Cambridge Engineering Design Centre (IMRC Renewal)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Engineering

Abstract

Strategy=======The overall aim of the Cambridge EDC is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of engineering designers and design teams by undertaking research into the theories that will underpin the design methods of the future. These methods will be embodied in software tools, workbooks and publications that support the creation of reliable, high-quality, cost-effective products.Research Themes==============The EDC's is structured under the following research Themes: * Healthcare Design: Design for Patient Safety * Inclusive Design: Designing for the Older and Disabled Users (1) * Process Modelling: Modelling the Design Process * Change Management: Tracking Changes in Products * Design Practice: Understanding Practice * Engineering Knowledge: Capture, Storage and Retrival (1) * Computational Design: Integrated Optimisation Methods and Tools Note (1) These Themes receive zero or minimal support from the IMRC Block Grant.

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Koh E.C.Y. (2008) Assessing design strategies from a change propagation perspective in Proceedings of the 10th International DSM Conference

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Koh E.C.Y. (2007) Component classification: A change perspective in Proceedings of the 9th International DSM Conference

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Komashie A. (2011) Sick systems: Towards a generic conceptual representation of healthcare systems in ICED 11 - 18th International Conference on Engineering Design - Impacting Society Through Engineering Design

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Langdon P (2007) Designing accessible technology in Universal Access in the Information Society

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Langdon P (2009) Prior experience in the use of domestic product interfaces in Universal Access in the Information Society

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Langdon P (2007) The effects of prior experience on the use of consumer products in Universal Access in the Information Society

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Langdon P. (2010) Preface in Designing Inclusive Interactions: Inclusive Interactions Between People and Products in Their Contexts of Use

 
Description The overall aim if the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre (EDC) is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of engineering designers and design teams by undertaking research into the theories that will underpin the design methods of the future. Methods developed under this grant were embodied in software tools (CAM), workbooks and publications that now support the creation of reliable, high-quality, cost-effective products. The EDC added Design Practice and Design Management to its existing research portfolio, retired the Service Design theme and added one lecturer to its academic staff.
Many of the discoveries of note are captured in the academic papers, but highlights include: the delivery of a design process rational capture tool into a leading aerospace company; the further development of a design process modelling tool (Cambridge Advanced Modeller) and its application in a number of engineering companies; the publication of a book on design process improvement; the delivery of a project on risk management in healthcare to the Department of Health; the publication of an inclusive design toolkit and its delivery into school and industry.
Exploitation Route Many of the findings from this grant were developed further by the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre under new grants. Numerous collaborators also independently developed the findings. All key work was put in the public domain to encourage use by others.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Construction,Education,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport

URL http://www-edc.eng.cam.ac.uk/
 
Description The findings from this grant have been embedded in a number of tools and methods, most notably: the Inclusive Design Toolkit, which is available online, and associated training workshops for 15 international companies, leading directly to new products and services; the Cambridge Advanced Modeller (CAM) software has been downloaded by several hundred researchers and practitioners and continues to be refined; new optimisation algorithms have been applied in aerospace, nuclear engineering and electrical machines; and a risk management toolkit has been delivered to the healthcare sector and associated risk management training provided for more than 500 healthcare practitioners.
First Year Of Impact 2006
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative
Amount £900,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2018
 
Description Change Management
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation BP (British Petroleum) 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2009 
End 12/2010
 
Description Collaborations for Leadership
Amount £1,030,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2008 
End 09/2013
 
Description Collaborations for Leadership
Amount £815,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2018
 
Description Design and Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate (DeDeRHECC)
Amount £190,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G061327/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2009 
End 08/2012
 
Description Full virtuality in design and product development
Amount £280,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 05/2009 
End 04/2012
 
Description Healthcare Design
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Health Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2015
 
Description Knowledge Management
Amount £80,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 09/2011
 
Description Process Modelling
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation BT Group 
Department BT Research
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 09/2012
 
Description Process Modelling
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2008 
End 03/2009
 
Description Process Modelling
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Organisation BP (British Petroleum) 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2017
 
Description Process Modelling
Amount £480,000 (GBP)
Organisation BT Group 
Department BT Research
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 03/2016
 
Description Research Into Global Healthcare Tools (RIGHT)
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/E019900/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2007 
End 04/2009
 
Description SILOET
Amount £350,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2010 
End 01/2013
 
Description SILOET II
Amount £375,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2013 
End 09/2016
 
Description TOICA
Amount £335,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 604981 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 09/2013 
End 08/2016
 
Description Theme 5/6 High Performance Computing (HPC) and Simulation Knowledge Mining and Abstraction (SKMA)
Amount £600,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K014188/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 12/2017
 
Title Cambridge Advanced Modeller 
Description A software tool for modelling and analysing the dependencies and flows in complex systems - such as products, processes and organisations. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2008 
Impact numerous downloads new industry research awards 
URL https://www-edc.eng.cam.ac.uk/cam/
 
Title Exclusion Calculator 
Description Calculates levels of exclusion for products and services 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact Significant use on line and in conlsultancy 
URL http://www.inclusivedesigntoolkit.com/betterdesign2/exclusioncalc/exclusioncalc.html
 
Title Impairment Simulation Software 
Description Simulates some of the main effects of common vision and hearing impairments on image and sound files. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact Some sales - significant use on line 
URL http://www.inclusivedesigntoolkit.com/betterdesign2/simsoftware/simsoftware.html
 
Title Inclusive Design Toolkit 
Description Introduction to inclusive design 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2010 
Impact numerous downloads consultancy sales of simulators 
URL http://www.inclusivedesigntoolkit.com/betterdesign2/