COVID-19 SUPPORT SERVICE

Shenton Group is offering a centralised procurement and distribution service outside of our typical product and service portfolio. This is to help organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic and means; whatever product or service you are sourcing, we can help.

E.g. if you are calling about your power system but also need to source protective face masks, let us know. We have the resources to support you.

This service is available 24/7 for new and existing clients. 

Below are some examples of the items we have already been providing.

Personal Protective Equipment

Shenton Group’s COVID-19 Support Service Offers:

  1. Centralised procurement – whatever the product or service
  2. Joins clients with established supply chains
  3. 24/7 support
  4. National support and distribution 
  5. Dedicated phone number

Why We’re Offering This Service:

  1. To provide added support to critical sectors & clients during COVID-19
  2. To provide subcontract procurement service to clients with reduced staff numbers
  3. Reduce the workloads of maxed out individuals
  4. To ensure organisations have the support they need to operate effectively

Who Should Use This Service?

New and existing clients that need to source products or service even if they are out of Shenton Groups typical product or service portfolio.

Unsure if we can help you? Call 01264 349 311 to speak to a support representative. Or email: sourcingsupport@shentongroup.co.uk

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Do you need to keep the kids occupied? We have created a number of fun kids activities FREE to download!

Choose from our selection of colour in competitions and spot the difference challenges! Each week we are uploading new ones so watch this space or join our mailing list at the bottom of this page to receive them directly to your inbox!

Don’t forget to take a picture of your finished masterpiece and upload it to Facebook or LinkedIn (don’t forget to tag Shenton Group) and you might be in to win a prize!

Have fun and enjoy!

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June 2020 Colleague Of The Month!

It has been a difficult time during COVID-19 for a lot of businesses. It has put a strain on a lot of relationships and has tested teams. On a more positive note, it has also highlighted truly committed individuals that have pulled together to make things work, which brings us to say a massive congratulations to Ruth Armit from Credit Control who has won June 2020’s colleague of the month! 

Knowing how critical cash flow is at present and considering that every business is in the same boat, Ruth has been working away, trying to ensure everyone pays on or before due dates if they can.

Ruth explains: “Some of our customers are great – I never have to chase them. Others, I’m convinced, wait until I do! The most satisfying part is when I see the figure I’ve been chasing in the Bank!”

Ruth has worked for Shenton Group for three years now. We ask her what she enjoys most about her role:

“I enjoy working with the very varied clientele we have – from multi-national companies to farmers.”

Ruth, we thank you for all of your hard work and dedication; many people throughout the organisation have noticed your efforts. We hope you enjoy your well-deserved bottle of bubbly and vouchers!

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What Are the Benefits of Using BIM Models?

At Shenton Group, we believe that downloading our ready made BIM objects can benefit everybody within the UK construction industry. We look at the benefits of Building Information Modelling and establish why it is vital to use quality models.

What is BIM?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a modern design technique that utilises software and a collaborative design process to make the procedure of developing buildings more efficient. Using Revit, Navisworks Manager or Navisworks Freedom software, 3D models are made available to architects, manufacturers, contractors and designers who are then able to work together simultaneously to focus on various stages of the project.  

BIM software streamlines the design of buildings and factors in the analysis of sustainability and the impact on the surrounding areas using real-time modelling.

Autodesk, who developed the Revit software, summarise BIM perfectly –

“BIM is an intelligent, 3D model-based process that helps MEP professionals design, detail and document Building Systems more efficiently. Working in a BIM process gives project teams more insight into designs and constructability, reducing risk and improving outcomes” [1].

BIM is widely used around the globe, while here in the UK; the construction industry uses the BSI (British Standards Institution) BIM strategy as a framework to ensure all models meet specific criteria for their products and services.  

Enjoy the Efficiencies of BIM Modelling

Unlike CAD systems where drawings are individual, the key benefit of BIM modelling software is that it generates all the drawings of the design from one 3D model. The software consistently outputs designs from the central 3D model, making the process of cross checking multiple drawings redundant and enhancing the quality of the end design.

