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Heiner Oberkampf, Knowledge Engineer, OSTHUS


Heiner is a Knowledge Engineer with a specialty in semantics. Before joining OSTHUS GmbH, he worked on his PhD at Siemens AG where he developed a semantic model for clinical information that integrates clinical data with medical knowledge and created sematic models for annotations of unstructured medical data. Heiner has successfully demonstrated how semantic technologies can be used to gather information from various sources such as relational databases and unstructured data such as text or images, in the context of patient data.

1. Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars?

In client projects I learned that semantics can help people to better structure and understand their data. For many people however semantics is still only a buzz word. I want to help people understand the basics of semantics and its role within a data-driven industry.

2. How did you get into the industry?

After graduating my studies in mathematics on graph theory, I worked on my Ph.D. thesis at Siemens in publicly funded research project Theseus MEDICO where we explored, how semantic technologies can help to enable knowledge-based access to clinical data such as radiological images or clinical reports.

Since 5 month I work for OSTHUS as a knowledge engineer, mainly in context of the Allotrope Foundation project where semantic technologies are used to create a shared vocabulary and data structures for data on laboratory analytical processes and their result. As a consultant I further help clients to use semantic technologies in various data management projects.

3. What do you most enjoy about your role?

Most of the clients are new to semantic technologies. I like to help them understand why semantics are key enabler for changing the value of their data. Having a shared vocabulary and shared data structures is the first step towards so many opportunities for usage of data. I like to help them make the first step.

4. What has been your best holiday and where would you recommend visiting?

I like to go swimming and eat a lot of sea food in my holidays. Croatia is great for that and I’ve been there the last four holidays.

5. What motivates you?

I want to bring visions to real applications that have impact and solve business questions.

OSTHUS will be presenting their webinar ‘The Role of Semantic Technologies in a Data-driven Research and Production Environment’ on 21st October at 3pm London/10am New York, read more & register here.

Dr. Allan Jowsey PhD MEng CEng MIFireE MSFPE MASCE Fire Engineering Manager, AkzoNobel

Allan JowseyDr. Jowsey obtained a PhD in Structural Fire Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 2006.  He worked as a consultant Fire Engineer in London for several years and now leads a global team of Structural Engineers and Fire Engineers within AkzoNobel’s fire protection division.  Dr. Jowsey sits on numerous global technical committees and standards development bodies.  His work involves overseeing research and design activities while also generating practical solutions through liaisons with engineers, contractors and steelwork fabricators around the world on projects in the built environment and oil and gas markets.

1. Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars on fire design?

We speak to many designers and engineers across the contract chain about roles, responsibilities and possibilities when it comes to the fire resistance of structures.  We find that there is a thirst for knowledge in this area and a webinar provides a great platform to educate those in the industry to allow them to benefit and influence their individual projects.

2. What do you hope people will take away from your webinar on fire design?

Ideally people will appreciate that aspects of fire resistance and fire design warrant closer attention than merely adopting what is stated in a code or standard without fully understanding the basis of that decision.  The webinar will highlight that significant savings in weight and cost can be achieved while still adhering to the required levels of safety and robustness demanded by design.  Once designers understand the basis for a decision, it provides them with the ability and confidence to question its applicability.

3. What has been the highlight of your career?

Educating practicing engineers on fire resistance and providing them with the ability to start assessing structural performance of their buildings and assets in terms of enhanced and robust design checks in the event of a fire.

4. Where is your favorite place in the world and why?

On top of a hill or mountain anywhere in the world.  It’s a great escape that allows me to spend time with my family, to exercise and to think clearly.

Dr Allan Jowsey will be presenting alongside his colleague Robin Wade in AkzoNobel’s Webinar ‘Achieving weight savings through intelligent Fire Design’ on the 7th July at 3PM London/10AM New York. Register for the webinar here.


Achieving weight savings through intelligent fire design

When attempting to solve complex problems we often rely on generalized assumptions and generous margins for error to reach a solution we agree is not perfect, but acceptable. This is often because it would take considerable time and effort to calculate the values needed to reach the perfect solution.

Let us consider an everyday example. When boiling water to make a cup of coffee the most energy and cost efficient method would produce only the exact amount of boiling water required to fill the cup. Achieving this perfect solution would require calculating, amongst other things, the exact volume of water needed and the amount of water which would be lost through evaporation in the boiling process. To avoid this difficult and lengthy calculation we instead estimate the amount required and add a generous amount more just to be on the safe side, accepting in the process that more than enough hot water will be produced and some wastage will occur.

Whilst fairly trivial in the context of making a cup of coffee this principal can become more problematic when considering the fire protection requirements of an oil and gas structure.

In this context it is the thickness of material applied which needs to be calculated. Material thickness is a key factor in determining the duration of fire protection afforded to a steel structure. Typically the thicker the material is applied the longer the duration achieved but also the greater the level of cost involved.

Arriving at an optimum thickness is a complicated process influenced by the fire protection standard specified for the project and a range of other variables. As with the previous example, not all of the variables required to arrive at an optimum thickness are known and they can be difficult and time consuming to calculate using traditional methods.

Historically, standard industry assumptions have been employed to arrive at a best estimate solution for the quantity of fire protection required to meet a certain fire resistance standard. Whilst effective at providing a straightforward estimate for the thickness needed, the margins for error which are employed can lead to over-specification. This can provide greater durations of protection than are required to meet the fire protection standard employed.

In the previous example, boiling too much water provided only a slight inconvenience and negligible cost penalty for the individual making the cup of coffee. However in the context of fire protection, over-specification of material can not only represent an increase in cost for a project, it also adds unnecessary weight to a structure. This can potentially limit the scope of design for process modules used in the offshore oil and gas industry and onshore where modular construction techniques are used.

In an attempt to address these issues engineers are now looking to remove as many of these standard assumptions as possible, instead applying greater focus to the specific requirements of each project.

Recently introduced fire design technologies can now be used to run complex heat transfer and structural modelling assessments which remove the need for generalized assumptions in the specification process. This provides a tailored fire protection solution for each individual project ensuring safety standards are met, whilst optimizing the quantity and weight of material required.

This not only provides greater certainty that the solution provided is fit for purpose for the specific requirements of the project, but also provides the potential for cost and weight reductions.

Register to take part in the full webinar to learn more about fire design and how it can be used to provide oil and gas construction projects with an optimized fire protection package.

Stephen Tindal, Director, Formulation and Site R&D Lead, Catalent

Stephen TindalStephen holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry and Analytical Science from Loughborough University, UK. He has worked in softgel R&D for 27 years and has broad expertise in the technology. Stephen specializes in root cause investigation, technology innovation, gelatin innovation, customer liason and supporting business development. Stephen is part of Catalent’s R&D Team at the Company Headquarters in Somerset, New Jersey.

1. Why did you decide to do a webinar with us?

Catalent is a big company with a wide range of capabilities.  It may be difficult for people to truly understand our capabilities based on published information.  It’s important when describing enabling technologies to get into more detail.  This is the only way to match a technology to a specific need.

2. How do you prepare yourself when presenting to a live audience?

I like to make sure I fully understand the message I’m trying to deliver.  I feel more relaxed if I know the subject really well.

3. What are some of the best moments of your career?

The best moment was when I found what I was good at and realized I wanted to do it forever.

4. If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?

Flying.  Just for the thrill.

5. What is your favourite flavour of ice-cream?


You can register now for Catalent’s webinar ‘ Optimize Your Oral Drug Development Pathway – Faster to Market’ taking place on the 30th October at 11am  New York/3pm London.