Curriculum Vitae: Mr Jim Nickerson

Current Position

Software Engineering Consultant to Peters Research Ltd,

Areas of Expertise

Elevator Controls, 

Microchip PIC,  C32,  C18,  Hi-Tech PICC,  Visual Studio/C++/c#/VB/.Net,  PHP,  C,  MySql,  XP, Windows CE,  I2C,  SPI,  Ethernet,  CAN,  RS232,  RS485,  TCP/IP,  8051,  Keil, 802.11,  Eagle PCB, Embedded DC Servo Drive,  NI LabVIEW,  Sumitomo HF430 series VVVF drive,  Danaher Motion S600 AC Servo Drive,  Allen Bradley and Modicon PLC,  Journeyman Instrument Mechanic. 

Professional Experience

2009 – present
Software Engineering Consultant

Projects with Peters Research

  • Development of Elevate Live remote monitoring system.
  • Integration of 3 axis accelerometer data into Elevate Software
  • Development of new features and maintenance of existing modules for Elevate 8 release
2000 – 2009
Software Engineer and Contract Programmer Supervisor,  ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Key Projects

  • DSC dispatcher software integration
  • Universal Digital PI to replace older discrete bulb PI’s using AC or DC.
  • Hoistway cable reduction to 4 wires for Hall Fixtures, Door Locks and safety circuit wiring using signalling over AC power line and CAN to the controller.
  • CAN Elevator earthquake detector using ADXL202 on dsPic30F. 
  • CAN Hall Call Push Button with additional I/O for gong & Position Indicator. 
  • CAN Car Call Push Buttons with additional I/O. 
  • CAN MAC: Hands free emergency in car phone, modem data communications, audio announcements, emergency bell and battery backup emergency light with CAN communication.
  • CAN Hall and Car Position indicator.
  • CAN Bolt Counter to detect slippage and stop the elevator before damage occurs.
  • CAN Remote Brake Board detection system.
  • Embedded TCP/IP board
1998 – 2000
Senior Software Engineer and Supervisor for contract programmers,  DigiMetrix Inc

Key Projects

  • Development of remote monitoring for transit systems including Washington DC WMATA Metro, San Francisco BART and Las Vegas pedestrian escalators for Kern County
1996 - 1998
Senior Software Engineer,  Tallyrand Industrial Systems Inc.

Key Projects

  • C++ NT network applications to transfer orders from AS400 to production line flying cut-off controller. Real time monitoring and remote control of controller.
  • Embedded control software to link three flying lunch controllers to coordinate punching patterns in material.
  • Allen Bradley PLC and Quick panel software for process control.  
  • Modicon PLC and Modicon PanelMate software for process control.
1995 - 1996
Senior Software Engineer, R&D,  Plant Equipment Inc.

Reverse-engineered communication protocol for Northern Telecom Meridian telephone sets, used in the 85 station CTI (Computer Telephone Interface) 911 service center installed in Dallas Texas.  VB and C test software to talk to and test the telephone sets. Specified, set up, configured and installed the 20 station NT network used in the New Hampshire 911 center, and the 22 station Phoenix Fire 911 center. 

Specified, set up and maintained 20+ station NT network used by in house engineers for software development and testing. 

Set up and in charge of CD Rom mastering for software distribution. Converted cable tester setups from audio tape to CD Rom.  Set up GPS receiver to get real time for Phoenix Fire 911 center call logging. Designed parallel port-controlled switch to remotely generate 8 incoming calls for test and debug.

1986 – 1995
Self-Employed Computer Consultant
1982 - 1986
Software Engineer,  Kayro Corp..
Pre 1982
Journeyman Instrument Mechanic

 

Curriculum Vitae: Dr Rory Smith

Current Position

Consultant to Peters Research


Career Overview

Rory Smith is a seasoned lift industry executive with more than 49 years of management and technical experience. He has recognized expertise in research, manufacturing, installation, modernization and maintenance of lifts. Strong communication and interpersonal skills have aided him in building effective and creative teams to maximize results


Academic Qualifications

University of Northampton

Engineering Doctorate for research in Vertical Transportation

University College Northampton

MSc in Lift Engineering

University of Phoenix

BSc in Business Administration

 

Professional Qualifications

EUR ING European Engineer 

Chartered Engineer 

Fellow, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

California Contractors License,
C 11 Elevator Installation
C 10 Electrical (General)

 

Professional Experience

2019 – present

Consultant to Peters Research

2013 – 2019

Director of Strategic Development, Americas.  Responsible for ThyssenKrupp’s Internet of Things, a joint project with Microsoft

2009 – 2013

Operations Director, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Middle East.  Responsible for Installations, Maintenance and Modernizations.

1999- 2009

Vice President, Product Planning, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, North America Responsible for R&D product planning.  Manage scientists, engineers and technicians

1994 -1999

General Manager, Computerized Elevator Corporation, New York.  Responsible for operation of an Elevator Control System manufacturing company with 24 Million USD turnover per year.  Major Projects included:

  • World Trade Center Modernization, New York
  • Olympic Stadium, Sydney
  • HSBC, London
  • Federal Reserve Bank, Boston    
1975 – 1994

Director of Manufacturing and Engineering, Amtech Elevator, North America

Held various positions of increasing responsibility including sales management, construction management, and service management.

In last position, responsible for manufacturing and engineering for a 100 Million USD turnover per year corporation.  Manufacturing facility located in Baja California, Mexico.

1969 - 1975

District Manager, US Elevator, San Diego.

Responsible for branch operations including, installations, service and repair.

