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ISO brochure: international standards and private standards

ISO has published a document that explains the differences between its truly international standards and those created by industry groupings

European business collaborate on Inclusive Design

A new project led by the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre aims to create a new generation of products and software that everyone will find easier to use

Report identifies technologies to watch

Gartner's Hype Cycle Special Report for 2010 has been published, showing how different technologies are performing relative to expectations

Survey reveals what people want from tomorrow's gadgets

A survey conducted by Cambridge Consultants shows that people want 'solving new problems' and 'ease of use' more than smaller size or higher speed

How do you manage risk when you do not understand it?

Everybody today talks about risk, but do we really understand it? And what level of risk is acceptable? To find out, Jon Severn discussed risk management with James Catmur, a director and the global head of the risk practice at Arthur D Little, and co-author of System Safety: HAZOP and Software HAZOP

Mini-sub to explore ocean depths

First dive will be into the Pacific's Mariana Trench, which goes down to 36,201 feet

Why designers should pay more attention to ergonomic issues

Far from being unimportant compared with a product or machine's function, good ergonomics can deliver a number of business benefits

Brunel and Dyson pip Gates and Jobs as biggest engineering pioneers

Survey shows engineering appeals to a new generation of young minds; impact on society seen as a bigger influence than salary and career

EU energy standards are spur for better design

Steve Ruddell examines the implications of the new Minimum Energy Performance Standard regulations

How to manage a world speed record project

Nigel Macknight is the initiator and leader of the Quicksilver World Water Speed Record Challenge project, and he will also take the controls of the craft for its trials, development runs and record attempts. Jon Severn discussed with him some of the management issues that arise when leading a project that breaks many of the rules normally applied in the field of engineering

Weak pricing cuts profits by 25 per cent, global study reveals

Pricing study sheds light on the profit culture and pricing know-how around the globe and across industries

A glimpse of a robotic future

Robot animals, a self-driving car and a super-sensing helmet that could help save firefighters' lives

Career stability 'may be history'

Money and lifestyle issues driving a wave of career change for UK engineering professionals

VIDEO: What is social media – and what are the benefits to your business?

Video covers the basics about what it is and how to use it to best effect for marketing in a business-to-business context

Investment Trends 2012

Investors can be expected to continue to proceed with great caution as this year unfolds

Continued success of PAM and PLM to pivot on provision of flexibility, scalability, and security

The market value of PAM and PLM is expected to reach €506.6 and €4331.4m, respectively, in 2017

Skills shortfall 'serious'

Survey by training specialist KnowledgePoint underlines importance of certification in a volatile jobs market

Engineers confident about their job prospects in 2012

More than 60 per cent expect a pay increase; contractors choosing higher pay over longer term contracts

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