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The electronic Newsletter of IBPSA England (2015 No. 2)

Dear IBPSA England members
Please find the June England Email newsletter (eNews) below. The IBPSA eNews is published on a quarterly basis, namely at the end of the following months: March, June, September, and December.
The second IBPSA England eNews letter in 2015 includes the announcement of IBPSA England's conference, BSO16 call for papers, a previous workshop at Loughborough University, several graduate job openings at Atelier Ten, and many others.
Happy reading!
Miaomiao (Candy) He 
IBPSA England eNews  Editor
Email: m.he@lboro.ac.uk
P.S. If you would like to share IBPSA England related information with all IBPSA England delegates, please don't hesitate to send an email to m.he@lboro.ac.uk
Item 1:
Building Simulation Optimization 2016 (BSO16) Call for Papers

BSO16 Conference Themes
  • Progress in simulation tools and optimization methods
  • Application of environmental and sustainability modelling to case studies
  • New directions in building environmental modelling including BIM and visualization methods
  • Progress in modelling micro-urban environments

Abstract Submission

The extended abstract should be no more than 500 words and must describe the aims, the investigative approach and the main conclusions of the work. If needed, one illustration maximum will be allowed. The paper should relate to one of the conference themes. The names and affiliations SHOULD NOT be included in the abstract submitted for review. All contributions should be of high quality, original and not published elsewhere or under consideration for publication during the review period. 
The deadline for the abstract submission is the 1st November 2015.


Item 2: OpenFoam seminar held at Loughborough University

On 8th June, Loughborough University hosted IBPSA-England’s first OpenFOAM® seminar attended by over 40 people.  OpenFOAM® is a free, open source CFD software package with an extensive range of features to solve a wide range of complex fluid flows.  We were privileged to have two of the original developers of the software join the line-up of speakers for the afternoon: Hrvoje Jasak (Wikki Ltd) talked about the future developments of OpenFOAM® and its use in commercial practice, and Gavin Tabor (University of Exeter) talked about the origins of the code and its intended method of use. In addition, Simon Rees (De Montfort University), Andrew Garmory (Loughborough University) and Mutlu Ucuncu (Arup) presented case study applications. It is the intention to make the presentations from the seminar available online shortly.


Item 3: New openings for graduate positions at Atelier Ten

Graduate Environmental Designer

For this entry level position, Atelier Ten seek a numerate graduate with an interest in the field of sustainable building and urban design. Reporting to the Associate Director, Environmental Team you will assist in providing consultancy on environmental design, sustainability benchmarking/implementation, building energy optimisation, daylight & shading solutions, sustainable systems, materials and waste. Projects will range from city masterplanning to detailed design of specific buildings across all scales and locations. As such, you will be an analytical team player who is excited by creative and innovative solutions that support low carbon and sustainable strategies. You will possess solid report writing and communication skills, together with demonstrable analytical experience. Ideally, you will be self-motivated, hardworking with first-class academics. Please send a CV and covering letter to Nick Schofield at nick.schofield@atelierten.com

Graduate Mechanical Engineer & Graduate Electrical Engineer

Atelier Ten is looking to recruit a Graduate Mechanical Engineer and a Graduate Electrical Engineer. Our graduates work on a range of projects for a variety of clients ensuring real opportunities for personal growth and career progression. We provide a positive work culture where learning and development is actively supported and promoted. While we seek someone who can think independently, the ability to work within a team environment is paramount. As a Practice, we encourage the design of highly innovative and sustainable engineering solutions that incorporate a mix of technologies. As a graduate with a minimum 2.1 in a relevant degree, you will be a highly motivated individual with excellent design, analytical and communication skills and ideally a student member of an appropriate professional institution. In return, we offer a competitive salary, opportunities for career growth and support for professional development. Please send a CV and covering letter to Nick Schofield at nick.schofield@atelierten.com


Item 4: Excel for architecture and building engineering students
David Coley and Mike Wood of the University of Bath have written a short book/course on using Excel for architecture and building engineering students. The book is focused at teaching good Excel practice: units, column titles, understandable equations etc. The theme that runs through the book is the design of a near zero energy house. Although many students have used spreadsheets this has normally been only to process numbers in a simple way and to draw a graph. This book shows students the transformative potential of a numeric environment such as Excel. It is written as a course for architecture and building engineering students that introduces them to building robust spreadsheets and to the concept of modelling using spreadsheets. During the course the student builds a model of the heat loss of a house in winter and uses it to see if it is possible to create a building that is heated only by the body heat of the occupants and other free gains. The text is built around a series of self-study tasks. Some are designed to be handed in for marking if required, or to keep track of progress and provide formative feedback. This book is available on Amazon for £3.28 so it will be available to as many students as possible.


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