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Currently operating as a sole practitioner following a career in contracting, followed by almost 40 years as an engineer in an international company of Consulting Engineers.
Faced with the uncertainty of the Brexit outcome and the dire state of the economy at the moment, the Government is taking the easy way out. There really is no argument for retaining diesel as a fuel and the country's environmental progress will be halted or reversed as a result of this hasty decision.
Comment on: London suspended swimming pool plans revealed
Really needs a glass roof or canopy to eliminate seagull bombings and dust and dirt accumulations surely? will be difficult to erect if prefabricated and it looks as if it has to be.
More sniping, rather than informed comment. I suppose this is the British way of democracy, but more time is required to study options before the meddling outsiders jump to conclusions. This is a massive project with all kinds of benefits to the country. Of course there will be swings and roundabouts on cost predictions, but give the designers a bit more credit than they appear to have at present.
Comment on: Wind turbine collapses in Northern Ireland
Much of the problem with hidden information on failures is probably associated with legal settlements, which tend to stifle what should be freely available and very useful technical and operational testimony. It leads to the conclusion that the legal profession is more interested in protecting its own interests than those of society at large.
This all comes a bit late in the day. In fact there are several UK precedents for this risk sharing by consultants. HS1, for example, was fronted by ARUP for years in the face of resistance to their proposed alignment from government and Railtrack. Only by persistence and risking much sweat equity did they carry the day, with the result that is successful today. However, it must also be remembered that the independent advice that has been the strength of UK Consultancy over the years may be severely compromised if and when financial considerations intervene.