By Susanne den Hoed, HR Department at Temporary Works DesignTemporary Works Design (TWD) is an ambitious and innovative engineering firm, working with major on- and offshore contractors to assist them with practical solutions for their wide variety of constructions and installation challenges.Specialized in the structural and mechanical design of custom installation equipment, TWD’s engineering and design consultants develop tailored methods, structures and tools which are key to the realization of some highly iconic offshore projects. Because every project is unique, we work from concept to detail, with flexibility, practicality and most importantly creativity as the driving forces behind each of our designs. Together with the client we find the best solution for his or her project.Examples are giant “robot arms” for installing the biggest wind turbine foundations offshore; installing 250 caissons of 9000 ton each for a new harbour in North-Africa; and the design of the jacking constructions that supported the Rijksmuseum during its renovation.DevelopmentDevelopment is one of the pillars of TWD. According to our vision the professional and personal growth of employees is very important. Not only to ensure that all projects are engineered on a high level, but also to broaden each person’s knowledge.When an employee starts his or her career at TWD, they quickly enrol in new employee workshops. These workshops focus on TWD’s working methods and basic knowledge that is useful to get all new employees up to speed.Next to technical topics, such as practical and structural design, we also focus on project management and soft skills with workshops about coaching, project management, presentations and communication. After a workshop, employees are encouraged to use their new skills immediately in their work.Besides workshops, employees learn quickly on the job ensuring a steep learning curve. This is a by-product of working on many diverse projects and working in teams with different backgrounds and specialties. This learning curve is also developed by regular coaching meetings between the employee and the supervisor.TWD is an innovative company which is always open to new methods, solutions and thus designs. This means developing continuously is important.An example on how quick an employee can develop and have a steep learning curve is Simon Lembrechts; currently Commercial Manager at TWD.A Career at TWDAs a Civil Engineering graduate, Simon Lembrechts started at TWD in 2013. During his first 1.5 year at the company, he was a (Project) Engineer responsible for the structural and mechanical design of installation equipment of two offshore wind farms pictures (Northwind in Belgium and Gemini in The Netherlands) and the installation equipment of a floating submerged fresh-water pipeline between Turkey and Cyprus.After this fast-paced and demanding but rewarding period, Simon became TWD’s first Business Developer. In charge of the development and market introduction of TWD’s in-house innovations, he became familiar with the main market players, trends and challenges. It’s in this entrepreneurial roll that the possibility of TWD’s first international branch was established.Five months after, in September 2016, Simon moved to London with the initial ambition to take a year to explore TWD’s opportunities in the UK market.After an exploration period of 4 months, the first UK project was a fact: the design of an innovative tool to install over 700 tubular piles for the construction of Port of Dover Expansion. Now, 2.5 years later, TWD operates a UK branch with 14 employees and is TWD involved in a broad range of UK construction works!Work environmentWorking at TWD means working in a friendly environment amongst creative, talented and ambitious people. We work in a young, yet professional team where employees are offered possibilities to develop themselves. The job is varied, and employees are involved from design to mobilization, in major installation projects of diverse leading (offshore) contractors. We work hard to deliver quality and finish projects in time, but there is also time to have coffee and lunch together and to enjoy fun group activities on a regular basis.Note: The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Offshore WIND.
September 17, 2020
The Board of Trustees announced late Wednesday night that C.L. Max Nikias, USC’s current executive vice president and provost, will be the university’s next president.“In the whole space of higher education today, this is, by far, the very best job,” an excited Nikias said Thursday.Nikias, who has been President Steven B. Sample’s second-in-command since 2005, was considered by many to be a shoe-in for the top spot. Still, the Board of Trustees formed a search committee, which included trustees and senior faculty members and enlisted the help of a prestigious higher education consulting firm in trying to find Sample’s successor. The committee considered 75 candidates and interviewed seven – all presidents or provosts at major universities. But in the end, the unanimous consensus was that Nikias is the right man for the job.“Max is a remarkable and inspiring leader, a brilliant scholar, and the best possible person to lead our university forward,” Board of Trustees Chairman Edward P. Roski, Jr. wrote in an e-mail to students announcing the decision. “Because of what he has already accomplished at USC, and his bold and exciting vision for the future, he was the unanimous choice of the search advisory committee.”Nikias said he received the good news at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday night.“I heard a voice from one of the trustees on the phone – he said, ‘is anybody bringing the champagne?’”The announcement is a big one for Nikias, who said he felt ready for a presidency but could only hope that it would be at USC, where he has worked since 1991.