Using BIM makes the design of building and complexes incredibly efficient, allowing teams of architects, manufacturers and contractors to collaborate and design everything required from any location by working off the same database and computer model.

By speeding up the design process, decisions can be made quickly and projects are far more likely to be delivered on time, giving contractors a competitive edge. Using the software also assists with installation, as contractors can factor in layouts and pipe runs to foresee any upcoming issues at the planning stage, saving both time and money.

“Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Digital Construction is an important part of the strategy and is helping to increase productivity and collaboration through technology” [2]

Many organisations make use of third party BIM objects to incorporate into their design, as companies provide readymade objects to download and introduce into the main design.  However, BIM objects must be both accurate and delivered on time or may cause delays or problems with the integrity of the final design.

Construction companies should only use BIM objects from proven partners such as Shenton Group to benefit from this fantastic and forward thinking technology.

Overview of BIM Model

8 Benefits of Using BIM Modelling From a Trusted Supplier

1. Accelerate workflow by downloading readymade BIM objects, ready to use at your fingertips and download directly into your designs.

2. BIM models of Power solutions such as CHP’s and Generators, for example, are accurate and of high-quality when downloaded from the supplier of the equipment.

3. Enjoy cost savings, by not having to spend valuable time modelling BIM objects.

4. Revit and other forms of BIM objects, such as SAT files are reusable, thereby improving drawing office efficiency.

5. Enhance BIM projects by using ready to use detailed models.

6. BIM objects are produced using exact dimensions for accuracy.

7. Using software such as Revit, connectors are integrated in the models, giving other MEP services a means of connecting, to allow for calculations.

8. Specifically relating to CHP and generators, manufacturer models come with a maintenance zone, so you know how much clear space is required around the unit. This enables higher accuracy when space planning.

How Can I Trust the BIM Files I Am Using?

The best way to offset risk is by downloading BIM object files in the form of SAT, IFC, or Revit, provided by reputable manufacturers. This will provide you with the latest up-to-date versions, from an established BIM file provider, with the additional cost saving of not having to produce them.

We have a dedicated internal design department at Shenton Group, which ensures our Revit family models are accurate, concise and are kept up-to-date. All Revit files contain the relevant COBi data required by the Government and provide an exacting product with specific data. These files are at your fingertips to download into your designs and ensure functional and power requirements are met.

At Shenton Group, we want new and existing clients to have a choice about the company and proven BIM partner they use, and the only way for this to happen is for the provision of multiple file types to be available. After all, if you are only providing BIM objects in a specific file type, you can’t guarantee that all BIM designers will be working within the same program, so multiple file types are crucial to avoid hold-ups.

Working with a transparent organisation who continue to adapt to the changing technology is really important. At Shenton Group, we continue to increase the quality of our BIM objects and work with our clients providing technical advice and files free to download to ensure the project runs smoothly and the end client gets exactly what they need.

Shenton Group BIM Model in Woodland

Quality Assured Revit Files from Shenton

If your project has a CHP or Generator requirement, avoid project delays and download our very own quality assured models. Our BIM models are level two compliant and meet the construction industry standards ready for clients to use and proceed with confidence.

Not only this, but we are also a large team of CAD/BIM engineers and experts who deliver ongoing support to assist in the completion of time sensitive projects.

Generator and CHP models produced by Shenton Group include connections for the inlets and outlets of other services, allowing for the full scale accurate modelling, 3D visualization and calculations.

Please get in touch to discuss our BIM objects or if you have queries about CHP or generators, our technical team are happy to assist.

References

[1] Autodesk (2020) https://www.autodesk.com/solutions/bim/mep [Accessed 7th June 2020].

[2] Cabinet Office and Infrastructure and Projects Authority (2016) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-construction-strategy-2016-2020 [Accessed 7th June 2020].

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What’s Involved In The Transportation & Installation Of Power Solutions?

This blog covers the basics and possible logistics, and installation requirements for access and delivery for projects looked after by Shenton Group.

Every job is unique, and a dedicated Shenton Group Project Manager will establish the most efficient way of transporting your power solution to site, in a timely, and safe manner. 

