Scottish Company ID Systems Plans to 120 Jobs

ID Systems Ltd, a Scottish firm providing engineering services, announced its plans to provide 120 employment opportunities. This announcement came after the company got a six-figure investment boost from UKSE (UK Steel Enterprise).

UK Steel Enterprise is a subsidiary of Tata Steel and was set up to help companies that operate in the traditional steel sectors.

ID Systems Ltd has offices in Glasgow and Grangemouth. It operates in the commercial utilities and industrial sectors. The firm’s client list includes National Grid, Forestry Commission and Scottish Water.

The company plans to provide new job opportunities in Lanarkshire and Glasgow as part of its expansion plan. The company currently employs 80 individuals.

The expansion plan came after the firm was able to secure several long-term projects, including off-site water booster sets and waste water pumping stations manufacturing projects.

The expansion strategy will be funded by the equity and loan backing from UK Steel Enterprise. A new team will be selected which, together with the UKSE, will manage and have a stake in the company’s shareholding.

Stuart Devine, ID Systems’ finance director, pointed out that with the new funding from UKSE and the long-term projects already under their belt, they will be able to expand smoothly and create 120 new jobs.

Scott Webb, UKSE regional executive, said ID Systems will have the right expansion structure and necessary monetary funding from his company.

For over the last 20 years, ID Systems products have been supplied to different companies across the globe. ID Systems has been recognized for setting benchmarks in both technology and design in order to provide reliability and quality. Our product testing far surpasses standards set by British Regulations in safety, insulation, security and weather rating. Due to this, we are always ahead of our competitors.

We offer our clients nothing but the best fitting services. Our fully trained and skilled installations engineers pride themselves on the quality and reliability of the services they provide.

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M20 bridge collapses following digger on lorry collision

Highways England engineers and contractors have reopened the M20 after a busy weekend clearing the debris following a footbridge collapse onto the motorway in Kent after it was hit by a lorry carrying a wheeled excavator on Saturday.

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Motorcyclist suffers broken ribs and lorry driver treated for shock

One half of the bridge crashed on to a second lorry on the London-bound carriageway between junction 1 and 4, leaving the other half hanging over the southbound carriageway.

A motorcyclist was hurt whose injuries were described as not life-threatening and the driver of the second lorry was treated for shock.

Witnesses said they felt “lucky to be alive” after the 170 tonnes section of bridge came down shortly after noon on Saturday in busy traffic at the start of the August bank holiday weekend.

Engineers using Ainscough mobile cranes managed to clear the sections of bridge away on Sunday in a fast-track clean-up to reopen the main route to the the Channel Tunnel after severe travel disruption over the start of the Bank Holiday.

The other half of the footbridge has been left standing after been assessed by highways engineers as posing no immediate threat to motorists.

Investigators are now trying to piece together events leading to the collapse.

Repair work was taking place to put higher barriers on both sides of the walkway to stop people from throwing objects over the side onto the motorway. It is not known whether bridge parapet supplier workers from Varley and Gulliver were on site at the time.

Catherine Brookes, Highways England chief engineer said: “While we concentrated on reopening the road as soon as possible to help drivers, it was imperative this was done safely. We are now making the final preparations to be able lift the remaining closures safely. “The 50mph speed limit is being introduced while until work to remove the rest of the footbridge is complete.”

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Probe into bridge collapse which sparked rail chaos

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has launched a probe into a bridge which collapsed while drilling work was being carried out.

The Midland Main Line was closed for two days

The bridge at Barrow on Soar partially collapsed onto the Midland Main Line below on August 1 causing rail chaos for commuters as services were suspended.

The RAIB said: “At the time of the collapse, drilling work was being undertaken to investigate a depression in the footpath on the south side of the bridge.

“There were a number of pre-existing defects in the bridge structure which Network Rail had been monitoring for some years.

“Shortly after drilling commenced to take soil samples for analysis, cracks appeared in the footpath, and then the adjacent wall, footpath and the drilling rig fell onto the railway.

“Workers engaged in the drilling work were able to get clear and no-one was injured.”

Rail services through the bridge were suspended until two days later.

The RAIB said: “Our investigation will examine the sequence of events leading up to partial collapse of the bridge, the construction and maintenance of the bridge, its recent history, arrangements for protection of the railway during the works and any relevant management issues.”

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Skills shortages hitting quality of construction work

Skills shortages are wrecking the quality of workmanship on construction projects.

Scape Group has carried out a major survey of the construction supply chain which highlights the impact of the skills crisis.

Sustainability in the Supply Chain found 58% of contractors and suppliers cited shortages as negatively impacting the quality of their workmanship.

The problem is worse in the public sector with 85% of managers seeing the quality of their built environment projects negatively affected by skills shortages.

Lack of labour is also busting budgets with 80% of public sector respondents and just under 40% of contractors and consultants blaming skills shortages for cost rises.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, said: “Our research has shown that the skills shortage is at breaking point, not only severely impacting the quality of what we are building but also our ability to build it on budget.

