Monday, 14 May 2018

STEM - Investing in our engineering future


STEM: Today's youth, 
tomorrow's engineers


David Brunning with year 3 pupils at Hillside Primary School
JMS Engineers has long been an advocate of investing in and supporting excellence in its field of Structural and Civil Engineering. 

Our local offices in Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and Leicester have developed relationships with their respective universities to encourage the next generations of talent. 

By demonstrating and mentoring real opportunities, students see achievable goals to develop their professional aspirations in this ever changing world of engineering.

Desks, guidance and opportunities have been made available to undergraduates for work experience and apprenticeship practice with great and mutual success.

Being a STEM Ambassador
 
Now David Brunning, part of the Civil Engineering team at JMS’ Head Office, is being actively supported by Daniel Staines in his own ambitions to guide the future of engineering distinction as a STEM Ambassador.

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines across the UK. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate their valuein life and careers.

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As a STEM Ambassador, David has the opportunity to engage and inspire young people learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He’ll help encourage students to consider further study of STEM subjects, particularly engineering, and guide their progression into related careers.

It’s about inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals” said David. “We can show them just how practical and vocational their studies are now by relating what they’re learning to practical applications in the field. It sounds like a chore, but really the interaction with such enthusiastic young people is a lot of fun.

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It is David’s professional skills and personal objectivity that facilitated his move to JMS earlier this year. An Eng Tech MICE, David’s heart and soul already drive the professional qualities embedded in JMS, centrally at Brightwell Barns and nationally (internationally) across its regional offices.

STEM Ambassadors have been referred to as “...a UK national treasure” helping to bring STEM subjects to life by adding context and cutting edge applications to theory.

To help introduce learning in the context of Civil Engineering, the ICE have produced this video:

 
The interaction between David, school teachers and school students helps the teachers understand how, for example, mathematics is applied in Civil Engineering projects so they can put a practical slant into their teaching plans. 

It's a win win opportunity
 
And the advantages of shared experiences work both ways. evidence shows that being a STEM Ambassador provides volunteers with a better understanding of education, increases their professionalism, confidence, enthusiasm and motivation while improving their organisational, communication, team-working and leadership skills.

The impact on young people, prospective employers, teachers, STEM Ambassadors and their employers has been enormous across the board. It has been recorded that young people are greatly influenced by Ambassadors like David, increasingly pursuing STEM study post-16 and progressing into STEM-related careers.


A survey across a wide range of educational participants in the STEM process showed a 90% increase in young people’s engagement in STEM. Their awareness of the scheme’s importance increased by 89%. Their general learning and understanding of the values of subjects within the genres of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is already bearing fruit – as the diagram below illustrates:

"Giving back to build tomorrow’s professional engineers is as good as it gets" – good luck David and well done JMS for encouraging learning and professionalism.




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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Engineering health and hope for Coventry



Coventry & Warwickshire MIND 

This is the new state of the art recovery centre which the charity say "...is set to change the future of mental health care in Coventry".

JMS's role was to co-ordinate a design that could incorporate modern offsite construction methods.  Such methods afford massive opportunities for design and build. Elements of the structure are fabricated off site, delivered in modules and constructed quickly on site.

The superstructure was formed in Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) whilst the foundations were sited on precast piles and ground beams. With  the adoption of offsite construction, time was saved on site.

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St Clair Gardens will provide up to 14 residents with cutting edge facilities to aid and support their mental and emotional wellbeing closer to home.

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Forum Health Centre

https://jmsengineers.co.uk/The £2.4 million redevelopment of a Coventry health centre has become a focal part of Coventry's Wyken area.

The main challenge for JMS was to design the new structure re-using the existing foundations and, as far as practicably possible, the below drainage goods in order to save time and money during construction.

The dramatic front feature of bold cladding and overhangs were formed from cantilevered steel beams to which the features were hung, with the overall feature shortlisted for RIBA West Midlands Awards.

Since opening, the centre has since become the first practise in Coventry & Rugby to be rated 'outstanding' by the CQC.


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 JMS Midlands

Nuneaton Office: 02476  350505

Leicester Office: 01163 800725




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Monday, 12 February 2018

Engineering East Midlands from Leicester


https://jmsengineers.co.uk/National skills with regional knowledge

Leicester is not new to JMS but our offices on Oxford Street are.

With over twenty years providing our services for the Midlands solely from our Nuneaton office, the addition of JMS Leicester brings welcome support, with Peter Stokoe leading the new team from The Innovation Centre, Oxford Street.

Peter (pictured below, second from the left, visiting the Nuneaton team) has lived in Leicester for over twenty years.

Socially, Peter is a keen follower of the Leicester Tigers. Professionally, his major project experience nationally, brings an enviable quality to our skillfull Midlands strength.

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Understanding 
local issues

Seeing, hearing, networking and understanding local issues are vital parts of our service, which is why JMS put our feet firmly on the ground in those parts of the country we identify to have maximum development potential.

