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Video of the first 'mega riser' being installed within the T2 Extension at Manchester Airport. It was a challenge to get the mega risers designed (and fixed) before the floor plates had been finalised (with plenty of inevitable change) to ensure the off-site manufacturing process of these risers could start in 2017.

To give a bit of context, the risers are 9m by 12m and consist of 8 modules in cross section. The largest modules are approximately 4.5x3x12m, manufactured and delivered to site in one piece. There are 16 modules in each mega riser and there are 3 mega risers in total. It took LOR less than a week to install the 16 modules in a single riser saving weeks on the overall build programme.

Your guess is as good as mine for the use of dramatic and intense music!!

Oliver Butcher - July 16 at 9:08 AM

Do the upper and lower sections get linked or are they independent?

Kenelm Hoare – July 16 at 9:11 AM

Impressive! Was it fully M&E or more M? What extent of the prefabrication was electrical?

Phil Argile in reply to Oliver Butcher – July 17 at 9:23 AM

Oliver, they will get linked together but that is installed traditionally. Kenelm, these risers are mainly mechanical - 90% ductwork but there is some pipework, ladder and tray in some of them too.

Most of the floor plate containment and pipework is done prefabricated on modules. Ductwork on the floor plate is traditional install.

Brodie Whittington - July 10 at 3:12 PM

The French took it a step further. Maybe we could learn something from them, that's on top of their 35-hour week. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38479439

Natassa Vekris – July 11 at 11:43 AM

100% agree with this, I have been guilty of it before I must admit, so I shall make a conscious effort!

Brodie Whittington - August 6 at 4:24 PM

Not exactly the same as not receiving emails but Windows 10 has a ‘quiet hours’ setting (Windows key + A, then it's the moon icon). If you have an iPhone they also have a do not disturb setting where you can pre-set to block all notifications apart from calls from specific numbers.

It’s great to see that as well as appointing our own Ashley Bateson as Vice President, CIBSE has appointed Professor Lynne Jack as the President-Elect.

Aside from having a phenomenal CV including being Director of Heriot-Watt University’s Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, Deputy Head of the School of Energy, Geosciences, Infrastructure and Society, a Fellow of CIBSE and of SoPHE, Lynne is the first woman to hold this prestigious position, and will become CIBSE’s first female president next year.

A fantastic role model for all ambitious female engineers out there, and another demonstration of CIBSE’s ongoing commitment to improving the gender balance within our industry.

Rachel Davies - June 6 at 1:27 PM

A good positive story Jo. I note further afield some other significant female CEO appointments -Heineken & Revlon to name two. What do you believe will be the next turning point for better diversity/representation in our industry?

Jo Edwards in reply to Rachel Davies – June 11 at 8:57 AM

Hi Rachel. I actually think we’re at a turning point right now. I am seeing a significant shift in thinking from senior people in our industry (who tend to form part of the ‘majority’ group) moving from hardly noticing the lack of diversity to active engagement in strategies to improve the diversity in their organisations. The more engagement we have on the issue from our industry leaders, the quicker we’ll see results.

Rachel Davies in reply to Jo Edwards - June 11 at 9:32AM

The institutes seem to be making big moves. Do one of the big engineering consultancies needs to be bolder for real change? What do people think?

We are looking to improve the temperature monitoring of our server rooms across the HL offices.

If we have an aircon failure. Our rooms would heat up and then our servers will protect themselves by shutting down.
We don’t want to come in on a Monday morning to find everything is down!!

I was thinking. …We may have separate BMS systems but I don’t think we have firm wide monitoring system.

Could we use the trial IoT platform to monitor and alert us if we get some sensors into the rooms. Could this be part of the WTS fact fining discovery phase we are starting? I would like to see HL use a single platform for IoT and I think this is a nice simple working example to get started with to test the technology platform.

Could we also chat up our suppliers and get some demo units?

Andrew Bullmore - May 25 at 9:28 AM

Clive, this case study could provide a really tangible and useful example of our move towards largely IoT based data connectivity. Definitely worth exploring in my opinion.

Fred Lemieux – May 25 at 9:37 AM

The Awair systems already have a pretty decent API, having a trigger that would set off a chain of events should the server rooms overheat would be pretty straight forward (I think).

Steve Wisby - June 1 at 1:15 PM

The Purrmetrix temp sensors we have (62 of them) were originally used to monitor temps within cabinets and we could dedicate 3 per active cabinet (London Office) if needs be, no need for new kit, and do our own alarms based upon retrieving data out of limits from the Purrmetrix API.

David Beatty - June 1 at 2:17 PM

I'll pick this up as I highlighted the lack preventative comms room monitoring as an area for improvement in our business continuity planning. It sounds like an opportune time.