Contents

Ingenia - Issue 14, November 2002

Opinion

Risk, adventure and the tyranny of peer review

John O’Reilly FREng

The peer review process for research proposals should not be unduly conservative or risk-averse in its approach, but should include an appropriate proportion of ‘high-risk, high-return’ activities

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Letters

Letters to the Editor

Andy Watts MBE

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Reports

The World Summit on Sustainable Development: A view from an engineer

Adrian Campbell

The summit was held in South Africa between 26 August and 4 September 2002. What were its implications for engineers?

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Reports

Implementing a knowledge-based management system: A work placement report

Joseph Corrigan

How the internal operation of one company is changing as a result of the development of knowledge-based management systems

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Articles

Delivering the national rail infrastructure

John Armitt CBE FREng

How did the rail network develop and how will it be enhanced and expanded over the next five years?

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Underground space: the final frontier?

Fiona Chow

Greater use of underground space in our cities could enable us to meet the increasing demand for buildings and extensive transport systems

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For whom the road tolls?

Peter Hills OBE FREng, Professor of Transport Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne Philip Blythe, Acting Director Transport Operations Research Group, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

To cope with the UK’s increasing traffic, road-use pricing could soon become common. What is the state of the technology that could make this possible?

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Exciting innovations for the spinally injured

Kenneth Hunt, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Glasgow and Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow Alan McLean, Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow

Engineering plays an important role in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and in improving the quality of life of spinally injured people

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ViSiCAST: Enhanced broadcast services for the deaf community

Gary Tonge FREng

A project using a virtual system for sign language has successfully developed an avatar-based signing system for broadcast, internet and ‘over the counter’ type applications

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The future of chemical and petrochemical manufacturing

Roger Benson FREng

Will the chemical and petrochemicals industry, still one of the country’s largest exporters, adopt a more distributed manufacturing model in the future?

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Revealing the secrets of fluidised beds: Exploiting links between academia and industry

David Newton

How a unique X-ray imaging technique to analyse flows in multiphase systems has developed from close cooperation between academics and industrialists

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Engineering ethics – Principles and cases

John Uff CBE QC FREng

What are the ethical principles with which engineers must be concerned and what are the relationships between legal and ethical duties?

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Editorial Board

Board members for this issue are:

Editor-in-Chief Dr John Forrest CBE FREng
Managing Editor David Mackin
Editorial Board Professor John Burland FREng FRS
Basil Butler CBE FREng
Richard Dodds FREng
Dr Colin Gaskell CBE FREng
Derek Hanson FREng
Professor Michael Kelly FREng FRS
Sir Duncan Michael FREng
Dr Ian Nussey OBE FREng
Professor William Stewart FREng

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