IM Company hosts Pipeline Industries Guild visit

June 19, 2014

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Big thumbs up from the Eastern Branch of the Pipeline Industries Guild following a site visit to BT’s Global R&D facility in Suffolk

Approximately 20 people from the Eastern Branch of the Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG) attended the BT Global R&D site in Martlesham, Suffolk on 20th May. The visit was organised by OXEMS, one of the Innovation Martlesham (IM) companies based in the Ross Building.

Following a brief introduction by Kevin Gooding, CEO of OXEMS and Committee Member of the Eastern Region of PIG, Ian Buxton, Chairman of IM, gave a short presentation about the site and the work that goes on here. This was followed by a presentation from Martin Fowler, who heads the Access Platform team in BT’s Technology Strategy organisation, on BT’s broadband strategies for the local network. John Warren, from the same team, rounded the session off with a presentation detailing more of the technology and how it is deployed in practice.

The visitors were then given field demonstrations at the 4 acre site. John and his team demonstrated the latest ‘superfast broadband’ cabinet equipment, BT’s experiences with micro trenching, current blown fibre techniques and the splicing of fibre optic cables – all of which were received with real interest by the PIG members, who are typically from other utility types and engineering consultancies operating in the street. John and his team of researchers also demonstrated some particularly relevant and exciting new research using existing BT fibres laid in the street to detect leaks in nearby water and gas pipes – a very relevant topic for the audience and one which fitted in well with OXEMS’ own underground asset management solution.

Kevin Gooding commented “IM and BT’s help in putting the session together has been invaluable and I know from the feedback that Martin and John’s expertise was both recognised and very well received – I would like to add my thanks to all involved”.

Feedback from the group was unanimously positive with delegates agreeing the visit significantly broadened their understanding of telecoms in the street and recognising its potential to influence street activities in the future.

For more information about OXEMS, click here. To learn more about the PIG, click here.

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