Thursday, 11 February 2016

Special Seminar on Energy Efficiency

Professor Todorka Samardzioska, from St. Cyril and Methodius University in the Republic of Macedonia, visited Ashurst Lodge to give a lecture on “Energy Efficient Buildings and Alternative Energy Sources”. Todorka received her PhD at WIT in 2006.
Prof Todorka Samardzioska

Energy efficiency in buildings requires optimization of heating and cooling, hot water systems, lighting and other energy demands. Nearly 60% of that energy is dedicated to heating and cooling in Macedonia.

The optimisation requires savings in energy demands, as well as the application of new technologies and the development of renewable energy resources. Insulation is an important component of energy efficiency.

Todorka has participated in a Smart Energy Project of the EU to reduce carbon emissions as well as optimise energy use. The aim of the EU project is to study the carbon emissions in Europe and propose ways to reduce them. A variety of building types were studied and different types of isolation proposed. The problem of the thermal bridges were particularly looked into and solutions proposed.

Todorka commented on the new types of external wall constructions applying higher levels of insulation. This includes the use of passive solar systems. They also include floor heating systems.

She stressed the importance of a multidisciplinary approach for solving energy problems. 

There were many questions following the lecture, giving rise to a lively discussion regarding different energy systems in the built environment.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Link with ITMO

Professor Carlos Brebbia, Director of Wessex Institute of Technology, visited St Petersburg’s National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics of the Russian Federation (ITMO) to discuss collaboration between the two Institutions.
The Meeting was held with Dr Daria Kozlova, Vice Rector for International Relations, and Professor Maya Uspenskaya, Director of International Scientific and Research Institute of Bio-engineering.
Carlos explained the way in which his Institute works with different organisations around the world, including some of the most prominent in the Russian Federation. Areas of possible collaboration are the holding of scientific meetings and seminars in St Petersburg, production of books and other printed material and exchange of researchers.
Associate Prof Daria Kozlova, Prof Carlos Brebbia, and Prof Maya Uspenskaya at ITMO in St. Petersburg

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Meeting at Hospital Italiano in Buenos Aires

Professor Carlos Brebbia visited the Hospital Italiano Research facilities in Buenos Aires. The Meeting was hosted by Dr Daniel Luna, Chair of the HealthInformatics Department.
Dr Sonia Elizabeth Benitez, Prof Carlos Brebbia,
 Dr Dante Graña and Dr Daniel Luna
Carlos gave a Powerpoint presentation on the objectives of the Wessex Institute of Technology, and the importance of the Boundary Element Method in bio-engineering. He described some numerical experiments that can be carried out using a BEM Model of the human body or parts of it, such as the eye and other organs. Specific effects included the effects of different types of radiation on the body, including electromagnetic waves of various frequencies. Carlos explained how different parts of the human body can be modelled and then analysed to predict what is happening, using the properties of tissues, fluids, etc.
Carlos also mentioned WIT’s interest in Rapid Manufacturing, which relates to the design and analysis of implants. One can predict the life of an implant by using fatigue curves, combined with crack propagation.
Dr Luna explained that his research unit is interested in the preparation of patient records with a view to using them in data mining at a later date. Another important area of research is visualisation for surgical purposes, including computer robotic surgery.
The visit was highly successful and it is hoped that it will lead to further collaboration.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Impact and Blast Resistant Design Methods 2015

Recent events have highlighted the fragility and vulnerability of our infrastructure and environment to accidental explosions and terrorist attacks, and how important it is to continue to improve safety and security.

Professor Norman Jones FREng and Dr Graham Schleyer FIMechE from the University of Liverpool, School of Engineering recently delivered a short course on impact and blast resistant design methods over 5 days at the Wessex Institute of Technology to a group of participants from the UK, Canada, US, Pakistan, Turkey, France and Denmark.

This course was designed to equip professional engineers and researchers with the tools and methods to analyse and better understand problems in industry associated with large dynamic loads produced by a variety of energetic sources such as explosions, dropped objects and high velocity projectiles. Practical design examples and case studies were used throughout with reference to commonly used design manuals and codes of practice. Hands-on sessions were included to allow typical problems to be solved using spreadsheet analysis tools. Participants received the new edition of Prof Jones’ book on Structural Impact, together with other course literature. The material presented applied to structural crashworthiness, explosion mitigation, hazards evaluation and safety calculations throughout the civil, mechanical, nuclear, transportation, petrochemical and process industries.

