The back-end of the works Ford bounced a bit on the road as it looked for grip across the road from the public toilets at the bottom of the hill. The driver’s arms were straight as he braced himself with a firm grip on the three-spoke bakelite steering wheel.He looked both at the road directly in front of him and into the massive hill ahead where the coast road cut its way into the mountain pass. Advertisement The brand new Ford engine revved out to its limit as the driver timed each gear change perfectly.At one stage it felt as if the Ford was airborne for a while, indicated by a sensation you feel in your backside when this happens.Even though we’re climbing the speed is still gathering as we approach Wilhare’s Corner.A local rallying hero PJ Wilhare from Cranford made this corner famous when he put his special lightweight fiberglass Mini off the road in a big way on that corner near the hairpin the first year the hill was used for the Hillclimb. Advertisement Since then many pulled up at the telltale broken barriers to see if they could figure out what happened that day.Flat in TopIf everything is going right for you, those who have won the hill climb or have won the Donegal International Rally, they will tell you that you will be taking Wilhare’s corner in flat top gear and the bravest will not be liftingOff the gasAs our yellow Ford approached Wilhare’s, our pilot decided to give the famous corner the respect he felt it deserved and decided to drop down a gear resulting in the new Ford engine revving out loudly briefly before the driver changed it back up into top gear again all of which took most of the momentum out on the wide fast corner. A German registered Opel on Knockala Coast road taking in the views. Photo Brian McDaidThe cautious respect for Wilhare’s corner was a blessing in disguise because as the Ford negotiated the hairpin something started to rattle in the rear.Was it the drive shaft, the differential, a spring or a shock Maybe? No, it was the fridge! This fridge had slid up to the front of the van.What were we doing taking a fridge up Knockalla, well that was the reason we were there in the first place. The works Ford was, in fact, a Ford from work, a brand new V4 petrol powered Ford Transit Van in ESB standard Yellow and Grey colours registration number VIH 405.We were out with my father delivering merchandise, as he called it. A fridge was to be delivered to one of the very few houses a converted fort on Knockalla Hill and with us on our summer holidays my father took us to Fanad for the spin. The beauty of Knockallla Coast Road. Photo Brian McDaid.When we got as far as the top of the hill to the lay-by with the view of Ballymastocker Bay we pulled in, not as much to enjoy the view but more to re-secure the fridge, which you could say had “moved in Transit” thanks to the excitement of driving up and around the Knockalla Coast Road.The Fridge,The Ford,The Fort,The French Invasion,and Fred.The fridge in the Ford was destined for the Fort, one of several Napoleonic batteries built along the shores of Lough Swilly centuries before to defend the North West of Ireland.It was part of a scheme to fortify Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle against a French Invasion during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.A couple of centuries on that building was still defending its perimeters as we were to find when we arrived at the entrance only to find the fridge would not fit through the tall narrow gateway into the walled pathway that led into the fort.On board a Ford on Knockalla Coast road many years ago It doesn’t get much better than thisOnly when all the cardboard and aero board packing was removed, some of which blew away in the summer breeze down the hillside, much to the amusement of the local sheep who thought it was small white square sheepdogs.We finally manage to carry the fridge, head high up the pathway and into the house.When the fridge finally made it out of the Ford and safely into the Fort on Knockalla it was still minus a plug. While we were offered tea with a fantastic view of Lough Swilly my father Fred fitted a plug which he borrowed from their Hoover.The beauty of Donegal captured from the top of Knockala Coast road. Photo By Brian McDaid.It was nice to see the light inside the fridge come to life when my father plugged it in. The fridge made all the right rattles as it started to cool everything down.As we headed away up on to the coast road again in our transit to complete our spin around tithe famous coast road my father stopped further up the road where he showed us where the ESB had to go across the hillside to take the power supply into the old Fort when they first took the electricity.A tourist on the wall at the top of Knockalla taking in the beautiful view. Photo Brian McDaid.He knew all about the infrastructure of the ESB network here because it was himself that plotted the route for a line into the hill as a young engineers assistant (or a pegger) It was Fred who placed the pegs along the hillside for the crews to come behind him to erect