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One more oughta do it...

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in News

Ok, this post should be suffcient to correct my failings in being able to post a picture.

Cheers!

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Sorry for the picture problem below...

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in News

As it so happens, it would appear my picture osting abilities are requiring a little more honing before I should be let loose on the internet.

My apologies, for this - it now makes more sense top me where there was a 'sizing' option.

Cheers!

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Open House Day!

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 in News

Hi Everyone!

Today marks our open house, and us being moved in 'officially' after the fire!

We are working with Brisco Manufacturing to showcase our AWESOME LVL interior and floor!

We are expecting to see 150 people through here today, and if I can ever figure out how to post pictures, we will. This whole blog thing is taking a little bit to get used to... For example, I find myself being hyper sensitive to spelling mistakes.

Soooo, if we don't see you here today, have a great weekend and we will see you soon!

Cheers!

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6.7 magnitude quake recorded on the NW corner of Vancouver Island...

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in News

Hey everyone!

Just to let everyone know, our Earthquake Early Warning systems deployed throughout Vancouver captured last nights event!

Our system at the George Massey Tunnel captured the seismic data, but did not shut down the tunnel because there was not enough energy to meet the acceleration requirements of the Shake Alarm in order for the Shake Alarm to shut the tunnel down - no damage done!

It does bring to mind one question: Are we really ready for the Big One?

And blow we have a little more info and the plots on the quake! If it was a danger to us, we would have had 35 seconds warning, to close gates, leave buildings, shut down gas and electricty - lets hear it for technology!

Cheers!

 

Location of the quake: 49.846 N 127.444 W depth=11.4 km

Magnitude: 6.6

Local time at the epicenter: 20:10:12, April 24, 2014

 

Time of P-wave arrival at GMT: 20:11:15

P-S time difference: ~35 s

Epicentral distance: ~325 km

 

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Chocolate, and other wreckers of diets

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in News

So you made it! Good to see, so did we! I always remember when I was a child that this time of the years was punctuated by two things: 1) Chocolate, I could never get enough of it, and 2) brunch at the hotel Vancouver.

Now, for some reason, I am no longer eating chocolate. I am also somewhat detached from Brunch. It would appear that my body is no longer able to process 7000 calories in a single sitting (I wonder why...), so I have had to find new ways to entertain myself. I have done - The Blog.

Now, instead of wondering how tasty things are, I ponder to application of monitoring equipment on structures, pipelines, boats and the like; I am fully convinced I have simply swapped the chocky for the worky... I suppose things could be worse.

So here we are, fresh off a weekend with our family and friends; days filled with food (and chocolate...) and company - as it should have been.

We, off course, hope our associates, clients and friends had an equally pleasant times with their respective families, and have not suffered the 'Chocolate Coma'...

Big week for us; our open house is at the end of the week, and we have just received of SAM approval (the ability to bid on American jobs) - which we hope will increase our exposure to American markets.

 

Yes, busy it is, busier it will be!

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The last Thursday...

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in News

The last Thursday before the long weekend... how very nice! This weekend is actually a weekend you can plan to go and not be rushed, or constantly thinking about having to go back home.

Some folks think that the May long weekend is the historical kickoff to summer; we on the west coast like to think of this weekend as our gateway to paradise - even if it does rain for two more months. Ah yes, rain - punctuated by bunnies and chocolate, but only for this weekend!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and that we will see everyone healthy, happy and full of chocolate next week!

 

Cheers!

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Torquers, torquers, torquers...!

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in News

Accelerometers... single, dual or tri axial - we make them, we service them, we ship them worldwide; and we are very proud of that fact.

Production is just ramping up again (after the move), but we will continue to support our clients in the nuclear, heavy construction and property markets. Property you say? Well yes, our Shake Monitor product is primarily used to monitor long term settlement, pre/post incident auditing and reporting, and is basically a proven system for monitoring structures. Very neat stuff!

We hope that Rudy, Rhoda and Sam can continue to tweak production as they have been doing!

Very soon Iain and Lincoln are going up to Anchorage Alaska to attend a conference to showcase these products and our technical capabilities.

 

Oh, it is going to be a very busy summer!

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Bloggin'

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in News

So here I am blogging away - day 2.

Funny how the move, which was pretty chaotic, is now settling down into a really nice place to work! We had our friend Ruxtin (super sweet doggy) in yesterday and he was delighted that everyone was giving him cookies; so much so that Michael had to secure Ruxtin so he wouldn't go and chase the ever elusive cookie!

And eventually, Gil and Colin will have the entire Shop Area ready so we do not have to dig around through 40+ years of stuff!!! An organized world is a good world!

The new ShakeAlarm™ is up and running at our new facility down by the river - tirelessly looking for the precursor P-Wave that arrives before the earthquake does; this gives us time to escape the building prior to the earthquake shaking our fillings out. Other areas we are developing markets for our Earthquake Early Warning Systems are Alaska, Oregon, California and Puerto Rico - we will have more on this later.

