Day: 1 October 1998
Data mining for water industry applications
The School of Engineering at Exeter University adopts a multidisciplinary approach to engineering education and research. Within the School this approach is exemplified bythe Centre for Water Systems, which brings together researchers from various engineering disciplines. The Centre develops and applies innovative computing methods, techniques and advanced information technology to problems of water resource systems planning and management. Dr Dragan Savic explains its research programme into optimisation of pipe networks.
Sensing profit in the water industry
There is a need for more and better on-line instrumentation but a more important current need is to be sure that we only make measurements for which there is a clear business need. Researchers, manufacturers and users should co-operate in understanding the need for measurements, the circumstances under which they will be made and how the resulting data will be used, explains Michael Scott, director of SWIG (Sensors for Water Interest Group).
Effective corrosion management
Wastewater treatment facilities, primarily constructed from concrete, often require some form of surface protection to increase resistance to corrosion caused by chemical attack. Piers Bradbury and Steve Davies of KCH Keramchemie (UK) discuss the need for corrosion management in wastewater treatment facilities and the different types of surface protection systems utilised.
Specialised equipment plays major role in landfill site construction and operations.
Specialised plant and equipment is playing a key role in the construction and operation landfill sites as examples in this month’s special feature illustrate. The feature also includes an update on the forthcoming EC Draft Landfill Directive which is likely to have major implications for landfill operators in the UK.
Tanker hire brings 25 percent saving.
When a number of the waste-carrying tankers owned and operated by South West Water Services Ltd (SWWSL) came up for renewal, the company took the opportunity to re-assess its transport requirements, with bottom-line cost a vital factor. Not only vehicle specifications came under scrutiny: the company also carried out a comparative review of alternative forms of acquisition - that is of financing the new fleet.
“Best Value” set to boost private sector role in financing equipment for LA market.
How do you put a ceiling on machinery whole-life costs and achieve best value? asks a the in-house finance arm of a leading equipment manufacturer with wide experience of the local authority and waste markets and in the finance of all makes of construction and industrial plant and equipment.
From out of thin air
Environmental managers in industry could be forgiven for placing air pollution low on their list of concerns: any objective assessment of air quality in the UK shows road traffic, not industry, to be the primary offender. But recent developments at EU and national level guarantee that the drive to improve air quality will continue to impact on the manufacturing sector, says Tim Brown, deputy secretary for Policy and Development for the National Society for Clean Air - and sometimes from unexpected directions.
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