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Model-Based Engineering

 

Model-Based Engineering Award Winner 2014

University of Lincoln, University of Birmingham, University of Liverpool, University of Surrey, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (photo)

Proton CT: “Seeing cancer during proton therapy”

University of Lincoln, University of Birmingham, University of Liverpool, University of Surrey, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

PRaVDA is a unique imaging and dosimetry instrument for use in treatment of cancer using proton therapy – beneficial for brain tumours and childhood cancers. It will provide the Holy Grail for radiotherapists – accurate proton computerised tomography (CT) images so eliminating the potential targeting errors of this new treatment.

 

The judging panel commented:

"PRaVDA has huge potential benefit to society, increasing the success rate and reducing complications of cancer treatment.

"This Model-Based approach will help to make proton therapy an affordable investment for hospitals all over the world and eliminate the potential targeting errors of this new radiotherapy method."

 

Also shortlisted:

Intelligent model-driven solution for electrical power systems
ETAP / Operations Technology Inc.

ETAP is an intelligent model-driven (model-based) software solution for the design, simulation, analysis, prediction, operation, control, optimisation and automation of generation, transmission, distribution and industrial power systems.

 

Model driven framework for development of the miysis DIRCM system
Finmeccanica - Selex ES

Miysis DIRCM is a next generation directed infrared counter measure system designed to enable airborne platforms to counter IR threats. The design of this system has exploited the application of a model driven engineering methodology in the implementation of Miysis' electronic, software and electro-mechanical sub-systems.

 

New methods of optimising placement of segmentiser to reduce erosion risk of standalone sandscreen completion
PETRONAS

This sand control and well completion design methodology, using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation integrated with proprietary sand erosion correlations, optimises placement of flow segmentisers (swell packers) to reduce erosion risks on stand-alone sand screen. A pilot well showed significant cost reduction and higher deliverability than conventional gravel pack completion.

 

Transient network model for development of a novel gas preheater design
ProHeat Systems Ltd and University of Swansea Advanced Manufacturing Technology Division (ASTUTE)

ProHeat in collaboration with the University of Swansea developed a unique mathematical model which allowed a design concept of a new industrial preheat technology to be taken from concept to industrial prototype in 18 months.

 

Model-Based Engineering information

All the information about the Model-Based Engineering category can be found here.

 

Category scope

The model-based engineering Award will recognise either an innovative use of models or the use of models to create an innovative product. Entries are welcomed from projects, at any stage of development, where modelling has been used in the design, implementation or test of products, software or services.

The model-based engineering category welcomes nominations demonstrating one or more of the following techniques:

  • Modelling and simulation

Creating mathematical or conceptual models of a product, service or the environment in which they operate to give insights not possible in the real world leading to increased understanding of the achievable performance and leading to optimal designs.

  • Testing, verification and validation

Use of modelling to rapidly design tests, verify test coverage and accelerate testing and verification of developed products or services leading to identification of issues before full-scale production.

  • Implementation and delivery

The reuse of models in the implementation stage of the process. Use of techniques such as automatic code generation to make rapid design iterations possible and improve the quality of the end product.

Entries should clearly state either:

  • How models are fundamental to the innovative process and how it goes beyond established model-based design techniques
  • How the use of models was instrumental to the success of the project and the resulting innovation of the end product

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