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EPSRC Reference: GR/S72351/01
Title: Grid Based Information Models to Support the Rapid Innovation of High Value Added Chemicals (GOLD)
Principal Investigator: Wright, Professor AR
Other Investigators:
Martin, Professor EB Shrivastava, Professor S Dunning- Lewis, Dr P
Ryan, Professor PYA Morris, Professor AJ Watson, Professor P
Smith, Mr R
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Mr R Smith
Project Partners:
Britest Limited Chemical Industries Association Ltd Faraday: INSIGHT (Chemical throughput)
Foresight Centre for Process Analytics One North East Centre for Unisys Ltd
Department: Chemical Engineering & Advanced Material
Organisation: Newcastle University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 February 2004 Ends: 31 January 2008 Value (£): 2,093,725
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Design of Process systems
Manufact. Enterprise Ops& Mgmt Networks & Distributed Systems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals
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This project will build on existing Grid technologies to provide an infrastructure capable of supporting full lifecycle processes in extremely dynamic Virtual Organisations, with an emphasis on dramatically reducing time to market of chemical processes.Chemical manufacturers focus on new product development as a means of growth, with time to market as the key driver. Analysts state that more structured mechanisms for managing the innovation process must emerge if companies are to extract maximum profitability. Innovation must be placed in a context broader than traditional chemical R&D. New ways of working exploiting dynamic virtual organisational structures are needed. The Virtual Organisations comprising the chemical industry are highly dynamic and solutions requiring significant infrastructural overhead are impractical. R&D processes spanning the entire lifecycle of some chemical product are similarly dynamic and complex.This project provides key Grid middleware components that will allow the creation and management of extremely dynamic Virtual Organisations comprising the full chemical R&D lifecyle. This will include facilities for: Trust Management, Workflow, Information Distribution, Centralised Access Control and management facilities. The project has the potential to provide a major advance in business decision-making via a step change in the way high value chemical products are conceived, developed and taken to market.
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