commonly found on all modern-day aeroplanes; commercial or otherwise.

On paper, it sounds like a relatively straightforward process to harness your cables. However, if you’re not a professional, you run the risk of damaging or incorrectly combining your cables when it comes to crimping or using a cable gland. This is why it’s always important to consult the experts who can assist you with all your custom cable assemblies.


As soon as you pick up the phone or send an e-mail to the specialists, they will be able to assist you with every detail on your assembly’s construction. The concept will be drawn up initially drawn up against your specifications and the design team will then work with you to find the product that suits your needs. When the harness is complete, you will be provided by a step by step guide on the engineering process and then also be provided with the option of competitive delivery dates.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

How Hired Pumps are used in Hydrostatic Testing.

hydrostatic testing


Hydrostatic Testing is important in checking the pressure
tolerance of tanks. Hired pump specialists
are commonly hired to carry out the following applications; ground de-watering, fluid movement, and unwanted water removal. Over-pumping chambers during pump station maintenance. Clean water, sludge and slurry pumping. Draining reservoirs (for example when it is being excavated or requires rebuilds.) Emergency backup in case a pumping station fails. At docks, ports, harbours and marinas (during cleaning, removal of unwanted substances and deposits, and dredging.) The pumping out of huge digester tanks during sewage works redevelopment Pumping during repairs and upgrades to treatment works.

Varieties of pumps that are used vary greatly depending on the required application, with rental companies of pumps which provide services for things such as one-off pump hire, to the design along with installation and management onsite for intricate plans and designs. Some also lease pumps for hydrostatic testing.

Hydrostatic testing involves water or another kind of liquid being pumped into a tank (or another kind of vessel or liquid holding unit/system) to check its tolerance of pressure. This liquid is often coloured with dye so it is more clearly visible

Pumps are used to fill the tank up until it reaches the ’test pressure level’. This is the point where the handling experts of the tank has any leaks or if the internal structure of the tank is flawed, corroded or worn, this is referred to as checking a tank’s ‘integrity’. The hydrostatic test will also serve to check if the tank will burst under pressure.

Hydrostatic testing is important because it would be a lot worse for everyone if the tank wasn’t fit for use and was used anyway, resulting in severe damages. After hydrostatic testing users and owners can have confidence when it comes to the durability of the tank.

Savings are made when repairs don’t have to be made later because of faulty tanks, or even replacing the entire tank (and potentially the contents too!)

Hydrostatic testing is also useful for testing things such as sewage treatment work’s tanks, water storage tanks, cooling water systems, boilers at power stations, and much more! Hydrostatic testing is frequently requested for checking that old and new systems and storage components are in working order.

Are Robots Taking Over America?



From the evolution of their basic components (such as circular connectors) to their advanced state of A.I, the machines in the robotics industry have seen an almost meteoric rise over the past 10 years in the first world.

However, there’s been a call of concern from some corners about how they may be taking over the corporate side of the U.S.A; damaging job prospects all over the country.

There was quite the fanfare for the announcement of Amazon’s Prime Air in the past couple of weeks with much being made of the leap in technology to allow unmanned drones to deliver airmail, eliminating the need for human dispatchers.

Follow that up with the announcement that Google have snapped up Boston Dynamics who are a firm responsible for the brilliant innovation of animal-like robotics: one of many similar businesses Google have been buying out over the past six months.

One of their inventions which deserves most attention has to be “Cheetah” made by Boston Dynamics which is a machine capable of running faster than Usain Bolt.  This all points towards a massive push for the technology branch at Google and there are only set to be more captures from the multi-conglomerate.



And there are even more similar stories making the rounds with Baxter the robot making quite the buzz on the internet for being an efficient if entirely synthetic addition to a workforce. Employees can program Baxter to carry out various tasks with a customisable expression available on his screen to appear more human.

