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Lunchtime Seminars from industry partners Aveva, nPlan and StructureMode

last modified May 13, 2020 09:09 AM

Lent term saw the launch of the FIBE2 CDT industry partners’ lunchtime seminar series. These were broadcast live to allow those unable to attend in person to link in.

Simon Bennett from AVEVA gave the inaugural seminar on Thursday 13th of February. AVEVA is local to Cambridge with a Hub here focused on the Oil, Marine and Gas sectors. AVEVA is leading the digital transformation of industry with its innovative software. Simon presented some of the company’s products for the design, operation and maintenance of structures including a digital twin of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s entire value chain. He also highlighted PhD research on AS-IS modelling of industrial facilities by Eva Agapaki, who is based in the Engineering Department and supervised by FIBE2 Centre Director Dr Ioannis Brilakis.

Next, we had Alan Mocsa from nPlan present on black swans, machine learning and projects. nPlan is an Artificial Intelligence company, which builds Software-as-a-Service products that understand how construction projects are executed. Alan’s explanation of black swans turned out to be very timely in light of the current coronavirus pandemic! He was able to enlighten the non-machine learning members of the audience how this approach can be used to predict risk in project delivery.

Our final industry speaker for Lent term was Geoff Morrow from StructureMode. Geoff founded StructureMode in 2007 to collaborate with architects, developers, artists and designers on thoughtful and creative projects. Geoff presented an impressive range and variety of projects including one for Barnet Council – Montrose café – that met all of the company’s climate manifesto. It was particularly interesting to hear Geoff talk about the community building in Cambodia, which used fabric formwork concrete for optimising shape and built on work developed by our civil engineering colleague Dr John Orr.

We would like to thank all our speakers for the varied and interesting presentations so far. Our Easter term series starts this Thursday with a presentation by Mott MacDonald. Other upcoming seminars can be found here  


Written by: Sally Birse