“While there is a mountain to climb to overcome this challenge, basic recommendations can be put in place to ease the burden, for example, 19% of contractors and subcontractors still do not have an apprenticeship scheme.”

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Brookfield Multiplex £150m hospital delayed by six months

Brookfield Multiplex has warned that its £150m Royal Hospital for Sick Children project in Edinburgh will be completed at least six months late after being hit by the collapse of two key trade contractors

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Brookfield Multiplex is hastily drawing up a new construction programme in the wake of the collapse of Dunne Group and JB Brickwork

The project programme, which was already challenged by bad weather and technical construction issues, has now been hit by the collapse of concrete contractor Dunne Group last month and more recently trade contractor JB Brickwork entering provisional liquidation.

Building consortium IHS Lothian is responsible for design, build, financing and maintaining the new hospital, with Brookfield Multiplex delivering the build, Bouygues E&S due to handle FM and finance from Macquarie Capital.

The consortium has warned NHS Lothian that despite ramping up staffing and working hours it has been forced to review the construction timetable after work stopped on site on the key packages.

A revised programme will be outlined in October but early indications suggest that the building will now open to patients in spring 2018, as opposed to autumn 2017.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children is the first acute hospital facility to be procured under the Scottish Government’s non profit distributing model.

Jim Crombie, acting chief executive, NHS Lothian, said: “We will continue to work closely with IHS Lothian to ensure that our state of the art new hospital is delivered as soon as possible.

“Projects of this scale and, of this nature, are very rarely straightforward and bring with them many complex and sometimes unavoidable challenges.

“It is important to note that these alterations to the construction timetable will not result in any additional costs to NHS Lothian.”

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Job cuts would be ‘first nail in the coffin’ for construction

Cutting thousands of construction and housebuilding jobs would be the ‘first nail in the coffin’ for the industry, according to One Way.

An analysis by the construction and rail recruitment specialist outlined that a further loss of jobs would prove critical for the construction sector. This comes at a time when the National Housing Federation has said any slowdown in housebuilding would result in the loss of nearly 120,000 construction jobs over the next decade. The UK’s construction sector has also slipped into recession for the first time in four years, with many commentators suggesting the industry is in turmoil and that the government must do more to support housebuilding.

Paul Payne, Managing Director of One Way, agrees:

“The news that the construction industry has slipped back into recession after four years isn’t particularly optimistic and a loss of jobs on the scale that has been suggested would almost certainly be the first nail in the coffin for the sector. We simply can’t afford to lose any more professionals from both construction and housebuilding and the government needs to do considerably more to support these industries before it’s too late.”

“We all saw the potential impact of job losses in the steel industry and the scale of this for construction would be far greater. We need more professionals operating in the sector if we want it to recover, not less, and the potential impact of these cuts could be devastating if something isn’t done soon. We’ve been very vocal about how the government, employers and trade bodies need to do more to engage with youngsters and promote greater interest in construction, because at the current rate there will barely be an industry left in a few years’ time. Confidence is the only way to get through this difficult period and we need more investment and more projects to be given the green light. If we take a step back and allow programmes to be put on hold and jobs to be cut it could have a hugely damaging effect on the economy and on thousands of peoples’ lives. As Winston Churchill once said, ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going.’

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The Steel Fabrication Process

Nearly everything nowadays is made with steel. Your sinks are made with stainless steel, the building you’re sat in will have been created from steel structures and your car is made of steel. Steel is a strong and durable material that has a complex fabrication process, especially the development of modern steels which have a larger variety of shapes and sizes.

Steel fabrication is the process used to manufacture steel components, which can be assembled and joined together to form complete steel frames which we use in building structures or cars. Frames are generally built en-masse and are readily available from steel stockholders. In some cases the standard frames may not be the correct shape or size for the consumer and new shapes can be created via the steel fabrication process.

The first process for properly smelting steel was invented in 1856 by a British inventor named Henry Bessemer. There are 2 ways in which we can process steel fabrication. The first is the raw material approach which involves the correct materials being heated up, then melted down and mixed into steel. This is called the integrated route. The other process which is quicker and easier is done by using an electric arc furnace (EAF). This method involves putting recycled steel into a furnace and melting it down, once it is melted down it is then mixed with other materials crucial to the steel building process. Strong steel is the end result of this welding process, over a third of steel fabrication general takes place with the EAF method. Let’s go into more detail about the welding process.

Welding is a core actively within steel fabrication to prepare joints for connection with other steel components. The welding process involves using an electric arc to generate enough heat to melt the material in a joint. A separate material that helps the steel to maintain its strong properties is also melted and combines with the melted joint to form a molten weld pool. As welding progresses along the joint, the molten weld pool starts to solidify which fuses the materials which were also melted down into the steel joint. The welding may need several attempts or passes in order to form the correct shape.

Steel & Site are steel fabrication and steel stockholders in the Midlands. Our welders have years of experiences in steel fabrication and we can supply a wide range of RSJ Steel Beams created in our warehouses. Contact our Structural Steel Fabricators Midlands office on 01384 265 747 today for all enquires.

from The UK Construction Blog