This week Synthotech were delighted to host a truly collaborative workshop between Cadent Gas, Northern Gas Networks and Scotia Gas Networks. The key focus of the day was the ServiBoost project. ServiBoost allows a service which has a poor pressure to gain a 5mbar pressure uplift. ServiBoost is a truly innovative and compact device developed by Synthotech in partnership with Cadent Gas. The aim of the workshop was to provide cross network collaboration and knowledge transfer of this new development that can significantly improve operational planning and customer experiences when a poor pressure occurs. As ServiBoost completes its development following its successful Cadent operational trials, the equipment is being passed onto Northern Gas Networks and Scotia Gas Networks for trial and evaluation, with an aim of getting ServiBoost operational for this winter. While together further innovations, developments and best practice were discussed including - ServiceCam for service inspection - WExTech Services and Mains for live gas pipe water extraction, SynthoCam for use with the new WASK core and vac keyhole system and the latest House Entry Tee Exchange system where a House Entry Tee can be replaced without the requirement for an excavation using single person operation. Innovation through Collaboration.
On Tuesday this week, Synthotech Research and Development Engineer Ben Loades took part in the IGEM North East and Yorkshire Young Persons Competition. There were five great entries including Stress Crack Corrosion, Sustainable Procurement, Gas Shrinkage and the Humber Crossing Project. Ben presented on his work with ServiBoost. As the lead engineer he was able to talk about his involvement in the design, development, manufacture, assembly, testing and ultimate field trialling of the system. Well done to everyone involved, a particularly tough competition. Well done to Andrew Wynne of Rosen for winning. ServiBoost is a unique device developed in partnership with Cadent Gas that provides a 5mbar uplift on a service with poor pressure to prevent the customer experiencing a no-gas situation. For further information on ServiBoost or any Synthotech development drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the last two weeks the team have been working at National Grid Bacton undertaking the inspection of pipework. Following the success of the earlier trial at Pannal, Bacton was the final live trial of the project.
Wow what a week for robots in action…
Last week Synthotech hosted a Robotics and Innovation Showcase for a group of Senior and Operational Managers from SGN, this was a truly collaboration event supported by nine partners from the Synthotech Technology Hub, the event was held on a beautifully sunny day at our Synthotech Test and Research Site (STaRS).
In difficult conditions at RAF Spadeadam the robotic unit climbed up and down the 45º pipe section under pressure of 50Barg and 5m/second flow. Project GRAID (Gas...
Synthotech is looking forward to Wednesday when they will be attending the launch event.
Synthotech is excited to be part of the new National Centre for Nuclear Robotics.
Wez Little, Synthotech’s Innovations Director will be speaking at the No-Dig Roadshow in Leeds next Thursday 19th October.
Synthotech will be exhibiting at the IGEM Annual Conference in Derby next week. We will be bringing a number of our award winning innovation products including the WExTech Water extraction systems, ServiceCam and the new TITAN Pan and Tilt camera System.
Synthotech and ALH Systems in collaboration with Northern Gas Networks held the Stage 1 Stakeholder demonstration for the NIA funded Project STASS.
This week SynthoTrax was used by PMC to successfully survey a 18” main in Wales and West Utilities. The survey was to find 4” and 8” connections that were back-feeding the main. The super bright directional LED`s and the latest Titan pan and tilt camera gave crystal clear vision easily locating the connections. The low impact vertical launch added to the cost effectiveness of the whole job.
Synthotech are delighted to launch TITAN™, the world’s first Pan and Tilt camera for live access into Tier Two Gas Distribution Mains (10” to 18”) through a 2” BSP tapping using either WASK, ALH or Pipetech under pressure drilling bases.
This week Synthotech was delighted to host an event for the Pipeline Innovation Research Club with Pipeline Industries Guild and Exova.
Synthotech are delighted to have been successful at the Gas Industry Awards. Synthotech have won the prestigious “Company of the Year” and “Innovation Project of the Year Award” and were shortlisted for the “Innovation Product of the Year Award” and Rob Lumb for “Young Person of the Year”.
Synthotech is delighted to be recognised by the prestigious EUA and IGEM Gas Industry awards 2017.
After being shortlisted for the ‘Innovation – Product’ category in last years’ UKSTT Awards, Synthotech was asked to speak at a technical evening held by UKSTT & Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG).
Loss of gas supply in Lombard Street / Quayside area of Newcastle
Synthotech is happy to welcome a new member to the dynamic Technical Support Engineering team.
We are delighted that GTC Construction have place orders for the latest CCTV inspection and Water Extraction equipment this month.
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Synthotech’s Lead Technical Support Engineer (TSE) Andy Tilley has just returned from a trip to Hong Kong and China where he has been demonstrating Synthotech’s camera systems.
Synthotech’s Technical Support Engineer (TSE), Mick, has been out and about completing specialist surveys this week.
The SynthoTent has been out and about this week with our lead Technical Support Engineer (TSE) Andy Tilley, TSE Mick Hargreaves and sales manager Mike Brenchley.
Last weekend an enthusiastic group of Synthotech staff along with a group of family and friends took part in the Harrogate Soapbox derby.
Packed audience representing 40 Chinese gas distribution networks get “hands on” with Synthotech product range.
Synthotech and its team win two awards at the prestigious Gas Industry Awards.
Rob Lumb from Synthotech wins the IGEM North West Young Person’s Paper Competition
Synthotech is getting ready to support the North East and Yorkshire Section event
Synthotech is proud to announce the expansion of its dynamic Technical Support Engineering team
Rafal Cichosz, a member of Synthotech’s Graduate programme, took home a win at last night’s IGEM Young Person’s Paper evening.