the poles and put in the power supply in not known that he would be back a decade later delivering a fridge to the same address.From Tourists to Frazer Nash racing carsOur story may be different to that of the norm of people that travel over this mountain pass and stopped just to take in the great view I have seen the most beautiful Frazer Nash racing car brave the rain to come to Ireland to drive over the pass to people as from as far away as Germany pull up at the top of the hill at the viewing point and enjoy the view.A Frazer Nash vintage sport car braving the pouting rain to say they passed over Knockala coast road a couple of years back. Photo Brian McDaid.People in cars, on foot and even a schoolmate of my own Harry Boyce who was out enjoying a cycle over the hill.Knockalla is just one of the great roads around the coast of Donegal that people come for near and far to enjoy. A great place to chill but not a great place to deliver a fridge.Happy motoring folks.DD Motoring: Knockalla Coast road-with a twist! was last modified: December 27th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd motoringKnockallamotoring
When you’re good at what you do, you don’t typically spend a whole lot of time thinking about what your next job might be or the next company you might work for, let alone the need to construct a better resume. In our work lives, we challenge ourselves to succeed and excel, and make the sacrifices necessary to set ourselves apart. We focus our efforts on building a future; working hard, working smart, and making the right decisions. We see this as the key to our professional development plan. But sound decisions aren’t limited to what we do on the job. What we do beyond the workplace can have a real and vital impact on how our careers unfold.Serving as the gateway to a professional development plan, crafting a quality resume can be one of the most important tasks in your professional career. Unfortunately, it also happens to be one of the most underrated and under-used aspects of professional growth for far too many of us.This is a place where we summarize our experience, our abilities, and our accomplishments. But that alone isn’t enough. To best serve our needs, we have to recognize—and mobilize—the ultimate purpose of the resume. This isn’t intended to be a book report on what you’ve done or the positions you’ve held during your career. It’s not just a snapshot of who you are today. It also must serve as a beacon that leads the reader towards what you’re capable of doing in the future.- Sponsor – The job interviewer isn’t simply interested in what you’ve done or how much you’ve accomplished—other than how that applies to the position that they are looking to fill. What we’ve done in the past has to be seen as an indicator of future performance, and how that information is presented can make a tremendous difference in the way that we are perceived.The resume has to be more than an accumulation of dates and facts. It has to tell a story. It has to grab attention. It has to send a message. But it also has to be honest and genuine. It should be dynamic and confident. It should be organized and concise. It should show the building blocks of your career. It should help you stand out, and stand tall. This document is intended to represent who you are as a professional. It is a point of first impression. As such, it demands your effort and attention to ensure that it fills that role.Every job search is a competition. A company is trying to match their needs with an individual that will best meet all of the different aspects that a particular position entails. Those involved in hiring decisions typically begin the search process by narrowing down the field of potential candidates from among those that have applied. Various strategies may be used to assist decision makers in the process, but one common denominator almost always comes into play – the resume.The resume is a visual and informational representation of the candidate throughout the hiring process. It is a gateway to a successful professional development plan. From entry level positions to the pyramid heads for some of our largest companies, this remains a constant. If we want to set ourselves apart from the pack, then our efforts should start here.For more information on loss prevention careers, visit www.lpjobs.