The Language of Collaborative Manufacturing is a £1.9M research project sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and led by the Universities of Bristol and Bath in collaboration with our industrial partners. We aim to deliver next-generation project dashboards that can identify potential project issues, improve productivity, and improve the management of aspects such as intellectual property, risk and cost.
In addition to the summer break the team have reached a milestone with the FS dashboards and successfully secured a Researcher in Residence role for Dr Gopsill. In terms of the FS dashboards, our studies have revealed the three most useful visualizations for the FS team. These include Social media activity/impact, design activity by sub-system and ‘digital’ project activities.Dr Gopsill secured two years of funding as the Researcher in Residence at the National Composites Centre where he will be investigating approaches for assessment of the value that a new knowledge management tool brings to an organisation.
The LoCM team are pleased to announce that Dr Nataliya Mogles has accepted a job offer in Amsterdam where she will be leading an insight team to support executive search, recruitment and talent management.
Nataliya will continue to work on the project for a day a week over the next few months to complete a number of key publications.
Well done Nataliya!
Building on our work developing real-time project health monitoring dashboards with TeamBath Racing’17, we had the opportunity to work with the project manager and team leads of TeamBath Racing’18 (TBR18) to explore how our dashboards may support early stage project planning. Specifically, we developed a historical ‘year in review’ dashboard enabling TBR18 to review project activities across the lifecycle of previous TBR project teams. Initial results from a project planning workshop suggest that the provision of the historical dashboard led managers to more clearly delineated design cycles and manufacturing cycles in their build plan Gantt charts, relative to managers without the provision of the historical dashboard. The managers cited that historic project data gave them a clearer, data-driven, perspective of the consequences of design work slippage and the knock on effects of that had in delaying the completion of manufacturing cycles.
The LoCM team had the opportunity to showcase a number of the dashboard and visualisation tools developed on the project at this year’s Formula Student UK competition event. Over the course four days we shared hands-on demos of our project and knowledge management visualisation dashboards, as well as novel FS health monitoring splash board and interactive AR car model with layered project data. We enjoyed a high level of interest in our data analytic and visualisation techniques from both industry sponsor representatives and Formula Student teams in the UK and abroad, including an invitation to exhibit our research at the upcoming World Motorsport Symposium in November.
The LOCM team have just returned from Vancouver after presenting their research at the International Conference of Engineering Design.
The team presented 3 papers:
- Automatic design structure matrices: a comparison of two formula student projects
- Identifying the influences on performance of engineering design and development projects
- Improving engineering information retrieval by combining tf-idf and product structure classification
Particular congratulations goes to Dr. Snider for receiving best in conference paper award!
Prof Ben Hicks was invited to attend AutoDesk’s annual conference for partners. The 10,000 attendee three day event took place in Las Vegas in November. During the conference there was ample opportunity to meet AU senior staff and AU partners. There was a lot of interest and positive feedback around our DSM work that can reveal potential dependencies as CAD assemblies are created and modified. Watch this space …….
The LoCM team are pleased to announce that Dr Sian Joel-Edgar has recently been appointed as a Staff Tutor in the School of Computing & Communications at the Open University. Congratulations Sian!
Sian will also continue to conduct exciting research associated with the analysis and visualisation of network-related data as a part-time member of the LoCM team.
The initial design of the all new FS health monitoring splash board has been unveiled. A full demo and video will be available shortly – watch this space!
The LoCM team are pleased to welcome Dr Nataliya Mogles to the project team. Nataliya has a background in ambient intelligence, agent-based modeling, AI, cognitive modeling and behavior change. Nataliya has joined the team to continue the research work associated with dashboard evaluation and framing (re-representation) to support management and decision-making. Nataliya will work closely with Lia to develop, implement and evaluate dashboards with the Formula Student teams at Bath, Bristol and UWE.
During this quarter the focus of our research effort has continued to be on monitoring of the Formula Student team and testing of the NCC competence mapping tool. In addition, this quarter has seen two PDRAs start lectureships in Engineering and Design at the universities of Bristol and Bath respectively.
This included an LoCM exhibit at the Formula Student event, an industry workshop on the exploitation of digital assets and a master classes on digital data extraction and visualization for the Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI).
Just over 30 people attended our workshop including Airbus (keynote speakers), Thales, Wessex Water, HS2, ARUP, EAML, RiskHive, Ares (Bath & Industry – speaker), Dashboard Ltd, Ex JLR gent, Loughborough Uni/Rolls Royce and Coventry University. A big thank you to everyone for making it such an interesting, engaging and valuable day!