Posts By: hedgehog

Maintaining the Beast: Designing Safety into Amusement Park Rides Posted

Some tips on building and keeping up ultra-safe rides from the engineers who design them By Dr Michael Wrinch and Matt Keeler, August 2017 Note from the authors: A few weeks ago, we started working on an article about the general safe ride system design.  It was our intention to write something that would give… Read more »

Electrical Codes and Standards: some tips to reduce cost risk on international projects Posted

… and why standards are constantly changing.  By Amreen Grewal April 2017 Codes and standards ensure that materials, products, processes and services are safe and fit for their intended purpose. They are defined by a highly technical committee, who consider design principles or characteristics that have been consistently used and supported to create these requirements or guidelines…. Read more »

Engineering Strategic Value Part 2 Business Transformation from a Project-Focused Enterprise to a Product-Focused Business: How to Make the Leap to Products Posted

How to Make the Leap to Products By: Dr. Michael WrinchFebruary 2017 Last week we discussed the limitations of project-based design and manufacturing. This week we will look at strategies to assist companies transform their operations to a product-focused business while still realizing significant benefits. FIG 1: Standardized Product Company The TransformationThis is the moment… Read more »

Engineering Strategic Value Part 1: Business Transformation from a Project-Focused Enterprise to a Product-Focused Business Posted

Challenges of the Project Model By: Dr. Michael WrinchFebruary 2017 Businesses constantly seek change and growth. But growth is rarely straightforward and presents challenges to any enterprise. Manufacturing design engineering firms are no exception. Most small design businesses, as well as consulting firms, begin with a project-focused approach. A project focus is the natural first… Read more »

Okanagan Indian Band exploring solar power Posted

Exploring solar energy to enhance community power is the focus of a new energy plan being developed by the Okanagan Indian Band. The band will receive $18,000 through the B.C. First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund to identify ways for the community to benefit from solar power. This includes a feasibility and business-case study on… Read more »