About Us

Welcome to Furley Engineering

I am Graeme Furley, the founder and principal engineer of Furley Engineering.

I am a Mechanical Engineering Consultant with over 15 years experience. I have had the privilege of working in diverse sectors including pumping, military, lifting gear, and heat exchangers.

My expertise lies in meticulously auditing engineering spreadsheets and software. The primary focus of my consultancy is to identify and rectify errors, thereby saving time and reducing costs for our clients.

I believe in the power of precision and accuracy. With every project I undertake, my goal is to enhance efficiency and productivity. I understand that in the world of mechanical engineering, even the smallest error can lead to significant setbacks. Therefore, I am committed to providing services that are not just reliable, but also cost-effective.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and contribute to your success. Please feel free to reach out to discuss how we can work together to achieve your business goals.

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What does a mechanical engineering consultant do?

A mechanical engineering consultant is a problem-solving expert who uses their deep understanding of mechanical systems and principles to help businesses and organisations optimise their operations, design efficient machinery, and solve complex technical challenges. They act as independent advisors, offering specialised knowledge and practical experience that complements internal teams or fills engineering gaps.

Here are some key tasks mechanical engineering consultants perform:

  • Design and analysis: Analyse existing systems, develop new designs for machines and equipment, conduct feasibility studies, and perform stress and thermal analysis.
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving: Investigate root causes of mechanical failures, recommend solutions to improve efficiency and performance, and troubleshoot malfunctions.
  • Project management: Plan and manage engineering projects, oversee contractors, ensure adherence to safety regulations, and manage budgets and timelines.
  • Technical writing and documentation: Prepare reports, drawings, specifications, and other technical documents.
  • Expert witness: Provide expert testimony in legal cases involving mechanical engineering issues.

Benefits of hiring a mechanical engineering consultant:

  • Specialised expertise: Access deep knowledge and experience beyond internal teams.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Pay for specific expertise only when needed, avoiding full-time employee costs.
  • Objectivity: Provide unbiased assessments and recommendations.
  • Project efficiency: Help projects stay on track and within budget.

Industries that utilise mechanical engineering consultants:

  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Robotics
  • Medical devices

What is an engineering calculation?

An engineering calculation is the application of mathematical principles and scientific knowledge to predict, analyse, and design physical systems and processes. It plays a crucial role in every stage of engineering, from initial conception to final construction and operation.

Engineering calculations aim to achieve various goals, such as:

  • Determining the strength and stability of structures (e.g., bridges, buildings, machines)
  • Calculating the efficiency of energy systems (e.g., power plants, vehicles)
  • Analysing fluid flow and heat transfer (e.g., pipelines, engines)
  • Optimising designs for cost, performance, and safety

Typically, engineering calculations involve:

  • Identifying relevant physical principles and laws (e.g., Newton's laws, conservation of energy)
  • Formulating mathematical models that represent the system or process
  • Applying appropriate mathematical techniques (e.g., calculus, trigonometry, statistics)
  • Using engineering data and material properties
  • Interpreting the results and drawing conclusions

Types of engineering calculations:

  • Static analysis: Calculating forces, stresses, and deformations in structures subject to loads.
  • Dynamic analysis: Studying the behaviour of systems under dynamic loads (e.g., vibrations, earthquakes).
  • Fluid mechanics: Analysing the flow of fluids (e.g., water, air) in pipes, channels, and machinery.
  • Thermodynamics: Calculating heat transfer and energy conversion in systems.
  • Control systems: Designing and analysing systems that automatically adjust their behaviour.

Importance of engineering calculations:

  • Ensuring safety and reliability: Accurate calculations are critical for the safe and reliable operation of engineered systems.
  • Optimising designs: Calculations help engineers choose the most efficient and cost-effective solutions.
  • Innovation and problem-solving: Calculations form the basis for developing new technologies and solving complex engineering challenges.

In essence, engineering calculations are the backbone of the engineering process, transforming scientific knowledge into practical solutions that shape our world.

What is an engineering audit?

Think of an engineering audit as a systematic review of an engineering project, product, or process. It's like a health check-up, identifying potential weaknesses, ensuring compliance with regulations, and suggesting improvements.

Purpose of an engineering Audit

  • Identify non-compliance or potential risks: Ensures projects adhere to safety standards, regulations, and design specifications.
  • Evaluate performance and efficiency: Analyses if the system functions as intended and identifies areas for optimisation.
  • Improve decision-making: Provides unbiased data and insights to support informed choices.

Process of an engineering Audit

  • Scope definition: Defining the specific areas of focus, like structural integrity, electrical systems, or software functionality.
  • Data collection: Gathering relevant documentation, drawings, test results, and operational data.
  • Analysis and evaluation: Comparing findings against standards, best practices, and design intentions.
  • Reporting and recommendations: Presenting findings, outlining non-conformances, and suggesting corrective actions or improvements.

Types of Engineering Audit:

  • Safety audits: Focus on identifying and mitigating potential safety hazards.
  • Design reviews: Evaluate if the design adheres to specifications and achieves intended functionality.
  • Compliance audits: Verify adherence to relevant regulations and industry standards.
  • Operational audits: Assess the efficiency and effectiveness of ongoing operations.

Benefits of an Engineering Audit:

  • Enhanced safety and risk mitigation: Reduces potential accidents and ensures regulatory compliance.
  • Improved performance and efficiency: Identifies areas for optimization, leading to cost savings and better functionality.
  • Stronger decision-making: Provides data-driven insights for informed choices.
  • Increased quality and reliability: Ensures projects meet quality standards and function as intended.

Essentially, engineering audits are crucial for safeguarding projects, optimising performance, and making informed decisions in the realm of engineering.

What is the difference between a compliant audit and a conformance audit?

  • A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organisation's adherence to statutory and regulatory (legal) guidelines.
  • A conformance audit will use audit to assess the voluntary adherence to a standard, specification or requirement.