Transporting products and materials to customers requires the prioritisation of deliveries and allocation of time slots to ensure the most efficient delivery / offloading process. Sounds simple! But the detail and procedures behind the scenes are sometimes more complicated than thought. 

Logistics provides a range of factors to consider:  

  • Personnel required for loading, Transportation and delivery 
  • Time slots for the generator and or material delivery 
  • Booking of cranes and forklifts 
  • Vehicle access
  • Pedestrian walkways
  • Access points
  • Offloading area
  • Traffic management plans

Does the generator require a hiab, forklift, driven road crane, or a tower crane to place materials and equipment in its final position? This needs assessing, and consideration of any road closures, and or traffic management measures that may be required.

Power solutions can vary in size from being able to fit comfortably on the back of a lorry, to wide loads. For wider loads, deliveries to your site may require road escorts and even more detailed planning.

Installation

The installation of a generator or CHP requires detailed thought. Not only ensuring there is a clear access route to deliver the equipment, but also ensuring there is space for future plant replacement programs to be carried out. Co-ordination needs to take place to ensure that any necessary cables, ductwork, pipework or other services do not ‘clash’ with existing site services. If this is the case, then existing services may need to be removed or re-routed.

As noted above, every project is unique, and different locations have their own variables. Shenton Group undertakes site surveys to assess the site to ensure there is nothing left to chance, providing you with peace of mind that the delivery and instalation will be completed with minimal to no disruption. 

Do you have a project in mind? Get in contact and speak to the UK’s leading technical experts in Standby Power, Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Combined Heat & Power Systems. Backed up with years of experience and technical expertise, in serving a multitude of clients and sectors, we ensure you will get the correct solution for your needs.

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Why Use Shenton Group BIM Models?

Shenton Group produces a diverse range of Generators and CHP units that provide electricity and or hot water to an array of clients and sectors across the UK.

As we have seen in the past, relying solely on conventional methods such as the National grid poses threats of power loss. Shenton Group provides alternative on-site power continuity solutions to ensure you stay connected. 

Shenton Group has an extensive portfolio of unit sizes range from; 7kw to 2300kw for CHP’s and 20KVA to 3200kVA for Generators. Helping you every step of the way is our technical team! We have a dedicated design department that creates quality BIM models and BIM families to enable your projects to run efficiently and to ensure you get the correct solution for your needs. 

World-class Design Creating Efficiencies For Space Planning

At Shenton Group, we are renowned for delivering technical solutions and efficiencies at a whole new level, from concept to completion.

As technology has evolved, Shenton Group has taken strategic steps to keep at the forefront of technological advancements, in the use of Computer-aided design (CAD) and Building information modelling (BIM), making Shenton Group the go-to company when it comes to Revit downloads of combined heat and power (CHP) and Generator units & accessories.

From our drawings, we have produced Revit Generator and CHP BIM models that you can incorporate into your RVT central models for space planning.

Shenton Group Generators consists of an engine, alternator, and cooling system, with the CHP units having an additional heat exchange system, all housed within a canopy for easy installation.  

The CHP models produced include: 

  • Ducting connections for the inlet
  • Outlet of the circulatory cooling air for the system
  • Connection for the Gas input
  • Primary and secondary flanges for the heat exchange
  • flue flange connection

Including the items above in our BIM families allows you to add other families to them easily.

CHP buffer vessels produced for your Revit models

The heat that is produced by the CHP is a by-product of the power generated; it is used to generate hot water via the heat exchangers within the unit, this hot water may be used for heating or domestic hot water.

When the hot water created by the unit is not required immediately, it can be stored in a buffer vessel to be used at a later date.

The buffer vessel(s) which we physically provide to clients if required, can also be used in your Revit models, designed by Shenton Group as a Revit family to suit your requirements.

9 Benefits Of Using Shenton Group Models

  1. Shenton Group’s BIM and Revit files are FREE to download
  2. Not sure what model you need? Our dedicated team of engineers can help you select the correct model for your requirements.
  3. Cost savings and workflow is accelerated – by downloading readymade Revit families; you do not have to spend valuable time modelling.
  4. Shenton Group BIM objects are highly technical and have been produced using exact dimensions.
  5. With Revit connectors in their exact place, MEP services and piping can be calculated correctly.
  6. Air and water flow directions are indicated on the CHP Revit families.
  7. Shenton Group models come with a maintenance zone, so you know how much unobstructed space is required around the Generators, enabling higher accuracy when space planning.
  8. Shenton Group Revit objects can be reused, improving drawing office efficiency.
  9. Shenton Group BIM objects come fully populated with the Generator technical data.

