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Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Engineering Council, UK

EMTA Awards Ltd (EAL)

Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF)

Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance (SEMTA)

Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

Engineering Industries Association- Engineering industry website

Institute of Measurement and Control

The Royal Aeronautical Society

Institute of Physics

Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (ICME)

Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)

Radio Society of Great Britain

The Royal Photographic Society

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Investors in People (IIP)

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

MEI Support Materials, Engineering Resources, Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI)

Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT), University of Plymouth

Royal Navy Engineers

NASA Aerodynamics Index

Cornwall Apprenticeships, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership


Cornwall Apprenticeships

STEM strategy, UK DoE

University of Cambridge Engineering Department - Material selection and processing site

Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science (DoITPoMS) - University of Cambridge

MathWorld, Wolfram

Wolfram Public Resources

Dictionary,, LLC

Thesaurus,, LLC

Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Somerset

Unofficial Website of the West Somerset Railway

SVR Useful Links, The Great Western (SVR) Association

The Trevithick Society, Kowethas Trevithick,

The Marconi Centre, Poldhu Point, Mullion, Cornwall

John Logie Baird (1888-1946), mechanical television,

l'Aérotrain et les Naviplanes, de Pierre Bouillet

L'AEROTRAIN BERTIN, Ou l'histoire d'une belle Aventure, et, d'un beau Gâchis

Dover Ferry Photos, Ray Goodfellows site

Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST)

Titanic,, Sam Halpern site


Mike Tooley books published by Routledge and Pearson,, Mike Tooley

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, California Institute of Technology, Michael A. Gottlieb and Rudolf Pfeiffer


Engineering Standards- British Standards Institute- Access to standards and associated information- BSI’s home page for information on the UK’s national standards organization.

Scientists and Standards, Why do we need standards? (BSIeducation Archive)

Rules for the structure and drafting of UK standards, The British Standards Institution, 2012

BS 0 - A Standard for Standards- BS 0 is a standard which describes the context of standardization and identifies the aims, principles and procedural safeguards that apply when standards are prepared. It explains how standards are used in trade descriptions and in contracts, and how they may be invoked in legislation. It also includes definitions of terms such as 'standardization', 'standard', 'code of practice' and other standards related concepts and contexts.

Paul Temple, Robert Witt, Chris Spencer, Knut Blind, Andre Junjmittag and GM Peter Swann; The Empirical Economics of Standards. DTI Economics Paper No. 12, June 2005.

British Standards OnLine (BSOL)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Access to electrical, optical and mechanical components; includes technical library with application notes

MIL ASSIST Standards Database

US DoD Qualified Products Database (QPD), Defense Standardization Program (DSP)

AFGROW DTD Handbook, Handbook for Damage Tolerant Design, LexTech, Inc

Silver Biplanes website

Textile products labelling,

National Measurement System (NMS)

Consumer Gateway- DTI-Archive

DTI Standards- DTI-Archive

Food Standards Agency

Ask CEdRIC- Consumer Education Resource and Information Centre- TSI Archive

QBASIC Programming for Kids by Ted Felix

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) archive,

AERADE (Aerospace and Defence) site, Cranfield University

NASA Structural Engineering Division PRC Index (Standards)

Hansard- The official report of all parliamentary debates, UK Parliament

AGARD Reports covering the period up until 1998, NATO-OTAN

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Science and Technology Organization (STO)

acas working for everyone (HR documents)

Health and Safety
BS 4163:2000 Health and safety for design and technology in schools and similar establishments. Code of practice
BS EN 60950-1 Information technology equipment. Safety. General requirements
BS EN ISO 9241-5 Ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs). Workstation layout and postural requirements
DISC PD 0013 Records management. A guide to disaster prevention and recovery

Quality Management Systems
ISO 9000:2000 - Quality Management Systems Fundamentals and Vocabulary
ISO 9001:2000 - Quality Management Systems Requirements- Implementation of the most commonly used Quality Management System provides an organisation with a set of processes to ensure a common sense approach to the management of the organisation, such as consistency and improvement of working practices.
ISO 9004:2000 - Quality Management Systems Guidance
ISO 19011:2000 - Quality Management Systems Auditing
ISO 1000 series of QMS supporting standards
The term 'ISO 9000' is often used incorrectly. Properly used, it is the individual standard, ISO 9000:2000 - Quality Management Systems Fundamentals and Vocabulary.
When an organization is ISO 9001 registered (or 'certified'), it means that an auditor has checked and confirmed that it meets the requirements laid out in ISO 9001:2000. This is the only Standard in the family for which a third-party can issue registration. The logo opposite is the one displayed by the organizations that have gained registration through BSI.

