Breaking down barriers in construction, Arleta Andreasik-Paton, an engineering project manager at Aecom, has been named Role Model of the Year at UK Construction Week (UKCW).

Recognised for her passion for inspiring the next generation into construction, Andreasik-Paton was presented with her award by Steph McGovern, journalist at BBC Breakfast and Barbara Res, the female engineer behind Trump Tower, at UKCW on 10 October.

Hitachi Rail is launching a brand new educational programme with Primary Engineer that will see 2,700 5 to 11 year olds learn about engineering with the help of experts in the field.

The announcement came during Rail Week (8-14 Oct) and the initiative is part of the Year of Engineering campaign. It aims to help tackle a serious shortage of engineers in the UK. On current projections, there will be a gap of 55,000 engineers and skilled workers by 2020, according to the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce, with not enough qualified people to deliver key national projects like HS2, Heathrow expansion and Crossrail 2. 

GS Yuasa lithium-ion cells have been delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) for the second time. The cells were delivered into space by the ISS’s H-II Transfer Vehicle, which was launched by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on 23 September from the Tanegashima Space Centre. This was the second of four batches of lithium-ion batteries to be delivered to the ISS – the first delivery being back in December 2016.

Commenting on Hard-Wired Problems - a new report highlighting key issues, around electric heating, such as fuel poverty in Scotland - Wayne Mackay of safety charity Electrical Safety First, said: “We welcome this report, which shows a higher proportion of Scots are using electric heating than anywhere else in the UK – and many of them are the most vulnerable or worst off.

NICEIC has been helping more women into the electrical industry through its Jobs for the Girls Bursary Scheme.

The scheme offers grants to women already working in the industry or looking to get a helping hand at the start of their career. It is open to females of all ages and designed to cover training or other associated costs up to a maximum of £500.

The IPCC this week released a report in to the limiting of average global temperature rises to 1.5% above pre-industrial levels.

Energy 2018 sponsored by Total Gas and Power kicks off today, at Birmingham’s NEC until 11 October.

EksoWorks will be demonstrating its latest exoskeleton technology, helping to reduce injuries in the construction industry, where workers are five times more likely to report poor health. Visitors can experience working with weightless tools using the Ekso ZeroG or feel the benefits of the 5 – 15lb lift assist that the EksoVest provides through upper body elevation and support.

Prime minister’s Theresa May’s speech, at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, has attracted comment from Julia Evans, chief executive of Bsria (pictured).

Rockwell Automation has launched a collaboration with Primary Engineer, a not-for-profit organisation which delivers engineering skills programmes into schools throughout the UK.

Bringing together other local and national industrial organisations, including Stratus Technologies, Routeco, GAMBICA and Cadence Innovation Marketing, the project is set to fund a minimum of ten local primary schools through Primary Engineer programmes in the current academic year.

Thorn has provided much of the lighting for the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – the world’s longest sea bridge – due to open soon.

Thorn secured two of the three lighting contracts associated with the 115.9 billion yuan (€14.7 billion) project. The products illuminate the two artificial islands at the east and west of the crossing, and the tunnel that leads to the bridge from Hong Kong.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned of the circulation of counterfeit copies of BS 7671:2018, The IET Wiring Regulations.

The organisation has only become aware of this in the last week.

Electrical installers in Europe have indicated brands are more important than price, according to a report from European Electrical Installation Monitor, focussing on segmentation of installers. So a trusted brand is more important than a lower price from an unknown brand. 

Business secretary Greg Clark has co-chaired a meeting of the UK’s business and manufacturing leaders to discuss how the UK manufacturing industry can be transformed through industrial digital technology (IDT).