Navy plans autonomous boat tests and industry urges government action: 10 top stories of the week

Article Source: IMechE Survey shows stress at crisis levels Professional Engineering A survey of Professional Engineering readers found 77.8% said work is often stressful, and 67.5% have gone to work feeling emotionally or mentally unwell. There is more conversation than ever before about mental health and well-being, but do companies need to take a more fundamental approach … More Navy plans autonomous boat tests and industry urges government action: 10 top stories of the week

North Sea Link passes halfway point in Norway

Article Source: The Engineer Construction of the North Sea Link, the world’s longest subsea power cable, has passed the halfway point following an operation to move the cable through a Norwegian lake. North Sea Link, a joint venture project between National Grid and Norwegian system operator Statnett, is a subsea cable that will connect the … More North Sea Link passes halfway point in Norway

Self-powered MC-TENG device aims to foil forest fires

Article Source: The Engineer Researchers have developed MC-TENG, a remote forest fire detection and alarm system powered by the movement of the trees. Developed at Michigan State University (MSU), MC-TENG – multi-layered cylindrical triboelectric nanogenerator – generates electrical power by harvesting energy from the sporadic movement of the tree branches from which it hangs. MC-TENG … More Self-powered MC-TENG device aims to foil forest fires

Comment: pandemic highlights future importance of robots

Article Source: The Engineer As UK Robotics Week 2020 kicks off, Professor Robert Richardson, Chair of EPSRC UK-RAS Network  reflects on how the pandemic has  demonstrated the key role that robots can play in helping us deal with unexpected events. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an unprecedented galvanising of the global scientific and technology community, who are coming together … More Comment: pandemic highlights future importance of robots

First ever UK spaceport gets planning permission

Article Source: IMechE The UK’s first ever spaceport has received planning permission, bringing orbital spaceflight from British soil a step closer. The Highland Council gave the go-ahead for the Space Hub Sutherland spaceport today (26 June). The facility will be built in Melness, on the northern coast of Scotland. The project aims to capitalise on … More First ever UK spaceport gets planning permission

INWED20: Diversity is integral to McMenon

Article Source: The Engineer Shiby Bernard, Chief Operations Officer at McMenon, gives her take on women in engineering and how they are playing their part in shaping the company. I feel a sense of gratitude to International Women In Engineering Day for not only reminding the world about the role of women in engineering, but celebrating … More INWED20: Diversity is integral to McMenon

Poll: should UK government bailout the aerospace sector?

Article Source: The Engieer The French government’s €15bn bailout of its aerospace has prompted calls for the UK government to do the same. But should it?  Few areas of industry have been untouched by the COVID-19 crisis, but none have had the rug pulled from beneath them quite as spectacularly as civil aerospace. The immediate … More Poll: should UK government bailout the aerospace sector?

Subcon and MACH to create biggest manufacturing event in a decade

Article Source: The Engineer The organisers of Subcon and MACH have joined forces to create the UK’s biggest manufacturing trade show in over 10 years. The partnership will see the two events co-locate once again following previous successful collaborations. Organised by MTA, MACH will start on 25 January and run for four days. Subcon, which is run by MA … More Subcon and MACH to create biggest manufacturing event in a decade

Comment: How Covid-19 will make aviation stronger

Article Source: The Engineer The shocks to aviation from Covid-19 will lead to much needed increases in levels of resilience, says Cranfield University air safety expert Prof Graham Braithwaite I once spent time with an airline dealing with the fall-out from a serious accident. They’d always had a great safety record and the incident came … More Comment: How Covid-19 will make aviation stronger

Pressure Points: How will 5G change engineering?

Article Source: IMechE Unlocking the internet “The big impact on engineering will be the ability to unlock a plethora of Internet of Things devices that can capture and transmit data in real time to provide critical information and insights on asset performance. Artificial intelligence will provide deep insights to business operations and performance.  “Productivity will … More Pressure Points: How will 5G change engineering?