“To be a president of a private, research university is something that I felt one day I really wanted to be,” he said. “Whether it was going to be USC or somewhere else or course that you never know until the end.”Now, Nikias knows: Beginning Aug. 3, 2010, he will be the president of the University of Southern California, following in the footsteps of his mentor, who has been called one of the most successful university presidents in history.It will not, Nikias acknowledged, be an easy task to take the reins from Sample, one of the most accomplished, renowned and respected figures in higher education. Under Sample’s leadership, USC shot up in the rankings as its endowment grew, its admission rate dropped and its prestige rose.Still, Nikias said he sees it as a challenge and a duty to live up to the reputation Sample has built for USC.“There is an old proverb that says ‘stepping into the shoes of a legendary figure, you have to accomplish twice as much in order to be considered a success,’” Nikias said. “For USC, of course, we’re going to need to achieve twice as much. He will expect nothing less from me.”Nikias noted that his relationship with Sample runs deep; Sample was president of the State University of New York at Buffalo the year Nikias earned his Ph.D from the same school.“[Sample’s] signature is on my Ph.D. diploma and on my wife’s MBA diploma,” Nikias said. “He has been the president of our two daughters – Georgiana and Maria. And now for me to become his successor on top of that, that’s very, very special.”In a previous interview with the Daily Trojan, Sample said he considered Nikias to be a talented leader.“He does a terrific job, he’s an outstanding leader, so far as I can tell … I know a lot of people in the business, [and] I think he’s the best provost I’ve ever known,” Sample said.Some have drawn comparisons between Nikias and Sample – both electrical engineers, both gifted fundraisers and both positive personalities – but Nikias said he intends to leave his own mark.“You cannot clone President Sample,” Nikias said. “But by far the best way to honor his legacy is by taking a great university and making it even greater.”Ultimately, Nikias said, his goal is to cement USC among the ranks of the elite.“Having accelerated the momentum of the university and building and securing the Sample legacy and its achievements, [I want] USC to storm into the pantheon of undisputed elite university. That’s what I would like to be my legacy,” he said.Already, Nikias has some specific initiatives in mind he hopes will help him reach this goal. These plans include working to enhance the caliber of the graduate and professional student bodies, accelerating USC’s transformation into a residential university, weaving the global experience into the curriculum and bringing USC’s medical enterprise to the highest level.In keeping with Sample’s approach, however, Nikias said his first step will be to help the school grow financially. Sample is known as a phenomenal fundraiser, and in his time at USC oversaw the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of higher education.“By far the most important thing for me as president after August is to work very hard and prepare the university within 12 months to announce a new fundraising campaign,” Nikias said.When asked what challenges the university faces, Nikias said he did not see any that would be too big to surmount.“The biggest challenge is not to make the mistake and say, ‘oh, we’re going to pause, oh, we’re going to get some rest before we take the next step,’” he said. “But if we come in and we really accelerate the momentum … I don’t see any challenges.”There is still some time before Nikias will get to start creating that momentum, but he said he is excited for the coming months, which he plans to use to talk to students, faculty, alumni and staff.“It’s going to be the best time I can have at USC, these next four months,” Nikias said.But in the end, what he’s most excited for is the chance to use those conversations and ideas in his new role as president.“To materialize the aspirations of the Trojan Family and their dreams – that’s very special,” he said.
December 22, 2019
A vomiting bug at Altnagelvin Hospital in Co. Derry has caused beds to be closed and operations to be cancelled.An outbreak of gastroenteritis has forced the complete closure of Ward 5 (Elective Orthopaedics), which has 25 beds.All non-urgent routine procedures “will be cancelled in the coming days”, the Western Health Trust said. People are warned to avoid visiting the hospital if they are feeling unwell and all visitors are asked to thoroughly wash their hands before and after visiting.The hospital cites ‘ongoing challenges’ that are affecting services. Beds have been temporality closed due to instances of vomiting and diarrhoea, nurse staffing levels and delays in patient discharges.Dr Dermot Hughes, Medical Director, says increased infection prevention and control measures have now been put in place.Dr Hughes said: “The Trust is reviewing the situation through its business continuity arrangements on a daily basis to ensure we maximise available bed capacity, and ensure the most urgent scheduled operations and treatments are done.”“The safety of our patients is a fundamental priority for the Trust and this temporary measure has been brought in to maintain a continuity of service and ensure patient safety.”“People should avoid visiting the hospital if they are feeling unwell, particularly if they have diarrhoea and/or vomiting. Those who are visiting are asked to thoroughly wash their hands before and after visiting. Visitors should visit only one patient whilst at the hospital, refrain from sitting on hospital beds and not move from ward to ward when visiting.” Advertisement The Trust has apologised for any inconveniences caused to patients.Virus outbreak hits Altnagelvin Hospital was last modified: July 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Altnagelvin Hospital