Hawkins Webinars: The Glasgow Series

To kick off Hawkins’ educational content for 2023, our Glasgow Office has created a series of webinars covering engineering, fire investigation, and road traffic collision topics. Read a summary of each webinar and register below.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER   Over-Fired Air (OFA) In Industrial Boilers Presented by Dr Paul Moody 19th January 2023 at 9:30am GMT This webinar will discuss how pollution control technology can cause a loss of steam and/or power generation.   Crane Safety: Not Just Torquing Nuts! A Review of the Carol Anne Crane Collapse Presented by John Holland 2nd February 2023 at 9:30am GMT This webinar will review a fatal crane accident on the Carol Anne workboat in 2015 including: The mechanics of the incident The complexity of crane mounting The benefits of investigating at an early stage   BLEVEs: The Hidden Danger of Back Boilers Presented by Dr Tom Peat 16th February 2023 at 9:30am GMT This webinar will show the risks associated with domestic back boilers, and how environmental factors and incorrect decommissioning can result in catastrophic damage to property.   MEWPs on Construction Sites: A Lower Risk Option Presented by Jon Watkins 2nd March 2023 at 9:30am GMT This webinar will look […]

Natasha Moore

Tash graduated with a First Class Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol in 2020. During this degree Tash studied a range of subjects including; design and manufacture, materials engineering, thermofluids and systems and control. She also  undertook more extensive research projects for her bachelors and masters level dissertation projects, as well as an additional ESPRC funded summer research internship. These included using Finite Element Analysis to investigate the interaction of cracks in Auxetic materials, writing numerical solvers for partial differential equations using radial basis functions and using computational fluid dynamics to model the flow through a structure in the kidney. Following her degree Tash joined L3 Harris as a graduate engineer in their marine department, which worked on providing software systems for Naval Ships. As part of the graduate scheme Tash moved around different areas of the company including; software engineering, control and instrumentation, systems engineering and IT support, mainly working on projects related to the Type 26 Frigate. Tash is joining the Bristol Office as an Associate.

Reigate Series – Hotworking Fires

An overview of how fires can be caused by hotworking and what guidance exists in relation to its undertaking. https://youtu.be/ZlALKRW4jvo

Ian Jeavons

Ian graduated form the University of Manchester in 1996 where he studied mechanical engineering. After graduation, Ian joined IMI Plc on a graduate programme which gave him a broad range of manufacturing experience in the production of water heating systems and pneumatics. Later, Ian joined the research division of IMI Cornelius where he gained experience in the development and testing of a commercial water treatment system. Ian then became the global coordinator and technical support for the system’s field trial where he continued to develop data management and analysis skills. Ian joined New House Textiles in 2001 to run the engineering department during the development and testing of a weaving technology system. After a sabbatical, travelling the world, Ian returned to the UK to start a new career teaching engineering apprentices. During this time, Ian gained a Post-graduate Certificate, having studied advanced manufacturing techniques and aerospace materials, and researched the effect of temperature on carbon fibre composite during machining for his dissertation. Ian continued his academic studies and in 2021 gained his EngD by using a laser tracker to measure, model and correct the positional accuracy of an industrial robot for machining operations. His research was sponsored by Hexagon Manufacturing […]

Giuseppe Scatigno

Giuseppe graduated with a 1st Class Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Nuclear Engineering from Imperial College London. During this period, he worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the Incident and Emergency Centre, performing radiological dose calculations, following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He completed a PhD, researching electrochemistry and corrosion, where he focused on environment-assisted corrosion phenomena, working closely with several nuclear utilities across the world. Giuseppe also spent time in Japan working on the development of Gen III+ reactors at Hitachi-GE Ltd. Giuseppe’s PhD work required the extensive use of state-of-the-art microscopy techniques, experimental traditional techniques, as well as computational, mathematical, and analytical methods. After completing his PhD, Giuseppe worked as a Research Associate for Imperial College, sponsored by EDF Energy, to study stress corrosion cracking resistance of dry cask storage units designed to be used for the interim storage of spent nuclear fuel. Giuseppe was then employed by EDF Energy, where he worked as a Corrosion Engineer and Chemist. Giuseppe worked closely with power generating stations before becoming the lead on water cooling systems and interim spent fuel storage. Giuseppe defined the chemical inhibitors regimes and corrosion monitoring systems to ensure the appropriate management of […]

Gerald Deshais

Gerald completed his PhD in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge in 1999, where he investigated the resistance of 7XXX alloys to stress corrosion cracking on behalf of Péchiney (now part of Rio Tinto Alcan). Using transmission electronic microscopy and spectroscopy, he characterised the effects of grain boundary chemistry on crack propagation and compared it with fracture mechanics models. In 1999, Gerald’s interest in the aerospace industry led him to join Rolls-Royce Materials’ Department, working on the advancement of testing and analytical methods to predict low-cycle and high-cycle fatigue failure in titanium compressor blades. He then went on to co-ordinate a research project on the subject with 12 European partners, funded by the European Commission. From 2002, he became involved with the design of increasingly complex aero-engine systems for Airbus and Boeing airframes. Firstly, by project managing the certification of control systems, then by leading the development of innovative transmissions and gas turbine structures. In 2011, upon joining GE Aviation Systems, Gerald expanded his expertise into the design of novel composite wing structures for the Airbus A350-XWB aircraft. Reflecting on the importance of processes and systems engineering in the development of safety critical products, he took on a 6-sigma […]

Russell Smith

After graduating, Russell was employed by the Avon & Somerset Constabulary as a Scenes of Crime Officer engaged in the forensic examination of crime scenes, including fires. In 1998 he joined the Avon & Somerset Scientific Support Fire Investigation Team specialising in arson cases. In 2000 he was promoted to Team Leader Scenes of Crime Officer, with responsibility for the coordination of the Constabulary’s response to vehicle crime, while continuing to play an active role in fire investigation. He has lectured to Police Officers, Fire Brigade personnel and Scenes of Crime Officers on subjects including the identification and preservation of evidence, scientific analysis of exhibits and the influence of DNA on crime scene examination. In 2002 Russell joined Dr J H Burgoyne & Partners LLP as a Consulting Scientist specialising in the investigation of fires and explosions. He was responsible for investigating a diverse range of incidents including small fires in domestic properties, large fires in restaurants, commercial buildings and vehicle fires. In 2005 Russell joined Hawkins, where he continues to carry out fire investigations. He is also frequently asked to provide expert assistance in criminal cases. He was Regional Manager of the Bristol Office for many years, and currently […]

Robert Edwards

After completing a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship, Robert joined Liverpool John Moores University as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry. Here he developed a successful research programme in environmental chemistry and environmental analysis, publishing numerous papers in scientific journals and books and presenting research work at many national and international conferences. Robert has lectured extensively on analytical, environmental and corrosion chemistry. He was the course leader for the University’s MSc Analytical Chemistry course and was an assessor for the Higher Education Funding Council (Wales). Robert also gave annual lecture courses and workshops in Universities in Thailand, where he was a visiting lecturer. Since joining Hawkins in 2001, Robert has specialised in post-fire, post-flood and post-chemical spill contamination investigations throughout the world. This work involves determining the effects of contaminants on buildings, production equipment, complex computer systems and products, including food stuffs, and providing advice on the long term effects of the contaminants and best remediation techniques for recovery. During his time at Hawkins, Robert successfully completed the BOHS course for surveying buildings for asbestos and has since carried out asbestos contamination surveys following various incidents in the UK and Europe. Robert has also conducted many forensic fire […]