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Gull Wing BridgeSignificant progress is being made on the Gull Wing Bridge project in Lowestoft. After the largest section was successfully lifted into place and rotated to the open position, the project has now moved well into the testing and commissioning phase. The bridge is already operating multiple times a day to let vessels through.   The £145 million project is being delivered by Suffolk County Council  and built by Farrans Construction. The last section of the bridge, the bascule span, arrived from Belgium on 4th March and was installed successfully on the 9th. Impressively, this is one of the world’s largest hydraulically lifted, rolling bascule bridges. Eadon is proud to have played a crucial role in the project by providing the lead bridge designers, Arup, with the exemplar design for the operating equipment. Eadon’s involvement has continued through the provision of assistance to Suffolk County Council during the construction stage. Recently we visited the site to do a visual inspection of the bridge and more specifically, operating equipment, prior to the lifting deck being installed into position.  Following a process similar to the Te Matau a Pohe in New Zealand, another rolling bascule bridge we contributed to, the iconic Gull […]

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Eadon are pleased to have successfully completed a Category III check of a new storm rigging system for two underdeck gantries on the Avonmouth Bridge in Bristol. The C1 and C6 gantries on the Avonmouth Bridge are made of aluminum alloy frames and are suspended from steel runway beams which are fixed to the bridge’s cantilevered deck sections. The proposed storm rigging design entails fixing a series of anchor brackets to the existing aluminum gantry structure. Flexible, adjustable slings will connect to the anchor brackets, with their other ends attaching to temporary brackets on the bridge when the gantries are parked after use. We carried out the check of the storm rigging design in accordance with the safety standards outlined in BS EN 1808:2015: Safety requirements for suspended access equipment – Design calculations, stability criteria, construction – Examinations and tests. We have extensive experience conducting category III and third-party checks for mechanical and structural equipment. Click here to find out more about our capabilities in this area.  

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April is Stress Awareness Month. First launched in 1992, the campaign aims to increase understanding of the factors that contribute to stress, promote solutions, and reduce the stigma that surrounds stress and mental health. At Eadon, we actively try to mitigate stress for our employees. We understand that traditional office-based routines may not always align with the needs and preferences of our employees so we have embraced hybrid working.  Hybrid working can help reduce stress in a number of ways: Less Commuting: Bad weather, traffic jams or delayed public transport can make getting to and from the office stressful. Less commuting equals less stress. It also saves us time at the start and end of our working days which helps us keep a better work-life balance. Greater Flexibility: It offers us the flexibility to balance work and personal commitments such as school runs, medical appointments or exercise more effectively. This helps to relieve the pressure of tight schedules and allows us to navigate our days more efficiently and smoothly.  Increased Autonomy: Granting greater autonomy makes us feel more empowered. We feel more in control of our work schedules and our time in general, which, in turn, helps us feel less […]

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Eadon placement student, Matt Smith, recently took part in an event aimed at showcasing the fundamentals of STEM to the next generation. ‘Get Up to Speed with STEM’ is an annual event designed to introduce and inspire the next generation about the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s a platform for businesses to showcase their services and promote the sector’s success while addressing the skills gap by showing young people the potential of a STEM career. Matt, an enthusiastic advocate for STEM, became involved in the event a few years ago when he joined the Steering Group as a representative of the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy. This year, Matt enjoyed taking on the role of presenter for GUTS TV, an initiative focused on documenting the event’s proceedings through a series of interviews with industry leaders. “It’s an amazing event,” says Matt. “Every time you walk by the stands, you see a child asking questions, and their curiosity forms a path towards their future.  Whether they’re interested in railways, planes, healthcare or the armed forces – there’s just so much to explore. It’s incredible.” Find out more about ‘Get Up to Speed with STEM’ and what the organisers have […]

