This week, the General Data Protection Regulations will have been in force for a year. This time back in 2017 we were all experiencing an onslaught of emails and texts from companies begging us not to leave them, desperate to be able to still hold on to our precious data. For many there was a lot of confusion and understandably some real concern about what lay ahead. Lists of things to ensure compliance seemed to be never-ending and GDPR was the theme of every workshop, meeting and webinar.
So, looking back one year on, what did we learn from this experience and what difference has it really made to data-rich businesses like ours?
Last Thursday was the Scottish Engineering Awards Dinner 2019, a night of celebrating all that is good in Engineering and Manufacturing in Scotland. Amongst the winners on the night was engineer, Angus Moodie of Aggreko UK in Dumbarton. Angus was awarded the Hammermen Award, a prestigious award presented to a young graduate engineer who has led a project that benefited their company and the industry in general.
Driving across the new Queensferry Crossing on route to Dundee (sunshine capital of Scotland) to attend the Scottish Engineering district meeting, I am reminded how staggering an engineering feat the new bridge really is. Looking to the right I see the iconic Rail Bridge and I realise how entwined Scotland and engineering have been over the past 100 plus years, not to mention the feeling of national pride at how awesome Scotland really is!
In 2014 Engineers at Surrey Nanosystems created Vantablack, a material that could absorb 99.96% of the light that hits it. It holds the world record as the darkest man-made substance and is so black that it becomes extremely difficult to detect any surface features, with three-dimensional objects becoming two-dimensional.
Now, Surrey Nanosystems have broken their own world record creating a new material so black that it can’t be measured, meaning that it is likely to be absorbing 99.99% of light. Continue reading
Previously we shared the story of how an Electrical Engineer built a real life Mjolnir and proved he was worthy of Thor’s Hammer. This month we’ve found another of the Avengers in the form of Mechanical Engineer, James Hobson from Canada. Continue reading
Each month we celebrate the extraordinary contribution that engineers make.
The first reason ‘we love engineers’ for 2016 takes us from the Scottish Highlands to Las Vegas. This month, we celebrate the fact that Alexander Bain, the 19th century Scottish inventor and engineer, has been awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy. Continue reading
December didn’t get off to a great start for many Scottish commuters with lane restrictions and the closure of the southbound carriageway on the Forth Road Bridge due to the discovery of a defect in the steelwork of the 51 year old structure.
As we come to the end of 2015 we thought we’d take a look back at the year and share just some of the stories, achievements and highlights from the world of Engineering and Manufacturing.
The Engineers at Dyson take their festive celebrations seriously….very seriously!
With employees (engineers and non-engineers) working through the night, like Santa’s Elves in their workshop, they create unique and amazing costumes in hopes of being crowned winner at the Christmas party. Continue reading
It’s not everyone who would walk over 300 miles for a job interview, especially if there hadn’t even been a job advertised. But that’s exactly what Ayrshire born, William Murdoch, the inventor of gas lighting did at the age of 23 in 1777.
So what was this amazing opportunity and why did William make the journey from Cumnock to Birmingham (a route, google maps tells us would take 87 hours on foot today!)? Continue reading