Get The Competitive Edge On Projects

Shenton Group BIM objects and Revit files enable BIM managers to evaluate floor space and height requirements, to show consultants and other contractors 3D views of exactly how the equipment is installed, with accurate machine data. So, the advantages of using Shenton Group models is that it gives you a competitive edge from design to completion of a project. 

Installers are able to view in 3D, using Revit, Navisworks Manager or Navisworks Freedom the layout and pipe runs, how and where electrical cable trays are to be installed, and if there will be any issues on-site during the installation even before the building work begins, saving contractors time and money from the start.

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FREE BIM Models for Download

Shenton Group Revit families are FREE to download, to help improve productivity for Consultants, Architects and Project Designers.

Click here to view our BIM models

FREE Site Surveys

Shenton Group will review your site and provide detailed feasibility reports. This will give you a better understanding of what your power and energy requirements are and what solution would be the best fit saving you time and money. Click to request a site survey.

Dedicated Project Manager providing a complete turnkey solution

A dedicated project manager to help see the project through, from detailed Revit family design to full RVT Revit project file production, to physical installation of the real parts.

Shenton Group has been providing power solutions since 1982 across every sector. To ensure you choose the right equipment for the application and power demands, speak to our technical experts. 

From initial design support with CHP or Generator BIM and Revit files to the ongoing support and maintenance of your fully integrated solution on-site, we can ensure you have what you need. 

To discuss any of our CHP or Generator options and BIM objects, why not give our team a call, and we will be happy to assist.

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Power Surveys & Testing to Ensure Power Continuity

Have you ever considered the impact of turning up at work and finding there is no power? For many business owners, the fact that the lights come on and the equipment works without a hitch is something taken for granted. Even to businesses with less obvious risk, power cuts are hugely disruptive but there are options available to safeguard your power supply.

Free Site Surveys to Establish Your Power Requirements

A free visit to your site from Shenton Group to conduct a power survey is hugely beneficial. Our experienced team will assess the risks posed to your business and highlight the vulnerabilities that you potentially have. For many clients we visit, they are simply not aware that there may be a power continuity issue, which is completely understandable. Businesses mainly focus on the day-to-day operation of their facility, and so our power testing and audit service can help overcome and prevent any future problems when it comes to power.  

For clients in the healthcare sector, such as hospitals and care homes, provisions are generally already in place to protect the lives of patients or residents, while those in the financial sector also tend to be aware of the importance of protecting their infrastructure. Clients from these industries are more likely to contact us about what backup power options are the best fit for them, maintenance, or improving the efficiency of their current solution as they understand the value of power continuity.

Rental Generator Being Towed

Impact of Power Failure on Your Business

Outside of healthcare and finance, the impact of power loss may cause untold damage to the reputation of your organisation and leave you falling short of customer expectations.

Do you require lighting or heating to function in your facility? Telephones, computers and other technology all rely on power, and these devices are essential in offering services such as taking bookings, accepting payments and taking care of customers or guests. Likewise, a powerless office means issues with access, lifts and security, and machinery may come to a halt in a manufacturing location. For online retailers, supermarkets and high street stores picking, packing and restocking will be paused, as was the case for a recent client of ours who had to shut down for the day after a leak caused a power outage. They gave us a call and we were able to provide a solution that enabled them to re-open the next day.

Picture the scene, it’s the rush before Christmas, those on the night shift are tirelessly working away on a windy, wintery evening and the power cuts out. The lights go off, the alarms are triggered, work halts and the couriers due to come and collect your stock can’t get in through the entrance. Customer promises are being broken and the fall out could be huge; your reputation ruined and masses of money lost. However, all of this is avoidable.

