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(1) Project Management of the Airbus A380 – building the biggest

Airbus A380
Designed to challenge the 30-year monopoly of the Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo-Jet’ in super-sized air transport, the Airbus A380 represents the culmination of the long term ambition of the European Airbus consortium to design and build the largest ever commercial airliner. The lecture traces the motivation behind the decision launch the Airbus A380 in 2000 and how the management of the project brought together the engineering expertise and skills of four European nations and a host of global partners in the quest to produce the largest passenger aircraft that has ever flown.  The lecture also considers the competitive response of Boeing and the how being able to produce the largest aircraft in the world does not necessarily mean financial success.

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(2) Project Management of the London Olympics 2012


The staging of the games of the 30th Olympiad in London represented the culmination of a seven-year project to desi4en and build the most ‘green’ and environmentally sustainable ever Olympic facilities following the award of the games to London in July 2005.  The lecture traces the history of the development of Olympic stadiums and facilities from the early simple facilities of the early games to the complex infra-structure designed to deliver the Olympic experience to a global audience.  In particular, the lecture will focus on how a run-down, derelict and polluted area of London was transformed into a world class sporting facility using advanced engineering and project management techniques.

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(3) African Manufacturing and Frugal Engineering

Frugal Engg

‘Made in China’ has become almost synonymous with modern manufacturing as the giant of the far east has come to dominate the mass production of lower priced commodities.   However, the combination of higher wages and a move to concentrate on producing higher value added products is now resulting in an opportunity for other nations in developing counties to participate as global sources of mass production.  Many commentators have for long argued that there is now an opportunity for African countries in particular to assert a stronger role in the manufacturing of many commodities. The lecture will assess the potential of African manufacturing and also look at the opportunities that the concept of ‘frugal engineering’ developed by Indian engineers may have for sub-Saharan development.  Can the ideas of simplifying complex products to meet the needs of developing countries, but still retaining the great majority of the functionality of the products concerned have a role in African development?

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(4) Women in Engineering


Despite the many advances that women have made in gaining recognition and achievement in many scientifically based areas of human endeavour, particularly medicine, that of engineering continues to remain elusive.   The fact remains that in comparison to their male counterparts, woman continue to be exceptionally under represented throughout the engineering profession.  While some progress has been made in nations with advanced intra-structure and associated education systems, within the developing world, female engineers are still unique and tend to be the exception. The lecture looks at the reasons for the low participation of women in engineering and the strategies that are being employed to encourage more female engagement in engineering as a career.

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(5) Aviation Law and Open Skies


Every time you take off in a commercial aircraft, you join the ‘city in the sky’ of a million or so people flying around the world at any one moment in time.  The growth of modern air transport represents one of the most socially changing phenomenon of modern times, making possible the ability to link cultures and nationalities within hours that previously took weeks and even months.  What is often not realised is that underpinning the modern air transport system is a complex series of international laws and agreements whose origins stretch back over seventy years to the pre-jet era.  The lecture will focus on showing how the legislation governing commercial aviation derived at the Chicago Convention of 1944 still influences the contemporary airline industry and how a system of bilateral agreements arose which while enabling global air services to exist has also resulted in a restrictive and monopolistic industry structure.  The lecture also describes the move towards a more liberated aviation environment and benefits that ‘open skies’ agreements can bring, especially to Africa.

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