Brand New Pressure Relief Valve Assembly at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Thanks to Quantum Engineering Developments

A huge change is happening at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, they are currently installing a brand new pressure relief valve that is incredibly innovative. The new valve had been designed and installed to help Dwr Cymru in its maintenance of surge vessels in South and Mid Wales.


The new pressure relief valve assembly line has been designed to allow the team at Dwr Cymru to carry out inspections whilst in service without stopping the system and therefore causing any delays. The new pressure relief valve assembly was designed by pressure relief valve manufacturer Quantum Engineering Developments.


Currently Dwr Cymru has fitted pressure relief valves in over fifty per cent of surge vessels currently in use. The pressure relief valves have also been supplied by Quantum Engineering Developments who currently build those specific valves in the United Kingdom.


Now that so many vessels have been fitted with the pressure relief valves, inspections now take considerably less time than before. At the moment inspections are carried out once a year and this significant time saving can be better spent in other areas of the business.


For those that are unaware of what surge vessels do, let us explain..


You can currently find surge vessels installed in a number of sewerage and water networks. Their main aim is to reduce pressure surges in the pipes. As you can imagine, if a pipe was to burst or leak and a utility company did not have a surge vessel, that utility company could face an extremely pricey bill at the end of the year. In fact, in just one single year a utility company could spend millions on just water waste and fixing damaged pipes. Imagine how that would affect their profit margins?


This is why it is so important that surge vessels are serviced once a year. There are so many legal requirements and regulations associated to them, and well so there should be. After all, it is our drinking water that we could risk getting contaminated.


Before this new system by Quantum Engineering Developments, the inspection involved depressurising the vessels and then draining them. The vessel would then be sent to a third party inspector who would carry out the inspection.


Previously the pressure relief valves were positioned at the top of the vessel, now the valves can be found at the bottom of the vessel. This means that the inspector is able to check and inspect the vessel at ground level, this takes away any working at height risk.


As there is now two pressure relief valves, (previously there was only one) the vessel is also allowed to stay pressurised. Previously it had to be switched off. This means that the inspector can simply switch between valves to carry out the check. As you can imagine this obviously speeds up the time it takes for each vessel to be inspected.

Useful Tips to Industrial Engineers

The following article highlights and outlines a few basic tips to follow if you are a young industrial engineer looking to make the most out of your career. This advice has been gathered from a horde of learned and experienced engineers. They were quizzed on things like what they wished they knew when breaking into the field and getting their careers started.

Peter Meek Chief engineer at Engineering Circle said – There is always something new to learn in the field of engineering (as in any other field). The learning never stops. It is important to always familiarize yourself with the new things in your field so as to broaden your horizons.

So, without further ado, let us take a look at some useful tips for industrial engineers that you can apply right away.

  1. You need a mentor

If you are looking to make the most out of your career (or your life in general), having a more experienced mentor is the ideal way to go about it. This mentor is your role model and should be available to provide support for your career, to guide you along the correct path without holding your hand and to provide advice in abundance.

  1. Ask as many questions as you need to

Never be afraid to enquire about things you aren’t sure about. This is the same kind of advice you could give a student or an intern. The only way you learn is if you ask questions. There is absolutely no shame in it. So, if you happen to be in a meeting where things are going right through you, ask what you don’t understand. If you don’t ask and go about your business virtually blind, you are much more liable to make mistakes.

  1. Learn to manage people as best you can

Not only do you need to be a good engineer to succeed in your field, you need a broad assortment of other skills not necessarily related to engineering. One such skill is people management. This skill is mostly emphasized among your fellow engineers. Learn to develop your skills so as to be able to manage all sorts of engineering business.

  1. Expand your knowledge on other disciplines of engineering

Don’t limit yourself to industrial engineering. Innovation is created through knowledge of various disciplines and how they interact with each other. It is all well and good that you specialized in industrial engineering—that is an important thing to master at first. You ought to keep up with all the latest news regarding other aspects of engineering. One aspect of water engineering, for example, could be key to another aspect of structural engineering. As a young engineer, it is almost your responsibility to keep up with as many engineering disciplines as you possibly can. You may also choose to keep up with other industries entirely.

  1. Keep learning

If you have a diploma in engineering, you are by no means incapable of embarking on a career. You are also by no means tied down to that. Where possible, always look to improve and know more. Even if you don’t do any advanced courses in university, look to learn from your day to day life in the field. Your education in engineering (and other industries) starts at university level.

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