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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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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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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. 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 […]

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This month marks fifteen years since Eadon was founded! Fifteen remarkable years of doing what we love most—problem solving and providing creative, robust solutions to industry challenges. Our mission, vision and values have consistently driven our strategic decisions and remain at the heart of everything we do. We take pride in continually striving to exceed our clients’ expectations, delivering not just solutions, but innovations that redefine possibilities and set new standards. Clear, open and honest communication remains a priority; both with our clients and each other. Perhaps most of all, we have taken great pride in creating a challenging yet supportive workplace where coming to work is enjoyable. To commemorate our 15th anniversary we wanted to share 15 of our project highlights that really reflect the diverse and challenging nature of our work. Te Matau a Pohe Bridge, New Zealand – This lift bridge is the only operational one of its kind in New Zealand and one of a very few for road traffic in the world. Named as one of the top 15 most incredible walkable bridges in the world by Fodor’s Travel. Skera – This was the first design and supply of equipment we have provided for active deployment in nuclear decommissioning for Sellafield. Dreamland Roller Coaster, Margate – The scenic railway was one of the oldest roller-coasters in the country until it was burnt down in 2008. We carried out the design of a timber bogie which was used as an integral part of […]

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We are pleased to welcome Joshua Bowes-Smith who has joined Eadon as a Graduate Engineer. Joshua’s passion for engineering began at school when he studied engineering for A-Level. “I just loved it,” he said. “I spent all my free periods in the workshop. I enjoyed using the machinery and being precise with everything. I ended up making an autonomous tennis ball collecting robot!” Following sixth form, Joshua pursued a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Sheffield. Attracted by Eadon’s emphasis on versatile skills and diverse projects, he applied to join as a graduate engineer.  Now, as a team member, he looks forward to building on his skills, knowledge and confidence as an engineer as he contributes to a variety of projects. Outside of work Joshua likes playing football, tennis, badminton, and squash. He’s also passionate about music and enjoys drumming and playing the piano.

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Today (1st November 2023) we are pleased to be celebrating National Engineering Day.  First launched in 2019 by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the day aims to highlight how engineers make a difference in the world and celebrate how they can shape the future. The spotlight this year is on sustainability and how engineering plays a crucial role in helping us build a more sustainable world by finding solutions to some of our most pressing problems. Here at Eadon, we are extremely proud of our incredible team of engineers. So please join us in taking a moment to recognise and applaud our team and, of course, engineers everywhere! Happy National Engineering Day!  To find out more about National Engineering Day visit https://raeng.org.uk/national-engineering-day

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Eadon is proud to introduce our newest team member, Harry Barnard, who joins us as a Graduate Engineer. Harry graduated from the University of Sheffield in July this year with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his degree he undertook a year-long industry placement where he worked in a project management role at a power station. A career in engineering was a natural choice for Harry. “Maths and physic have always been my favourite subjects” he says, “I enjoy problem solving, analysing data and designs. At university I particularly enjoyed analysing designs using software like Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – so I was drawn to Eadon because the role’s not just about the design of structures and mechanisms, but it’s also about the analysis which I really like and am looking forward to.” Outside of work Harry enjoys bouldering and playing the piano. We’re excited to have him as part of our growing team.

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We’re thrilled to welcome Nadiia Nefodova, our new HR Business Partner, to the team.  Originally from the picturesque city of Odesa in Ukraine, Nadiia has worked in human resources for over a decade. Throughout her career, she’s worked with various international retail companies in Ukraine, working on international projects and gaining a wealth of experience in HR processes. “My passion in human resources is employer branding, building processes, establishing HR processes, HR analytics, and compensations and benefits,” she says. “I was looking to work for a company over here where I could help build and establish HR processes, and I’m happy that that’s what I’ll be doing at Eadon. I’ll also be taking responsibility for the induction process.” “My first impression of Eadon is that it’s a really friendly place,” she says. “The people are really interesting and innovative. I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to the team.” Outside of work, Nadiia loves spending time with her two daughters, doing sports and traveling.

