News & Events-Celebrating another great year at Frazer-Nash

Frazer-Nash Consultancy is celebrating another great year of delivering innovative solutions to clients. It's been a packed twelve months, with a wide range of interesting project work and collaborations, stimulating events and even an award or two! Read our round-up of just a selection of our news below.

January saw the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) release details of its new acoustic signature prediction tool - the Australian Rapid Assessment Tool (AusRAT) - developed in partnership with Frazer-Nash Consultancy over several years. We were also appointed by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to look into the transport options for the town's iconic pier, and to identify a preferred option. 

In February, an article by Frazer-Nash's Graeme Anderson and Andrew Chadwick was published in The Engineer, outlining how modelling tools help increase understanding of the potential outcomes of collisions between drones and critical infrastructure. Our experts also presented at a number of events, including the Safety Critical Systems Club's 25th Annual Symposium, the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) 13th International Conference on AC and DC Power Transmission in the UK, and the World Renewable Energy Congress in Australia.

In March, Frazer-Nash provided the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) with a range of concept designs for future transportable Collective Protection (COLPRO) systems for the armed forces. Our Dorking office hosted the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion (ERCOFTAC)'s oil and gas event: 'Modelling and Simulation, Best Practices and Technology Trends'.

March also saw us discussing the challenges facing naval system stakeholders, talking about the cyber skills shortage, the Internet of Things and quantum technologies in three presentations at Security and Policing 2017, and giving an overview of UK nuclear regulation to overseas investors and their suppliers at the 2017 Civil Nuclear Showcase.

April's focus was on asset management, with Gary Lock and Alexandra Knight presenting on asset management at the Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers (IDGTE) technology seminar in the UK. Meanwhile, in Australia, Stephen Webb and Keiran Chalk gave talks on our risk-based flow assurance tool (RiBFAT) and the asset management of overhead conductors at the Asset Management Council International Conference, AMPEAK2017.

In May, Frazer-Nash undertook an independent technology assessment of commercial rim drive propulsors for the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), investigating the drives' possible benefits, challenges and applications. Frazer-Nash's Chris Carter and Kevin Hamson also shared their expertise on submarine propulsion systems and noise at the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) and Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) Warship conferences in May and June.

June saw our power, transmission and distribution expertise showcased, with attendance at the CIRED exhibition, and news released about our work for UK Power Networks' Powerful CB project and SP Energy Networks Angle-DC project. We were also supporting Thailand's Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) with a programme to manage its £8.6 million (US$11.18 million) of assets.

In June we were also helping to develop young engineers: a group of Year 8 students visited our Dorking office as part of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED); and we were a partner and sponsor for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' (IMechE) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge event.

Our report on the Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) Scheme was published by the Department for Transport and Maritime and Coastguard Agency in July. The month also saw our expertise in the nuclear sector highlighted as, in support of the government's nuclear research and development (R&D) programme, we were selected to deliver three major contracts by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). As part of the research consortium working with industry and regulators to map the challenges and opportunities of modularisation, we also welcomed the opening of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre's new modular manufacturing research and development (R&D) centre.

August saw us approved as a member of trade organisation, the UK Chamber of Shipping, which acts as the voice of the UK shipping industry. In our rail sector, Richard Wheldon was appointed as Frazer-Nash's Rail Transformation Leader, with responsibility for capability development, recruitment and line management of the rail growth team; while Adelaide-based engineer, Ross Anderson, earned a place as a finalist in the Australian Rail Association's 'Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition'.

In September, Frazer-Nash was selected as one of the winners of the Defence and Security Accelerator's 'Autonomous Last Mile' resupply competition, receiving funding to develop its battlefield management program, REARM, which will help the Army use autonomous assets to deliver supplies to front line missions. Frazer-Nash was also supporting The Engineer's Collaborate to Innovate (C2i) awards in September, with Engineering Director Chris Guyott presenting the health and well-being category award.

Frazer-Nash took part in the UK Shipping Summit in Glasgow in October, with Dave Rowlands presenting an overview of the work, findings and recommendations of our recent SMarT review. Experts across our sectors were sharing their experiences this month, with presentations on a systems engineering approach to delivering manufacturing growth; the challenges of riser design for deep water oil and gas; helicopter designs, critical systems, and operational requirements; and the steps that were required to develop and validate analysis methods for impact on composite aerostructures for use in certification.

In November, awards formed a key theme of the month: Lisa Pritchard was awarded a prestigious Second Sea Lord's Commendation; Alasdair Anderson was awarded the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) 1906 Award; we sponsored the Cyber Security category of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Innovation Awards; and we were awarded Endorsed Assessor (EA) status by the Institute of Asset Management (IAM).

We sponsored the two-day Nuclear Ventilation Conference 2017 in Manchester in November; and hosted the 'Our Nuclear Future' workshop for BEIS, enabling discussions on shaping nuclear safety and security engineering research. Presentations delivered this month included expertise on asset management at the IAM Conference; insider threat psychology at the UK Security Expo; rim drive propulsors at the RINA conference; and on improving food processing sector efficiency.

In December we welcomed the announcement that the government is providing significant support for the development of next generation nuclear technology. We presented at the ANSYS Innovation Conference in Paris and the IMechE's 'Residual Stress: Techniques and solutions for industry applications' event. We also celebrated the presentation and 40th anniversary of the IET's Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards on 7 December, where some of the Frazer-Nash team met ceremony host Carol Vorderman.