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YGN Rough Guide to Nuclear Power Generation 2010

Two of our graduates, Philip and James, represented IJS Consultants at the Rough Guide to Nuclear Power Generation at British Energy’s Barnwood Conference Centre this week.  A full day of lectures was followed by two site visits to Hinkley Point B and JET with some additional presentations over the three day course.

Talks on the first day ranged from historical overviews of nuclear capabilities in the UK and reactor physics to economics of nuclear power and challenges facing new build.  This event was a great opportunity for our graduates to be submerged in a wealth of knowledge from some big names in the industry.

IJS Consultants would like to thank British Energy and the YGN for putting on a highly informative and well organised event.


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Posted: Wednesday, 26th May 2010
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More new recruits for IJS

IJS Consultants are please to introduce some recent recruits:

• Russ Green

Russ has joined us as a Principal Consultant, and has over 12 years experience working within the Civil and Military Aerospace, Nuclear and Military Land Platforms industries.

In his spare time, Russ is a football league assistant referee and a contributory league referee.

Russ is based in the Manchester office.

• Paul Foley

Paul has joined IJS Consultants on a one year placement from his degree in Business at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

Paul is assisting the directors in business development.

Paul sits on the committee for the Chartered Institute of Marketing Student Chapter at MMU. Paul is also big fan of Northern Irish football, and often spends his weekends travelling the country in search of Irish footballers in action in the English leagues.

Paul is based in the Manchester office.

• Gary Gillespie

Gary has recently joined as a Safety Consultant after completing his degree in Astronomy & Physics at Glasgow University.

In his spare time, Gary is an active football and chess player.

Gary is based in the Glasgow office.

• Jim Butt

Jim joins IJS Consultants with extensive experience in the high hazard process industry, and has worked on sites manufacturing a diverse range of materials, including explosives, chemicals and pesticides.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys course and beach angling, five-a-side football, karate and kickboxing and is a scout leader.

Jim opened the IJS Consultants Reading office in October 2007.


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Posted: Friday, 17th October 2008
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Charity of the Year - update

IJS Consultants have chosen to support the New Manchester Children’s Hospital Appeal for the 2007/2008 financial year.

The appeal aims to raise £20 million to support projects within the new hospital and will provide:

• The latest equipment for diagnosis and treatment
• A place for parents to stay when their child is in hospital

Ensuring that when it opens in 2009 Manchester and the North West’s new children’s hospital will be the very best it can be.

To kick off the fundraising, an IJS Consultants team took on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge – climbing Pen-Y-Gent, Whernside and Ingleborough, 25 miles in under 12 hours.

The team set out from Horton-in-Ribblesdale early on the 20th July, excited but wary of the challenge ahead. The summit of Pen-Y-Gent was reached in good time despite poor visibility, however it was clear that it was to be a long day of hard work ahead.

From Pen-Y-Gent summit, the walk to Whernside, taking in the Ribbleshead viaduct, allowed the team to get some flat miles under their belt and mentally prepare for the challenges ahead.

A stiff breeze intensified the effort required to make the climb to Whernside summit, however the views across Yorkshire and Lancashire (to Morecombe Bay) more than compensated for it.

Further reward was provided at the foot of Inglebrough, where a drink and a warm by the fire in a local hostelry prepared the team for the final leg of the challenge. The scramble to the summit and the race for home.

Exhausted, the team ended the day with a well earned meal and an opportunity to reflect upon what had been achieved. As well as raising funds for the Childrens Hospital (the knowledge that so many people were supporting us definitely spurred us on when the going got tough), the event was a fantastic team building experience. Thank you to everyone that sponsored us.

IJS Consultants will be undertaking further fundraising activities over the coming months as we aim to meet our fundraising target. Further information will be posted on our fundraising website, www.justgiving.com/ijsccharityoftheyear.

In addition to this, IJS consultants will donate 1% of any invoice paid by our clients within the terms agreed. Please encourage your accounts departments to pay their invoices on time.

 


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Posted: Friday, 17th October 2008
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IJSC Charity - New Manchester Children's Hospital

The New Children’s Hospital is part of The New Hospitals Development, an investment of over £420 million into healthcare services for Manchester and the North West.

The New Children's Hospital Appeal, appropriately spearheaded by Bob The Builder aims to raise £20 million to support projects within the new hospital and will provide:

  • The latest equipment for diagnosis and treatment
  • A place for parents to stay when their child is in hospital

Ensuring that when it opens in 2009 Manchester and the North West’s new children’s hospital will be the very best it can be.

