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Marine Aids to Navigation - History and Technology

Lecture

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This evening lecture will consider the history and the technology involved with Marine aids to navigation

Date and Time

15 April 2014 - 19:00-21:30

Location

London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the London local network.


About this event

The talk will cover the roles and responsibilities of Trinity House over the last 500 years and the development of marine Aids to Navigation over that time. Examples of modern Navigation Aids will be on display and new technology discussed. Marine aids to navigation are systems warning vessels to indicate obstacles or traffic routes. IMT systems can be engineered and built as ´stand alone´ and can also be integrated in a complete communication system. All aids to navigation maintained by Harbour Authorities etc must be maintained in accordance with availability criteria. The characteristics of these aids to navigation must comply with Guidelines and Recommendations as laid down by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation. This talk will consider the history and techology involved.

Speaker

Simon Millyard C Eng. IMarEST, Engineering and Operations Manager at Trinity House. Simon started out in his career as a Marine Engineer cadet with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary service in 1973. He progressed his career at sea gaining his 1st class certificate of competency in 1983 and a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology in 2011. After 10 years travelling the world with the RFA as a ships Engineering Officer, he left the sea to join his new wife ashore.
Following a brief foray in technical sales, he joined Watneys brewery in London as part of the Engineering Management team which was a fast learning curve with new technologies and working practices to get to grips with. 
After three years at Watneys and a spell in a printing works, he moved to Greene King Brewery in Suffolk to pursue his interest both in brewery engineering and a taste for fine English ales. During the 11 years at Greene King he rose to the post of Brewery Manager and finally to Chief Engineer of what was by then one of the countries premier breweries. Simon’s tenure oversaw the company double in size at a time of increasing automation and a quest for quality, efficiency and cost control.
The call of the sea was never far away and in 2003 he joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as a Divisional Engineer responsible for maintaining the engineering standards on a fleet of fast modern lifeboats. The RNLI introduced Simon to the world of maritime safety and was soon in the post of Divisional General Manager with them. This unique organisation works to the highest standards of design and maintenance of quality standards in a marine environment which was to prepare him well for his next career move.
In 2008, he joined Trinity House and is currently the Engineering & Operations Manager responsible for the design, maintenance and operation of Maritime Navigation aids. This encompasses a huge range of interesting technologies from ancient monument maintenance to satellite telemetry and many areas in between.
Simon is a family man with 4 children, one of whom has followed his footsteps into a career at sea with the Royal Navy. He tries to keep fit by playing tennis and challenging younger colleagues (with mixed success) on the squash court.He spends what spare time he has with the second love of his life which is sailing his yacht around the East Coast of England.

Programme

Evening Lecture: 19:00 for 19:30 start


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