October is nearly over, Halloween is nearly here and although the temperature and the leaves may be dropping, activities in the SVM office are, as always, on the rise.  With several new projects from old and new clients alike, the office is as busy as ever, meaning that, when the clocks go back this weekend, we can really put that extra hour to good use!


Putting the tricks on hold, treats this month include level crossing lighting design, station works at Inverness, Haymarket and Waverley and involvement in various capacities at Inverness and Aberdeen depots.  Still with the railway we are looking at a new project concerning ticket vending machines, supply and switchgear works near Glasgow, some CIS bonding and, further afield, survey works in the South of England.  Non railway works that are new this month are comprised of some additional education sites requiring CAD 3D modelling and an interesting project involving LED harmonics in an agricultural setting.


Ongoing projects this month are once again dominated by the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Project, Reston ECML works and Motherwell North Signalling Renewals.  Improvements at Partick Interchange are steadily progressing, as are stabling shed works at a Glasgow depot, while Access for All design at multiple stations across the country are nearing completion.  Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa works and the temporary ticket office refurbishment associated with the high profile project at Glasgow Queen Street Station are still in progress while projects at MDUs in Glasgow and Paisley continue in the background.  Escalator lighting design at Partick, Queen St and Glasgow Central is almost finished while Polmadie and Rutherglen renewals keeps rolling along.  Ticket office works at a Glasgow station are in full swing, while site support works for the current Glasgow subway locations are now nearing an end.  Moving away from the Railway, we continue to provide design advice for a Glasgow trampoline park and produce 3D CAD models for schools across the country.  We remain involved with a large Glasgow office building not a million miles away from our front door and are on hand for queries associated with hotel sites in Taynuilt and Glasgow and a property in Carlisle in the wake of recent flood damage.


Party season is almost underway with the IRSE dinner, at which SVM have taken a table. being held on the 10th November.  This is a great evening to mingle with the rest of the Railway industry and one of the highlights of SVM’s calendar.  Also a highlight this month has been the arrival of a new face in the office, Steven Kavanagh, who is undertaking the role of assistant mechanical engineer.  We would all like to welcome him to the team and are sure that he’ll be an excellent addition to SVM.