SMYRNA, Tenn. –Tony Reeves has re-joined Beck/Arnley as the company’s catalog specialist. In this role, he will assist with all catalog and database responsibilities, including updating and producing Beck/Arnley’s CD catalogs and web catalog, as well as helping manage the image database and customer files. He will report to Dwight Brock, director of product data management. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Reeves has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. He previously spent 20 years with Beck/Arnley, working in catalog research.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
Air Force Research Laboratory electrical engineer Dr. Angel Flores“It is an honor to be selected for an AFOSR Star Team award as it acknowledges our team’s efforts to perform high quality research in the interest of enabling future Air Force capabilities,” Hoff said.Hoff and his team’s research will look into millimeter wave interactions with high temperature materials.“We are hoping to develop a better understanding of the interactions of high power microwave and millimeter wave radiation with high temperature materials,” Hoff said. “We have confidence this research will enable the development and application of these materials in the extreme environments associated with next generation high power directed energy sources and power beaming systems.”Hoff, whose current job is a technical advisor within AFRL’s High Power Electromagnetics Division, said he enjoys opportunities to leverage knowledge, techniques, and collaborations developed as part of basic research efforts, such as those supported by AFOSR, in support of emerging Air Force technology challenges. Born and raised in New York City, Flores attended the University of Miami (Florida) where he graduated with a doctorate in electrical engineering. In 2009 following graduation, he began his federal civil service career at AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate concentrating on research in the areas of power scaling and beam combination of high-energy lasers.“Successful development of fieldable laser systems is expected to have a vast impact for future U.S. Air Force and military applications in general,” Flores said. “As such, fiber lasers have many advantages over canonical laser systems such as compactness, high output efficiencies, and excellent beam quality.”Flores was selected for the STAR Team award to pursue research in fiber laser power scaling at long near-infrared (2µm) and mid-infrared wavelengths for directed energy and sensing applications.“Being named an Air Force Office of Scientific Research STAR Team is a tremendous honor,” Flores said. “The AFOSR Laser and Optics program has a distinguished history of funding numerous influential developments in laser physics and has given awards to some of the top laser researchers in the world.”Flores explains the STAR Team award offers AFRL the opportunity to further its high power laser research.“My team and I aim to extend our theoretical and experimental fiber laser research to eye-safe wavelengths operating at high atmospheric transmission,” he said. “We will research and develop high power 2µm fiber lasers with improved efficiency and atmospheric propagation, and novel mid-infrared crystals with enhanced power handling. We believe the proposed research in 2µm fiber lasers and mid-infrared crystals can have a strong impact on the Department of Defense directed energy and sensing communities.” Air Force Research Laboratory nuclear engineer Dr. Brad HoffKAFB News:KIRTLAND AFB — The Air Force Research Laboratory recently announced eight Air Force Office of Scientific Research STAR Team Award winners. The award recognizes excellence in basic research across AFRL’s technology directorates, and identifies those researchers who have demonstrated world class scientific or engineering achievement.Two of the STAR Team winners, Dr. Brad Hoff and Dr. Angel Flores, are from AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate located at Kirtland AFB.Hoff, a native of Lodi, Calif. and a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, began his career with AFRL in 2009 following five years of service in U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer on the USS Elliott (DD-967), a conventional destroyer, and afterwards as an engineer on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Along his career journey, Hoff furthered his education, receiving a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
The GP Strategies’ AFD is a recognised leader focused on the design, fabrication and maintenance of LNG, liquefied to compressed natural gas (LCNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen facilities.AFD will operate as part of the group’s Integrated Cryogenic Solutions unit and will be renamed ICS.The Solutions unit is one of five functional business units of the Clean Energy and Industrial Gases Group and operates independently from the company’s product companies.Integrated Cryogenic Solutions provides innovative specialty engineering, centralised project management, procurement, manufacturing and maintenance, focusing on supplying complete solutions.“We are excited for AFD to join our Nikkiso family,” said Peter Wagner, CEO of Cryogenic Industries and President of the group.“AFD will broaden our offering of complete solutions. We now have an individual functional unit that can provide a solution to the customer in addition to the units that deliver products.”“This acquisition exemplifies our passion to provide, efficient, performance-based products and service.”Mike Mackey, who will remain with ICS as a Senior Vice-President, said, “The opportunity is exciting and we look forward to being part of Nikkiso. We will meet our customers demand for the best quality, reliability, and return on their investment.”The acquisition was effective 1st January (2020).Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit www.gasworld.com/subscribe to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.
Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association (MSIA), with support and labor help from the municipality of Central Manitoulin, recently completed the dredging operations at the mouth of the Mindemoya River, according to the Manitoulin Expositor.Commenting this cleanup scheme, Seija Deschenes, coordinator of MSIA, said that they had put in a work permit application to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for approval, and sent in paper work to the municipality of Central Manitoulin for a backhoe operator and staff to undertake the dredging work.Deschenes added that both Coho and Chinook Salmon use the base of the Mindemoya River to access spawning ground every year.A sand bar builds up blocking access due to wave action and it causes a trickle of water from the river over the sand for the salmon to try to cross.The MSIA has undertaken this dredging project on an annual basis for about five years.[mappress mapid=”23039″]
Nautilus informed that factory acceptance testing (FAT) of the riser tooling and the subsea pull-in skids for its Solwara 1 mineral exploration project was successfully completed this week in Poland and the USA respectively.The riser tooling, which was designed by GMC in Houston, is a piece of equipment that will be used for handling and coupling the 19 meter riser joints together for deployment. It was manufactured and underwent successful FAT in Poland.The ridged riser system is an integral part of the Nautilus seafloor recovery system. It allows the mineralized material to be transferred from the seafloor up onto the production support vessel without any interaction between the different water layers within the ocean, resulting in a very small environmental footprint.Mike Johnston, Nautilus CEO, commented: “Completion of the riser tooling and all the subsea pull-in skids is a significant milestone for the project. The final piece of the subsea mineralization delivery system is the subsea slurry and lift pump, and we look forward to taking delivery of this from GE Oil & Gas by the end of the year.”
In her letter of 18 November, Judy Solomon suggested that there should be a restriction on those entering the LPC, relating to A-level grades, to ensure that ‘only the best are allowed to practise as solicitors’. My own A-level results were fairly average. Upon leaving school I may well have encountered difficulty in obtaining a university place to study law, had I tried. Instead, I embarked on a nursing career before going on to obtain a 2:1 (Hons) in Law and Accountancy and then a merit in the LPC. I was fortunate to be offered a training contract before starting the LPC with a firm specialising in NHS law. My firm and many others are quick to realise that, very often, mature students have worked hard and, being slightly older, bring experience and commitment to the profession that can far outweigh the often limited skills that only ‘good’ A-levels bring. Getting into law is difficult. It always has been. But who would be the person to decide whether a potential candidate is likely to obtain a training contract or not? Elizabeth J Mitchell, partner, Wood Sherwood Solicitors, York
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There has been speculation for some time about what BIM Level 3 might look like. Now we have a better idea, at least at a relatively high level. At the end of February the government launched its strategic plan for BIM Level 3, known as Digital Built Britain, or DBB. You can read more at digital-built-britain.com. Given that a very substantial proportion of the industry has yet to reach BIM Level 2, you could argue that the launch of DBB is a little premature. On the other hand, there is no harm in setting out the shape of things to come even if a time-specific commitment similar to that made by the government for Level 2 for 2016 is conspicuously absent from the strategic plan. Importantly, the plan confirms that the significant progress made to date by BIM will be supported going forward by a new round of investment, which will be used to fund a series of key measures including:The creation of a set of new, international “Open Data” standards to facilitate sharing of data across the marketThe establishment of a new contractual framework for projects procured using BIM to ensure consistency and encourage collaborative workingThe creation of a cultural environment which is cooperative and based upon learning and sharingTraining the public sector client in the use of BIM techniquesDriving domestic and international growth and jobs in technology and construction.With the upturn in the economy giving grounds for cautious optimism, now would seem to be a good time to set out the Level 3 stall even though there is still concern, particularly at SME level, at the cost involved in gearing up to Level 2. Level 3 is based on the Level 2 “data exchange” process but enhanced by more extensive data definitions and processes including Model Views, which will allow interoperable sharing of information at key stages. One of the practical issues that this vision raises is whether the majority of firms will actually have the capacity to deal with this amount of information, which in turn raises the likelihood that much of it will be stored in the cloud, emphasising the security issues which lie behind the increased use of BIM. Some fairly radical rethinking of contractual structures and obligations is going to be necessary as we move to BIM Level 3, but this will be driven by the requirement to review insurance arrangementsIn addition, the sort of digitally-based