Environmental Management Systems
ISO 14001:2004 - Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use- An Environmental Management System provides a framework for managing environmental responsibilities of an organisation. They are based on standards that specify a process of achieving continuously improved environmental performance and compliance with legislation.
ISO 14004:2004 - Environmental Management systems - General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques
ISO 140101:1996 - Guidelines for environmental auditing - General principles
ISO 14001:1996 - Guidelines for environmental auditing - Audit procedures - Auditing of environmental management systems
ISO 14012:1996 - Guidelines for environmental auditing - Qualification criteria for environmental auditors
ISO 14000 series of EMS supporting environmental management tools and techniques

Information Security Management Systems
BS ISO/IEC 27000 – Fundamentals and vocabulary (to be published 2007/8)
BS ISO/IEC 27001 – Information security management systems – Requirements (published 2005)- An Information Security Management System (ISMS) is a systematic approach to managing sensitive information of an organisation so that it remains secure. It encompasses people, processes and IT systems.
BS ISO/IEC 27002 – Code of practice for Information security management (currently known as BS ISO/IEC 17799 but will be altered by ISO to 27002 in 2007)
BS ISO/IEC 27003 – Implementation guidance (to be published 2007/8)
BS ISO/IEC 27004 – Metrics and measurement (to be published 2007/8)
BS ISO/IEC 27005 – Information security risk management (to be published 2007/8)
The standard is currently published in the UK as three parts:
BS ISO/IEC 17799 (formerly BS 7799-1) Information technology. Specification for information security management.- This part is a code of practice that can be used by an organisation as a starting point for developing practices specific to their needs. It can be used to establish an organization’s guidelines and general principles for initiating, implementing and improving information security standards and effective security management practices, perhaps identified in a risk assessment
BS ISO/IEC 27001 (formerly BS 7799-2) Information technology. Security techniques. Code of practice for information security management- This part states requirements for implementing and operating an Information Security Management System. It provides a foundation for third-party audit and is written in a style that conforms with other management system standards, such as ISO 9001(Quality) and ISO 14001(Environment). It also introduces the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) process model as part of a management system approach to developing, implementing, and improving the effectiveness of an organisation's ISMS within the context of its overall business risks.
BS 7799-3 Information security management systems. Guidelines for information security risk assessment- gives guidance to support the requirements given in BS ISO/IEC 27001 regarding all aspects of an information security management system (ISMS) risk management cycle. This includes assessing and evaluating the risks, implementing controls to treat the risks, monitoring and reviewing the risks, and maintaining and improving the system of risk controls.

Design Management
BS 7000 series- This is a series of standards for the management of design and can support the design of manufactured products, of services, of construction projects, for planning obsolescence in all stages of the life of products, and for managing inclusive design. There are currently seven standards in the series.
BS 7000-1:2008 Design management systems. Guide to managing innovation- Describes how senior executives within organizations can plan their products and services a significant time into the future - for three product/service generations. Research has revealed that organizations that evolve a framework for long-term innovation react faster to threats or surprises, are more likely to take effective action, and are better at sustaining the momentum of change. This standard puts forward a comprehensive framework and outlines how key issues might be tackled.
BS 7000-2:2008 Design management systems. Guide to managing the design of manufactured products- The success of business enterprises is built largely on their products, services and corporate reputations. Design has a critical influence on the conception and delivery of products that closely match the customers' needs and aspirations. This standard gives guidance on managing the design of manufactured products, and is relevant to all types of product and for every stage of manufacture from raw material through fabrication, delivery and use to ultimate disposal. It sets out the tasks and responsibilities in implementing an effective design policy for senior management, project managers, design managers and designers.
BS 7000-3:1994 Design management systems. Guide to managing service design- Service design is the formative stage of a service. It should be used to meet the reasonable and foreseeable requirements of the potential users of the service whilst using the available resources with economy. The concepts, principles and quality system elements described in BS 7000-3 are applicable to all forms of service, whether solely of a service character or in combination with the manufacture and supply of a tangible product. This can be shown as a continuum ranging from a situation where the service is directly related to a product to a situation where there is little product involved. The standard gives guidance on the management of the design of service at all levels, for all design organizations and all types of service.
BS 7000-4:1996 Design management systems. Guide to managing design in construction- This document gives guidance on management of the construction design process at all levels, for all organizations and for all types of construction projects. It is intended for those who work in, or interact with, the construction industry. Where general management principles are given, they may be adapted to suit any size of design organization or construction project. The guidance given covers the management of design activities throughout the life-cycle of a construction project, from the point when the client initiates a project.
BS EN 62402:2007 Obsolescence management. Application guide (previously BS 7000-5:2001)- Obsolescence affects all products and it impacts upon all stages of the life of products. The objective of obsolescence management is to ensure that obsolescence is managed as an integral part of design, development, production and in-service support in order to minimize cost and detrimental impact throughout the product life cycle. This Standard gives guidance for establishing a framework for obsolescence management and for planning a cost-effective obsolescence management process that is applicable through all phases of the product life cycle. It can be applied to all products that include electronic, electrical and electro-mechanical components, although its use can be extended to include other products and processes.
BS 7000-6: 2005 Design management systems. Managing inclusive design. Guide- Provides a comprehensive framework to help all enterprises, public sector and not-for-profit organizations introduce a professional approach to inclusive design. It concentrates on the management, not the practice, of inclusive design. It contains guidance at organization and project levels.
BS 7000-10:2008 Design management systems. Vocabulary of terms used in design management- Defines terms used in design and its management, and includes those that may have particular meanings when used in different areas of industry and commerce. It has been prepared to assist those who have a responsibility for or an interest in design and its management.

