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Once again, IES is proud to be sponsoring the CIBSE Building Simulation Group Award, an annual competition open to postgraduate students from the UK and overseas for the best research project undertaken at Master’s level or equivalent to incorporate the application of building simulation tools.
The Awards will be announced at the CIBSE Building Simulation Group’s next event which is due to take place in London tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8th February). The fully booked event will comprise of a seminar on the topic of ‘Overheating risk assessment simulation and methodologies for buildings’, during which the winners will also be presented their awards by IES’ own Naghman Khan, Secretary of the CIBSE Building Simulation Group.
The winning thesis will be awarded a £1,000 cash prize, a full VE-Pro software licence for one year and a place on one of our 3-day public training events. Two runners up will receive a £250 cash prize, also sponsored by IES.
Watch out for details of this year’s winning submissions appearing on the CIBSE Building Simulation Group Award page after tomorrow’s event, where you can also read more about previous winners of this prestigious student award. Any students interested in entering next year’s awards should also watch out for details of the next challenge being posted on the CIBSE BSG Award page in due course.
This summer we were pleased to welcome Adalberto Guerra Cabrera, a Research Assistant from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, to the IES Team on a five week internship. Now that his time at our Glasgow HQ has come to an end, we asked Adalberto to share his experience on our blog. Here is what he had to say about his time with us…
What is your background? What do you do at Masdar?
I’m currently a Masters Degree student at Masdar, studying the Sustainable Critical Infrastructure program. I’m just coming to the end of my first year and will be starting my second and final year shortly. My study time is divided equally between classes and research and my research topic is ‘Microclimate in cities’. Prior to studying at Masdar I was a Civil Engineer in Mexico, so it’s been a big change for me, moving country and occupation.
My family and girlfriend all live in Mexico and I get to visit them during holidays mainly, however I am lucky enough to be attending a conference there in October and look forward to seeing them all then.
How did the opportunity for your internship with IES come about?
I had a keen interest in the VE and its capabilities and during a discussion around strategies and solutions in a team meeting I mentioned this to my advisor. A week later I received an email asking if I’d be interested in an internship with IES at its headquarters in Glasgow. I was delighted to have been asked and accepted straight away. I am very grateful both to IES and my advisor for allowing me this opportunity. My advisor is very experienced and understands the real value you get from combining your studies and research with real world work experience.
What has your role involved at IES during your internship?
For the last 5 weeks I have been working with the Model Interface team and Birthe Klebow, testing the master planning tool. I used the tool to test models from Abu Dhabi and provided feedback from the tool. In the short time I have been here I’ve learnt many of the features of the VE and feel I can now use it properly and appreciate its vast capabilities. In Masdar there is a shortage of people that know how to use the VE, so one of my tasks when I return will be to help others use the software.
What have you enjoyed most about your time here with IES?
I’ve loved being around so many smart and very motivated people. Everyone is so enthusiastic and works very hard: it’s contagious and motivates me to be the same when I can see just what can be achieved. It’s been great to have experienced a real life working environment related to my studies and it is very encouraging to see how the work I am doing at Masdar can be applied to the real world and make a real difference. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know a different culture and seeing the way a company is organised here. I only have previous experience of working for a company in Mexico where everything seemed very rushed and stressful with extremely long hours. Here things are more focused, specialised and relaxed which makes for a much more productive environment.
How would you describe the people and culture at IES?
The people at IES are very smart, dedicated and passionate. Everyone treated me very well from the moment I arrived. The HR team have been very supportive throughout the whole experience, organising my trip and accommodation and giving me a nice introduction to the company on my arrival, telling me how everything works and who is who. The team I’ve worked with also made me feel very welcome. On my first day I had a team meeting where I was assigned a project based on my interests and was given realistic goals which I am pleased to say I have achieved. Throughout the internship, the team have been very supportive. I’ve had weekly meetings to review my progress and the team have given me some great advice and helpful information for my research. I have lots of new ideas and tools I can use for my thesis now.
Something that really struck me about the company was the transparency of information available to staff from senior management, for example, the statistics given in the quarterly presentation by Don, showing how the company is progressing. I think this is really important and really helps with staff motivation. I have never known this type of transparency before in a company.
Overall, if I were to describe the IES culture in one word I’d say ‘collaborative’. The way everyone works really well together and helps each other is really nice to see and I’ve really enjoyed being a part of this for the last 5 weeks.
What have you learned from your experience working with IES?
I’ve learned the importance of collaborating with others to achieve goals. It’s been a wonderful learning experience in that I can see the similarities between my research in the lab at Masdar and the research that is being carried out here with IES and it really motivates me knowing that we are on the same track. IES is one of the only companies that I know to combine commercial activity with research and it makes me really happy to have been a part of this.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about undertaking an internship with IES?
I would highly recommend it to anyone considering an internship and I look forward to reporting back at Masdar on how good it has been for my development and my future studies. If I were to offer any advice I’d say: do your research and check out current developments IES are working on so you are prepared before you go. Most importantly, remember to pack a rain jacket or buy one if you don’t have one!
Anything else you’d like to tell us about?
Aside from what I’ve learnt with IES, it’s been a good cultural experience, visiting Scotland. It was my first time in the UK and I have really enjoyed visiting museums and taking in the city of Glasgow. I’ve even enjoyed the weather – it gets so hot in Abu Dhabi so the rain has been a nice change. Also, the landscape is so very different. In Scotland, everything is green so I’ve made sure I’ve taken my camera everywhere so I have some great pictures to take back to Masdar.
Although my time here has been short, I have built some great working relationships and I look forward to keeping in touch and continuing those relationships when I return to Masdar.