To kick off the fundraising, The IJS team have decided to embark upon a test of endurance. On the 20th July 2007, the team will attempt the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, a trek over the summits of Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside. Our target is to get the team across the 25 mile route in under 12 hours (and win entry to the exclusive ‘Three Peaks of Yorkshire’ Club).

Senior Consultant Clive Wilkins commented:

‘It is a really worthwhile cause. We all hope that we will never need to call upon the services of the hospital, but it is important to know that the very best facilities will be available to those in the Northwest and beyond.

We are all really looking forward to the 3 peaks walk. It will be a great team building experience, and knowing that we will be raising money whilst doing it will spur us on to the finish line’.

You can sponsor the IJS team, as well as get updates on current and future events via http://www.justgiving.com/IJSCcharityoftheyear.  Further information on the New Children's Hospital Appeal can be found at http://www.newchildrenshospitalappeal.org.uk

The New Children's Hospital Appeal is part of Central Manchester & Manchester Children's University Hospitals Charity. Registered charity number 1049274.

 


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Posted: Friday, 17th October 2008
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IJS Consultants offers Safety Case Training

After working in the nuclear industry for a number of years there is clearly a shortage of good quality safety case authors. To this end IJS have developed their own in-house training course to equip new Safety Consultants with the necessary skills to understand the fundamentals of safety cases. This in-house course has proved to be so popular that we are now pleased to be able to offer this course to a wider audience. ’Modern Standards Safety Cases: An Overview’ is aimed at new graduates entering the industry, as well as more experienced engineers who are undertaking work in the nuclear industry and require a greater understanding of safety case requirements. The one day course aims to provide delegates with an overview of the Modern Standards requirements for Safety Cases. This is achieved by looking at the legislation behind safety cases, and the information required to successfully complete a safety case submission. The course includes a practical task of reviewing a safety case and discussing the comments raised to ensure that each delegate takes away real experience, gained ‘hands on’, rather than simply taking away a set of course notes. The course will be undertaken in two locations this year: • Manchester and, • Glasgow. The course can also be undertaken at the clients site. To book a place contact Gemma Morris on 0161 209 3697, or info@ijsc.co.uk.
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Posted: Friday, 17th October 2008
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IJS Consultants Goes For Excellence

Right from the conception of IJS Consultants the two Directors had strong beliefs that there needed to be a robust management system in place for the company to be successful. The management systems established back in 2003 had served the company well, but as it continues to grow, the management system needed to be modified to meet the changing business processes in an ever growing company. The EFQM Excellence Model was introduced at the beginning of 1992 as the framework for assessing applications for The UK Business Excellence Award, and it is estimated that it is used by over 20,000 companies throughout Europe. It was felt that such a model would measure where IJS Consultants were on the path to Excellence and would identify gaps, and stimulate solutions. With all the staff involved and Sally Mansfield, an external assessor brought in, IJS Consultants locked themselves away for a full day to examine the existing company management systems, right from the purpose of the company to how the company runs projects. The output has indeed identified gaps, but it also identified the solutions to fill those gaps and it was felt that the process was very worthwhile. Sally Mansfield from Business Support Solutions commented: “IJS have most certainly embraced the concepts of Excellence and been able to take an objective view of themselves to confirm what elements have made them successful and what they need to do to be even better. I have been impressed by the way in which the Directors acknowledged the need to look at the way the company was operating in order to ensure continued growth and success. They immediately recognised that the EFQM Excellence Model would give them a good framework to drive improvement and they did not shy away from involving all staff in the process. The company has responded well to the outcome of the thorough self-assessment exercise they conducted and they wasted no time in ensuring that the improvement areas were picked up and incorporated into this year’s business plan. IJS are well and truly on the path to Excellence!”
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Posted: Friday, 17th October 2008
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IJS and the Young Professionals Rough Guide

On the 11th October 2006 IJS Consultants Edward Ley, Abha Prinja and Matthew Wightman attended the British Nuclear Energy Society (BNES) Young Generation Network (YGN) rough guide to the nuclear industry three day course, held at Sellafield. The course comprised a mixture of presentations by key personnel from within the nuclear industry along with a variety of visits to the Sellafield site.

