COVID-19 Engineering


The COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic is presenting many challenges for us all as individuals and as members of the engineering profession.

How can you help fight the virus?


Specific appeals: how you can help  

NEW!! - Equipment needed urgently: COVID Engineering Alliance (All of Ireland)

Given the multi week length of the COVID19 response the  HSE is installing extra utility equipment to provide additional resiliency/backup to their medical gas systems  at hospitals across the country and would like to reach out to industry partners and request their assistance to identify unused/spare redundant pieces of equipment (as follows ) that can be released on loan in the next few weeks:

Please treat the request with urgency as the window to install extra equipment is very short given an inability to interfere with existing  systems once in use assisting critical care  patients.  Many ask ‘How can we help’ : here is your chance please be creative in responding 

  • Oil Free Air Cooled Air Compressors suitable for Breathing Air Service  with/without post compression treatment (dryer / filtration etc)
  • Idle cryogenic oxygen vessels (even if leased from a supplier) with/without evaporators
  • Idle cryogenic industrial gas (nitrogen/argon) vessels (even if leased from a supplier) with/without evaporators
  • Spare/Idle cryogenic  evaporators  (any gaseous service)
  • Non cryogenic oxygen generators (lab or production scale.
  • Spare MCPs ( Oxygen or other Industrial gases) 
  • Please consider duty/ standby configurations where for a short period (say 6 weeks) redundancy could be sacrificed.  Please identify available plant, National HSE will be available to discuss release terms with respective plant managements but please do not let that be a barrier to communicating.

    Respondents with offers/questions/suggestions  should contact Edith Blennerhassett  (ARUP) at who is assisting the coordination of this system redundancy initiative.  It is preferred that a utility lead (or equivalent ) for each site that receives this email /request also reply even if they are not able to contribute so a contact list can be developed to simplify follow up for future needs. Engineers with medical gases experience are also welcome to contact Edith if they are available to consult with an alliance of engineering firms formed to support the HSE at this challenging time for Ireland and the world.

    For respondents in one corporate entity please forward it to all sites in your Ireland network. If you note a specific site that is missing from the appeal for whom you have a contact please forward it as appropriate.

    This is an important request from the COVID Engineering Alliance* that is supporting the HSE with the re-configuration and expansion of their utility systems to address any increase in patient numbers requiring respiratory support over the coming weeks.   

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Engineering and coronavirus: Apart from making ventilators, how could engineers help the fight against coronavirus?” [article]

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Self isolating: Support people who are isolating (Dept of Health)

  • New technology challenge to support people who are isolating

      £500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus.

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Social distancing: Call for transport data

If you are currently working on a project that may be able to assist the Department of Transport in gathering transport data to assess the level of successful social distancing, please send details via Twitter to @karla_jakeman (Department of Transport)

Supply chain: Wales calls for help with front line equipment needs

  • Welsh Government, Life Science Hub and Industry Wales are working together with NHS Wales SSP to support the supply chain for various equipment needs for both Health, Care and other front line workers.

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Ventilators: Design specification

Ventilators: Manufacturing - call for manufacturers

Ventilators: Manufacturing - Linkedin discussion group

Other central points of contact

Business Support campaign (HM Government)

Government communications help (Cabinet Office)

Help: other offers requested

How to volunteer across the UK

!!NEW - NHS needs engineers

The NHS has appealed for engineers to support work at huge new hospitals being set up to care for coronavirus patients.

NHS England appealed for volunteers with a range of engineering skills to help keep frontline services running.

England: NHS Volunteer Campaign

The NHS Volunteer campaign is a new initiative which looks to help the 1.5 million Britons with underlying medical conditions who have been asked to stay at home for the next 12 weeks. NHS volunteers will be carrying out "simple but vital" roles: 
  • Community response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.
  • Patient transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back in to their home.
  • NHS transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.
  • Check-in and chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.

Sign up to volunteer

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