Here at IES we recognise the importance of supporting young talent within the industry. We are therefore delighted to be sponsoring a prize for the CIBSE Building Simulation Group Student Award 2015.
The annual competition, which has been running since 2012, is open to postgraduate students from the UK and overseas. Entrants must undertake a research project at Master’s level or equivalent in which the application of building simulation tools are a major element.
This year’s award focuses on projects which involve the application and development of advanced simulation techniques and/or software for predicting the performance of buildings and environmental control systems. The winner will receive £1,000, a 12-month unlimited laptop licence for the IES VE software suite and a place at one of our 3-day public training courses. All together this is a prize worth over £7,000! Two runners-up will also receive a £250 prize.
When it comes to our Virtual Environment software, we encourage all students to take advantage of our student licence offer which is available year round. Priced at just £50 (no more than you’d pay for most course books!), a student licence will provide access to all VE modules for a year.
In our quest to support the designers and engineers of the future we also offer heavily discounted licence rates to academic institutions for teaching purposes. As a result, the VE has now been adopted as one of the preferred performance analysis software tools by a number of universities and colleges worldwide, a recent example being the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University who intend to focus on the VE as one of two energy analysis software tools they will use exclusively in their curriculum. Click here to find out more about our student and academic offers.
If you would like to be considered for this year’s CIBSE BSG Award, expressions of interest must be submitted no later than Monday 31st August. Prospective candidates can download the full entry criteria and timescales here.
We can’t wait to see the winning submissions! In the meantime, read about last year’s winner here.
For the past three weeks, I, an 18-year-old business student from Denmark, have had the great honor of interning with the marketing department of IES.
As I approach the end of my stay, I can now write my second blog (I also wrote “Breakfast with the Don“). During my stay, I have took part in a range of tasks at IES’ marketing department; among others, I have designed flyers that are to be distributed at Greenbuild 2012; worked with the PR team and updated the website; and written articles and a blog. Even though, it is probably just another piece of work for the marketing team, it has made me very
proud to see my work actually being published!
I’m studying an international program in Copenhagen, Denmark, where — beside our classes being taught in English — we have also had the unique opportunity of interning at a business anywhere in the world. It was a difficult task to find an internship as you need contacts — and how many 18-year-olds have contacts at global business abroad? I know for sure that I didn’t. But thanks to my dad’s contacts, I was lucky enough to get this internship at IES.
Before my stay, I’d never heard about IES. And here I am, two months after my first contact with the Marketing Manager, Sue, and I have a basic understanding for their software and their consultancy services, and a much broader understanding of B-2-B markets.
Along with doing all those different tasks, I have also had a lot of fun with the Senior Coordinator, Laura, not to mention the PhotoShop-editing fun I’ve had with John and Yoni (part of the marketing team).
I had the great experience of having a long talk with Don, CEO, who told me his life story and his inspirations behind the company. This was definitely very inspiring and has made me really reflect on our world and the true impact of global warming. The hurricane, Sandy, in the US has only made me think more about it!
So have I changed throughout these three weeks? I’ve definitely been challenged and can go back to my school life in Denmark with a new perspective on the world.
Finally, I’d like to also use this opportunity to thank IES and in particular the marketing team for giving me this great experience which I have enjoyed almost every minute of :).
And now I can continue writing the report that is due for my English class about IES and John and Yoni can start Movember…
If you have been keeping up to date with our latest news stories you’ll know that we recently had a visit from the renowned Danish expert Jorgen Erik Christensen and two of his Masters students.
On Wednesday 25th April Jorgen, Espen and Peder appeared bright and early at our Glasgow Headquarters where they spent the day with our Director Craig Wheatley and Project Leader, Special Projects, Michael Pollock. Their intentions were to discover the UK analysis model and understand the process concerning simulation in particular of new, more complicated buildings and from this determine lessons learned to take back to Denmark.
Writing their master project on the future use of energy simulation programs in Denmark, the students saw this visit as a great opportunity to understand first-hand how the IES Virtual Environment (IES VE) software is used within a UK commercial building design process, and how the elements related to UK energy conservation regulations (Part L & EPCs) are incorporated.
Michael Pollock, our expert in this area was only too happy to share his expertise with our Danish friends. Talking them through the UK regulations and showing them how we set up advanced software solutions to meet UK compliance, the students were able to discover the challenges and begin to understand how this process could be adapted for Denmark.
With our new IESVE 2012 due to be released shortly, Michael and Craig were able to give the trio a sneak peek into some of the new features that would benefit them substantially with projects they were working on. Michael observed “Our visitors were wowed with the advanced capabilities of the Virtual Environment, it really seemed to go above and beyond what they had expected”.
Like all good students Espen and Peder had done their homework and had read many of the papers and presentations written by our experts. They were particularly interested in the IBPSA paper based on the Venture Building which is situated in the same campus as our headquarters and were keen to pay it a visit.
In feedback from Jorgen, Espen and Peder they said…
“Based on our meeting with IES we feel confident that the ever increasing demand for energy savings in buildings can be met through intelligent design and analysis of same. This is where IES<VE> comes into the picture; by integrating most of the design phases and Compliance certification into a single simulation tool, the workflow of the project is made more efficient, while at the same time giving detailed energy consumption estimations in order to further optimize the building design. This impression was confirmed by meetings with Buro Happold, Hulley & Kirkwood and Wallace Whittle.”
Craig rounds up the success of the visit…
“We were absolutely delighted to welcome Jorgen and his students from DTU to the UK.Â IES have a strong user base in Demark, thanks in part to DTU’s adoption of the Virtual Environment in their teaching. It was a pleasure to share the experience of IES and our customers in the use of our VE Compliance software for the EPBD driven UK Part L & Section 6 building regulations and energy performance certification.”