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ASD Project Engineering Group

The Project Engineering Group (PEG) is part of the Applied Science Division (ASD) within Technology and provides Project Management, Project Engineering, Mechanical Design and Mechanical Analysis support for national and international scientific programmes and facilities.

Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment in ISIS
(Credit: STFC)

Support is provided to research programmes through collaboration and association with universities and external research organisations as well as internal facilities based at Daresbury and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory sites and, as such, it strives to be the first choice provider of engineering solutions for those programmes.

Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment in CERN
(Credit: STFC)

As well as working closely with other groups within the Applied Science Division, the PEG Group also pursue opportunities to further develop relationships with ISIS, Diamond, Particle Physics Department, RAL Space and Central Laser Facility etc., given that they have significant current and potential programme demand.

Projects vary in size and complexity and may range in duration from a few days to many years. The larger projects are usually collaborations with other research institutes such as CERN (the European Particle Physics Centre), Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) and the European Spalation Source (ESS).

Management of new opportunities are assessed by applying a process that considers core business, economic impact, ethical considerations, resources and expertise, collaboration with a strategic partner, scope for technical and scientific development and project risk.

Super Conducting Planar Undulator Project for AsTEC at Daresbury Laboratory
(Credit: STFC)

Engineers within the Group, and the Group Leader, are proactive in developing good working relationships with, and are first points of contact for, Project Managers. This enhances communications, give an informed insight into the future manpower requirement plans and enable the Group to improve its resource-planning for future projects.

As well as informal meetings to discuss current or urgent requirements with customers, there are organised, regular formal meetings in which the Group are proactive in determining potential future Group staffing requirements. Developing and maintaining good working relationships with Project Managers is a key activity of the group and is achieved by group staff contributing significantly to positive project outcomes.

Cryo Electric Dipole Moment Project at Institut Laue Langevin
(Credit: STFC)

Our Through-Life Engineering support includes:

  • Project definition and evaluation
  • Analysis and optimisation
  • Design
  • Integration with due consideration to appropriate safety legislation
  • Procurement, assembly, installation and training
  • Consultancy and support
  • Quality Management System assurance

With core capabilities including:

  • Project Management
  • Project Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Experience in working with collaborative international teams
  • Experience in working with multi-disciplined teams
  • Experience in the Project Management of large facilities projects

RICH Detectors at CERN
(Credit: STFC)

The core strength of the Group is that it has the expertise to understand, define, develop, deliver and integrate engineering solutions for large and diverse scientific projects operating strictly within a Quality Management System. It is considered vitally important that this expertise is maintained so staff development, well thought-out succession planning, recruitment and proportionate use of contract staff is the key to maintaining this core strength.

The Group structure has been formed into project-orientated groups, to meet the demands of the projects, typical of a matrix organisational structure. This is the structure of choice for the multi-project environment in which the Group operates. As the structure of the Group changes to meet the requirements of the programmes, it maintains appropriate line management contact to prevent isolation of individuals and, hence, is able to retain the supportive, mentoring and team working potential within the Group.

Last updated: 10 March 2016


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