* Communications workshops covering several specialist areas have been set up by training services company Instrument Data. On 3-4 February in London there will be a two-day event `Practical data communications for engineers and technicians’ covering the broad essentials: the course has proved popular in the past. Two new courses: `Practical Scada and telemetry systems’ and `Practical automation and process control’ will be held at various venues during March. Contact Jeff Futcher on 0181-335 4014.
* A two-day workshop of strain gauge installation techniques kicks off on 4 February at the Basingstoke, Hampshire, training centre of the Measurement Group UK. On 18-20 March MG will hold a three-day workshop on PhotoStress, an experimental stress analysis method developed by the company. There will be more instrument training days throughout the year. Contact MG on 01256 462131.
* Communications systems looks like being an ongoing theme for 1997. Free workshops sponsored by the organisers of Integrated Communications 96 will be held during the exhibition at Olympia, London on 4-6 February. Topics include ISDN, ATM and ADSL. Contact Quality Marketing Services on 01733 394304.
* Pneumatic systems company Norgren continues the Help seminars which aim to steer managers through legislation covering hazard assessment, electromagnetic compatibility, low voltage and PUWER regulation. The next is on 11 February in Bristol. Contact Alan Satchwell at Norgren on 01543 414333.
* Fluid mixing is an essential skill for chemical and process engineers that engineering research group BHR will feature at a two-day seminar at Cranfield, Bedfordshire, on 11-12 February. Contact Gillian Nelson on 01234 750422.
* Smart cards seem to have gone quiet since Barclays took an interest in Mondex late last year. But the subject is being revived at International Smart Card 97 running at Olympia, London, from 11-13 February. Conferences running alongside cover technology and marketing issues. Contact Sharon McCoy at organiser QMS on 01733 394304.
* Electrical R&D company ERA runs courses on quality, electromagnetic compatibility and design. On 18 February at Leatherhead, Surrey, a course looks at M51 audit requirements of the NAMAS test house authority. It is aimed at test laboratory engineers but would interest calibration staff. Contact ERA on 01372 367021.
* For companies such as Rolls-Royce, control of product information using product data management (PDM) methodology is central to business strategy. The approach, which is computer-based, shortens product development cycles by tracking and manipulating every detail of a company’s most important asset – the information about its products. Companies use PDM to beat customers with all-important product launches. On 20 February Caddetc, the body that champions the emerging Step standard design data exchange, will hold a one-day conference and exhibition on PDM at the NEC, Birmingham. Contact Dr Martyn Davies on 0113 245 2288.
* Safety and hazardous areas come under the spotlight when scientific instrumentation specialist Sira holds consecutive one-day courses at its Chiselhurst, Kent, headquarters on 25-26 February. The first day’s theme is the classification of hazardous areas. The next day is devoted to the legislative changes relating to hazardous equipment. Contact Isobel Smith on 0181-467 2636.
* An intensive three-day course on military thermal imaging targets MoD personnel and industry. From 25-27 February specialists from DRA, GEC-Marconi, Reading University and other organisations will combine lectures on the future of thermal imaging with demonstrations of current equipment. Contact Sira on 0181-467 2636.