The IET Innovation Awards 2015 (image)

18 November 2015 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Model-Based Engineering

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Model-Based Engineering Award Winner 2015

Model 2015 winners (photo)

Funnel – simulations to reality

We decided to take a simulation based approach to design a high speed system for 25kV electrification for railway tunnels in UK.

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This has been a first of its kind exercise for tunnel electrification in UK to design, verify through simulation and apply the results to realise the final outcome.


The judging panel commented:

"Furrer+Frey have used simulation throughout their work to find and verify solutions to challenging installations before building work begins."

"Delivering simulations to their customer inspired confidence and revealed that higher track speeds than anticipated would be possible for the Great Western Electrification Programme."



Also shortlisted:

A simulation software for nanometer spaced air bearing systems

ABSolution is a software package for simulation and design of nanometer spaced air bearing systems.

It integrates various simulation models including air bearing model, heat transfer model, thermal-structural model, etc. and implements the high efficiency coupled-field algorithms so as to study the tribological issues of the nanometer spaced head-disk interfaces.

Data Storage Institute, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

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A novel tool to improve software quality and maximise reuse

EBTIC SoaSPL tool models software systems using different stakeholder ‘Views’ (functional, architectural, business process etc). The relationships between Views are programmatically encoded which enables automatic updating of each View to reflect changes in other Views.

Our model-based approach thus transforms the software engineering process into a stakeholder-based collaborative development methodology.

Etisalat British Telecom Innovation Center (EBTIC)

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The Polariton Interferometer – a numerical simulation

The Polariton Interferometer was developed utilising a novel mathematical simulation model known as the Generalised Finite-Difference Time-Domain (G-FDTD) method.

Previous methods required that simulation parameters satisfy unrealistic, restricted conditions in order to work properly. With our generalised method, we obtained realistic conditions for simulation, achieved design optimisation and increased performance.

Dr Fred Moxley

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Applying agile/lean principles for auto-coding proximity sensor algorithms

It is a practical design process that extended and enhances the established model-based engineering, to improve modelling quality and encourage innovations.

Promoting to develop small, fast, decoupled modules with auto-coding compatibility, multi-discipline engineers can collaboratively focus their effort to analysis the right solution and to design an optimised product.

Thales UK

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Model-Based Engineering information



Category scope

The Model-Based Engineering Award will recognise projects, at any stage of development, where modelling has been used in the design, implementation or test of products, software or services.

Entries are encouraged from, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Modelling and Simulation - Creating mathematical or conceptual models and using simulation leading to optimal designs and increased performance
  • Testing, Verification and Validation - Use of modelling to rapidly design tests, verify test coverage and accelerate testing and verification leading to elimination of errors 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:

  • What is innovative about the process and how it goes beyond established Model-Based Design techniques or
  • How the use of models was instrumental to the success of the project and the resulting innovative product