Student Profile: Andrew Holmes
MEng Systems and Control Engineering
My academic final year project with Professor Ashutosh Tiwari involved an industrial collaboration between Airbus and myself. The project was based on digitisation of a manual manufacturing process to be used in Airbus’ new wing design project; the Wing of Tomorrow.
After initial discussions and research, the aim of the project was decided as a 3D camera based tool to help increase the productivity of a manual worker. This involved me designing a tool to capture data from a worker and a fuel pipe installation task. This tool then analysed the data, resulting in real-time instructions to guide the worker, as well as a productivity and ergonomic assessment to try improve the speed and safety of the task for future reference.
The project was a great experience and helped to demonstrate how to integrate the theory from my degree into a real solution for an industrial leader such as Airbus.
The project was a great experience and helped to demonstrate how to integrate the theory from my degree into a real solution for an industrial leader such as Airbus. Throughout the project, I used several parts of my ACSE studies; such as software design, data modelling and machine intelligence. From this project and my degree in the department of ACSE, I learnt how to take a concept through the processes of research, design and integration and turn it into an advanced technological solution.
I am currently working for Envision Virgin Racing as a Systems and Controls Engineer within the Formula E racing series. This involves extensive travel to the capital cities of the world to implement advanced intelligent systems into electric race cars, as well as; designing electronics for the team, monitoring data for reliability and creating hardware and software solutions.