Engineering

Babtie Jacobs ‘green’ transport!

by mel starrs on July 9, 2007

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Among my (many) past employers, I have 2 stints at Babtie, both before Jacobs took over.  Reading this in the Times, it could easily be about any of the larger engineering firms in the UK.  There seems to be a certain size in a company’s life when common sense fails to prevail over corporate bureaucracy: […]

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Mystic Mel…

by mel starrs on March 20, 2007

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Some cosmic vibes must have been passing my way when I posted this (8 March).  An email landed in the inbox this week to let me know that on the 7 March: SummitSkills completed Stage 1 of its Sector Skills Agreement ‘Horizon’ project last week with a prestigious and creative conference that informed delegates of progress […]

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Myspace for engineers

by mel starrs on March 13, 2007

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via ENR (a US publication – how come the UK press hasn’t seemed to have picked this up?)  a story about a ‘Myspace for engineers’, called i-spark.  Looking at it, it seems more like ‘Linked-In for engineers’ to me (see my Linked-In profile on my sidebar). i-spark has a mentor/mentee type membership which might be […]

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Pareto principle at work in design

by mel starrs on March 1, 2007

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I came across this article (10 pages, pdf) from 1996 via RICS (Royal Institiute of Chartered Surveyors). The article is “Improving the quality of conceptual structural design: A neural network approach“, which no doubt sounds very dull to most readers.  Glutton for punishment, I forged ahead and found some nuggets in there (I’m actually looking […]

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Engineers – a protected species?

by mel starrs on February 22, 2007

in The Profession

Move over pollsters, it’s the turn of the engineers.  This is doing the rounds: Astronautics engineer Jon Jennings has this week leapt on the online petition bandwagon to call for the title of “engineer” to be a protected title. Jennings has joined an escalating list of people using 10 Downing Street’s online petition trial to […]

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Top 150 Global Design Firms

by mel starrs on July 31, 2006

in The Profession

ENR (Engineering News Record) have issued the top 150 global design firms on 24 July 2006. Companies are ranked according to total revenue for design services performed in their home country and abroad during 2004 in $ millions. Note the 2 new contenders in the top 50 are from (no surprise), China. Whilst the full […]

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Hurrah for geeks!

by mel starrs on June 5, 2006

in Fun

::via www.phdcomics.com I am a self confessed geek. I have no qualms about this. Rather than shying from my geekdom, I have chosen to embrace it. Why else do I find myself in my spare time blogging about business and engineering – a subject which no doubt would bore most folk to tears? It can […]

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I almost fell off the sofa last week when I saw this ad on TV. According to the Construction Skills website: ‘The new advertising campaign ‘Make Your Mark’ features iconic buildings, which come to life in a specially animated style, evoking the sense of dreams becoming reality. For the first time this year we will […]

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Women in Property

by mel starrs on May 9, 2006

in The Profession

Last Friday I attended a networking lunch organised by the Yorkshire branch of WiP. I’ve been a member for some time, but this is the first event I managed to make it to.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’m not keen on emphasising gender as a ‘club’ to belong to and I’m against perpetuating […]

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Last September an ‘open mike’ piece in Building magazine written by Bill Ireland of White Young Green addressed the identity crisis facing building services engineers. The piece (subscription required) mirrored my own views: ‘Over the past three decades the M&E engineer has moved on from just designing the ‘pipes and wires’ that service a building, […]

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