Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 31/01/2017 - 00:00
We often incorrectly figure that equilibrium means a static ‘we-have-arrived-in-a-state-of-peace’ state. Nothing could be further from the truth. Equilibrium represents an active and dynamic balancing act. At all times.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 24/01/2017 - 00:00
I believe engineering professionals have a fundamental contradiction in their careers. They have to be obsessed with being absolutely meticulous, precise and have an enthusiasm for detail in their engineering work. However, in order to be successful – they have to communicate...
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 17/01/2017 - 15:10
As a young engineer I used to sometimes ponder on the long torturous career (ladder) path one could follow in ‘the firm’ – no matter whether you were an electrician, technician or engineer. I worked for a huge company (De Beers) mining and selling gem diamonds with billions of dollars of revenue and which had been around for over a 100 years.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 10/01/2017 - 00:00
‘In with the old to support the new’, I say. This remark is based on the unveiling of one of the largest off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) combined with diesel projects for a copper and gold mine in Western Australia. A brilliant example of applying new technologies with the traditional approach (in this case diesel).
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 03/01/2017 - 00:00
Without a shadow of doubt, with traditional power transmission systems, home and factory power systems and motors – good old alternating current (ac) is the name of the game with electricity. Direct Current (dc) has always been the poor cousin.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 20/12/2016 - 00:00
“We are spurred on by the impossible” may be a fairly trite throw away line from Dyson’s Director of Energy Storage Development (Bruce Brenner). But it does show the attitude of the company driven by James Dyson in pioneering new inventions which are also commercialised with great success. As many of you would know - he has created products ranging from...
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 13/12/2016 - 00:00
Over 30 years ago, I attended an impressive demonstration of a company that had developed a nifty image processing system and fruit selector to sort good from bad fruit. A great idea but hugely expensive, only operational for a part of the season (fruit picking) and prone to breakdowns and many errors.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 06/12/2016 - 00:00
here is nothing new under the sun - as the old adage goes. And when looking at the sleek new industrial buildings built out of state-of-the-art new materials such as carbon fiber or indeed, boring steel and concrete, it is surprising to see the renaissance of construction with wood – something I thought had disappeared for traditional city building.
Submitted by steve.mackay on Tue, 29/11/2016 - 00:00
Seemingly the target of 50 billion connected devices on the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020 is now somewhat overly optimistic. The estimate has been sharply estimated downwards to perhaps 20 billion interconnected devices. Quite a change from the original hyped up estimate.