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March 20, 2008

Civil Engineering Drainage Design Consultants Ready for Flood of Enquiries

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Example technical drawing from JNM Engineering

JNM Engineering is the latest company to be assisted by CCM. I have just published a new company profile for this Civil Engineering Design Consultancy Practice based in Ironbridge, Telford, West Midlands.

Their office seems to be precariously hanging on to the side of the banks of the River Severn, but they do specialise in Flood Risk Assessment, so they should be pretty safe.

They offer design consultancy services for drainage network design, highways adoption, flood risk assessment, Planning Policy Statement PPS 25 documentation, and residential / commercial scheme development.

James Mewis, the Practice Director has worked on some pretty big schemes in his 10 year experience, including the M42 Junction 4a widening scheme boasting Europes largest overhead gantry, and he has worked on the mother or all drainage networks for an Airport design.

They utilise some of the latest sophisticated software packages to carry out the drainage network design.

While writing this profile, I have had to learn some new phrases from James -

Sophisticated software for drainage design

Grey Water Harvesting
Rain Water Harvesting
Attenuated Drainage Systems
Attenuated Flow Systems
Vortex Control
Hydro Breaks
Reservoir Class Systems
Section 104 / 102 / 106 Approvals
Section 38 / 278 / 247 Approvals
PPS 25

So hopefully, with this profile published on CCM, JNM Engineering should get a flood of new enquiries.

Grant Melrose 2008

Farmers and Collaboration

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The Arthur Rank CentreFarmers and collaboration are two words that are rarely linked in the UK. Search for the words together and it is always overseas. UK farmers do not do co-operatives. This was the consensus as I met with Warwickshire CC rural experts and farmers at the RASE’s Stoneleigh Park. Despite this there were real opportunities for collaboration in the countryside. Discounts for agri-chemicals, sharing of transport to distant markets never mind the plant-based novel materials etc., explored by the RICE project, .

The meeting challenged me to go back to my own Ulster farming background. There I had seen a new generation of farmers take their young farmers social network and extended it to farm collaboration.
Raw materials photos from 'Plant Based Futures' site.
They did this in three steps;
  • They moved away from being generalists and specialised.
  • They trusted others in their area of expertise. On many farms it still made sense to have mixed production. This was possible by sharing expertise.
  • When the bilateral swaps became too complex they created contracts that incentivised the expert to maximise the return for the group. This has led to experimentation and innovation.

After exploring my own anecdotal experience it struck me that successful collaboration between farmers was based on processes and skills in just the way that CCM’s research has demonstrated with our region’s manufacturers.


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