Jun 2nd by Ian under Materials and Construction

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Thought these were dog violets but in huge numbers, mainly blue but with some yellow and white variations.

Aug 17th by Ian under Materials and Construction

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Despite the confidence of my last post that the ospreys were gone, one osprey is still around, on a windy day and at near full tide it was hunting over the estuary, something I rarely see them do. It, male or female? went to the frustration nest and after some time on the top guard rail stood on the nest, I have to say I felt sorry for the bird, all that build up to a breeding season for it all to end in no brood. Sadly the pair are probably not proficient at nest building having…
For those of you who knew John, a materials engineer in various guises since a young man, he died yesterday or early this morning suddenly in the Philippines where I believe he had a claims consultant business. John was a hopeless technician but a good engineer, always interested in the contract and contractual relationships, he was one of the first of the Perth/Dundee materials engineers to gain a OU degree, mainly in systems. That opened up a career in quality assurance for John and because he had a degree more opportunities abroad often fulfilling a joint role of QA and…

Dec 10th by Ian under Materials and Construction

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I am 61 and 3/4s Michael Marra sadly died at 60 two days ago, more talented by a mile of motorway than me, I got switched onto him through an interview with him on radio Scotland. My son and wife eventually got the message after saying "switch that aff" they are not rustic people and Michael does sound like Dick Gaughan with a throat pastille sucked. I had the pleasure of seeing him live In Perth where the concert was hugely¬† enjoyable and personable, I bought a car now sadly sold from a man who played¬† on Michael's posted sober…

Sep 26th by Ian under Materials and Construction

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On the 19/9/12 and subsequently to the 26/9/12 there are thousands of grey geese just south of Blackford in there usual place in that shallow valley between Blackford and south of Auchterader. And Hirundines still remain, autumn in summer out.…

Jun 19th by Ian under Bird Watching, Materials and Construction

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I am particularly fond of the Oyster Catcher picture, I spotted it when a colleague was driving and vowed to return when I could. That is the problem with a straight 18 day work cycle, getting away. Camp grub stops at eight and if you are lucky you will land in camp at 6.30 pm with a vehicle to get out somewhere. I have to say you do not need to travel far in the Shetland isles¬† to find favourable spots for;¬† pictures, quietness and peace, birding and all three combined are usual . I found the…

May 17th by Ian under Materials and Construction

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hey Petrofac this is engineering, let large, bespoke, not just a pile of pipes and pressurised containers joined together that you have so much trouble getting together.…

Apr 11th by Ian under Materials and Construction

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Where the gas pipeline re-enters the sea after its short land crossing from the Laggan-Tormore field via the gas plant whose infrastructure we are attempting to build despite our client's gross incompetence at managing anything that's not metal !! Well here's real metal engineering, the world's biggest pipe laying barge, starting work on a 243 km pipeline to St Fergus. Oil and gas stuff can make you stand back and admire, then they get involved in ground works, get lost, stay away you nodding donkeys cant, wont understand no matter how much money you throw at it…
Whilst on rota leave I was listening to radio Scotland's call Kaye, the subject was¬† the nurses as angels, the carers or have they gone too far with academic pursuance. I do have some opinion on that but the thought struck me about the ability to monitor everything via computers. So are we actually slaves to the computer as it can accumulate all and every piece of data and "analysis" it. This thought was sponsored by the nurses having so much paper/input work that patients can become "not the customer", the system is driven by feedback usually for costs and…
Being used to the role of principal contractor,then¬† being a sub-contractor needs a mindset change, that comes through the contract and the impositions necessarily put on you. The Shetlands Gas Plant (SGP) Laggan-Tormore had a bigger surprise waiting, lurking menacingly, unseen, unexpected in the Totality of¬† it's monstrous dimensions - documents for QA. The whole team have no experience of the level of documentation required, I guess we are somewhat spoiled in transportation where the client has the testing required tabulated and "bare" appendices for designers to complete, from this I in the past have complied many test and inspection…
First tour of 18 days on and 9 days off which includes two travel days. No time off in 18 days, except to watch some morning rugby, where we played well but lost to the old enemy. Surprisingly I got used to the work cycle, working weekends well what else was I to do? well could have taken some more pictures, these sunsets were from the same place on different nights, luckily I had transport so could chase the sun to the west when it looked promising. I have to say I have about 20 really good…
http://www.tie.ltd.uk/tie_key.html click on the above to see the key personnel, well minus Mr Jeffrey, who bailed out today. The city of Edinburgh council have gagged the successful contractor Bilfinger Berger, so we will all receive a one sided account, and furthermore TIE have spent 80% of the budgeted sum and are now considering whether to continue with the project or not. WHAT A BLOOMING SCANDAL The Burghers of Edinburgh should be more reactionary and bringing those councillors who voted for this obviously ill thought out scheme to account. At the very least all those who voted for approval of this…
Behind our offices is waste land. Not covered in waste, just not fully usable by humans. It has an old railway and a few paths through it, I should say it is flat and boggy, not peat boggy just very wet silty clay boggy. However like much, left alone to nature land, every spare¬† square metre has nature, being a birder I have taken much delight in listening and watching whitethroats in this favourable, to them,¬† habitat. Last week as I wandered to the snack van to buy bacon rolls I heard my first chiffchaff of 2011. A few days…
contract not signed yet but hey, use the link http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/news/Forth-Replacement-Crossing-preferred-bidder-announced well done to all the bidding team and thanks for the celebratory lunch today. The proper one will be a double hog roast near 24 Ravelston terrace !…
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