Information Technology (IT) Management
PP 7315:1987 Standardization for information technology
BS 8426 A code of practice for e-support in e-learning systems
BS 8419-1 Interoperability between metadata systems used for learning, education and training. Code of practice for the development of application profiles
BS 8419-2 Interoperability between metadata systems used for learning, education and training. Code of practice for the development of interoperability between application profiles
BS 7988 Code of practice for the use of information technology (IT) in the delivery of assessments
BS 8426 A code of practice for e-support in e-learning systems
BS ISO/IEC 24703 Information technology. Participant identifiers- This International Standard specifies the datatype of participant identifiers in learning, education and training. Participants may be users, teachers, agents, groups, organizations, institutions, etc.
BS 8788 UK Lifelong Learner Information Profile (UKLeaP) in 3 parts.

Product Specification (design) and testing
BS 8888:2004 Technical product specification (TPS)- This standard provides the definitive set of requirements for technical product specifications for professional design engineers. It contains normative and informative references that outline key criteria for best practice design work. It is a reference source that pinpoints the relevant specifications needed for design aspects. Includes references to symbols and abbreviations; geometrical tolerancing and dimensioning; surface texture definition; 3-D modeling output; representation of features; representation of components. There is a set of student guides to BS 8888.
PP 7318:1988 Materials testing
PP 7317:1987 Ergonomics. Standards and guidelines for designers
TOYS: Any toy in Europe should have CE marking;
BS EN 71 Parts 1-8 Safety of toys
BS EN 50088 Safety of electric toys
BS EN 61558-2-7 Safety of power transformers, power supply units and similar.- Particular requirements for transformers for toys
Products aimed for children/infants;
BS 4533-102.10 Luminaires. Specification for portable child-appealing luminaires
BS 7368 Specification for babies' elastomeric feeding bottle teats
BS 6684 Specification for safety harnesses (including detachable walking reins) for restraining children when in perambulators (baby carriages), pushchairs and high chairs and when walking
BS 7409 Specification for safety requirements for wheeled child conveyances
ECE Regulation 44.03 on child restraints. All child car harnesses and seats in the UK must meet this European requirement. They must be approved by the Vehicle Certification Agency and must display the E mark.
BS ISO 13215-2 Road vehicles. Reduction of misuse risk of child restraint systems. Requirements and test procedures for correct installation (panel method)

Engineering Standards
PP 7722:2006 Designing safe machinery. Guidance for higher education to the standards and regulations
PP 8888-1:2007 Drawing practice. A guide for schools and colleges to BS 8888:2006, Technical product specification (TPS)
PP 8888-2:2007 Engineering drawing practice: a guide for further and higher education to BS 8888:2006, Technical Product Specification (TPS)
PP 7319:1989 Construction drawing practice for universities, polytechnics and colleges
PP 7321:2004 Compendium of British Standards for teachers of design and technology in schools and colleges
PP 5930:2002 Site investigations: a guide to BS 5930:1999 Code of practice for site investigations for higher education
BS 499-1:Supplement:1992 Welding terms and symbols. Supplement. Definitions for electric welding equipment
PP 7312:2002 Extracts from British Standards for students of structural design
PP 1990:2007 Extracts from the Structural Eurocodes for Students of Structural Design
The main chapters are:
basis of structural design;
actions on structures;
design of concrete structures;
design of steel structures;
design of composite steel and concrete structures;
design of timber structures;
design of masonry structures;
geotechnical design;
design of structures for earthquake resistance;
design of aluminium structures.
PP 7312:2002 Extracts from British Standards for students of structural design
Hot and cold water supply, 2nd edition, written by R H Garrett for BSI
Contents include:
hot and cold water systems;
pipe sizing;
prevention of bursting;
water quality;
economy and conservation;
commission and maintenance of pipework.