The presentations took place at the Sellafield visitors centre and began with an introduction to the Sellafield site by Peter Lutwyche, head of strategy and transition at Sellafield. The talk focussed on the future of the site, which is dominated by decommissioning. Central to the successful decommissioning strategy on site was safety, ranging from HAZID activities to the production of safety cases.

The accompanying site tours included a visit to the historic Calder Hall power station conducted by the sites operations manager, Paul Brennan, who also gave a presentation on the decommissioning of Calder Hall.

In total, 36 representatives from across the nuclear industry attended the course from companies including DML, AMEC NNC, Studsvik and BNG.

Matthew commented “The course offered an overview of the nuclear industry and the future directions that many see as necessary. Of particular interest was the wide range of safety implications that go into running a site such as Sellafield, and potentially a new build programme”.

If you have any questions regarding IJS and the BNES YGN or any aspects of our business please do not hesitate to contact Clive Wilkins on +44(0)161 209 3690 or e-mail cwilkins@ijsc.co.uk

 


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Posted: Friday, 17th October 2008
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Glasgow Office Open

On 1st November 2006, IJS Consultants opened their second UK office in Glasgow. For some time IJS have been considering expansion to allow development of the company in new business areas and the office in Glasgow will facilitate this expansion.

Initially the activities of the office will focus on the core business areas in the nuclear industry which have made the Manchester office so successful. We will be working with some of our existing clients in this area as well as forging relationships and partnerships with new clients.

In the longer term, the plan is to diversify the activities of the company and expand into the oil & gas and potentially transportation sectors. We feel that the selection of skills and experience within the company lends itself particularly well to cross-industry involvement, bringing lessons learned in other applications to the awareness of others.

Our Principal Consultant Andy Smith is heading up the office, located in the city centre on Wellington Street.

"I'm looking forward to the new challenge of running the Glasgow office and developing relationships with our existing and new clients. It's exciting to be involved in this new phase of the growth of the company, however, it is possible that I was only chosen for this assignment because I speak the local dialect!".

To contact the IJS Glasgow offices either email Andy at asmith@ijsc.co.uk or call 0141 225 6233.

 


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Posted: Friday, 17th October 2008
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Great North Run

On Sunday 1st October 2006 IJS Consultant Clive Wilkins, and his fiancé Sarah, ventured to Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run.

Clive and Sarah were running on Behalf of Get Kids Going, a charity which gives disabled children the opportunity to take part in sport by providing them with sports wheelchairs.

On returning from the event, Clive reported:

“It was a great day and an amazing atmosphere. We had put in plenty of training before hand, but I had forgotten how hilly the streets of Newcastle are! The last few miles were a real struggle, but the crowd and your fellow runners really spur you on, and failing to finish is not an option. I was eventually escorted home by a couple of chaps dressed as traffic cones who were also running for get kids going - all very surreal.

In the end, we far surpassed our fundraising target, and raised enough to provide a frame for a new wheelchair. We would like to thank everyone who supported and sponsored us, and perhaps we will be back again next year.”

 


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Posted: Friday, 17th October 2008
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Safety and Reliability Society

IJS Consultants has recently been accepted as an Affiliated Member of the Safety and Reliability Society (SaRS). Membership to SaRS is consistent with IJS Consultants’ continued growth and development within the Safety and Risk Management industry and supports our position as being an emerging player within the industry.

The SaRS is an internationally recognised society whose purpose is to represent engineers and scientists working in the field of Safety and Reliability. The objective of the society is to enhance the professionalism and reputation of all those involved in safety and reliability technology, which IJS fully support.

The aims of the SaRS are to:

  • Encourage the development and use of safety and reliability technology
  • Provide an international forum for the exchange of information on safety and reliability matters
  • Establish professional and educational standards for safety and reliability engineers
  • Establish standard techniques and encourage consistency in their application
  • Encourage organisations and government departments to apply safety and reliability technique

In becoming an Affiliated Member IJS, as an organisation, agree to further the aims of the Society on stimulating and advancing safety and reliability technology for the benefit of industry and the public.

For more information please visit the Safety and Reliability Society website: http://www.sars.org.uk/

 


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Posted: Friday, 17th October 2008
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YGN Rough Guide to Nuclear Power Generation 2010
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The staff of IJS Consultants have selected the New Manchester Children’s Hospital appeal as their Charity of the Year for 2007/2008.

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After working in the nuclear industry for a number of years there is clearly a shortage of good quality safety case authors. To this end IJS have developed their own in-house training course to equip new Safety Consultants with the necessary skills...



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