The engineering industry is currently suffering a skills shortage as there is a lack of young people entering the sector. According to reports, to meet demand UK businesses will require over 186,000 people with engineering skills every year from 2017 to 2024. Could increasing awareness of apprenticeships help solve the skills shortage? Here, Josh Collins, our mechanical design engineer, answers questions about his experiences as an apprentice and the benefits of choosing this route into engineering.
For many years, the construction industry was said to be behind the times in adopting new technology. Whilst the automotive, energy and aerospace industries evolved and incorporated concepts such as Industry 4.0, construction was left behind. Neil Pullman, principal architect at, Boulting Environmental Services, explores the differences between BIM Levels, their benefits and what it means for the pharmaceutical sector.
We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Morton has been promoted to the position of engineering director. His appointment strengthens the company's management structure at a time of high growth and demonstrates our commitment to career development for our staff.
From 2013 to 2014 only 3.4 per cent of those applying for engineering apprenticeships were women. National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) takes place on June 23, celebrating female engineering role models. Here, Martina Antalova MSc in Building Services, and lead mechanical design engineer at cleanroom and laboratory design and construction specialist, Boulting Environmental Services, explains how we can encourage more women to become engineers.
BES have been working with this major pharmaceutical company over a period of 12 years providing a full turnkey services as part of a Term contract across two of the client's sites in UK. Throughout this time strong working relationships have been developed and the projects delivered by BES have demonstrated our flexible and adaptable approach, exemplary health and safety standards, a commitment to providing value-for-money services and a clear understanding of working in highly regulated GMP environments.
We are celebrating after winning two categories at the 2017 Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) awards. We won the Staff Driven Improvement of the Year and Employer Engagement with Training Development of the Year award for our in-house 'Personal Effectiveness' scheme. This programme has been devised to help staff to further develop their communication and team working skills. We offer this training programme in addition to our technical, quality and health and safety training.
As some of the most sophisticated man made environments on the planet, laboratories are essential in a range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to food and medicine to robotics. However, as the complexity of these facilities grows, so does their energy usage. Here, John Rush, our HVAC and mechanical services SME (Subject Matter Expert), explains how to make laboratories more energy efficient.
Graham Drew and Dave Greaves of BES recently picked up the AstraZeneca's UK Engineering Award for Safety, Health & Environment on behalf of Boulting Group.
In our continued strive for improvement of our BIM processes we recently attended a BIM Masterclass course organised by Cadline. The course provided a high level overview of implementation strategy which was particularly useful to our Associate Design Director Darren Lewis and Principal Architect Neil Pulman. In addition, it aligned specific integration processes for a Common Data Environment (CDE) by following the BS1192 procedures which was beneficial for our Revit MEP Coordinator Mike Robinson.
BES have been awarded the contract to carry out the design, construction and commissioning of a new 6000m2 Packing facility, together with the coordination and management of a new build 30 meter High Bay Warehouse.