Building Regulations
The Building Regulations - published by HMSO
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister issues guidance on building regulations and fire safety. For more information on the regulations and on local procedures look at your local authority's web site.
BS EN 54-2 Fire detection and fire alarm systems. Control and indicating equipment
BS 5588-11 Fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings. Code of practice for shops, offices, industrial, storage and other similar buildings
BS 6465-1 Sanitary installations. Code of practice for scale of provision, selection and installation of sanitary appliances
BS 8220-1 Guide for security of buildings against crime. Dwellings
BS 8220-2 Guide for security of buildings against crime. Offices and shops
PD 6523 Information on access to and movement within and around buildings and on certain facilities for disabled people

Requirements for disabled people
BS 8300:2001 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people. Code of practice
BS 8003:2001 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people.- This code of practice gives recommendations for the design of domestic and non-domestic buildings and their approaches so that they are convenient for disabled people to use. Guidance is given on: domestic housing, buildings open to the public, architectural design, entrances and interiors of new buildings, doors, spaces, corridors, stairs, guard rails, ramps, lifts, car parks and parking, access routes to and around buildings, routes to recreational facilities such as patios, seating and picnic areas, garaging, building regulations and health and safety requirements.
BS 7000-6:2005 Design Management Systems is a guide to managing inclusive design.- It includes product design, consumer and supplier relations, design for disabled and visually impaired people, legislation, quality and instructions for use.
PAS 78 Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites.- In addition to formal standards, BSI works with other organisations to create Publicly Available Specifications (PAS). This guide has been sponsored by the Disability Rights Commission and developed by BSI, and outlines good practice in commissioning websites that are accessible and usable for disabled people.
A summary of the standards areas that cover other products and services (not including medical equipment) for the disabled are:
Design of buildings
Fire precautions and access to buildings
Hoists and stair lifts
Sanitary appliances (basins, toilets, drinking fountains, hand driers etc)
Escalators and moving walkways
Tactile warning devices for paved surfaces
Smoke alarms for deaf and hard of hearing
Hearing aids
Walking aids
Low-vision reading aids
ICT products
Making information accessible on the Internet through sign language
Aircraft ground support equipment

Furniture, equipment and domestics
BS 4875-1 Strength and stability of furniture. Requirements for the strength and durability of the structure of domestic and contract seating
BS 4875-5 Strength and stability of furniture. Requirements for strength, durability and stability of tables and trolleys for domestic and contract use
BS EN 1022 Domestic furniture. Seating. Determination of stability
BS EN 1727 Domestic furniture. Storage furniture. Safety requirements and test methods
DD ENV 1729 (in Parts) Furniture. Chairs and tables for educational institutions
DD ENV 1178-1 Furniture. Children's high chairs for domestic use. Safety requirements
BS 5799 Specification for safety requirements for children's high chairs and multi-purpose high chairs for domestic use
BS 5873 Educational furniture (several parts)
BS 7188 Impact absorbing playground surfacing. Performance requirements and test methods
BS EN 1177 Impact absorbing playground surfacing. Safety requirements and test methods
BS EN 1176 parts 1-7 Playground equipment
BS EN 1176-1:1998 Playground equipment. General safety requirements and test methods. Safety requirements for outdoor and indoor children's playground equipment, considering risk factors
BS EN 1272 Child care articles. Table mounted chairs. Safety requirements and test methods
BS EN 12221-1 Changing units for domestic use. Safety requirements
BS EN 1466 Child care articles. Carry cots and stands. Safety requirements and test methods
BS EN 716-1 Furniture. Children's cots and folding cots for domestic use. Safety requirements
BS EN 1130-1 Furniture. Cribs and cradles for domestic use. Safety requirements
BS 7972 Safety requirements and test methods for children's bedguards for domestic use
BS EN 1725 Domestic furniture. Beds and mattresses. Safety requirements and test methods
BS 1877-10 Domestic bedding. Specification for mattresses and bumpers for children's cots, perambulators and similar domestic articles
BS EN 60335-2-45 Specification for safety of household and similar electrical appliances. Particular requirements. Portable heating tools and similar appliances
BS 8423 Specification for fireguards for fires and heating appliances for domestic use

Clothes sizes
BS 3666 Size designations of women's wear
BS 6185 Size designations of men's wear
BS 3728 Size designation of children's and infants' wear
BS EN 13402-1 Size designation of clothes - definitions and body measurements procedures
BS EN 13402-2 Size designation of clothes - primary and secondary dimensions
BS EN 13402-3 Size designation of clothes - measurements and intervals (These three standards are designed to introduce a common sizing system across Europe.)

