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  • Exploring user experience and effectiveness of an innovative leanbuild UK project management software: usability study post development stage

    Musa, Muktari; Daniel, Emmanuel Itodo; Namadi, Sa'id Ahmed; Enedah, Ifeatu; Momoh, Job; Haa, Samuel I. (Internationational Group for Lean Construction, 2024-06-17)
    This paper explores the usability and efficiency of the LeanBuild project management software; an innovative solution rooted in Lean Construction 4.0 principles. Through collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton UK, Kingston University UK, and London South Bank University UK, the LeanBuild Limited project presents a promising innovation in the construction industry. The integration of usability evaluations and user recommendations in software development is limited, despite the importance of usability testing. Even with limited adoption of construction project management software, Target Value Delivery principles are often overlooked. The study employs a mixed-methods approach, incorporating focus groups, questionnaires, and interviews to assess the software's usability. Recommendations gathered from industry practitioners, academics, and IT professionals emphasize the need for improvements such as financial reporting, critical path display, resource assignment features, simultaneous file uploads, BIM integration, enhanced security, and E-Tendering and Marketplace integration. The paper concludes that despite requiring further enhancements from its minimum viable product, LeanBuild is an effective solution, endorsed by users as a viable and scalable innovation with global applicability for efficient project delivery. This study highlights the importance of post-development usability checks and positions LeanBuild as a significant breakthrough in the construction software landscape.
  • The application for innovative methods and materials for greater sustainability in residential buildings in the UK: “a bibliometric review”

    Turner, Jordan; Daniel, Emmanuel Itodo; Chinyio, Ezekiel (Springer Nature, 2024-06-24)
    The provision of sustainable housing should factor energy efficiency, the use of sustainable building methods and materials and address the current associated barriers. This consideration triggered an ongoing study in UK which has so far conducted a bibliometric analysis of 275 papers using the VOSviewer software. More papers have been published in the last 5 years compared to the previous 15, and the UK is less engaged in successful collaborations in comparison to other economically developed nations. The lesser use of innovation in the UK has been identified. Also, the uses of sustainable methods and materials in residential housing are not fully exploited for achieving energy efficiency. A future research direction emerging is the potential to study the combined impact of using innovative materials and methods to achieve greater energy efficiency in UK housing provision. Through technological innovations and the need to move from fossil fuels (for example, through the use of heat pumps) a new approach can move the UK closer to achieving net-zero in housing provision and operations.
  • The effects of pilates mat classes on abdominal core control and dance performance: a pilot study

    Bergeron, Christine S.; Smith, Tina; Welsh, Tom; Wyon, Matthew (Taylor & Francis, 2024-06-20)
    Dancers trained in classical ballet and modern forms are taught to use their core strength to execute movements with proper alignment. Pilates is an exercise regimen used by dancers to improve muscle conditioning, flexibility, and coordination. However, currently, there is limited research on the impact of Pilates for dancers which support these claims. The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the effectiveness of a Pilates mat program during dance performance. Dancers (n = 3) participated in a ten-week study consisting of pre- and post-testing and eight weeks of a Pilates mat program. Pre- and post-test comparisons in the plank strength test showed a statistically significant improvement for all three dancers. Survey results indicate dancers perceived an overall improvement in awareness and engagement of the core during dance class. Three independent dance instructors also saw an improvement in the dancers’ alignment and core strength throughout the eight-week study.
  • The ferritin, hepcidin and cytokines link in the diagnoses of iron deficiency anaemia during pregnancy: a review

    Chibanda, Yvonne; Brookes, Matthew; Churchill, David; Al-Hassi, Hafid Omar; Research Institute in Healthcare Science, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK. (MDPI, 2023-08-28)
    Following a diagnosis of iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy, iron supplements are prescribed using UK guidelines; however, despite this, the condition remains highly prevalent, affecting up to 30% of pregnant women in the UK. According to the World Health Organisation, it globally accounts for 45% in the most vulnerable groups of pregnant women and infants (<5 years old). Recently, the efficacy of iron replacement therapy and the effectiveness of current standard testing of iron parameters have been reviewed in order to evaluate whether a more accurate diagnosis can be made using alternative and/or supplementary markers. Furthermore, many questions remain about the mechanisms involved in iron metabolism during pregnancy. The most recent studies have shed more light on serum hepcidin and raised questions on the significance of pregnancy related inflammatory markers including cytokines in iron deficiency anaemia. However, research into this is still scarce, and this review aims to contribute to further understanding and elucidating these areas.
  • Developments and prospects of additive manufacturing for thermoelectric materials and technologies

    Baroutaji, Ahmad; Arjunan, Arun; Robinson, John; Ramadan, Mohamad; Abdelkareem, Mohammad Ali; Vance, Aaron; Arafat, Abul; Olabi, Abdul-Ghani; Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials Research Group, Centre for Engineering Innovation and Research, University of Wolverhampton, Telford Innovation Campus, TF2 9NT, UK (Elsevier BV, 2024-06-08)
    In view of the increased demand for electricity and the associated environmental and financial concerns, there is an urgent need to develop technological solutions that can improve the efficiency of engineering systems and processes. Thermoelectric (TE) technologies, with their capability of direct conversion of thermal energy into electrical energy, are promising technologies for green power generation through using them as energy harvesting devices for waste heat recovery in industrial processes and power generation systems. To date, TE technologies are still not commercialized on a large scale due to various economic and technical obstacles. The majority of previous research on TE technologies concentrated on improving the TE properties, such as electronic transport and figure-of-merit, while limited attempts were made to identify the best material processing techniques or reduce the cost of manufacturing. Conventional Manufacturing (CM) of TE materials and devices is multi-stage, complex, labour-intensive, time-consuming, and has high energy requirements. Thus, manufacturing challenges are considered key contributors toward limited industrial adoption of TE technologies. The rapid advent of advanced Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes, in recent years, caused dramatic changes in engineering design thinking and created opportunities to solve manufacturing challenges. With its significant capabilities, AM can be the route to address the shortcomings of CM of the thermoelectric technologies. In this regard, this paper presents an in-depth review of the literature studies on using AM technologies, such as selective laser melting, fused deposition modelling, direct ink writing, stereo lithography, etc., for manufacturing TE materials and devices. The benefits and challenges of each AM technology are discussed to identify their merits and the required future research. This paper demonstrates the role of AM in advancing green materials and technologies for solving some of the outstanding energy and environmental issues.

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