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The government has entrusted the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) with a crucial task: to safely and cost-effectively clean up the UK’s earliest nuclear sites. With a focus on employee well-being, community welfare, and the environment, the NDA aims to prepare these 17 sites for future use, prioritising safety above all else. Eadon have been providing support to Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) and Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS,) to provide a design for a standard waste transport container which will play a vital role in facilitating the transportation of waste materials as part of the initiative. Ensuring the secure transport of nuclear waste from the site license companies to a geological disposal facility (GDF) is paramount for safety. The GDF, a highly engineered structure, will incorporate multiple barriers to provide protection for hundreds of thousands of years. The container’s design must allow for the transportation of various waste package types via both trains and roads. During the project’s preliminary design phase, our primary objective is to guarantee the functionality and compliance of individual components such as shock absorbers, seals, and thermal guards. Stringent safety measures, including impact resistance and fire survivability, have undergone analysis to meet the requirements outlined in the International […]

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At Eadon, we understand how important it is to support and guide the next generation of engineers. We’re committed to providing young people who are passionate about engineering with the opportunities and practical experiences they need to succeed. We were thrilled to welcome Amy Weston this summer for a 6-week work placement. Amy, a Mechanical Engineering student from the University of Sheffield, said she’s gained fresh perspectives and insights during her time with us. “My first impression of Eadon was that it was really friendly,” she said. “Everyone seemed genuinely interested in what other people were working on. I enjoyed the brainstorming meetings where you were made to feel like there were no bad ideas. That kind of environment makes it easier to have the confidence to speak up and give input.” A highlight of Amy’s placement was constructing a test rig to evaluate the friction in a hinge – a component of Eadon’s innovative REACH project. The REACH project aims to tackle challenges associated with nuclear energy cleanup using a custom modular machine. “I used the 3D printer to print components for that,” she explained. “I’d done a decent amount of modelling for other projects, but not on Solidworks […]

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We’re excited to introduce Matt Smith as one of our new placement students here at Eadon. Matt has joined us from the University of Sheffield, where he is studying for a Master’s Degree in General Engineering, specialising in energy and sustainability. As he grew up surrounded by machinery at his father’s workplace, Matt’s passion for engineering began at an early age. “I’ve got a hugely practical mind,” he says. “I love solving problems but I also enjoy the science behind it all as well.” He’s excited about the wide array of projects he’ll be involved in during his year at Eadon. “There are so many different types of problems to solve with so many different ways to solve them,” he says. “It seems like the perfect mix of technical yet creative work.” Aside from his work and studies, Matt is an active individual. He’s a keen sailor, an avid skier, and was part of the Cadets. Over the past two and a half years, he has dedicated his time to a charity project aimed at restoring a well drilling rig. Impressively, this rig has recently been dispatched to Africa to drill a well for a school in need – ‘well’ […]

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Eadon Consulting is pleased to introduce our newest Engineer, Ollie Lanchbery. Ollie took the apprenticeship route into engineering. Over 3 years, he balanced studying for a degree at the University of Sheffield with gaining vital work experience at Atkins. Following that, he moved to SCX Special Projects where he worked for 2 years on a wide range of kinetic architecture projects. Ollie says he was keen to move to Eadon because of the wide variety of work on offer. “They’ve got some really interesting projects in their portfolio,” he said. “Given my significant involvement in nuclear projects during my previous roles, it’s an area I’m particularly keen to get involved with and continue learning about.” Ollie’s hands-on nature and passion for engineering goes beyond the workplace. In his spare time he enjoys fixing up and driving cars and can often be found working on 3D printing projects.

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In a recent project, Eadon had the opportunity to provide crucial support to a nuclear client. Our task involved conducting a dynamic analysis of the piping system and assessing potential fatigue issues. The primary objective was to address concerns surrounding excessive vibrations and ensure the long-term integrity of the cooling water pipes. Through our analysis using AutoPIPE, we gained valuable insights into the shape and frequency of the vibrations. The results showed the presence of fatigue damage within the system, with specific attention given to areas that had previously experienced leakage problems. Moreover, we were able to reassure the client as we concluded that recent adjustments made with the aim of reducing the excessive vibrations had indeed proven effective in minimising the risk of further damage. At Eadon, we take pride in our ability to deliver effective solutions to our clients. This project is a great example of our commitment to excellence in engineering and our dedication to addressing unique challenges in the nuclear industry. We look forward to continuing our work in piping analysis and making a positive impact in the field.

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