Public Engagement

Costing Research for Industry


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Project case study

Workshop flyer

Workshop booklet

Project contact:

Dr Ettore Settanni (Department of Mechanical Engineering);


Representatives from 19 different industrial partners predominantly from the aerospace, defence, design & engineering, energy, and manufacturing sectors.

Engagement activity:

An interactive workshop for industry partners to share the findings from an Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council funded project on Costing for Avionics Through-life Availability (CATA).

Project summary

The interpretation of results generated by traditional ways of modelling the availability of technical systems (aircraft, trains etc) can easily cause tension between suppliers, manufacturers, and customers / end users as focus is placed on potential, undersirable outcomes from breaches in contract terms and conditions which may lead to litigation. The CATA project has resulted in an innovative system that uses both qualitative and quantitative data as a basis on which different stakeholders can build, through collaboration, the agreement required to underpin the successful execution of an availability contract.

This project involved designing and delivering an interactive workshops - titled Costing for Availability - to share findings from the CATA project with a range of industrial partners. The hope was to engage industrialists with the findings and to challenge their understanding of engineering research as 'data-driven'. The workshop featured as part of a wider event on 'Costing Research at Bath'.

Find out more about the project

For further details on the project including the benefits to the researchers and the publics, things they would do differently and their top tips,download the project case study. A workshop flyer and workshop booklet is also available.