What We Do

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Advisory Work

Health and safety, risk assessment, fault diagnosis and prognosis, condition reports, pollution, environmental impact, dust extraction, fume removal, applications for authorisation, planning disputes,

Scientific approach

Whilst being grounded in good custom and practice the firm can also break new ground employing the basic laws of physics and chemistry. One such incident employed a technique similar to “cathodic protection backwards” to determine where, and how seriously, a buried steel pipeline was corroding. The Client’s inclination was to employ CCTV, but this would only have revealed the appearance of the inside of a pipe whether corroding or not. After careful discussion and co-operation with the Client the technique was employed with considerable success.

Planning applications and inquiries

Many of the installations require planning consent with which we can assist. In some cases we have been appointed to give evidence at planning inquiries into applications for incinerators, waste to energy plant and wind farms.

Authorisations and consents

Some processes such as incinerator installations that have the potential to pollute the environment require authorisation to operate. We can prepare the necessary documentation and liaise with the authorising bodies. We can also advise on mitigation measures to reduce the potential for harm to the environment.

Strategy

We have advised various public bodies in Scotland. An early study was into the location of new clinical waste incinerators in Scotland. A first study for the Scottish Office was followed by several studies for individual health boards.

More recently we have worked with the Scottish Enterprise Energy Team in a detailed review of renewable energy technologies and with several Local Enterprise Companies on renewable energy supply chains. This work involved the preparation of a detailed and extensive database of possible supply chain companies, based upon current involvement in the field of renewable energy and upon selection of appropriate SIC codes applicable to the various elements of the renewable energy supply chains. The work included a series of interviews with leading technology companies, stakeholders and interested parties, preparation of SWOT analyses, consideration of work in academia etc.

Health and safety

Staff have acted as planning supervisors under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994. We have prepared designers risk assessments for a wide variety of construction activities.

Condition surveys

A new or prospective owner of a property may wish to have a condition survey carried out. This can cover both the building structure and the services within the building.

Electrical machines

No break supplies using batteries and inverters and additionally engines and stored “flywheel” energy have been of recent interest together with energy optimisation equipment. The firm is conversant with a wide range of the more unusual electrical plant such as phase displacing transformers, static balancers, the very latest in variable speed drives and their dangers together with older items like slate insulated switchboards.

Computerised design

An interesting commission was to increase the size of stills at a local whisky distillery. The characteristics of the whisky depend on the shape of the still. Computer modelling was required to ensure that the new design would produce whisky of the required quality. Fortunately it did!

Pollution control

We have advised and checked designs of various types of gas cleaning equipment from processes and furnaces. This includes ventilation systems for dust extraction and fume removal as well as fume incinerators and wet and dry scrubbers. We have also considered the environmental impact of a variety of industrial processes.

Civil and structural engineering

On the buildings side we have undertaken structural inspections on a wide variety of buildings, both historic and modern, given advice on their stability and on any action required.