A match made in design: Collaboration joins signs and sockets

25/02/2021
Dominic Browne

Buchanan Computing and NAL Ltd have collaborated to add a leading system of retention sockets to what is thought to be the UK’s most popular sign design software.

SignPlot and SignLoad Professional from Buchanan now allow sign foundations to be designed and specified incorporating NAL's sockets.

The new software enables the correct model of socket to be selected and illustrated on the screen and printout, including ‘duckfoot’ versions with a cable entry.

It also provides foundation dimensions in accordance with NAL recommendations and the necessary standards and shows the total length of each support, taking account of the portion inserted into the socket.

Simon Morgan, chairman of Buchanan Computing and original author of the software, commented: 'We were delighted to work closely with NAL Ltd on this development. This enhancement will be highly beneficial to all highway and traffic engineers to facilitate the increasingly frequent requirement for socket-mounted sign supports, and we are happy to recommend the extensive and dependable range from NAL for this purpose.'

Ben Parsons, GB Sales Manager at NAL, said: 'Our technical business development managers are really excited about this news. They spend a lot of time working with designers and consultants, demonstrating the benefits in terms of installation and future maintenance when utilising our Retention Socket System.

'However, clients were often left frustrated when unable to design the solution easily, creating extra work for all. Whilst keeping all their software users at the forefront, Buchanan and in particular Simon, have been fantastic in supporting us through this process and we look forward to working with them in the future.'

NAL Ltd is a specialist manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of infrastructure products. Its retention socket system is a patented range of fittings developed to secure all types of illuminated and non-illuminated street furniture enabling a quick installation and removal with a key and a spanner.

All retention sockets are manufactured with a cast steel or ductile iron top section and a range of base types to suit all applications.

SignLoad Professional is a stand-alone design package for traffic signs to EN 12899, covering the design of the sign face, supports and foundations and includes checks for passive safety to EN 12767.

The design platform is used throughout Europe and is available in Norwegian as well as English.

For UK users, it is also an integral part of SignPlot, the leading sign face design package that automates most aspects of Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) and the Traffic Signs Manual, to ensure correct design.

SignLoad Professional 3.66 is now ready to be downloaded by those with current support contracts, while SignLoad Designer and the Sign Illumination Tool are available free of charge to anyone.

Highways jobs

Support Engineer

£30.585 - £31.557
This is a great opportunity to join a thriving and passionate team. In return, we offer a range of benefits which include... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Engineer (Design and Construction)

£32,234 - £35,745
Applications are sought from experienced Civil and Highways Engineers looking to further their careers in engineering Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)
Recruiter: Denbighshire County Council

Waste Services Driver / Loaders

£21,989 to £24,447 per annum
The waste and recycling service is offering Driver/Loader positions. You will need to be a HGV driver and hold your driver CPC card. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Senior Environmental Health Officer

£40.869 - £43.860
We would like to hear from exceptional candidates with broad experience of Private Sector Licensing Schemes, enforcement, and with a... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Vehicle Technician

£24,982 - £29,577 per annum
This role is permanent for applicants with a Class C Driving Licence.  Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Senior Sustainability Officer (Homes)

£43,860 - £46,839 p.a. inc.
We are looking for a highly driven, creative, flexible and resilient candidate with understanding of... Brent, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

Head of Climate, Environment and Waste – South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils

£75,619 - £90,288 per annum
We’ve been recognised nationally for our environmental focus and efforts to lead local climate change issues. Cambourne, Cambridge
Recruiter: South Cambridgeshire District Council

Senior Engineer - Structures

£44,632 - £49,298
We’re looking for talented individuals to be part of our expanding team working on everything from local schemes to large £multi-million projects. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Senior Technician (Structures)

£30.451 - £34.728
We’re looking for talented individuals to be part of our expanding team working on everything from local schemes to large £multi-million projects. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Head of Parking & Customer Engagement

£56,100- £63,633 per annum
We are looking for a Head of Parking and Customer Engagement to join us at this critical time for Hounslow. Reporting to the Assistant Director of... London (Greater)
Recruiter: Hounslow London Borough Council

Head of Traffic & Capital Delivery

£56,100 - £63,633 per annum
We are looking for a Head of Traffic and Capital Delivery to join us at this critical time for Hounslow. Reporting to... London (Greater)
Recruiter: Hounslow London Borough Council

Environmental Health Officers (EHORB registered/chartered)

£37,638 - £43,659 per annum
We are looking for 2 x enthusiastic and driven environmental health practitioners to join the Rogue Landlord Taskforce as... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Principal Transport & Infrastructure Planning Officer

£51510 - £59400 per annum
Two year fixed term contract with a potential for extension, subject to budget and workload.Calling all transport planners - are you seeking a new ch England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Local Highways Officer

£22,183 - £32,234
We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate who preferably has experience of highway maintenance or a technical background. Cambridgeshire
Recruiter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Structures Asset Manager

£61,334 - £69,090 per annum (salary dependent on experience)
This full-time role will all be primarily based in KCC’s Ashford Henwood depot but travel within Kent will be expected to meet the demands of... Kent
Recruiter: Kent County Council

Highway Operations Manager

£31,339 to £35,754 per annum
The Council is committed to investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and can offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to... York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

HS2 Senior Highways Approvals Officer

£36984 - £38881 per annum
OverviewWith construction work well underway, the impact of High-Speed Two has already been felt by our local communities and businesses across the co England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recruiter: Buckinghamshire Council

Principal Sustainability and Climate Change Officer

£40,876 – £42,821 per annum
This is an exciting time for an experienced professional to lead on measures to address the Council’s declaration of a climate emergency Trafford, Greater Manchester
Recruiter: Trafford Council

Deputy Team Manager

£43,860 - £46,839 p.a. inc.
The successful candidate will also be making sure that the practice within the team is fair and professional at all times. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

Head of Climate Action

£57,817 - £65,823
Driving change to address the climate emergency Stockport, Greater Manchester
Recruiter: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Highways Presents

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

INSIDE:

  • ALARM survey - will the Government listen to long-term funding pleas?
  • The benefits and costs of benefit cost ratios
  • An international winter service tour
View the latest issue

Latest Video