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A digital platform which could revolutionise the way in which the upstream oil and gas industry resources projects has secured £1.8m of private investment.

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In February 2020, several years of hard work paid off for the pioneers of TCP with the release of the first full carbon fibre based material qualification certificate that complies to the DNV GL ST-F119 TCP industry qualification standard.

TECOSIM, a leading engineering company, has announced it is on track with its three-year project to discover new, scalable materials to use in the construction of wind turbine rotor blades. The CAE specialist has teamed up with Leibniz University in Hannover to carry out its research.

It has recently been reported that by developing wind turbines on offshore sites, we could provide more than enough clean energy to meet global electricity demand . However, with our energy usage rising exponentially, is there more we can do to maximise the power of offshore windfarms?

A start-up company, led by oil and gas stalwarts James McCallum and Colin Manson, is launching a digital platform that aims to solve one of the most pressing problems facing the upstream oil and gas industry.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering has highlighted that one key aspect of addressing the damaging shortage of engineering skills in the UK economy is reducing both gender and race inequality. Despite some movement in this area the Academy says that there remains much to be done to achieve gender equality in engineering careers.

When watching films or TV shows of a certain vintage, one can’t help noticing how ubiquitous the street phone booth was for everyday ‘real-time’ communication. And there seemed to be an awful lot of paper on desks in episodes of The Bill, accompanied by the incessant clatter of manual typewriters. Needless to say, things have moved on in leaps and bounds from a technological perspective in today’s business and social world (maybe except for the reams of paper that still seem to be on quite a few office desks).

The result of the recent election will undoubtedly reverberate for some time to come. What should have been a seasonally calm period period, leads many of us to contemplate how the number one concern for manufacturers - Brexit - will now finally play out.

There has been debate recently about whether the increasing level of automation in manufacturing and warehousing environments is posing a threat to people’s jobs. Ostensibly, this might seem to be a rational concern. So, what’s the truth? Although expensive to set up, Sophie Hand, UK country manager at automation parts supplier EU Automation, maintains that highly automated ‘lights-out’ manufacturing comes with a series of advantages, the first of which is increased profitability.

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