The Power Options Available

In order to overcome ‘brownouts’, where power dips for a second or two causing disruption, ‘glitches’ where the power drops out for a matter of minutes, and complete ‘power cuts’ that last for hours, we have an array of short and long term solutions to fit every need and budget.

As part of a free site survey, if a permanent onsite generator looks to be the best power solution for your requirements, our dedicated team will run through all of the details and provide an estimation of the cost, plus explain how we will support you throughout the project and ensure correct integration into your facility.

A permanent generator isn’t the only option, a national generator delivery network such as Power Call will ensure a temporary generator is on site in a under 3 hours from the enquiry. With unlimited call outs throughout the year for a low cost-effective monthly subscription, this option is very popular. Or if you need a generator on site for a longer period of time, you can hire one.

Power solutions are best discussed in depth, with the costs weighed up and all the advice considered. A site assessment to review your power continuity plan costs absolutely nothing and is conducted by an experienced Shenton Group engineer. We will help you consider what works, and any limitations and considerations you may not have thought about, such as fuel types, acoustics and loads. Shenton Group will provide a new outlook as to how best to secure your power continuity moving forwards.

Have a Backup Power System In Place? Get it Health Checked

Shenton Engineer Inspects Generator

If you have a backup power system in place, you may already have benefited from a generator that restores power in under thirty seconds and never need to wait on the delivery of a generator for power to be restored. However, as a depreciating asset, a generator will require regular testing and maintenance for it to perform efficiently during an emergency.

Maintenance Contracts

Shenton Group is equipped to look after any model of generator, as well as any UPS or CHP system you may have in place. We provide clients with choices based on their budget and individual requirements, such as fixed cost contracts delivering an all-inclusive approach, or lower-cost contracts which cater for added extras when required.

With nationwide coverage, a 24/7 help desk and complete monitoring of your generator available, leave the power in our capable hands. Call Shenton Group about a Free Site Survey or Generator Maintenance.

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Colleague Of The Month – May 2020!

It has been a difficult time the past couple of months living through the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of businesses have been scrambling around trying to function on less staff and keep the money coming in. It has affected every industry in one way or another. Staying front of mind throughout this struggle to offer critical services and support to those in need has been one of Shenton Group’s top priorities.

Our Marketing department has done everything it can to ensure that every temporary hospital, datacentre and distribution centre knows that there is a reliable company at the end of the phone who can offer support 24/7. Which brings us to congratulate our winner of May 2020’s colleague of the month… Nicole Wells, our Brand Manager!

Nicole looks after everything marketing related for Shenton Group. Since coming into the role two years ago, she has completely updated the brand bringing it into modern times and continuously boosts our brand awareness. From printed promotional collateral to social media and website, to video work and branding up our products, every detail is thought of when it comes to showing the company in the correct light.

We asked Nicole to comment on the following:

What do you enjoy most about your role/ working at Shenton Group?

“I love the variety of work I do, it allows me to be quite creative, and it has been enjoyable to be part of the journey as we grow as a company. The Sales and Marketing Team is a great team to work in, it is full of great characters!”

Nicole’s colleagues have said that she is “always happy” and “puts the team’s interests first” and “she continues to push out great work”.

We would like to thank you Nicole for all of your hard work. Congratulations once again and enjoy your bubbly and vouchers!

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COVID-19 Safe Working Compliance

We confirm we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19

Five steps to safer working together:

1. We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here.

2. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance.

3. We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home.

4. We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace.

5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk.

21st May 2020
For further assistance contact Dickie Staff (QSHE & Training Manager)

Shenton Group’s Latest Rental Projects

Our reliable rental backup generators have been in high demand in the last few months, with many facilities under greater pressure to ensure their power supplies are secure, while temporary locations requiring power have been installed UK wide to help cope with the impact of COVID-19.

Assisting a Retail Client

As we entered the initial lockdown period, there was considerable strain put on some retailers to cope with the demand of customers buying in bulk, with shelves left empty up and down the UK.

One retail client called us when they had to close the store after they had a leak and power failed. Within 2-3 hours, we had a rental engineer and team leader on-site to arrange a same-day solution, which meant the power was back up and running by 4 pm, allowing the store to open the doors the following day to continue trade.

