The Engineer Comment
A seasonal look at how to spark an interest in engineering during the Festive Season
The Defence Review heralds an increase in spending, with new aircraft announced, although a cut in planned number of new ships, but the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later this week is likely to unveil cuts elsewhere.
Despite years of industry hand-wringing, dozens of targeted initiatives, pressure from government and dire warnings from all and sundry on the consequences of failing to deal with it – UK industry’s shameful gender divide shows little, if any, sign of narrowing.
An unsettled night’s sleep led our news editor to wonder whether the best uses are being found for advanced acoustics technologies
Whilst it’s important to recognise the economic potential of a great idea, we should be wary of putting economics at the heart of all decisions to do with science and technology.
FROM: The STEM of the Christmas Tree
FROM: Blue Origin completes vertical rocket landing
FROM: Wire deposition technology promises low-cost 3D printing machines
FROM: Driverless pod car wins SMMT innovation award
FROM: Humber region to benefit from £6bn investment by DONG Energy
FROM: Science and climate sceptics should come clean
Controlled fusion has the potential to be a long-term energy source. David Kingham explains the next steps
With the engineering industry facing a severe shortage of expertise, Rolton Group Chairman Peter Rolton discusses how the sector can address the problem by attracting new talent and actively encouraging more females into what has traditionally been a male-dominated environment.
UK companies are shifting towards ’bundled outsourcing’ – using single contractors to deliver multiple services – to transfer risk off their balance sheets and concentrate more on their core businesses. Duncan Hall of Bilfinger Oil and Gas explains more.
Recent developments in the energy industry show the importance of low carbon energy generation but also – from an engineering perspective – the materials supply chains which are linked to it. The fly ash, furnace bottom ash and biomass ash produced by the UK’s power stations are valuable construction materials but as their popularity grows, can their continuing ...
James Tumbridge, and Robert Peake, respectively partner and associate at law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, explain a little-appreciated aspect of the development of additive manufacturing technologies
Klaus Dieter Rennert, Chief Executive for EMEA-CIS, Hitachi Ltd., discusses the societal benefits which can be achieved from investment and increased connectivity in transport.
The UK’s success in securing its position as the world’s second-most innovative country in the world for the second year in a row will continue to attract investment in cutting edge research and development, says Karl Barnfather, patent attorney and chairman of intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers
Government and industry must show urgency and agility if Britain is to take a lead in the global market for advanced robotics.
Viewpoint Steven Barr, Head of Manufacturing at the Business Growth Service, explains why the manufacturing sector could hold the key to increased productivity
Following recent reports predicting a spare National Grid capacity of just 1.2% this winter - the lowest in a decade - Peter Rolton, Chairman of engineering consultancy Rolton Group, gives his views on why decentralised energy sources are the future.