Earlier this month, a team from Synthotech & Steve Vick gave a seminar on the use of the Sealback process to help avoid the need to excavate in the highway when carrying out mains replacement works.
When a tree root breaks into a water main which subsequently fractures & fills the adjacent gas main, Synthotech help the network restore supplies to a school & 400 properties.
Synthotech were at the University of Birmingham this week, presenting to an audience from the rail industry on Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
Young engineer Simon Langdale has recently achieved Chartered Status with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
A previous high gas velocity incident had caused damage to one of the filters located on an 18” steel pipeline at a large High Pressure Above Ground Installation (AGI). The client suspected that debris from the damaged filter had travelled into other sections of the AGI pipework, but needed to be certain such that remedial works could be planned.
After 88 repeat visits, GDN solves historic water ingress problem using latest Water Extraction System.
A UK Gas Distribution Network put an end to 88 repeat visits over 2 years by using the latest in water extraction technology for live gas mains.
A multi-stakeholder audience from National Grid, HSE, Ofgem, Balfour Beatty and tRIIO witnessed a major milestone in the history of the Tier One Replacement System (TORS) project on Tuesday 1st December.
Our Wez Little, Innovations Director, was on stage at EUA Gas 2015 last week, speaking about one of the hot topics in innovation, namely the use of robotics in utility pipes.
This week, Synthotech Innovations Director Wez Little has been presenting Project GRAID to a full-house at the IET “Robotics in Extreme Environments” event in Birmingham.
Recently, the Synthotech Innovations Roadshow has been visiting Balfour Beatty depots in Wolverhampton and Worsley. Providing a drop in service for all Balfour Beatty employees, Synthotech were delighted to welcome over 100 visitors to our Syntho-tent.
Synthotech work with the gas distribution networks to reduce excavation, environmental impact and customer disruption. Although most networks have their own resources to complete everyday works, every now and again something pops up that requires a ‘specialist service’.
Following the successful event at Balfour Beatty Wolverhampton last week, the Synthotech Innovation Roadshow now travels to Balfour Beatty at Chaddock Lane in Worsley. Our Syntho-tent will be set up in the car park by 9am on Tuesday morning, ready to welcome visitors with a tea or coffee, right through to Thursday afternoon. Our expert engineers will be on hand to carry out product demonstrations, answer operating queries, and discuss future technology and innovation projects.
This week, Synthotech have taken to the road with its latest innovations & products. ‘Syntho-tent’ has been pitched at the Balfour Beatty depot at Stafford Road, Wolverhampton for three days, with our expert engineers on hand to carry out product demonstrations, answer operating queries, and discuss future technology and innovation projects.
As the UK gas industry strives to reduce excavation, avoid meter re-sites and embed new world-class innovation, Synthotech are preparing to take to the road. This roadshow, organised in conjunction with Balfour Beatty Operational & Innovation teams, will bring the knowledge, expertise and skills of Synthotech engineers, along with our range of existing and new products, to our customer’s front door.
So far in 2015, Synthotech have been honoured to be nominated by our industry peers for several awards. Synthotech have been finalists for the EUA & IGEM Gas Industry Awards Company of the Year, winners of the prestigious Utility Pipeline Technology Award, and awarded the title of 'Best of the Best’ at the WRc Innovation Awards.
As part of its continued growth and expansion Synthotech moved to its new home at Milner Court, a mere 200metres from its previous location of 15 years at Crimple Court. The new Milner Court Campus has already increase available space by some 124%, and will finish by being just under 23,000ft2. Having settled into the new facility Synthotech are enjoying the benefits that the additional space provides through increase effectiveness and efficiency.
Synthotech were delighted to support one of its customers during a ‘stand down day’ event earlier this week. Events like this offer operatives, managers, planners and other gas industry specialists the chance to take a break from their daily routine, and meet up in an informal environment.
This week, Synthotech’s Technical Support Engineers have been out and about delivering training, equipment support and technical expertise across the UK. One particular training session proved useful in a matter of moments.
We know not everyone has access to large lump sums of money, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to purchase world-class products designed to reduce excavation by 50%. We also understand that it is in the interest of your business to have the latest technologies and tools NOW, not later. With this in mind, Synthotech have taken the step to assist those who want the best now, but might not have the full cash amount upfront.
Sharing knowledge to avoid meter resites - First Line Managers get to learn all about service replacement
As an industry, we need to avoid relocating gas meters when renewing services if at all possible. Not only does a meter resite cause additional inconvenience to the consumer, but also additional cost to the network owner. Last week, Synthotech delivered another FLM Awareness course to an engaging audience. The course is not product specific, and goes back to engineering first principles regarding pressure loss, various methods of lining metallic services, network policy, and health and safety. The session includes interactive demonstrations to show both good and bad installation techniques, and what can happen when procedures are not followed.
Charlotte, one of Synthotech’s robotic survey systems known as Synthotrax, has been safely carrying out surveys inside live medium pressure gas distribution mains. Charlotte is live-launched into the main via a 6” drilling, and is used on mains up to 48” diameter. Client Network Supervisor stated:
Synthotech hit the headlines this week as leading robotics pioneers met in Leeds to give their views on the industry and to see what the future holds. Business Quarter Editor Mike Hughes attended, met with Synthotech Innovations Director Wez Little, and compiled a great article:
Finding service locations, tracing mains, and identifying faults are all essential requirements of owning and operating a gas distribution network.
Synthotech Innovations Director Wez Little gave a world-class presentation on the importance of collaboration when delivering successful innovation projects at the prestigious World Gas Conference in Paris last week.
Synthotech, National Grid Gas and TORS win prestigious innovation award