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Eadon is pleased to have recently contributed to an ambitious initiative which aims to transform Liverpool’s waterfront. The £75m Waterfront Transformation Project is a 10-year plan led by National Museums Liverpool (NML) to enhance the city’s waterfront areas spanning from the Royal Albert Dock to Mann Island. The Canning Dock area is a key focus of the project. Here, the aim is to uncover the historical significance of Canning quaysides and dry docks, better connecting them with the International Slavery Museum, the Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Liverpool. Eadon played a crucial role in supporting Architects Asif Khan Studio and Structural Engineers AKTII with the mechanical design of a new lifting footbridge. The bridge will reinstate the pedestrian crossing across Canning Half Tide Dock, linking the graving docks with the wider waterfront area. It is a twin-span lift bridge, designed to accommodate the occasional tall ship entering the dock, whilst enabling regular canal traffic to pass underneath when closed. This connection will enhance accessibility and create a seamless experience for visitors. Eadon Senior Engineer, David Kinnear says “It’s been great to participate in a project that not only conveys a significant message but also celebrates naval facilities, all while […]

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Last week, James Hill and Andrew Fowler took part in the Waste Management (WM) Symposia international conference in Arizona, Phoenix. The event, which drew 3300 attendees, served as a platform to showcase their innovative research and development efforts undertaken over the past year. This included the Capsa Solutions waste container and Eadon’s creation of ‘REACH’ – a Long Reach Modular Robotic Deployment System designed for accessing Through Wall and Vertical Access Ports. “Our talks were successful with some good interest and plenty of questions following them,” said Andrew. “I also had the opportunity to go to some technical discussions to learn more about what’s going on in other areas of waste management across the globe. It was great hearing talks about geological disposal and I also found the ones by Nuclear Transport Services and the containers they’re developing particularly interesting.” After the success of this year we’re already looking ahead to WM Symposia 2025 when the focus will be on how IT, AI and the digital world can transform the nuclear industry.

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Eadon is delighted to have donated a laptop which will be used to aid a charity well drilling project in Africa. The donation was facilitated through the Yorkshire based charity, Jacob’s Well Appeal. Their mission is to change the lives of many of the poorest people in the world by offering vital support in areas such as education, agriculture, and healthcare. Eadon’s placement student, Matt Smith, has volunteered his time over the past few years to support the charity’s project to restore a well drilling rig. The rig has since been dispatched to Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso to facilitate the drilling of a much-needed well for a school in need.  John Beynon from Jacob’s Well Foundation kindly wrote to thank us for the donation. He said “The computer will be used to aid the well drilling project and also for other educational purposes by the school there.  “Gifts of equipment make a significant, long-term difference to partners in poor countries like Burkina Faso where development is often hampered by poor or out-of-date equipment.” At Eadon, we believe that every contribution, no matter how small, has the power to create positive change. We see this donation as another step forward in […]

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For centuries, engineering has been the driving force that shapes the world we live in. From the smart speakers in our homes to the cars we drive, the bridges we travel across and the hidden network of pipes and wires beneath our feet  – engineering is woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. Today (March 4th), we are celebrating World Engineering Day, recognising and honouring the valuable contributions engineers make to society. We asked our team which famous engineers have inspired them. Here were some of their favourites: Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Perhaps best remembered for designing the Clifton Suspension Bridge in 1830, an engineering marvel that still stands today. He also played a pivotal role in developing railway and shipping networks, revolutionising the movement of people and goods both nationally and internationally. Archimedes: An ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, and engineer, Archimedes, was famous for his principle that the mass of a body submerged in water is equal to the mass of the water displaced. He also invented one of the earliest hydraulic machines, the Archimedes’ screw,, which is still used today for raising water between levels. Ruth Amos: An inventor and engineer from Sheffield, at just age 16, Ruth […]