By managing development projects regionally, supported by technical skills networked nationally, Leicester draws on group design expertise across nine offices in the UK and Europe.


This delivers the power of a major resource through the knowing eyes and ears of a highly efficient, professional service, locally.

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Local Experience

From the roof of our new home at The Innovation Centre (above) you could throw half a dozen (imaginary) stones which would land within a pace or two of a previous JMS project.

These are just a few representative examples of JMS creative solutions for Leicester.

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Student Accommodation on Oxford Street

Just one of a number of developments requiring Structural Engineering solutions from JMS (above left).

https://jmsengineers.co.uk/This was a 8 storey building offers 251 one and two bedroom apartments as accommodation, which are specified to one of the highest standards for students of Leicester’s De Montfort University.

Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI)

At the Leicester Royal Infirmary, JMS has been responsible for a dozen highly technical structural projects including the design of the structural works for a new CT Scanner and the 'shoe-horning' of a 56 Ward high tech building into the available footprint between existing wards of the Windsor, Sandringham, Osbourne and Robert Kilpatrick buildings.

The building (above right and right) consists of 80 units which make up the mainly 2 storey block, which rises up to three storeys to link into the existing skywalk.

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https://jmsengineers.co.uk/TGW, Market Harborough

TGW’s new office (above left and right) and development facility needed a fresh open feel with minimal internal columns. The cladding was clean and crisp creating a stylish fa├žade.

One particular technical challenge was to incorporate a dynamic crane in the building’s front glass display case with a 15m clear span to fit the curtain-walling.


Trout Ponds Farm, Sheepy Magna

This was a new development of 24 dwellings (left) offering a mixture of affordable housing, bungalows and 4 bedroom detached properties in the desirable village of Sheepy Magna.

JMS provided full Engineering services including Foundation, Superstructure, Road and Drainage design, including Section 278 Works to form the vehicular access.

The access road was designed as a tanked permeable paving SuDS system to retain the first 5mm of rainfall on site. It would reduce the rate of runoff from the development into the downstream sewerage system to acceptable Greenfield runoff rates. The permeable paving also provides a level of treatment to pollutants prior to discharge into the sewerage system.


The Leicester Office 
is 
open for business on 01163 800725





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Saturday, 13 January 2018

And Norwich makes three - for JMS East Anglia


http://jmsengineers.co.uk/Already in Chelmsford and with our Head Office in Ipswich, our new office in Norwich gives us comprehensive coverage of Civil and Structural Engineering services in East Anglia.

Norwich is recognised as one of the fastest growing commercial and residential development areas in Britain and districts such as Norwich and East Norfolk  have experienced year-on-year construction contract value growth of 916% and 744% respectively

According to a report from Barbour ABI and the Construction Products Association: "The Government is focused on raising the levels of major infrastructure projects, in particular sector themes such as offshore wind farms, energy plants and motorway upgrades have considerably boosted construction value in more rural areas."

The office is new, but Norwich is not new to us

Headed up by 'local lad' Mark Weston, the office continues our association with the area, building upon the reputation we have built over the last 20 years. Opening the office increased our operational presence in the area and allows us to get involved in new projects and to provide local support and expertise to ongoing developments previously serviced from our Ipswich base.

Thetford Road, Watton

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This is a large residential development consisting of 110 properties, infrastructure and associated parking. The existing geology in the area meant infiltration devices could be used for the Northern part of the development, although the existing ground water levels in the Southern section meant Environment Agency buffer requirements to base of soakaways could not be achieved. A more traditional drainage network was designed to convey the surface water run-off to the existing ditch network.

The new surface water drainage network adopted by Anglian Water used a flow control chamber to restrict flows from site. The existing ditch features on site were modified to provide the necessary attention for a 1 in 100 year storm event plus 30% climatic change.

Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston

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With our initial appointment in 2011, JMS continued to be involved in the design and detailing of the highway and drainage infrastructure to serve a development of 1,233 houses for a consortium of three of the region’s largest house builders.

Highway access was taken from an existing roundabout. On-site highway infrastructure includes two new roundabouts and the construction of culverts to cross an existing watercourse. The ground conditions of low strength silts presented a particular challenge that was overcome by utilising in-situ ground stabilisation to eliminate the requirement for extensive muck-away and for replacement material to be imported.

The development was also crossed by a foul water rising main forming part of the Water Authorities’ strategic regional assets that was diverted through the development area under a Section 185 Agreement.  The surface water drainage strategy was designed to utilise swales and basins to replicate the drainage regime of the site pre-development. 

Old Hospital Water Tower, Aylsham

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An example of creative thinking was here in Aylsham where we were involved in the engineering to convert a redundant water tower dating back to 1923, restoring it into a bespoke family home.

The 18 metre high building formed part of the former St Michael’s Hospital, on the edge of Aylsham, where it was transformed into a seven storey property. Residents were given a spectacle after the two cast iron water tanks at the top of the tower were removed and replaced with a sleek glass sunroom with a zinc roof.

