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Engineering Innovations: The Compass

A compass is defined as a device used to determine direction on the surface of the earth. The most familiar type of compass is the magnetic compass, which relies on the fact that a magnetic object tends to align itself … Continue reading

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Engineering Innovations: The Printing Press

Knowledge is power, and the invention of the mechanical movable type printing press helped spread knowledge wider and faster than ever before. German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg is credited with inventing the modern printing press around 1436, although he was not the first … Continue reading

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Engineering Innovations: Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines and Windmills are ingenious devices that are able to convert wind power into useful mechanical work. This is achieved by using turbine blades or ‘sails’, to impart a rotational force to a main shaft. This, in turn, is … Continue reading

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Engineering Innovations: Steam Power

The Aeolipile was the world’s first rotating steam engine, or more technically correct, a steam reaction turbine. It was devised by the great Heron of Alexandria in the1st Century AD. A sphere mounted on a spindle with two opposing outlet pipes for … Continue reading

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Leadership: Succession Leadership

Succession leadership is the ability to pass on your leadership responsibility to another capable of the task. To be able to spot potential leaders to take your place, as you step down, in a smooth hand over of responsibilities confident … Continue reading

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3D CAD – The Evolution Journey

3D CAD was first introduced in the 1990s and was a game changer at the time. Before this CAD was 2D and replicated traditional hand drawn engineering or archtitectural drawings on film or paper, a process that had been around … Continue reading

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Should I stay or should I go – the Internal Combustion Engine?

  Electric cars are gaining market share and look to take over from the internal combustion (IC) engine that has been a familiar sight & sound for over 100 years ! It is estimated that electric car sales will over … Continue reading

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Team GB Bike Design for Rio

  This blog is particularly interesting to me as I ride road bikes for a local club, and I am always looking to find ways to go faster ! From what I gather the rapid engineering advancement in bike design … Continue reading

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Brexit: engineering a new future

   What a close call this referendum was – 52% to leave. How will things pan out for engineering companies and industry in general? Article 50 still needs to be invoked by parliament with cross party MPs officially voting in … Continue reading

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry – oldest UK manufacturer

    The Foundry was established in 1570, and is the oldest manufacturing company in the UK, according to the Guinness Book of Records. It resides in a grade 2 listed building in East London, and has been casting bells … Continue reading

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