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J Gray

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  • Comment on: Inflatable Leeds flood defence ‘could be replicated’

    J Gray's comment 5 November, 2014 3:48 pm

    Recollect a “Fabridam” being used for temporary control on part of the Mangla scheme in Pakistan (then West Pakistan) ~1964.

    Along the way, Taiwan 1991, this turned up from a search – don’t know if it’s the same product . .:
    http://www.eng.warwick.ac.uk/ircsa/abs/5th/097chen.htm

    Flexible, portable structures like this could have frequent applications, e.g a siphon to avoid pumping downhill when attempting to dewater a reservoir.

  • Comment on: Construction trucks face cycle safety law threat

    J Gray's comment 17 April, 2013 4:17 pm

    For comparison, try this . .

    http://road.cc/content/news/35917-cycling-deaths-down-londons-roads-now-safest-records-began

  • Comment on: Olympic construction publicity ban ends

    J Gray's comment 25 February, 2013 7:02 pm

    More on the I Struct E site:-

    Six months on – Olympic campaign victory! Published: 28/01/2013 The tireless campaigning of three prominent figures in the design and engineering fields has helped to bring about a landmark deal, finally giving the companies involved the opportunity to be recognised.
    The deal gives countless companies some much-deserved recognition for the part they played in the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
    The design and construction industries have seen a “Supplier Recognition Scheme” launched, allowing companies to be acknowledged for the legacy they had a part in creating. Prior to the scheme, suppliers were forbidden to promote their London 2012 work in the media or to win new business.

    Institution of Structural Engineers immediate past President Professor John Nolan alongside Angela Brady, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture (NLA), are delighted after working tirelessly during and after the Olympics to ensure action was taken to lift the promotional ban.

    Professor Nolan remarked: “The Olympics have received universal acclaim and are an excellent advertisement for not just ‘Construction GB’ but ‘Construction Design GB’. The export market for the design of temporary and permanent stadia is huge. “
    The trio initially participated by protesting in August at RIBA headquarters by taping their mouths shut and unfurling a banner revealing the names of many of the companies and individuals involved. Success then came in the form of an approval from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to create a film documenting the input of structural engineers and architects in making the games a success. The latest move signifies the snowballing success that the campaign has generated, with Professor Nolan adding:
    “British engineers and architects now have the opportunity to showcase their excellent work and expertise in the run up to Rio 2016 and beyond. The new Supplier Recognition Scheme licence, although late, is most welcome.”

    The £2m agreement between the Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS), the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was announced in January 2013 by Culture Secretary Maria Miller and BOA Chairman Lord Coe, and specifies that the companies which helped build the Park, venues and provided goods and services for the Games will be able to actively promote their work on the London 2012 Games.

    RIBA President Angela Brady praised the move stating: “The new Supplier Recognition Scheme will give a real boost for companies big and small and enable them to capitalise on their work in the design, delivery AND LEGACY of the 2012 Games”.

    Peter Murray added: "It is not just about architects and engineers receiving credit where credit is due, it is about allowing them to promote British businesses and skills to a world market."

    The Supplier Recognition Scheme licence will cover businesses that had contracts directly with LOCOG or the ODA. It will also cover businesses which had contracts with LOCOG or ODA contractors and subcontractors, or firms that can demonstrate they provided goods and services that were required for the delivery of the Games.

    About the Supplier Recognition Scheme: •Companies will need to apply on line via http://www.srs2012.com/. The BOA will receive a grant of £2m from the Government.
    •Payments will be phased over two years and linked to the successful launch of the scheme and other performance measures. The Scheme will operate until December 2015.

  • Comment on: Letters: Taking the training message to the kids

    J Gray's comment 14 February, 2013 9:32 am

    Regarding Chris Noon's suggestion, Heathrow Airport had just such a facility at Buckingham Palace Road Air Terminal, near the back of Victoria Station and the Express Bus terminal. It may of interest to examine why it was closed, presumably in the first place becoming less popular than direct access to the airport. And with more people going directly by car or express bus..

    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords/1973/jun/27/bea-west-london-air-terminal -
    "The Question was as follows: § To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as B.O.A.C. intend to retain the check-in service at their air terminal in Buckingham Palace Road believing this to be of value to customers, and as the number of passengers using similar facilities at the B.E.A. West London Air Terminal in Gloucester Road is in excess of one million, they will recommend that consideration be given to amalgamating the two check-in services at the West London Air Terminal seeing that the two airlines are now grouped together as British Airways.

  • Comment on: Construction begins on Wallasea Island

    J Gray's comment 10 December, 2012 4:10 pm

    Another vanity project, for the birds. The excavated spoil should have been used to reclaim new land for farming/food or fuel production, or add to the protection of threatened parts of the east coast.
    And we/humans don’t create anything: we just move them around/rearrange some.
    Giving away agricultural land in a hungry & overcrowded world is daft.

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