Technical partnership drives technology application, safety and energy
conservation to the mining, power and transportation industries
MONTRÉAL, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian-owned engineering and project
company, Hatch, and Formula One race team, Williams, joined forces in
2011 to develop enhanced solutions for Hatch's mining, energy and
infrastructure clients. The partnership is a pioneering initiative
among engineering and project delivery firms and brings together both
organizations' unwavering commitment to technical innovation,
high-quality engineering and project delivery.
Formula One has long been in the vanguard of new technological
development, particularly in the automotive industry. Advances such as
traction control, active suspension, anti-lock braking and vehicle
safety have made their way from the high performance world of
motorsport to become standard features of most vehicles. Less obvious
is how these technologies and methodologies can be leveraged in other
industries. Hatch and Williams are continuously identifying new
opportunities as they combine their respective engineering capabilities
to develop solutions for a variety of real-world applications.
As one result of the technical partnership, Hatch and Williams have
developed the Race to Reliability program, which assists operating
companies in mining, energy and infrastructure to develop strategies
that achieve the maximum value from their equipment, plant and
processes through proactively eliminating systemic defects. One of the
program tools transfers to industry the experience Williams has
developed around the pit stop, the iconic maintenance activity of
Formula One. By focusing on design, teamwork and technology,
organizations achieve continuous improvement in all areas of activity.
Safety is of the utmost importance to Hatch and its clients. While
safety on construction and operating sites has improved a great deal in
recent years, safety on the road continues to be a significant risk.
Similarly, safety is the cornerstone of all activities in Formula One,
and despite the inherent risks, the safety record of the sport has
continued to improve with ongoing advances to protect both drivers and
those around the track. Hatch and Williams have developed a
comprehensive road safety program which includes Williams' immersive
simulator technology, an adaptation of its Formula One simulator, to
train drivers to be safe and fuel efficient.
One of the most exciting technological developments in Formula One in
recent years is the hybridization of the cars. The kinetic energy
recovery system (KERS) uses the energy from braking to generate
electricity and stores it in a lithium ion battery. The energy can
then be converted to an 80 HP boost at strategic points on the track.
In developing their own KERS system, Williams first looked to
flywheels, a mechanical battery, to store the energy. This same
technology can be used to help stabilize intermittent renewable energy
sources such as wind and solar, and to save energy in public
transportation and industry.
"Working in alliance with Williams has opened a door, bringing the world
of motorsport to mining and metals processing, energy and
transportation industries," said Robert Francki, global managing
director of Hatch's Project Delivery Group. "This partnership is
enhancing our ability to resolve sophisticated technical challenges
while offering innovative solutions to our clients."
Williams co-founder and team principal, Sir Frank Williams, said, "The
progress made over the last 18 months with this partnership is helping
bring the commercial application of the company's Formula One-inspired
technologies to new industry frontiers."
Williams will also call on Hatch's technical community to help them make
their car go faster. Williams has provided insight into a number of the
specific long-term issues facing the team in order to give Hatch staff
opportunities to work with Williams and help in developing solutions.
Hatch is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services firm
that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic
services, including consulting, information technology, engineering,
process development, and project and construction management to the
mining, metallurgical, energy, and infrastructure sectors. Hatch has
served clients for over 80 years and has project experience in more
than 150 countries around the world. With over 11,000 people in over 65
offices, the firm has more than $35 billion in projects currently under
About Williams Advanced Engineering
Williams Advanced Engineering is the division of Williams that takes the
cutting-edge technology developed for Formula One and adapts it for a
wide range of commercial applications. Its engineering consulting
division offers operational consulting services in areas including
safety; energy conservation, reduction and recovery; robust and
reliable equipment design and maintenance; quality management;
telemetry; logistics; high-performance teamwork; and project
For further information:
Glenn Sakaki - Global Director, Marketing & Communications, Hatch
Phone 905 403-4241 / email firstname.lastname@example.org