The presenters are internationally recognised and accomplished in their field with experience in research and teaching over many years. The participants commented on how useful they found the course in view of the versatility and accessibility of the methods and appreciated the comprehensive set of notes and worked examples.

The next course will take place from 7-10 November 2016. For further details, please contact Jane Chantler,

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Delegation from Goluchow, Poland visits WIT campus

The Delegation was received by Professor Carlos A. Brebbia, who gave a brief introduction on the work carried out by the Institute, particularly in relation to research in advanced computational methods and their applications to industry.
The work of WIT Press was also discussed, including its books and international journal lists.
Carlos described the Conference Programme which consists of around 25 meetings per year in different locations around the world, including in the past Sczecin, Cracow and Poznan in Poland.
WIT also supports visits by different researchers who can be accommodated on Campus where they interact with members of the staff.
An important function of WIT is also the organisation of special courses and seminars, including those aimed at industry.
The delegates were then given a tour of the Campus where they had occasion to see the new installations, as well as the accommodation for researchers and visitors.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

WIT Traditional Summer Barbeque 2015

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The traditional summer BBQ took place in the grounds of the Ashurst Lodge Campus of the Wessex Institute.

The BBQ is a way for WIT to express its appreciation to all those who have collaborated to the success of the Institute.  Children were especially welcome which helps to make the occasion very family oriented.  Visitors can see the advances made over the last academic year and the new improvements on Campus.
The fare consisted, as usual, of roasted lamb with many side dishes and salads, a variety of sweets and fruits and an open bar.
The special event during the 2015 BBQ was the unveiling of a brass ‘bas-relief’ sculpture which was fixed to a bare brick wall of the pool building.  The sculptress, Pilar Subias, flew from Spain especially for the occasion.
Carlos spoke to the participants gathered around the veiled sculpture, of the importance of continuing to improve and beautify our working environment, and how essential Pilar’s work has been in this regard.  The Campus contains several other works by Pilar, including a basalt sculpture depicting an Eagle-woman, a stone plaque showing two stags fighting, a Welsh dragon at the entrance to the Patagonia building and the head of a woman carved in alabaster at the entrance.
IMG 0405Each sculpture – Carlos said – is a gift that Pilar left to us expressing her love and empathy with all of us.  This is also reflected in the cities in which she has made a living in her native Spain, ie Zaragoza and A Coruña.  There one can see various sculptures decorating public spaces in town.  We are privileged to be able to have works by her at Ashurst Lodge, and grateful to her for having travelled from north-west Spain for this occasion. 
Carlos then proceeded to unveil the sculpture which represented a Mermaid and a Triton, their tails interweaved.  The casting in brass is better appreciated during the afternoon when the light of the sun brings out the shapes.
After the unveiling, the participants resumed the party which lasted well into the afternoon.
The BBQ coincided with the holding of the Summer AGM of the Wessex Institute.  During this meeting the Board of Directors set the strategy for future developments.

Special Award to Santiago Hernandez

Prof Santiago Hernandez
Professor Santiago Hernandez of A Coruña University in Spain and long-standing Member of the Board of Directors of Wessex Institute has received the Distinguished Achievements Medal of the Institute of Civil Engineers of Spain.
The Medal is awarded annually to members who have rendered exceptional services to the profession and made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Civil Engineering profession.  It was awarded by the Minister of Justice, Sr Rafael Catalá, with the presence of the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructures, Sr Manuel Niño.
Santiago has collaborated closely with the Wessex Institute since its foundation and continues to interact in diverse research and training activities.  He chairs several important international conferences organised by the Institute in areas ranging from Architectural Heritage to Applied Fluid and Structural Mechanics.  
He has published several books and, in particular, edited WIT Press conference volumes, part of WIT Transactions collection.  Santiago also serves on the Editorial Board of several internal journals, including Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements.
Amongst other books, he is author with members of his research team of an outstanding book on “Bridge Elasticity:Sensitivity Analysis and Optimal Design”, which presents a wealth of information on the analysis and design of long-span suspended cable-styled bridges.  (WIT Press – ISBN: 978-1-84564-056-9)
Santiago deserves our warmest congratulations on the occasion of having received this important Medal, a just reward for his many accomplishments as a Civil Engineer.