Textiles, materials and labelling
BS 5722 Flammability performance of fabrics and fabric combinations used in nightwear garments
BS 3356 Determination of bending length and flexural rigidity of fabrics
BS 5058 Assessment of drape of fabrics
BS 3449 Resistance of fabrics to water absorption
BS 1006 Colour fastness of textiles and leather
BS EN 25077 Textiles. Determination of dimensional change in washing and drying
BS 7305 Determination of the maximum safe ironing temperature of fabrics
BS 4952 Stretch and recovery of fabrics
BS EN 22312 Crease resistance
BS 5867 Specification for fabrics for curtains and drapes
BS 5441 Methods of test of knitted fabrics
BS EN 20105 series Textiles. Test for colour fastness
BS EN 23758 Textiles. Care labelling code using symbols

Fasteners for clothing
BS 7271 Specification for touch and close fasteners
BS 3084 Specification for slide fasteners

BS 3998 Recommendations for tree work- Recommendations for the planning and undertaking of work relating to safety, sterilization of tools, tree wounds, decay and pruning, bracing, tree nutrition and repair work to roots and bark.
BS 4043 Recommendations for transplanting root-balled trees- Recommends techniques for transplanting trees, including those which have been prepared for transplanting and those which have not.
BS 5837 Trees in relation to construction. Recommendations- Gives recommendations and guidance for the planning and construction processes and those concerned with the care and protection of trees. Includes planning from initial surveys, how to avoid damage to trees during construction work and how to minimise damage to structures and buildings by trees. Also includes a list of organisations to contact for advice, a bibliography and sources of other relevant documents.

BS 3936-7 Nursery stock. Specification for bedding plants- Applies to the most common ranges of ornamental plants and vegetables grown and sold for planting out directly into open ground.
BS 3936-3 Nursery stock. Specification for fruit plants- Also gives details for specific plants.

Grounds maintenance
BS 7370-2 Grounds maintenance. Recommendations for the maintenance of hard areas (excluding sports surfaces)- Provides recommendations and a checklist for the inspection, maintenance and minor repair of hard areas, including reinstatement after disturbance.
BS 7370-4 Grounds maintenance. Recommendations for maintenance of soft landscape (other than amenity turf)- Describes categories recommending, where possible, maintenance objectives for each category.
BS 7370-5 Grounds maintenance. Recommendations for the maintenance of water areas- Includes an inspection programme, the ways in which water areas are used and legislative aspects. Wetland and tidal areas are excluded.

Free Software;

Convert for Windows- Convert is a free and easy to use unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy, and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions!

Windows 3.x Resources- 3.1, 3.11 WfWG Download Files

HYCAD 2-D CAD package - excellent FREE 2-D CAD package for Windows

A9CAD 2-D CAD package - easier FREE 2-D CAD package for Windows

A9CAD Getting Started guide

RiscCAD 2D CAD Application for Acorn RISC OS operating system

Software for older Acorn RISC OS machines

QuickField field analysis software (the latest version 4.1 became available in November 1998). the software is also available from SimTel mirror sites (look in the simtelnet/win95/engin/directory).

Structural analysis software

Spectrum Micro-Cap V. SPICE based circuit simulator (incl. free demo. version for student use)

Mathsoft (Mathcad software)

TINA Pro. - a complete Electronics Lab (with virtual instruments) for Windows. A demo. version is available.

CD-ROM: DK The Way Things Work, CD-ROM, 1994,

CD-ROM: Microsoft Encarta 96, CD-ROM,

CD-ROM: Microsoft Encarta 97, CD-ROM,

CD-ROM: Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 99, CD-ROM,

CD-ROM: Microsoft Bookshelf 2000, CD-ROM,

CD-ROM: Microsoft Office 2000 Professional, Disk 1, CD-ROM,

CD-ROM: Microsoft Office 2000 Professional, Disk 2, CD-ROM,

CD-ROM: Microsoft World of Flight, Microsoft Home, 1995, CD-ROM,

CD-ROM: Jane's CD ROM, Jane's Land Based Air Defence 1991 1992 (1990), Jane's Information Group, CD-ROM,

CD-ROM: Window on the World, Sunday Times edition, British National Space Centre, CD-ROM,

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