Ingenia - Issue 48, September 2011


Tapping the enthusiasm of youth

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

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In brief

Lord Kelvin at the Hunterian; Low-Cost location sensing systems; Technology Horizons Award

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Response to: Modelling Health and Disease; Collaborative Research

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Industrial Systems – the vital role of manufacturing

Professor Stephen Garwood FREng

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Featured Article

Silver Medals - Profiles of each of the four winners of The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medals 2011

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Sir John Parker FREng

Engineering Success

The new President of The Royal Academy of Engineering, talks about how his engineering background has helped shape his business experience
By Michael Kenward OBE

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Lessons from Windscale's Nuclear Legacy

Peter Mann

Decommissioning work undertaken on the Windscale Piles and the Windscale Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor will provide important information for future nuclear installations

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Constructing the Hindhead Tunnel

Paul Arnold and Paul Hoyland

The engineering challenges behind the completion of the Hindhead improvement project.

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Computer Vision Advances

Dr Andrew Fitzgibbon and Dr Jamie Shotton

A look at the development behind the X-Boxthat has led to significant advances in controller-free computing

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Facial Recognition

Dr Thomas Heseltine and Dr Nick Whitehead

The technology behind a new approach to creating a reliable set of facial biometrics systems

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University Technical Colleges

Anna Paczuska

A new concept in education that could provide highly-skilled educated technicians for the UK

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Tattoo's New Grandstand

Ian Lumsden

How the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s biggest infrastructure project in forty years was designed and built

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Innovation Watch - Helping Buildings Breathe

A Cambridge based company, Breathing Buildings, has achieved rapid commercial success by producing a pioneering method of natural ventilation in buildings

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Why does that happen - Liquefaction

An explanation of liquefaction and how engineers can avoid some of its dangers

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Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
Managing Editor Dominic Joyeux
Editorial Assistance Heidi Cross
Editorial Board Professor John Burland CBE FREng FRS
Derek Hanson FREng
Michael Kenward OBE
John Loughhead OBE FREng
Martin Manning FREng
Dr Ian Nussey OBE FREng
Professor William Stewart FREng
Professor Liz Tanner FREng
Professor William Webb FREng
Stephen Vranch FREng


Director, Policy & Public Affairs Beverley Parkin


The Royal Academy of Engineering acknowledges the generous support by the following organisations for Ingenia: ARUP, BAE Systems, Bosch, Lloyd's Register, Rolls-Royce plc

The Royal Academy of Engineering acknowledges the generous support by the following organisations for Ingenia:


ARUP Sponsor pictureARUP is a global firm of designers, engineers and business consultants providing a diverse range of professional services to our clients around the world. Sustainability underpins our work and the firm is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable buildings, transport and civil engineering projects. Established 60 years ago, ARUP has nearly 9,000 employees, based in 86 offices in 37 countries, working on up to 10,000 projects at any one time. ARUP is a wholly-independent firm owned in trust on behalf of our staff. With no external shareholders, this independence enables us to shape our own direction with no outside pressure or influence.

- BAE Systems

BAE Systems Sponsor pictureBAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company with approximately 84,600 employees worldwide and operations in the US, UK, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia and India. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.

- Lloyd's Register

Lloyd's Register Sponsor pictureLives and livelihoods depend on quality systems you will probably never see, ships, roads and railtracks on which you may never travel and distant production plants about which you have never heard.

The Lloyd’s Register Group is an organisation that works to enhance safety and to approve assets and systems at sea, on land and in the air. We check that assets and systems work so that people and communities around the world can get on with everyday life. We are driven by a strong sense that what we are doing matters.

To make this happen, we set, uphold and apply high technical standards of design, manufacture, construction, maintenance, operation and performance across many industries to the benefit of many businesses.

Lloyd’s Register stands apart: independent, objective, experienced and uncompromising in our commitment to helping our clients.

- Rolls-Royce plc

Rolls-Royce Sponsor pictureRolls-Royce depends on its ability to innovate and invests over £900 million on Research and Development, two-thirds of which is aimed at improving the environmental performance of its products and operations.

With annual sales of £11 billion, an order book of over £60 billion and 39,000 people employed globally, Rolls-Royce has manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. Our customer base comprises 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility operators, 2,000 marine customers and 160 armed forces and energy customers in 120 countries. We have over 54,000 gas turbines in service worldwide which generate a demand for high-value services throughout their operational lives. Rolls-Royce service revenues have grown by ten per cent compound over the past decade, now representing 51 per cent of annual sales.

- Bosch

Bosch pictureThe Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology. Across the world Bosch employs around 280,000 people and has a presence in over 150 different countries. Developing innovative products that improve the quality of people’s lives is what’s important to Bosch, and this is reflected in the company’s slogan ‘Invented for Life’. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion Euros and around 9 percent of its annual global sales revenue for research and development. The company applies for 15 patent applications worldwide every day! In the UK, Bosch is known and respected as a leading supplier of customer-focused products and services for the home, car and garden. But it’s not just consumer products that benefit from Bosch’s innovative technologies and engineering capabilities. Bosch engineering technology is the driving force behind the London Eye and gearboxes from the Bosch Rexroth Drives and Controls division are used to power on and offshore wind turbines for the growing wind-energy sector, in fact, the division is the world’s largest independent supplier of gearboxes and automation solutions for wind turbines. Bosch is one of the most environmentally-minded organisations in the country today, and is leading the way with research and development into solar technology that can turn heat provided by the sun into heating and hot water for the home – completely free of any CO2 – and Worcester Bosch’s boilers are some of the most energy-efficient on the market.

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