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University students work with ScotRail on live engineering project

Published: Wednesday, 25 May 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students have been able to work with ScotRail on a live engineering project involving one of the franchise operator’s trains.

Eleven students developed a series of animations and videos based on a Class 158 train door system, made up of 101 components.

Students in their final year from GCU’s 3D animation and graphic programmes collaborated with a mechanical engineering student to produce the videos, which will be used as tools to help train maintenance engineers at ScotRail.

The relationship between ScotRail, which is now being operated by Abellio, and Glasgow Caledonian University has seen several PhD, postgraduate and undergraduate students undertaking their research and development within the business. 

Such a partnership has created a wider benefit, not just for ScotRail but also the university, students and the industry as a whole.

The senior continuous improvement manager at ScotRail, Abhinay Ramani, believes the talent that was provided by GCU was incredibly exciting and will prove to be the future of the engineering world.

Exciting opportunity

The graphics students were able to create a full 3D static model of a Class 158 train carriage, focusing in particular on underframe components and the air-system, whilst the engineering students showed the pneumatic and mechanical components by modelling the door.

Due to the success of the project, a new group of students have been tasked with developing a more detailed and advanced training model that will allow ScotRail to interactively find faults and conduct task-specific training.

The projects that the partnership offers provides students with the opportunity to develop wider knowledge of real-world problem solving in a real-life working environment.

The experience gained through the project is a huge benefit when combined with an improved skill set that is developed by working on a real life project that covers a variety of disciplines.

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