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Eadon is thrilled to have found ways to turn retiring old IT equipment into an opportunity to support our local community. We recently offered our employees the chance to purchase some of our old laptops at a minimal cost, with a commitment to donate £50 each to Sheffield based charity, The Archer Project. This incredible charity provides support to homeless and vulnerable people in the city; and we were proud to have raised around £500 for them through this scheme. Our commitment to making a positive impact extends to tech recycling too. We donated a 3D printer to a local school and we’ve handed over a variety of other equipment over the past 6 months, such as monitors and mobile phones, to Aspire Community Enterprise. This Sheffield based social enterprise specialises in computer recycling with the primary objective of providing a stable job and a supported working environment for vulnerable or marginalised people. Our goal is not just to discard our old equipment, but to do so with a purpose – making a positive impact on our local community. It’s fantastic to be able to support these organisations and we aim to continue these efforts in the future.

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Today (11th February) is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Around the world, governments, educational institutions, and companies are participating in events and initiatives to mark this special day which is dedicated to recognising the crucial role that women and girls play in STEM industries and reminds us of the continuing need to bridge the gender gap in these fields. STEM Women is an enterprise which recognises that the current rate of change is insufficient to ensure an inclusive future workforce and is working to increase diversity in STEM industries. “Statistics from the most recent labour market data shows that the STEM sector is continuing to grow at a rapid rate, with more than 1 million more STEM jobs created over the last 7 years. However, the representation of women in STEM remains low, at just over one quarter of the overall STEM workforce. Latest government census figures show that women now make up 26% of the STEM workforce. Whilst this is a gradual increase, at the current rate of change we would not see equal representation in STEM until the year 2070.”1 Moreover, according to Engineering UK, “in mid-2021 16% of workers in core and related engineering […]

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At Eadon, we’re committed to expanding our expertise and continually look for ways to build upon our engineering knowledge and stay abreast of this ever-evolving industry. We recently participated in a couple of interesting external training sessions in the field of Structural Engineering. The Steel Construction Institute  ‘NSSS & EN1090-2’ webinar offered us valuable insights into specification clauses. It explored the National Structural Steelwork Specification (NSSS) as the primary ‘execution specification’ for building structures and outlined requirements from BS EN 1090-2, including aspects like fabrication and erection tolerances. It also covered information on materials, workmanship, welding, and the communication flow between designers and steelwork contractors. We were also pleased to take part in a webinar hosted by Engineered Training Solutions on structural reliability. The training covered the basics of structural safety, random variables for failure probability estimation; as well as advanced topics like FORM, Monte Carlo simulation, limit state codes and reliability-based design. This was a really valuable course which gave us a deeper insight into structural reliability analysis and design.

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Eadon is delighted to share that we have conducted a successful design review of our REACH project with key stakeholders from Sellafield, UKAEA and Nuclear Restoration Services. This critical milestone marks the completion of the design development phase and moves REACH another step closer towards becoming a commercially available product for the nuclear industry. We are now excited to be starting the prototype and testing phase which is the next stage of development.  REACH, a high payload capacity, modular platform for long range deployment of equipment, offers a reusable and simple toolkit that is adaptable to suit instrument and environment. It improves efficiency and safety whilst reducing deployment preparation time and cost. You can find out more about REACH here.

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January marks National Mentoring Month so we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the invaluable mentoring scheme we have here at Eadon. Upon joining our team, every member is assigned a Development Coach. Their role is to ensure their Mentee is working on the right projects at the right time, in order to develop their skills and advance their career. This is done while providing continuous support and ensuring they have the necessary resources to excel. “Mentoring our staff is crucial to Eadon’s success,” says Principal Engineer and Development Coach Adam Griffin. “We pride ourselves on taking on our clients’ hardest problems and if we aren’t mentoring our staff to be able to tackle these problems, we couldn’t do what we do.” Graduate Engineer Josh Bowes-Smith joined Eadon last September and is already benefiting from having Adam as his Development Coach. “Adam helps, supports and guides me and ensures I’m getting a well rounded skill set,” he explains. “He allows me the room to define my own goals and then encourages me and helps me to achieve them. I’m given enough room to grapple with a problem initially, which is where I do most of the learning, and then […]

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