The Boss is all booked up for ADIPEC ’17 and on the 6th Nov will be swapping the Scottish sunshine (?) for the more reliable solar output of Dubai.
Are you planning to visit ADIPEC ’17? Do you have an interest in production process plant design and construction? If yes you might want to drop by technical session 28 on the morning of 14th Nov. Here’s a sneaky peaky of what’ll be on offer…
Embracing innovation from other sectors
CDC favours cross-industry innovation; we actively look to other industries to find solutions of benefit to offshore O&G.
In fact the cross-pollination of ideas is all around. Take the Maclaren buggy for example. The Maclaren set the standard for the now ubiquitous umbrella buggy, so called because it folds like an umbrella. But did you know the buggy was designed by an aeronautical engineer? And did you know the same engineer had a hand in the design of the undercarriage of the Spitfire?
From landing gear to baby transport
The engineer was Owen Maclaren. The story goes that when his daughter visited the UK with her own baby she asked her father to design a pram that would go on a plane. When you think of the way the wheels of a plane (technically known as the landing gear) collapse and fold into the fuselage or the way a Maclaren buggy collapses and folds into the boot of a car, it isn’t hard to imagine them being designed by the same person.
The bagless vacuum cleaner invented by James Dyson offers another example of innovation crossing industrial borders. The Dyson range of bagless vacuum cleaners was inspired by an inefficient product (Dyson’s vacuum cleaner at the time) and his experience with an industrial scale cyclonic separator (used to remove particles from the air).
Our ADIPEC ’17 presentation
For ADIPEC ‘17 Iain will be taking his inspiration from Malcolm McLean, the daddy of shipping containers. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you took the design and form of shipping containers with their lovely ISO parameters and applied them to production process plant design? Iain did and came up with some interesting time and cost-saving conclusions (as well as adding to our suit of IP).
Want to know what those conclusions were and how they can save you money? Of course you do, but that would spoil the surprise so you’ll just have to wait! Not long to go now though – Tuesday 14th Nov, technical session 28. Drop by and say ‘hello’. The full ADIPEC ’17 programme is here.