Carpentry continues with the new reception area just about finished - many thanks to Perry for this!

And seeing it is only Tuesday, I'll save a bit more for later in the week.

Cheers.

 

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Back from Rail Safety 2014 in Orlando Florida

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in News

Hello All!

Our first (of many to come...) blog post!

As you can imagine, Orlando, from Canada, at this time of the year is quite a pleasant change - especially considering how cold Canada has been over this last winter!

But this, was just the beginning.

Rail Safety 2014 opened our eyes to the many possibilities available to us from the rail industry. This year, our first at the conference, allowed us to discuss our RockFall™ system with attendees, however, we will have to wait until next year before we get an opportunity to present.

As a result of this conference for us, we will be able apply some of our proven technology to the market of rail in a way we had never really considered. We look forward to what this next year will hold; keep watching our website for these exciting updates, and keep reading here for many more entries.

And hopefully, in short order I will be able to post in a more fluid manner - blogging is something new to me; please bear with me.

Cheers.

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News Release

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 in News

Vancouver engineering firm moving to new environmentally friendly quarters

VANCOUVER, B.C. (January 16, 2014) –The Weir-Jones Group, a 43-year-old Vancouver engineering organization,is to move into an energy efficient, state-of-the-art building in South Vancouver on Jan. 31.

The building, owned and outfitted by Weir-Jones, is located on riverfront property at 598 East Kent South.  Since 1994, the company has been located at 2040 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, B.C.

"Continuing growth of our operations, particularly the remote, real-time, monitoring of critical infrastructure, interactivesoftware solutions, and the development of innovative services and systems, necessitated the move,” said president and founder Iain Weir-Jones, noting that the building will be the company’s hub for collection of data from structural integrity monitoring systems deployed for their clients around the world. These include oil and gas pipelines, and transportation links equipped with Weir-Jones’ sensing and warning systems.

Weir-Jones, which has a satellite office in Fort McMurray, develops innovative and sustainable real-time engineering solutions for global clients in the transportation, resource, civil construction, marine and defense industries.

The Company’s proprietary products include the Seismic Rock Fall Detection System, SRFDS™, deployed by railway operators in various countries to provide warning of potentially dangerous debris falls to railway tracks, and the Automated Draught Indicator System, ADIS™, a draught measurement system for ships, which eliminates the need for hull penetrations. TheADIS™ technology enhances operational safety and can also be used to improve operating efficiency by reducing fuel consumption.The Distant Reading Acquisition Module,DRAM™, monitors the integrity of oil and gas pipelines;ShakeAlarm®, a cost-effective, highly reliable Earthquake Early Warning System,EEWS, provides critical minutes or seconds of warning to minimize loss of life and assets; and the Automated Greasing System,AGS™,isan intelligent lubrication system created for submerged pumps working in extreme conditions,which can also be deployed on large mobile construction equipment.

"The new facilities incorporate a state-of-the art telecommunication infrastructure that permits clients to view the condition of their assets, be they pipelines, railways or industrial infrastructure in a secure, real-time environment,” said Weir-Jones. “It will give us space to grow and provide the tools that will enable us to continue to serve existing customers and new clients."

Weir-Jones’ new two-storey office will provide 25,000 square feet of space. Theinternal structure has been constructed using Brisco Fine LineTM, laminated veneer lumber (LVL) manufactured by Brisco Manufacturing Ltd. of Brisco, B.C.This is an innovative application of the LVL material, and the building has already attracted the attention of a number of architects and engineers, as well as technical delegations from Asia. There is great interest in this unique B.C. product, which solves a range of environmental, structural and aesthetic requirements.

All columns, beams, flooring, ceilings, walls and stairs in the building’s interior are made fromDouglas Fir LVL sourced in southeastern B.C. The LVL product is unique for its combination of stability, strength and its ability to be prefabricated into beams up to 20 metres in length. The offices and the associated facilities comply with thenewASHRAE energy efficiency guidelines.


For more information, please contact Randy Ray, publicist for The Weir-Jones Group at: (613) 425-3873 or (613) 816-3873 or by email at: randy.ray@weir-jones.com

 

About The Weir-Jones Group

For more than four decades The Weir-Jones Group has offered innovative and sustainable engineering solutions that maintain a green and safe ecosystem in Canada and around the world.   The oil and gas industry creates jobs and produces economic momentum with the potential to rescue nations from economic turmoil; however the industry’s activities can leave an environmental footprint that could last for decades and negatively impact future generations. The Weir-Jones Group works hard to increase public awareness and develop engineering solutions that can help avoid decisions that can have disastrous consequences for the planet. For more information, please visit: www.weir-jones.com

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