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UK Society for Trenchless Technologies (UKSTT) Awards ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ to Liam MacFarlane of Wessex Water Services Limited
|By Business Wire
|June 23, 2014 06:01 AM EDT
Electro Scan Inc. today announced that Mr. Liam MacFarlane, Critical
Sewers Engineer, Wessex Engineering and Construction Services (WECS),
Wessex Water’s in-house construction arm, was selected as the ‘Young
Engineer of the Year’ award recipient presented by the UK Society for
Trenchless Technologies (UKSTT). The award was based on Liam
MacFarlane’s technical paper ‘Holistic
Approach to Infiltration and Inflow Exclusion’ highlighting an
Electro Scan project.
Liam MacFarlane, Wessex Water Services Limited, 2014 UK Society for Trenchless Technology 'Young Engineer' Award Recipient (Photo: Business Wire)
The prestigious award was presented at UKSTT’s 20th Annual
Dinner & Awards Ceremony held in Birmingham, England in May 2014.
The ‘Young Engineer’ award is presented to the engineer -- under 30
years of age -- who best demonstrates their contribution to the field of
Trenchless Technology based on evidence of an understanding of
Trenchless Technology, the individual’s contribution made, the
quality of submission, and the candidate’s vision for the future
of trenchless technology.
“I am proud to be selected for this distinguished award,” states Liam
MacFarlane, Critical Sewers Engineer. “I could not have achieved this
honor without the help of the team at Wessex Water and Julian Britton,
Liam MacFarlane joined Wessex Water in 2008 in the WECS trainee
development programme, providing invaluable experience in all phase of
project delivery, including optioneering, design, construction,
commissioning, and handover. In 2010, Mr. MacFarlane was appointed
Critical Sewers Engineer at Wessex Water, responsible for the project
management and delivery of sewer renovation projects that specialize in
trenchless installations. Mr. MacFarlane earned his Bachelor of Science
(BSc) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the West
England in 2013.
“My involvement with Electro Scan started in 2013 with several
kilometers of surveys in the Southwest of England,” stated Liam
MacFarlane. “We robustly trialed the Electro Scan technology identifying
several improvements to the hardware and working closely with Electro
Scan’s onsite team.”
Continued Liam MacFarlane, “Electro Scan was very successful in Mark,
Somerset, England where forty-three (43) sewers were identified as the
most critical assets with an infiltration rate of 12 litres per second
(190.2 gallons per minute) or 1000m3 litres per day (273,900
gallons per day), costing the company over £120,000 ($180,000) per annum
in operational expenditure.”
“With the UK’s Environmental Agency expectation to have every £1 cost
of flood defense expenditure deliver £8 of benefit, all capital
expenditures must bring best value,” stated Mr. MacFarlane. “As seen in
our Somerset trials during the recent winter flooding, we were able to
document the comparative cost/benefit. Prior to using Electro Scan we
didn’t have the analytical tools to effectively use epoxy sealed CIPP,
as CCTV surveys were inconclusive. With Electro Scan, I can now
demonstrate to my clients a conservative cost/benefit of at least
£10-15; especially in geological areas where groundwater-induced
hydraulic lithology threatens the stability of adjacent buildings.”
“We are honored to play a small part in Liam MacFarlane’s success,”
commented Chuck Hansen, Chairman, Electro Scan. “We look forward to
watching Mr. MacFarlane’s leadership in using technology to accelerate
the pace of change in the field of civil engineering.”
During the last seven years, Wessex Water Services Limited has seen four
of its engineers win the UKSTT’s prestigious Young Engineer award. In
addition to Liam MacFarlane’s selection this year, previous Wessex Water
award recipients included Alex Aulds (2012), Leanne Ford (2010), and
James Kitching (2008).
About Wessex Water Services Limited
Water Services Limited (“Wessex Water”) treats 475 million litres a
day (125 MGD) of sewage from 2.7 million customers, managing more than
30,000 km (18,641 miles) of sewer, 405 sewage treatment works, 1,003
combined sewer overflows, and 1,515 pumping stations. Wessex Water also
supplies 284 million litres of water a day (75 MGD) to 1.3 million
people through a network of 110 water treatment works and 11,500 km
(7,146 miles) of water main. In May 2002, Wessex Water was acquired by YTL
Power International of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
About Electro Scan
Scan Inc. is a global leader in delivering pipeline defect detection
instrumentation, in addition to mobile & cloud computing applications
that meet the technological needs of leading sewer and water utilities,
worldwide. Its products represent game-changing technology that
precisely locates and measures (i.e. GPM, LPS) defect flows in pipes and
certifies post-rehabilitation pipe renewals. Electro Scan finds defects
most often missed by legacy inspection techniques, often re-prioritizing
capital and operating expenditures. Privately-held, the company’s
headquarters are located in Sacramento, California, USA, with its
wholly-owned subsidiary, Electro Scan (Europe) Limited, located in
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