New document by the KTN: Whole-Life Performance: what does it mean in the building sector?

Whole-life performance is increasingly talked about within the building sector. But what is it and why is it important?
A new document titled “Building Whole-Life Performance” has been developed by the Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network. It provides answers, examples and references for those who are interesting in knowing more about the topic.
Building Whole-Life Performance – innovateuk.

▶ BBC One – Breakfast, 27/01/2015, The amazing 3D printed heart

A two year old girl who was born with a serious heart defect has had a life saving operation thanks to a 3D printer.
Mina had a hole between two chambers of her heart, but doctors were able to use the printer to create a model to help surgeons plan the operation.
We were joined by Mina and her mum Natasha, along with Dr Tarique Hussain who printed off the model of her heart.
▶ BBC One – Breakfast, 27/01/2015, The amazing 3D printed heart.

King's College London – 3D copy of patient's heart

A 3D printed model of a patient’s heart has been used by surgeons to help plan how to fix the heart. Researchers at King’s College London have pioneered a ground-breaking technique whereby a 3D printer working from scans on the patient, creates a physical replica of a patient’s organ. Surgeons can then use the plastic replica to see, measure – and hold – the organ in all its detail, and tailor the surgery before they operate. This is particularly useful for operating on small children, whose organs are very small.
Two-year old Mina was one of the first patients in the UK to benefit from this new technique. From birth, her heart was so deformed by a large hole between the two chambers, it was thought it could not be repaired. However using an exact replica of the heart printed off in plastic, doctors treating her at Evelina London Children’s Hospital were able to see the exact size and position of the hole in the wall between two of her heart chambers, and to design a patch for it.
The technique was pioneered at King’s College London by Dr Gerald Greil, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Evelina Hospital who specialises in creating high resolution 3D images of the heart using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In Mina’s case, Greil and colleagues within the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at King’s used computer software to stitch together more than 120 images of the heart, creating a 3D image that could be viewed on a scan from any angle. Turning this image into a replica was the next step.
Professor Reza Razavi, Head of Division of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London said: ‘We have been using 3D models for research and teaching for a while but using it clinically is a first for us.’
King’s College London – 3D copy of patient’s heart.

Fascinating Look at 3D Printed Shelby Cobra Shown at Detroit Auto Show – Michael Andrew Photography Blog

Fascinating Look at 3D Printed Shelby Cobra Shown at Detroit Auto Show
“According to ORNL, the entire process for building the car took only six weeks from first to last, including 24 hours to print the Cobra’s parts, 8 hours to print the tooling components, and 4 hours to machine the bodywork by the Knoxville-based TruDesign, who gave the car a Class A automotive finish.”
Fascinating Look at 3D Printed Shelby Cobra Shown at Detroit Auto Show – Michael Andrew Photography Blog.

Building Whole-Life Performance – innovateuk

Resource Efficiency Funding Opportunities Webinar

This KTN webinar will look at a number of funding opportunities for the Resource Efficiency Community, also including the upcoming competition for funding “Building whole-life performance”.


12.00: Introduction to Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network
Steve Fletcher – Head of Sustainability and Resource Efficiency

12.10: Innovate UK Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste Competition
Catherine Joce – Circular Economy Lead

12.20: Innovate UK Circular Economy: Business Models Competition
Catherine Joce – Circular Economy Lead

12.30: Project REBUS SME call
Ben Peace – Sustainability Lead

12.35: Innovate UK Building whole-life performance Competition
Valeria Branciforti – Knowledge Transfer Manager Built Environment

12.45: Non-thematic funding opportunities
Derek Pedley – Environmental Services Lead

12.55: KTN support available
Catherine Joce – Circular Economy Lead

13.00: Q&A

13.15: Close

Building Whole-Life Performance – innovateuk.

Innovate UK: £6M Innovation Funding | BIM Task Group

Innovate UK has published two new business-led competitions to tackle two key challenges affecting the Built Environment; Supply Chain Collaboration and Whole-Life Performance. The competitions will be open to business led consortia. SME’s can attract up to 70% funding and large business can attract up to 50% subject to conditions.
Innovate UK: £6M Innovation Funding | BIM Task Group.