This was part of the Bure Place development comprising 38 properties, combining houses, apartments and bungalows - and a seven storey tower !

 And above ground...

The latest project, right in the centre of Norwich, is Elliot House on the top of Ber Street.  What was once offices, including NHS administration facilities has been converted into 45 much needed city centre apartments.




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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

More pins in the JMS map and a look ahead to 2018


Happy New Year
      from Brightwell
 

It would be wrong to look forward without first touching on some of the many highlights of 2017. What a year!

Whilst much of the effort in Suffolk was fuelled by getting the new head office up and running in Brightwell - our sub-terrania masters in London kept digging for gold with an unprecedented number of basement developments; Chelmsford launched the new website for the additional JMS service of residential Travel Plans with the new website TP Coordinators (here).

The Greece office basked in their expertise in the technical wizardry Concrete Framing; and the Midlands office expanded their portfolio of Health Sector work.

In short, buildings went up, basements went down and infrastructure ran smoothly - all creatively and successfully engineered by JMS.

Oh - and did we mention - we celebrated our 20th Anniversary in September.


So ... 2018 ... who knows?

Well, to begin with, we are kicking the New Year off with three new offices in three new cities - Norwich, Leicester and Limassol !

This has obviously meant the addition of new staff - eight in the last few months - to ensure our high levels and range of service continue.


The construction industry perspective

Our growth at JMS is built on the back of the continued industry growth, both experienced and predicted, across just about all of the construction sectors we are involved with.

The Government seems to be sticking by its guns in terms of infrastructure and investment therein. It has promised to continue as detailed in the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016 - 2021. This includes the most ambitious plan to build new homes since the 1970s.

The Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) takes on the responsibility for easing the deliverability of building projects through the release of land on which to build and speeding up of planning permissions and regulations.

Major national road and rail infrastructure plans do create regional development opportunities in their wake, with the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) a prime example.

Growth needs skills

The CIBT (Construction Industry Training Board) has published Industry Insights for the construction skills network 2017 - 2021 (download a copy here). It makes interesting reading.

Their prediction, based on skills needs, is that up to 20,000 new construction jobs will be created in East Anglia in the next five years.


The forecast is a significant advance on the figures published last year, which suggested 14,000 new roles would be created in the industry by 2020.

Regionally, infrastructure growth is expected to be stronger, at 4% a year, fuelled by major projects including flood defence work in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, a £1.5bn upgrade to the A14 in Cambridgeshire, expansion at the Port of Felixstowe and a £450m renewable energy park near Peterborough.

With our head office in the centre of this and Chelmsford and Norwich set either side, JMS are perfectly placed to support this unprecedented growth.

The addition of our new office in Cyprus allows us to tap into a significant resource of knowledge and skill to compliment that of the Greek office, whilst opening up the new work stream of a growing economy.

Regional knowledge, regional service 

Seeing, hearing, networking and understanding local issues is a vital part of our service resolution for 2018. That's why JMS put our 'FitBit' measured feet on the ground in those parts of the country we identify to have maximum development potential.

By managing development projects regionally, supported by technical skills networked nationally, we provide the power of a major resource through the knowing eyes and ears of a professional local service.


As I close I'll point out just one more thing - we managed to talk about the construction industry, skills and the future all without mentioning the 'B' word. But it hasn't gone away.

Thank you for all your effort and support in 2017 and here's to a great New Year.

Daniel.



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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

I would walk 500 miles...

It was towards the end of our JMS 20th Anniversary Party on 1st September that Daniel and Anna-Maria handed out gift bags to everyone there.

In them were FitBit wrist bands and instructions to sign up with Stridekick for a programme of inter-office and individual 'fit to work' contests.

Was Daniel trying to tell us something - pot kettle black to that we thought (but didn't say).

The banners either side of the door should really have been the give away - The JMS Fit-Bit Challenge ... Work, Rest, Play. Several of the older members gathered thought we would get a year's supply of Mars bars - or anything else you could happily do without trainers.

After a relatively slow start, the competitive edge kicked in and we began to stride out for our office and, for some (Graham) a personal fitness regime soon followed.


Ben is refusing lifts from the station to the office and the whole Brightwell team regularly exercise their bodies to keep their civil and structural minds fit for purpose.

For their new team song, just click on the image below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhzqGRDREDc

The lengths some people will go to to get up the leader board is quite extraordinary. Andy from the Nuneaton office flew to New Zealand to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. In the image below he did 39,000 steps including a 1,000 metre climb to the shadows of Mount Ngauruhoe, the inspiration for Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings, part of which was filmed there.


What's your JMS Fit-Bit Challenge elvish tale

Step out and share some of your Fit-Bit stories. Send your tale and images to Michael and we'll publish a Fit-Bit special in the New Year.


JMS - 20 years on and fitter than ever !




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