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Eadon’s 2023

21/12/2023

2023 has proven to be another successful year at Eadon. Celebrating our 15-year anniversary has made this one especially significant and has given us the opportunity to reflect on the incredible journey we’ve been on. We’ve worked on some fantastic projects which have presented new challenges and kept us all busy – just the way we like it.

Here are just a few of our 2023 highlights:

  • We played a pivotal role in the development of a pedestrian and cycle bridge at London’s Royal Victoria Dock – assisting with the mechanical and electrical design of the double bascule mechanism at the midpoint which allows the middle section of the bridge to be lifted. It was fantastic to be involved in the development of this crossing which will serve as a crucial link, connecting the ExCel Centre and Custom House station on the north side of the dock to the expansive Silvertown development.
    Silvertown Bridge Project

    Photo courtesy of Moxon Architects

  • We had the opportunity to work with a nuclear client by performing a seismic analysis of a glovebox to assist them with their design. A full shell and solid element model was created using ANSYS. This was subject to a modal analysis first and then subsequently to a pseudo-static analysis. The structure had to comply with the requirements of BS 2573: Rules for the design of cranes. Acceptance has been determined by review of stress plots against permissible stresses.
  • We have been providing support to Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) and Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS,) to provide a design for a standard waste transport container. This project is part of a government initiative to clean-up 17 of the UK’s earliest nuclear sites. We believe our container will significantly improve the transportation of nuclear waste and strengthen the UK’s dedication to safe and efficient disposal methods.
  • We have been collaborating with Sellafield to develop the design of REACH. Born from a Game Changers project, REACH is our versatile, high-capacity platform for deploying equipment over long distances. It’s a reusable toolkit that easily adapts to various instruments and environments, enhancing efficiency, safety, and significantly cutting deployment time and costs. Our aim is to actively demonstrate it in a processing cell in March 2025.
  • We were fortunate to have the chance to support a nuclear client by performing dynamic analysis on a piping system, evaluating fatigue concerns, and addressing excessive vibrations to ensure the cooling water pipes’ long-term integrity. We take pride in our ability to deliver effective solutions to our clients and this project was a great example of our commitment to excellence in engineering and our dedication to addressing unique challenges in the nuclear industry.
  • Two of our graduate engineers, Alex Cawthorne and Callum Lynn, took part in one of Sellafield’s sprint projects. They worked alongside experts from Sellafield’s Engineering Centre of Excellence (ECoE) to address challenges in processing nuclear fuel canisters from EDF’s advanced gas-cooled reactors in France – a great opportunity for them both.
  • We have been pleased to have been a key partner in supporting the development of the CAPSA Waste Container, an exciting project that we are looking forward to taking even further next year.
  • We were thrilled that two projects we have worked on have won awards in recent months. Cody Dock’s Rolling Bridge won both an IStructE engineering award and the ‘Best Small Project’ accolade at the IABSE Awards. And the Woolbeding Glasshouse clinched a 2023 Building Beauty Award! Eadon is proud to have contributed to both of these remarkable projects.
  • We were pleased to conduct some Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for CAPSA. The project involved assessing the impact analysis of the CAPSA waste container, focusing on its design robustness. Our analysis helped us understand the container’s behaviour when dropped from a height – insights which ultimately led to design improvements. This work has contributed to expanding Eadon’s expertise in impact analysis and we look forward to future opportunities in this area.
  • We’ve delivered a number or several strategic studies for Sellafield through the (EIF) Enabling Innovation Framework.
  • We continued our inspection work, collaborating with ECS Engineering Ltd on behalf of the Environment Agency for mitre gates and sluice gates inspections. Our focus remains on delivering concise reports with clear recommendations to ensure client satisfaction.
  • Our amazing team has continued to grow in 2023. We’ve taken on 9 new team members; 4 Engineers, 2 Graduate Engineers, 2 Placement Students and an HR Business Partner. We’ve also welcomed more short term placement students and this is something we intend to continue.As this year draws to a close, we’re excited about what 2024 will bring. We’re looking forward to continuing the development of REACH and applying the knowledge that we’ve gained through delivering CAPSA to the nuclear decommissioning sector. We aim to grow our presence in nuclear fusion and we will be looking at energy security and how our projects can be working towards net zero. We recognise the importance of cleaner energy and the need to support carbon reduction and we’ll be looking at projects which directly relate to this, such as the reuse of wind turbine technology. Additionally, we’ll be focusing on enhancing manufacturing efficiency by implementing advanced techniques to cut costs.

    From all of us at Eadon, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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