£1.9M grant for Universities of Bristol and Bath

The Universities of Bristol and Bath are set to receive part of a £12M grant aimed at improving the manufacturing competitiveness of the UK.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is making the awards as part of a £45 million package of investments in manufacturing research announced by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.

Professor Ben Hicks will lead a £1.9 million project called ‘The Language of Collaborative Manufacturing’. Prof. Hicks’ research is aimed at producing a new suite of ICT tools and a ‘next generation project dashboard’ to address major issues in modern engineering projects.

Prof. Hicks commented “Modern engineering projects such as aircraft manufacture operate globally, and involve thousands of engineers and companies. Managing such collaborative, large-scale, high-value engineering projects and the communications within them is complex and risky.

“Companies need to minimise delivery setbacks cost overruns, risk and collapsed projects. Overruns on engineering projects cost the US economy $150 million a day.”

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