For such a high-end piece of “tech”, you could expect to pay into at least the hundreds of thousands but in fact, Baxter is yours for a (relatively) affordable $22,000. Considering how expensive earlier and less advanced models were, this robot from Rethink Robotics could be shuffling his way into workplaces all over the United States. This is backed up by Mike Davin, editor of The Business of Robotics:

"I guarantee everybody is looking very closely at [using robots], but they're not necessarily advertising their plans yet.

"In one or two years, though, there will be so much to add to the corporate robotics story."

So, what does this mean for the future of human employment? The official line from some of the creators of these machines is that they are there to assist workers and to not negate them entirely.

However, the main reason for their steady increase of implementation in everyday work environments across America has to boil down to their relative affordability. Compare the cost of a robot capable of many functions ($20,000 for a single purchase, running costs of 30¢ an hour) to a human employee (roughly $40,000 per year and all forms of additional benefits on top) and you see a much more economical investment for the long-term.

Although there’s no real cause to panic or anything close to alarm, the most interesting thing to note from the current state of robotics in the workplace is how it will adapt to usage across a whole range of different environments for the near future.




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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Hyderabad International Airport is Aiming to be 100% LED


This is amazing news from a future-thinking airport which we hope will pave the way for all other international and domestic airports across the world. LED Lighting is of course in many shapes and very many forms, including LED Rope Lighting and LED Strip Lighting, Bulbs, Lamps, and so many more things, and a far cry from what they were 30 years ago.

LED Lighting operates far more efficiently than traditional incandescent bulbs and has so very much application when compared to more traditional lighting methods such as halogen bulbs – widely considered ineffective, wasteful, and even dangerous compared to LED Lighting.

LED Lighting is better for people and also for the planet, and can offer so very much when it comes to saving money. With LED Lighting, you’re getting a better product which is cheaper to run, longer lasting and overall, offers a number of advantages that Halogen Lighting is simply incapable of, such as having the power to alter consumer buying patterns which makes them find application in the retail sector, as well as, amazingly, being able to transfer information across from one point to another.

That’s right – information can be carried in light.

Do you recall the last time you used an airport? Some airports are better than others of course, but you might have noticed your Wi-Fi drop out in some areas of the airport. With the exciting advances in LED Lighting – it is already theoretically possible to have a Wi-Fi connection carried in the light which is generated from LED Rope Lights and LED Strip Lights among other devices, which will ensure that your connection stays constant… providing the lights stay on. (Of course they will.)

The next 10 years are likely going to be very exciting for a number of things related to LED Lighting and tech in general, and we are pleased to hear that airports with the prestige of Hyderabad International Airport are choosing to lead the way into a brand new age of innovation.

SPECS Announces EnviroESCA

SPECS are a German company of scientists, engineers and inventors which have been pivotal to the development of the surface science, materials research and nanotechnology fields since the company was created 30 years ago with a series of excellent ESCA Systems.


Well and truly leaders in their field, SPECS strive to provide components and systems which can stand the test of time in any laboratory, and have quality built in thanks to their rigorous quality testing and their commitment to ensure that their performance is constantly improving.


SPECS are a rare breed of company – one that doesn’t accept that the best they can do really is the best they can do, and constantly and consistently pushes itself to strive for more and better, which allows for truly excellent products which contribute to the industry and the field of scientific analysis- advancing the entire occupation exponentially.


Recently, SPECS announced the release of yet another innovation to the field of surface science, the EnviroESCA. This analysis tool will allow your laboratory to say goodbye to the limitations of traditional XPS based systems in a unique and a novel way which simply didn’t exist before the EnviroESCA.


What’s so special about the EnviroESCA? This tool will allow your laboratory to analyse materials at pressures which are above UHV – opening the door to a wide range of possibilities. Designed for high throughput analysis, Medical technology, biotechnology and life sciences all stand to benefit tremendously from the conception of the EnviroESCA, with increased efficiency all around.

For instance, you’ll be able to enjoy the shortest ever loading to measurement times of samples of all kinds. Liquids, tissue, plastics, foils, powders, soils, zeolites, rocks, minerals, and ceramic measurements are all trivial thanks to the EnviroESCA, and it is creations and innovations such as this which truly explain why SPECS is truly the leader in the field.

