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Computer graduate focuses on fire and gas safety tech

Published: Wednesday, 05 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Safety experts Hazdet are relying on assistance from a skilled Teesside University computer graduate as they attempt to develop new fire and gas protection systems.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the university and the company should help to develop modelling software capable of deciding where gas and fire detection equipment should be placed in buildings.

Graduate Cameron Cotterill is using his expertise of computer game engineering to help develop the software that is set to have 3D visualisation capabilities.

The Stockton-based safety consultancy is focusing on facilities in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries where safety is of primary importance. 

Thanks to the expertise of Cotterill, the software is now capable of carrying out complex calculations that previously took hours, before visualizing them in less than a second. 

He explained that it means mapping jobs take significantly less time to complete while the scale of project sites can also be increased thanks to the improved software.

Cotterill added that it can be used on site so clients can see it in action and discuss the data when it is in front of them, which also enhances the planning process.

Innovate UK have part funded the project and Hazdet are reviewing the potential for the software to be sold as a stand-alone commercial product.

Plans are in place to demo the software at the Abu Dhabi Petroleum Exhibition and Conference this November while a client in Qatar has also shown interest.

Hazdet director Simon O’Connor explained that Cotterill has helped to ensure the long term viability of the company as previous software was becoming unfit for purpose. 

He explained that the project had progressed faster than initially planned before adding that it would be used with actual clients in the coming months.

This means the company should soon reap the benefits – it is thought the project will generate more than £1 million in profit across a five year period.

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