Language of Collaborative Manufacturing

The Language of Collaborative Manufacturing was 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 aimed 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.

During the project we published more than 40 peer reviewed articles, gave numerous presentations and attended a number of national and international exhibitions. Thus, from the perspective of metrics, the project can be considered to have been a great success. But this is not the only perspective to consider. Perhaps the most important one is the positive impact it has had on those involved. In this regard, we have seen two promotions – Dr Watts and Professor Newnes; four new lecturers – Drs Gopsill, Snider, Jones and Joel-Edgar; and four post-docs move into industry – Drs Boa, Emanuel, Shi and Mogles. In addition, this project was for two of our investigators their final major research activity prior to retirement – Professors McMahon and Culley who are both now busier than ever!

Further, while not explicitly follow-on projects the LoCM project has informed and fed into two major new projects:

  • EP/R032696/1 – Improving the product development process through integrated revision control and twinning of digital-physical models during prototyping
  • EP/R013179/1 – Designing the Future: Resilient Trans-Disciplinary Design Engineers

For more information, please visit our project webpage.

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