If you’re based in the UK, you can get one of these by contacting Scanwel, a Wales based company which also is a market leader producer of custom fabrications, in order to take advantage of such an innovative tool.

Monday, 8 May 2017

What Exactly is an Oil and Gas Expert Witness?


An Oil and Gas Expert Witness is a professional firm of respected geoscientists, petroscientists and economists which provide you with regulatory filings, and initial public offerings of your assets in the form of future production profiles, and petroleum reserves as well as future production profiles.

The reserves evaluation process is somewhat similar to this, though the Expert Witness varies from the Oil and Gas Evaluation Company by submitting said information of government authorities, ministerial agencies, and national oil companies, in order to determine that none other has any claim on your asset.

In the event that an individual or a faction demonstrates that that indeed they do have a claim on what has been discovered (such as a Government – usually the Government of the country in which the discovery has been found can levy fees and even ownership of a certain stage or percentage based upon the fact that the discovery was found within their territories – whether they have anything to do with the wells or not) then it is up to an Expert Witness to arrange terms and negotiate with them on the behalf of Oil and Petroleum Companies – while working to provide O&P Companies with as much rights to their discoveries as what can be afforded.

Of course, in the scope of things, this work is needless to say, vital. The oil and gas industry is a notoriously cut-throat business, and it offers absolutely no guarantees or warranties with the fact that a asset potentially exists. As an Oil and Petroleum Company, upon discovering oil or gas beneath the ground, lots of factors are there to consider. Some assets are not even viable, resulting in far more expense to siphon from the ground than what the oil or gas is actually worth. On less dramatic instances, something can be marginally worth it, but after multiple claims to a particular well, sometimes it is absolutely not worth the effort.

Expert witness work is absolutely imperative, and it is little wonder that the task often falls to professional companies with roots in the oil and gas industry in order to judge what belongs where, and also to negotiate. An Expert Witness essentially works for you, and argues your case for you, in the full scope of the law, and can hold a variety of information about the asset, such as field and lease projections , as well as well data, reservoir data, reserve calculations, and reserves and income data.

Friday, 5 May 2017

What is a reserves evaluation?



Oil and Gas Reserve Evaluations are an integral part of any part of the lifetime of an oil drill. The process is intended to forecast the estimated petroleum values in your prospect, and can sometimes be called future production value.

It is somewhat important to note that this terminology is not used in some areas of the world. Of course, it’s absolutely vital to know just how much value you can expect from a prospect, as drilling in itself is almost certainly going to be an arduous and an extremely expensive task.

Drilling wells is a process that lasts for years upon years and is well known to be fraught with issues and difficulties. Why is this? It’s a very widely acknowledged fact that no two drills, no two wells, and no two projects are the same- due to geographical differences and the like. As human beings, we generally consider the earth above us as all there is. That’s not the case at all. The earth is a living thing and a living being, and areas of it can be as different as night and day.

Needless to say, these differences can affect a well substantially, and also adversely affect the time and the resources needed to get to the oil and the gas below.

How do companies manage to work out whether a well is worth it? That’s where an oil and gas reserves evaluation company comes into play.

Essentially, a reserves evaluation is absolutely imperative to a company in order to anticipate commercial, economic factors behind recoverable resources which are recovered from wells in oil and gas accumulations beneath the earth.

An oil and gas reserves evaluation will enable your company to work out what is beneath the ground and essentially, the size of the prize which is to be had – or alternatively mean the return from the brink of ruin should a project not be worth the time and the effort. Sometimes, it is considered best simply not to drill and not to extract what oil is there – and billions can be saved by good estimations if a prospect turns out to be a proverbial case of fool’s gold due to increased complexity or other factors.

Throughout the oil and gas industry, decisions are based upon these reports, and the data derived from technical and economic analysis by professionals. It doesn’t matter what the subject is – whether estimated petroleum reserves, future production rates or even expected net income, the assistance of geoscientists, petroscientists, and economists is an absolute must for oil and petroleum companies the world over.