The retail distribution giant required a 1250kVA temporary generator solution for a month to help them with skyrocketing demand.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the store was then closed and most of their staff Furloughed. We then downsized the rental generator to a 500kVA as only essentials such as freezers, lights and security cameras needed to be powered. This solution provided fuel and cost savings to the client as the generator is running 24/7.

Generator Rental Solutions for Multiple Sectors

Short and long term hire

Our team are more than happy to find a power solution for a period that suits your needs. We provide rental generators for use on a single day, right through to providing clients with a generator to rent for a few years, and we can support and maintain the generator throughout the rental agreement too.

Shenton Rental Generator Transportation

Assistance for a Care Home

We took a 500kVA rental generator to Richmond Care Villages for a day’s worth of testing. The COVID situation drove the decision to make sure that the care home could backup their whole complex should there be an issue with their mains power supply. Keen to safeguard their residents during the pandemic, they sought our expertise and we were able to help them understand the different solutions on offer, including our emergency power service Power Call, a subscription based services that provides unlimited generator call outs 24/7 at no extra cost. 

The variety of sectors we help extends to the government – having provided a rental generator to a military base in Wiltshire to run their incinerator. Our experience in helping MOD clients also led to us conducting some power continuity testing at the same military facility.

Additional projects have included providing a rental power solution for a hotel in South Milford, supplying them with 1250kVA generator for around a month while they conducted maintenance work on their switchgear. Our team also recently deployed a smaller 30kVA generator for another client for a period of 2 years to provide a power solution for a workshop.

Power Continuity in Times of Uncertainty

First and foremost, the biggest change in the nature of work carried out by Shenton Group has been handling enquiries from temporary hospitals, medical facilities and testing stations throughout the UK.

We continue to maintain, monitor and take responsibility for a number of Generators, UPSs and CHPs on key NHS sites, education campuses, national water boards, and data centres, all regarded as sectors of national importance. This work has now evolved into supporting temporary healthcare facilities too.

Shenton Generators

Many clients, new and old, have also used the lockdown period as a window of opportunity to review their power solutions. The pandemic has resulted in action across some sectors to review their backup power options and has pushed the demand for generator testing and maintenance while staff are off-site. Our team have been out and about putting quotes together for a variety of clients to help them remove ‘reliable power supply’ from their list of concerns.

Moving Forwards

While many outdoor events reliant on generator hire planned for the summer ahead have been cancelled, such as weddings and festivals, other opportunities have come about with more sectors taking power solutions more seriously.

Working with some very large clients on backup power solutions, we have built more relationships with construction contractors, working on huge distribution centre projects for retail and online shopping giants. Our knowledge and expertise in power solutions have potentially opened the door to new and exciting future projects.

During COVID-19, many clients identified Shenton Group as a key supply partner and requested that we remain open and operating. Shenton Group’s engineers have been operating, and continue to operate, around the country on these key sites, albeit in slightly reduced numbers in accordance with the government guidelines.

Get In Touch

No matter which sector you operate in, the power supply is essential, especially at times when there is added strain on the National Grid. Whether you need additional power security during the next few months, or you would like to embrace minimal disruption to your day-to-day operation while staff are off-site, we can help you enhance your power solutions. Call us today.

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Has COVID-19 Impacted Bandwidth Limits?

COVID-19 has forced millions of people to work from home and children to study away from school, which has put additional pressure on bandwidth, (The average rate of data transfer through a communication path, such as phone lines or fibre) and increased the importance of power continuity for data centres.

Openreach (BT) revealed some data about the changes to weekly network traffic in the UK. London saw a jump of 28.58% from a normal working week in February compared to the week commencing 20th April, as published by ISP Review.

The majority of increased network traffic levels occurred during the daytime, with normal levels resuming in the evenings, interestingly still lower than the peaks experienced annually around Christmas time. Openreach, one of the UK’s main connectivity suppliers have stated that they have experienced no issues with coping with the additional workload.

Despite applications such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype, Houseparty, Netflix and Amazon Prime used on a daily basis by millions of households, Openreach is not anticipating any bandwidth problems in the weeks and months ahead.

