Marc Macleod and Alex Gilbert
Greenspace Live Ltd Stornoway
For Alex and Marc, student placements at a company promoting green living were an opportunity to apply their up-to-date university knowledge to an important new proposal.
What’s your background?
We were both Electronics and Electrical Engineering students, and were employed by Greenspace Live for eight weeks to work as Research Assistants on a project.
What were you involved in?
We worked on a proposal for Scottish Water to produce a Scottish Water Electronic Valve Locator (SWEVL), which will determine the exact location of isolation valves necessary for the speedy shut off of supplies and minimise water loss.
We did a detailed analysis of what was required, looking at the existing methods and systems which are utilised in order to evaluate what the exact requirements of the new system might be.
We researched and explored suitable technologies to enable the detection of critical isolation points on the water distribution network during periods of winter white-out. We captured the client requirements, conducted site investigations and researched technology solutions. Reports were compiled in two stages and client feedback was gained. An outline specification for an innovative low cost RF locating device was produced.
Marc, what did you learn and what skills did you pick up?
I gained a lot of skills that will be useful for my university course and my future career, including how to solve problems in the real world.
I feel that the information that I brought to the placement from university was fresh and new and it helped come to a conclusion on the technologies which people at the company were unaware of.
I really enjoyed the finals day, it gave me experience and more confidence in presenting to a larger audience than usual.