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Engineering & Technology

Issue 6 • Date 11-24 April 11 2009

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  • Engineering & Technology - cover

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  • Table of contents - page plan

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  • Going underground... [editorial]

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  • Europe could lose renewables lead [analysis]

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  • Letters

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  • If you ask me

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  • What's in the pipeline?

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    With oil and gas as the driving forces of international politics, pipelines are bound to create new diplomatic realities. View full abstract»

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  • Driverless in Lille

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  • Olympics watch

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    The Olympic stadium is the focal point of any games. It is the place where, arguably, all the highest profile events take place, and where the world's top performers set about smashing the iconic records set by the legendary athletes of the past. The stadium is also the place that remains etched onto the memory long after the Olympic torch has passed on. Memories of 2012 will be of a stadium in London. The paper takes the readers on a tour of London's main stadium and points out the impressive engineering behind it. View full abstract»

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  • Gadgets

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  • Yes, we can Twitter

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  • Olympic time

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    With less than a year to go until the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Nick Smith went to Canada to see how electronic timing equipment trials are progressing. Along the track there are 42 pairs of infrared emitters and receivers that send a time-tagged message along a wire to a central computer in the onsite control/ timing tower each time the light beam is broken. There are two systems working in parallel - a master and a backup - placed exactly 1cm apart. The instrumentation receiving and processing the data for both systems sit in a 19 in rack. The system looks remarkably straightforward, and anyone expecting to see sci-fi pioneering technology will be sorely disappointed. But the simple infrared sensors will track the progress of luge and bobsleigh competitors in real-time to the precision of a hundredth of a second. View full abstract»

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  • Flexray goes graphical

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    FlexRay was conceived as a safety-critical network for cars but it is possible to squeeze graphical data onto it, as one experiment shows. FlexRay is now being deployed in automotive electronic architectures, as demonstrated by its introduction in new cars such as the BMW X5 and X6, where it is used for dynamic suspension control. The BMW 7-series will incorporate FlexRay, with further cars from other manufacturers expected to follow. View full abstract»

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  • Rebranding the robot

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    Robotics scientists are counteracting a perceived negative fictional image of robots by re-imagining them as a new infant species. View full abstract»

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  • Mind the gap

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    This paper reports the need for control engineers to learn extra skills as control systems are increasingly linking up with corporate IT networks. View full abstract»

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  • Going underground

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    By using the energy from hot water trapped several kilometres below the Earth's surface it could be possible to satisfy much of the world's energy needs. But, as the author discovers, there is much work to be done before this dream becomes a reality. View full abstract»

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  • Full charge

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    This paper discusses the revival of compressed air energy storage (CAES), though not a well-known technology, yet it has been around for years. View full abstract»

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  • Source work

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    The UK's universities are leading the way in many aspects of ICT R&D. In the first of a three-part series, Christine Evans-Pughe surveys some of the most innovative projects. View full abstract»

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  • Clout of the cloud

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    Among the emerging technologies in enterprise IT, cloud computing enjoys the most commendation, and its proponents seem to have a positive reply for every critical reservation. 'Cloud computing' has become a buzz phrase, but there's plenty of evidence that it also represents a tangible platform for future applications, and offers the prospect of real operational and financial advantages. View full abstract»

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  • Computing is at the core

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  • Gimme shelter!

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    Do the economics of sheltered work for people with disabilities add up? Remploy's recent urgent restructuring raises profound questions about whether this is something the workplace can afford to offer. Remploy insiders are weary of trying to counter their image as wheelchair-bound basket weavers. They point to 10 divisions which include a tier-one supplier to Honda, BMW, Jaguar, Lotus, Aston Martin, Land Rover, Volvo and JCB. The furniture offshoot makes one in three school desks, supplies halls of residence, and has won a contract to furnish over 700 rooms at Carillon's Salford Quays development in Manchester, UK. The air filtersit makes in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, supply nuclear power stations and operating theatres. But Remploy is swinging hard from manufacturing to services, concentrating particularly on the Employment Services unit charged with finding mainstream jobs for disabled clients. In present conditions, Remploy's industrial customers have cause to wonder how long Remploy can survive. View full abstract»

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  • Lean but wider

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    Many businesses handle the first stages of implementing 'lean' processes effectively, but really stutter in extending it across the organisation. Experience shows that it is not easy to translate changes made in small pockets of activity - usually on the shopfloor - into wholesale cultural changes, and more difficult still to make those changes permanent. View full abstract»

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  • Into the light

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    In the second of two features on the history and future of the fibre market, the author asks whether we are or the brink of a new fibre-optic network revolution. View full abstract»

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  • Glorious mud

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    For engineers involved in oil and gas exploration, there has been nothing quite like mud for delivering vital information. Perhaps more surprising is that mud-based communication has benefited from the introduction of techniques that are also used to boost data-rates in wireless networking. Drilling for oil and gas these days is complicated: the easily accessible wells were drilled many years ago. A modern well will often have a vertical section, a curved part and then a horizontal path into the reservoir of oil or gas. Many reservoirs are made up of multiple small pockets, so part of the drilling process is to connect these into one well. View full abstract»

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Engineering & Technology is the IET's flagship magazine featuring analysis, news, innovation announcements, job advertisements and careers advice.

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Dickon Ross
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