In support of government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative that launched this month, SMMT’s latest exhibition displays some of the most attractive, innovative and globally popular products built in the UK.UK automotive has been instrumental in the success of See Inside Manufacturing, piloting the first programme of events and giving thousands of young people and their teachers the chance to catch a behind the scenes glimpse of life inside modern manufacturing facilities.The initiative is designed to demonstrate that the UK has a modern, vibrant manufacturing sector and encourage more young people to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, in order to boost the UK’s skills base. The automotive industry is on course to manufacture a record two million cars in 2015, and thanks to sustained global investment and strong government support, now is a great time for young people to consider a career in automotive.The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer featured in the exhibit is manufactured at the company’s Ellesmere Port plant, which recently secured production of the seventh generation Astra. The MINI Roadster is one of more than two million models that have now been manufactured at its Oxford plant, and completing the display is an intriguing cut-away version of the Aston Martin Rapide, which reveals the internal engineering of the four-door performance model that will be built at the highly flexible Gaydon plant from later this year. All three advanced automotive manufacturing sites have invited young people to participate in a range of interesting activities including factory tours, interactive presentations, hands-on practical exercises and the chance to discuss experiences directly with current apprentices.More than 700,000 people are employed across design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, aftermarket and retail sectors with UK engineers and executives respected around the world. Industry takes on around 14,000 apprentices every year and looks to initiatives such as See Inside Manufacturing to ensure it continues to attract the best and brightest young talent.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
GEOVIA has released the latest version of the GEMS geology and mine planning software application. GEMS 6.5 provides many exciting new features designed to save time and increase productivity. New tools enable much easier drillhole design, and then allow users to rapidly produce and evaluate solids from the drillhole information in ways that were not previously possible, freeing more time for evaluation and analysis. The new Dynamic Shells module allows geologists to quickly and easily model geologic data for visualisation of grade data.Fully integrated with GEMS, this tool is designed to save time when initially evaluating deposits and can assist in generating surfaces and solids in moments as opposed to hours. Although this method does not replace traditional solids and block modelling, it is a technique that can provide mining operations with a faster and more flexible analysis capability for an ore deposit. GEMS 6.5 benefits include a new drillhole design tool assists with designing and storing new drillholes for exploration or resource extension projects, allowing geologists to create and edit new planned drillholes graphically; the solids validation and error correction has undergone a dramatic change, and new solids repair functionality reduces solids validation time “from days to minutes”; and the solids autocorrect feature locates and fills invalid triangles, and removes and fills the resultant hole(s) with the ability to expand the selection to neighbouring triangles in order to fix more complex error groups.In addition, TIN conditioning, triangle thinning, selection and manual repair functions are also collated into the new tool for ease of use. The New Dynamic Shells module interactively creates grade shells from drillholes and sample information. Geologists can select data points directly from GEMS and immediately create implicitly modelled isosurfaces, and analyse several different models simultaneously based on different interpolation parameters.