Monthly news bulletin issue 4/2015

Prof. Richard Clegg

Welcome once again to all subscribers of our newsletter. There are many more activities going on in the Foundation than we can write about here, but we hope it gives you a flavour. More information and latest news can always be accessed from our website and social media.  

As a charity, what drives us is impact and excellence. We want to work with the best minds in the world engaged on high quality, user-inspired work that has maximum impact. Over the past few months we’ve been particularly dwelling on how we can measure the impact from our grant giving. Perhaps the best evidence can be obtained from case studies of practical examples where work we have supported has resulted in a benefit to society in line with our charitable aims. Our intention is to collect and share these case studies, which we look forward to including in future newsletters. 

Professor Richard Clegg, Managing Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation 

Korea and Singapore

At the end of March the Foundation’s Board of Trustees met in Korea, which was followed the following week by Richard Clegg visiting Singapore.  Whilst in Korea the Board visited the universities at SNU and Pusan and saw at first-hand the Foundation-funded work and research teams there in the fields of marine engineering and architecture. Amongst the topics discussed were how to network these important research centres and capabilities in Korea to the new areas that the Foundation is establishing in areas such as structural integrity, nanotechnology and big data.

Korea Singapore

In Singapore visits were made to the Singapore Maritime Foundation where LRF funds a number of scholarships, followed by visits to the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang University. In addition to catching up with the Foundation-funded research centres at NUS in the marine field, discussions also took place on nanotechnology and the public understanding of risk, which may be a growing area of interest in Singapore. 

Exploring resilience engineering

Lloyd’s Register Foundation Resilience Engineering workshopOn 15-17 April 2015, the Stevens Institute in Hoboken New Jersey hosted the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Resilience Engineering workshop.  Participants from more than a dozen countries and 5 continents came together to share their perspectives on the emerging field of Resilience Engineering, and to explore how the Foundation might make a distinctive contribution to the field.  Experts came from a wide range of infrastructure sectors including healthcare, transport, food and water and IT and communications, and brought perspectives from industry, from government, from city and regional-scale planning and from academia.  The Foundation intends to publish a review of Resilience Engineering in the late summer with Michael Bruno from the Stevens Institute as lead author. There will be a consultation on the draft report which will include a web-based consultation and a session at the Resilience Engineering Association symposium in Lisbon in June.  

Inaugural NSIRC conference

Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a Founder Sponsor of the Structural Integrity Research Foundation (SIRF) that is based in Cambridgeshire. Our £15m grant over 10 years is part of the £150m initiative that will generate at least 530 postgraduate qualifications in the LR Foundations priority funding area of Structural Integrity and Systems Performance. All research is managed and run through the operating arm of SIRF called the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC). 

On 23rd June NSIRC will be running its inaugural conference that will showcase the work that is already underway by its first intake of  PhD students. NSIRC Director, Prof. Tat-Hean Gan, will formally open the conference and will be followed by a poster session and 16 presentations from NSIRC students. The inaugural conference marks a major milestone in the completion of infrastructure that will support NSIRC.

To learn more about NSIRC, how to participate, the latest news and to see case studies on progress go to www.nsirc.co.uk

Arkwright Scholarships – full circle

One of the holders of an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship supported by the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust 2007-09, has helped select new Arkwright Scholars for 2015.

Naval architect and design engineer, Dan Alldis

Naval architect and design engineer, Dan Alldis was on one of the interview panels identifying future engineers just entering sixth form. Dan says: “I was really excited to be interviewing the next generation of Arkwright Scholarship candidates at the University of Southampton in April. It's been nine years since I had my own interview - I’m feeling old! I gained much from my scholarship sponsor, the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust and I am very pleased to be putting something back into the scheme!”. Dan, who studied at Southampton Solent University, works on the AutoNaut USV project at MOST (AV) Ltd in Chichester, UK, demonstrating the value of Arkwright in nurturing and encouraging young engineers to fulfil their own potential, and in turn pass on their experience. 

AutoNaut USV project

Arkwright’s 13 interview events are hosted at top universities throughout the UK. In 2015, Arkwright is interviewing 715 candidates and expects to award some 400 Scholarships. The Foundation is supporting six Scholars this year and has contributed to widening access and development of the scheme. All of Arkwright’s interviewers are volunteers, and Engineers from all backgrounds are invited to consider helping to interview new candidates during the 2016 Scholarship application round.

Information Centre and digitisation update

The team recently visited the British Library, to meet with Patrick Fleming (Head of Business Change at the British Library) and members of museum’s digitisation initiative. In recent years, the British Library has digitised over 7 million newspaper pages as well as several thousand historic maps. In spite of their busy schedule, the British Library were kind enough to dedicate a whole afternoon to discussing their own digitisation activities whilst also giving us a tour of their state of the art scanning studios. The meeting proved to be extremely useful in helping us to determine the conservation, digitisation, cataloguing and uploading of an historical archive. 

Over the past month the digitisation team has also embarked on its third trip to LR’s external archive at the Brass Foundry. The team sampled thousands of items from our archive which illustrated the diversity of our collection, not only in terms of content – from boiler plans to mid-ship sections – but also in regards to the sizes of items, a factor which would dictate different measures in the scanning process. In addition, our sampling of the collection took an interesting turn when we discovered a number of rare items – such as a correspondence letter between LR and Great Western Railway from 1898.

In other news, our digitisation survey has surpassed 250 replies and continues to help us formulate plans for a digitised archive that is based upon its user’s needs.  

If you would like to complete our survey, it can be found at https://lloydsregister.wufoo.com/forms/zftnp0f13ozrmz/

Finally, the Information Centre took part in Museum Week 2015 (23rd-29th March) on our Twitter page. With tweets regarding the Cutty Sark’s survey reports and the Collcutt & Rogers buildings, the Information Centre’s Twitter page produced engaging and fascinating  historical material that was well received. 

For more details on the Digitisation Project visit our blog, follow us on Twitter @LR_InfoCentre or like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LRFoundationHEC