procurement process that the plan envisages may well not be achievable at this point in time in terms of the sheer computing power that will be required across the sector. I have no doubt, however, that if Moore’s Law holds true, within a very short period of time the technology to accommodate this level of data storage will be achievable and affordable: bear in mind that the processing capacity of the PlayStation 3 is equivalent to that of the most powerful supercomputer in the world in 2000.Inevitably, perhaps, I found myself searching through the plan to see how it might impinge upon my activities. In the “commercial” section there is a reference to developing collaborative models of working, contracts which will focus on the capture of performance intelligence and project feedback, and the employment of the data-based briefing processes.It is no surprise that some fairly radical rethinking of contractual structures and obligations is going to be necessary as we move to Level 3 but this will be driven by the requirement to review insurance arrangements so that ring-fencing of liability, still a feature at Level 2, is removed and replaced by a project insurance approach. Intriguingly, the DBB also mentions the development of paperless contract models and international contract models for Level 3 working (also paperless?). That would, at least, make my office more tidy.The report recognises that we will not go from Level 2 to Level 3 in one leap. There are four stages of development identified from Level 2 to Level 3, starting with improvements in the level 2 model and moving on through new technologies and systems and the development of new business models. What happens after Level 3? Level 4 of course. It is anticipated that Level 4 will have a focus on social outcomes and wellbeing as more data about people and social issues become available. Obviously, what this means in practice remains to be seen and, as I mention above, it is probably prudent that there is no actual timescale set to move to Level 3 since there is still a lot of catching up to be done in the industry, both culturally and technologically, as 2016 draws ever closer. Simon Lewis is a partner in the construction and engineering team at Bond Dickinson
Business as usual is expected to be the theme at the Ministry of Justice after new prime minister Boris Johnson appointed barrister Robert Buckland QC MP as lord chancellor and justice secretary.Buckland, a justice minister since May, was promoted hours after David Gauke resigned. Welcoming the appointment, Law Society president Simon Davis said: ‘As a former criminal barrister, he will understand the challenges facing our justice system. Decades of cuts have had widespread effects on the profession and the public – with legal aid deserts emerging across the country and criminal solicitors struggling to survive on low rates of pay. We look forward to working with the new lord chancellor to address these issues, improve access to justice and promote England and Wales as a global legal centre.’Bob Neill MP, chair of the House of Commons justice select committee, said it was important that the ‘ambitious agenda’ that Gauke embarked upon is picked up by his successor.That agenda includes the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which seeks to make the divorce process less acrimonious. A date has yet to be announced for the bill’s report stage and third reading in the Commons.Major probation reform includes ending community rehabilitation company contracts early, strengthening the National Probation Service and reforming prisons to encourage rehabilitation.Buckland also takes over as the MoJ follows up on the commitments made in the legal support action plan drawn up following the review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.Buckland was called to the bar in 1991 and practised in Wales. As solicitor-general between 2014 and 2019, he helped promote and coordinate lawyers’ voluntary efforts, telling the Gazette that pro bono was no substitute for legal aid.
The Bar Council has defended its decision to hire a diversity consultant without interviewing her and without holding a tender process, saying it was under no obligation to consider other candidates.The representative body used a £75,000 grant assigned to boost diversity among QCs to appoint an equality consultant last summer. The consultant, who had previously worked with the Bar Council’s head of diversity and inclusion Sam Mercer, was taken on without a tender process or an interview. A barrister who wished to remain anonymous said the hire was a ‘disgraceful attack on diversity rather than its promotion’.A coronavirus consultant was also hired in the same manner. The Gazette understands that consultants in other parts of the organisation were recruited by competitive tender. A Bar Council spokesperson said: ‘When seeking the services and expertise of consultants at the Bar Council the main aim is to secure the services of the right person for the job that needs to be done, sometimes within a limited time frame. There’s no obligation to hold a tender process or advertise the requirement for consultancy support. In these instances, we have very capable individuals carrying out vital work, one in relation to supporting diversity, the other to help the Bar Council provide essential support to chambers during the Covid-19 crisis.’A sum of £75,000 is provided annually to the Bar Council and the Law Society by Queen’s Counsel Appointments to support initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of QC applicants.