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Research collegium examines global issue of seabed exploitation

Published: 11 September 2012Origin: Engineering

Young research scholars from around the world presented their solutions to the global issue of seabed exploitation at the conclusion of The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (The LRET) Research Collegium 2012 this week.

LRET Collegium

For the last eight weeks, 25 students from around the world have been working in small multi-discipline groups, drawn from academe and industry, to develop their skills whilst completing a project to design an engineering system that addresses the challenges (environmental, geo-political and legal-social) of sea bed exploitation.

The brief required each team to develop an imaginative solution, using their individual knowledge and experience, together with learning derived from a structured programme of taught modules (which focused on the design process, advanced technologies, regulatory and commercial issues, design challenges and engineering systems integration) and guest lecturers from academic research and industry.

From this, each group had to produce a group report for circulation to The LRET’s contacts and industry bodies, a technical paper for publication in journals, a group presentation and a factual report to trade publications.
The Collegium, in collaboration with the University, concluded this week with group presentations to an invited audience of academics, industrialists, young engineers and students.

Professor Ajit Shenoi, Director of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, who co-ordinated the event says: “The work of the students was very impressive. They demonstrated scholarship, innovation in their ideas, rigorous in their analysis and showed adventure in proposing new solutions.

"The Collegium has been a fantastic success and we look forward to building the community of LRET scholars. This wonderful event wouldn’t have been possible without the support and active participation of Michael Franklin and his staff."
Michael Franklin, Director of The LRET adds: "This is the second Collegium of its kind and its purpose is to bring young researchers from all over the world to address topics of global importance.

"By building teams and providing a social and community experience for all participants, our aim is to build a research network which we hope will continue for many years. It further strengthens our relationship with the University of Southampton."

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