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Water utilities have a challenging but important charge – to deliver their customers’ water as reliably as possible while operating efficiently. However, the current state of the art in the water industry can limit both reliability and energy efficiency. Here’s an example of what I mean:We have a customer who installed our software suites on their 5-pump pump station. As we were learning how the customer operates the station, the operations manager told us that pump 2 at the station was the operators’ favorite pump. Indeed, as we looked at their operating data, we found that pump 2 was their lead pump, meaning that whenever the station needed to deliver water, pump 2 would be the first pump to turn on.However, once our Asset Management Suite software performed automated tests on each of the five pumps at the station, it was clear that pump 2 was a poor choice for a lead pump. Here is a picture of what pump 2’s measured head and efficiency curves looked like in comparison to factory (brand new) curves:Pump 2’s pump curves: Comparing the factory efficiency curve (yellow) to the tested efficiency curve (red) shows that the pump has worn significantly – from a peak efficiency of about 85 percent to a peak efficiency of about 59 percent. Comparing the factory capacity curve (light blue) to the tested capacity curve (dark blue) shows that the pump has also worn in terms of capacity.In contrast, pump 1’s measured pump curves very nearly match the factory curves:Optimization calculations show that pump 1 uses about 25 percent less energy to deliver almost double the flow of pump 2. It is clear that pump 2 should not have been the “favorite pump” at this station. After seeing the results of the pump tests, the station operators took pump 2 offline.Surely this case is an outlier, right? No. Unfortunately, the station operators were completely unaware of the difference in performance and efficiency between pump 1 and pump 2 because they had no data or metrics that they could use to compare the two pumps. This lack of data is standard throughout the water industry. Most often, utilities employ a “run-to-failure” maintenance schedule – meaning that pumps are replaced when they become so worn that they stop pumping. As we saw with our friends at the 5-pump pump station, this means that pumps can operate for years with significantly reduced energy efficiency. Utilities are essentially “flying blind” in terms of the health of some of their most important assets – their pumps.In response to this problem, Specific Energy has developed a simple but effective metric that operators and engineers can use to track pump efficiency and target specific pumps for predictive maintenance – the Pump Health Index (PHI). Specific Energy’s Asset Management Suite automatically calculates PHI after a pump is tested by taking the ratio of the peak tested efficiency value to the peak factory efficiency value. For example, in the case that I mentioned before, pump 2 scored a PHI of 69, while pump 1 scored a PHI of 102.The utility is now installing the Asset Management Suite on more sites to acquire valuable PHI metrics on each of their pumps.Pump Health Index is a simple but powerful metric that all utilities should be tracking to improve the operation and maintenance of their systems, but new insight into pump health and operation should not end with PHI. In a follow up post, I will cover some more advanced metrics that utilities can track to achieve the best practices in pump station asset management and operation.What questions do you have?
German production services provider nobeo has deployed Digital Rapids’ StreamZ Live adaptive streaming encoders for live streaming production both within nobeo’s studios and in the field with nobeo’s new @-car compact production vehicle.Based in Hürth, Germany, nobeo provides studio production, outside production and post-production services, including a fleet of mobile control units and HD outside broadcasting vans. With the development of the new @-car compact production vehicle, nobeo has moved into offering broadcasting for event and business TV as well as live online streaming.One StreamZ Live encoder is deployed in the @-car for live productions from the field, with additional StreamZ Live units in nobeo’s internet TV studios for producing live online shows. The encoders convert live high definition source feeds into multiple output streams in a variety of resolutions, bit rates and formats for live OTT delivery as well as creating VoD assets. The most recent systems were acquired through Digital Rapids reseller sono.“The Digital Rapids systems meet our expectations perfectly and are straightforward to use. In live situations in particular, it is extremely important to be able to rely on the technical components fully and entirely,” said Guido Amann, CTO at nobeo GmbH. “Alongside the technological benefits, it is worth highlighting the excellent support we have received. We wish more products were like this — being simple to use and accompanied by excellent support from the manufacturer.”“A rapidly growing number of outside broadcast service providers are capitalising on the audience-expanding opportunities of multiscreen delivery and producing dedicated online and mobile experiences directly in the field,” said Clive Vickery, Managing Director, EMEA and Asia at Digital Rapids. “The unmatched flexibility, comprehensive feature set and robust reliability of our StreamZ Live encoders make them ideal for meeting the rigorous demands of live on-site production environments, and we’re pleased that nobeo has chosen our solutions for their operations both in-studio and in the field.”Digital Rapids will exhibit at IBC on stand 7.F33
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