Ingenia - Issue 50, March 2012


Data Innovation

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

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In brief

Inspirational Technician Award; The Big Bang Fair; Carbon capture and storage collegium; Domestic heating report; Technology Horizons Award; Queen Elizabeth Prize; Academy new year reception

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Education, engineering and global competitiveness

Sir James Dyson CBE FREng

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Lord Drayson FREng

Driving force

The successful entrepreneur and three-time Minister of State is now developing the world’s first ‘Formula E’ electric racing car.
By Michael Kenward OBE

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Featured Article


Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng and Derek Hanson FREng

This is the fiftieth edition of Ingenia and a chance to look back at some highlights

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An Airship Renaissance?

Dr Rebecca Pool

Part-aircraft, part-airship, the new class of flying machines that are being constructed for military and civilian use

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Creating stratospheric instrument platforms

Dr András Sóbester

With smartphones, GPS and 3D rapid prototyping, the ASTRA project transforms humble radiosondes into sophisticated and recoverable data capture devices

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Return of the Vulcan

Dr Robert Pleming

After a long fundraising campaign and restoration programme, the historic Vulcan bomber is flying again

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Straddling the Thames

Hugh Ferguson

How engineers have widened and rebuilt Blackfriars railway bridge to withstand barge strikes, accommodate increased Thameslink traffic, and house London’s largest solar array

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After-School Clubs

Anna Paczuska and Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

Engineering and STEM clubs in schools are on the rise, engaging a diverse range of students with projects involving robotics, smart materials, and programmable devices

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What's so clever about Smart Cities?

Rick Robinson and William Webb FREng

The availability of cheaper sensors, mobile communications and data processing have opened the door to smarter cities and infrastructure

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INNOVATION WATCH - Railway track reinforcement

Balfour Beatty’s XiTrack is an innovative polyurethane polymer that gels around the ballast beneath rail tracks to stabilise them

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How we use machines to code, scan and capture increasingly complex optical data

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Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
Managing Editor Dominic Joyeux
Copy Editor Emily Bick
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

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