This week’s inspiration for our Friday Fact, came while at Westbury train station. I’m sure you will know the engineer behind the Great Western Railway. But do you know when his work began?

In answer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was appointed as Chief engineer for Great Western Railway in 1833. At the start of my trip to meet a potential new client in London, I thought of Brunel – one of my favourite engineers of all time. His design of a dual track line using a wider broad gauge revolutionised travel in Britain by allowing higher speeds. With his pioneering work on Britain’s railways and ships, he was simply an engineering genius!

History suggests his projects had various levels of success. But overall the likes of Bristol Temple Meads, Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain are all marvels and significant feats of engineering. Not to forget the designs of viaducts, tunnels and the likes of Westbury station during this career. But also, how great to travel to a face- face meeting – it’s been a while!

We’re more than happy to have calls but this meeting was constructive. By visiting the client’s office, I got a better appreciation of their setup and equipment. In turn, this helps our understanding of their requirements. We now have a clearer idea of how we can meet their brief.

As restrictions ease, we are happy to meet either at your premises or our office. As we provide our services in-house, you can take the opportunity to see our 3D scanning and printing equipment in action. You can also see the prototypes and products our design service has helped develop. Please get in touch if you have an idea or project you’d like to explore further.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for a package in the post from us. There’s plenty of reasons why we’re your first choice for mechanical design and contract CAD within it. Without giving too much away,  thanks to Martin Barnes’ creativity and eye for detail in designing these packages. We hope you’re as pleased to receive these as we are to send and that you enjoy the extra goodies!

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