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Issue 63

June 2015

A large diamond press machine inside, with a person operating it towards the left.
  • Materials
  • Issue 63

Diamond technology: beyond hardness

Diamond is being used in an increasing variety of industrial and technological applications, due to other properties in addition to its hardness. The UK is home to a wide range of diamond research, development and synthetic diamond production activities.

A headshot of Dr Robert Langer FREng.
  • Health & medical
  • Issue 63

Engineering polymath wins major award

The 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has been awarded to the ground-breaking chemical engineer Dr Robert Langer FREng for his revolutionary advances and leadership in engineering at the interface between chemistry and medicine.

Two tunnel surveyors using equipment inside a tunnel.
  • Civil & structural
  • How does that work?
  • Issue 63

Tunnel boring navigation

With no surface reference points, underground surveying requires specialised skills in order to gain trustworthy accuracy for the surveying team. Find out what techniques are used to measure distance, maintain position and cope with curved alignments in tunnels.

A person in a high visibility jacket, crouching down holding a CableSniffer device, holding a wire to the ground outside.
  • Electricals & electronics
  • Innovation Watch
  • Issue 63

Cable fault locator

The winner of the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s 2014 Innovation Award was EA Technology’s CableSnifferTM, which uses a probe and chemical sensing technology to identify faults, saving energy companies millions of pounds each year.

  • Civil & structural
  • Issue 63

London's deepest tunnel and shafts

The Lee Tunnel – the UK water industry’s largest project since its privatisation in 1989 – is the deepest tunnel ever built in London. Richard Sutherden, design manager, describes the challenges and solutions for the venture.

Ralf Speth, crouching next to an old Jaguar at a formal event in Germany.
  • Design & manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Profiles
  • Issue 63

R&D investment makes good business sense

In just five years, Dr Ralf Speth FREng has presided over a revolution in design and manufacturing that has helped create a new family of engines and has overhauled Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) production facilities.