Did Netflix Reduce Streaming Quality?

Back at the beginning of the pandemic, Netflix cut down data consumption to ease internet capacity as more people switched to working from home in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and various other nations, as internet service providers were concerned about the additional volume of traffic. With 11 million subscribers in the UK, the main impact was on the Ultra High Definition customers but there has been very little negative noise from users. By reducing picture quality, Netflix reduced data consumption by 25% easing the pressure on bandwidth in Europe and elsewhere.

Netflix Adjust Bandwidth During COVID-19

Broadband Connections Pushed to the Limit

The BBC, however, reported varying degrees of broadband speeds are making life more difficult for some people across the country who are trying to work, learn or enjoy entertainment.  

In the article, it says ‘In theory, 95% of premises should be able to access superfast broadband but take-up of services remains low.’ With many households on the government Furlough scheme, most are keeping a watchful eye on outgoings.

Video calling services are used to connect many families, friends, colleagues and classrooms, but slow broadband speeds cause audio and picture quality to be poor, demonstrating that there are still issues, especially when families try and use the internet at home simultaneously.

Video Calling Impact on Bandwidth

Why Has My Internet Connectivity Worsened?

A good guide to how many pieces of equipment can run at any one time is to see how many CAT ports are on the back of your router. Most broadband routers only have 4-5 sockets, as this is the limit of how many pieces of equipment can be used at any one time. So if your PC and TV are connected to your router via cable, this leaves you with connectivity for 3 spare devices, after this, you will receive reductions in bandwidth.

Some tips to try to improve bandwidth include:

  • Where possible plug a device in with an Ethernet cable
  • Make sure the router isn’t surrounded by clutter
  • Upgrade your broadband
  • Download films to devices at quieter times when others aren’t online
  • Don’t plug routers in on extension cables

Protecting Data Centres in the Pandemic

Data centre operators fall into the ‘keyworker’ bracket providing vital services to the nation, enabling people to work remotely and provide access to information online.

This increase in the number of people working from home has brought added pressures to data centres to be fully functional around the clock.

Woman Working From Home During COVID-19

It is now more important than ever for datacentres to have a reliable backup power supply in place if the national grid was to go down. Need we be reminded of last years power outage that brought chaos, with big companies paying out millions of pounds in compensation for the disruption caused.

Power security for business continuity has been one of the priorities for Shenton Group during these testing times, safeguarding our clients from blackouts as well as ensuring vital data centre equipment remains operational.

Moving forwards and looking beyond the end of the pandemic, data centre growth is set to continue. Employees have demonstrated the ability to be productive while working from home utilising cloud technology and services such as Microsoft Teams, which will only drive the use of backup systems and IT infrastructure, both reliant on data centres.

Data Centre Power Supply Specialists

We understand that downtime is not an option for sites such as these and have the experience to integrate reliable solutions with no break in your service or power. We have a vast portfolio of data centre projects and can give your organisation confidence that operations can function 24/7 with complete power security.

Do you have a reliable backup power supply?
As specialists in backup and continuous power solutions for Data Centres, Shenton Group are available to assist those looking for standby generators and UPS systems for data centres and overall IT infrastructure.

All of our continuous power solutions are fully supported by our technical team, including ongoing monitoring and maintenance. To find out more about Data Centre solutions and to ensure your power security, get in contact today!

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Latest News

Friday, July 03, 2020
It has been a difficult time during COVID-19 for a lot of businesses. It has put a strain on a lot of relationships and has tested teams. On a more positive note, it has also highlighted truly committed individuals that have pulled together to make things work, which brings us to say a massive congratulations to Ruth Armit from Credit Control who has won June 2020's colleague of the month!
Thursday, July 02, 2020
At Shenton Group, we believe that downloading our ready made BIM objects can benefit everybody within the UK construction industry. We look at the benefits of Building Information Modelling and establish why it is vital to use quality models.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Transporting products and materials to customers requires the prioritisation of deliveries and allocation of time slots to ensure the most efficient delivery / offloading process. Sounds simple! But the detail and procedures behind the scenes are sometimes more complicated than thought.

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