1969

Sales Engineer Trainee, Westinghouse Elevator Corporation, Los Angeles.  Sales Engineer Trainee

 

Other Roles and Responsibilities

2014 to present

Visiting Professor, Northampton University School of Science and Technology

2013 to 2014

Visiting Research Fellow, Northampton University School of Science and Technology

 

Awards      

The Carter Bronze Medal awarded by The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) for the paper "The Appraisal of Lift Passenger Demand in Modern Office Buildings”. October 12, 2012.  Co-authors: Dr. Richard Peters & Elizabeth Evans. 

 

Publications

Journal Papers

Peters R, Smith R, Evans E  The Appraisal of Lift Passenger Demand in Modern Office Buildings  Building Services Engineering Research and Technology Volume 32 No 2, May 2011

Smith R  The Divine Algorithm  Elevator World, February, 2003

Conference Papers

Smith R  Understanding GB/T 24476 - 2017 China's Technical Specifications for Internet of Tings for Lifts, Escalators and Moving Walks proceedings of the 10th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2019)

Smith R  Robots, Non-human Passengers proceedings of the 9th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2018)

Smith R Robots a New Class of Passenger proceedings of the 8th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2018)

Smith R Key Innovations and Technologies in Vertical Transportation Systems since 1980  proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Mechanics of Slender Structures, Merida, Spain (December 2017)

Smith R  Understanding EN 81-77: 2013 & prEN 81-77: 2017 Lifts Subject to Seismic Conditions proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2017)

Smith R  The Role of Economic Factors in Traffic Planning and Selection of Lift Equipment  proceedings of the 6th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2016)

Smith R The Internet of Things, Big Data, Machine Learning, and the Lift & Escalator Industry proceedings of the 5th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2015)

Smith R  Under Lifted Buildings in the Middle East proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2014)

Smith R  Cabin Ventilation, Code Requirements and Experimental Results proceedings of the 3rd Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2013)

Smith R  Gerstenmeyer S  A Review of Waiting Time, Journey Time and Quality of Service proceedings of the 3rd Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2013)

Smith R  Traffic Analysis based on the Up Peak Round Trip Time method. Why it works and how it can be improved  proceedings of the 2nd Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2012)

Smith R  Designing Elevator Installations Using Modern Estimates of Passenger Demand and Currently Available Elevator Technologies  proceedings of the 1st Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2011). 

Smith R Designing Elevator Installations using Modern Estimates of Passenger Demand Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technolgies, ELEVCON, Luzern, June 2010

Smith R Using Simulation for Lift System Design Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technologies, ELEVCON, Athens, June 2008

Peters R, Smith R Analysis of Elevator Performance and Passenger Demand with Destination Control Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technologies, ELEVCON, Athens. June 2008 

Smith R  Achieving Good Lift Ride Quality Symposium on Mechanics of Slender Structures (MOSS).  Northampton, UK. September, 2006.

Powell B, Smith R  Application of Two Elevators in the Same Hoistway Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technologies, ELEVCON, Helsinki, Finland, June 2006.  

Al-Sharif L, Peters R, Smith R  Elevator Energy Simulation Model Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technologies, ELEVCON, Istanbul, April 2004 

Peters R, Smith R  Enhancements to the ETD Dispatcher Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technologies, ELEVCON, Istanbul, April 2004 

Smith R  Desarollo de un Siestema de Traction Utilizando Cable de Aramid  Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technologies (Spanish speaking Unit), Barcelona, 2003

Peters R, Smith R  ETD Destination Dispatch and Booster Options Proceedings of the International conference on Elevator Technologies, ELEVCON, Milan, June 2002   Reprinted in Elevator World, June 2002

 

Presentations

Traffic Analysis Based on the Up Peak Round Trip Time Method, Why it Works and How it Can be Improved  2nd Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies.  University of Northampton.  Northampton, UK.  September, 2012. 

Designing Elevator Installations Using Modern Estimates of Passenger Demand and Currently Available Elevator Technologies Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies.  University of Northampton.  Northampton, UK.  September, 2011.

Designing Lift Installations Using Modern Estimates of Passenger Demand  CIBSE Lifts Group.  London, UK.  March, 2011.

The Evolution of Elevator Rope Test Apparatus  Symposium on Mechanics Of Slender Structures (MOSS).  University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. July, 2008.

Trafico de Ascensores.  Nueva Methodologia para Diseno de Sistemas de Ascensores  Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technologies (Spanish speaking unit), Barcelona, 2007  

Using Simulation for Lift System Design  CIBSE Lifts Group Open Forum.  London, UK.  May, 2007.

What Does the Future Hold?  National Association of Elevator Contractors, Annual Convention, Atlantic City, USA.  September, 2007.

Workshop: Elevator Traffic Design and Analysis Symposium on Mechanics Of Slender Structures (MOSS).  Northampton, UK. September, 2006.

TWIN A Revolution in Elevator Construction  Institution of Electrical Engineers, Seminar on Intelligent Environments, University of Essex, UK. June 2005.

Elevator Suspension Ropes Constructed of Aramid Fibers  Institution of Physics Stress & Vibration Group.  University College Northampton, Northampton, UK. September, 2004.

New Technologies for Elevators  National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, Annual Meeting.  San Diego, 2003.

New Technologies for Elevators  National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, Regional Meeting.  Orlando, 2002.

Machine Room-less Elevators  National Association of Vertical Transportation Professionals, Annual Meeting.  Atlanta 2001.

Elevators in the New Millennium  National Association of Vertical Transportation Professionals, Annual Meeting.  New York 2000.

 

Patents

Smith R  US 10,005,641 Elevator Dampener and Energy Harvesting Device and Method. (June, 2018)

Smith R et al US 9,896,306 Apparatus and Method for Dampening oscillations of an Elevator Car. (February 2018) 

Kaczmarczyk S, Smith R  US 9,868,614 Elevator System. January, 2018. 

Smith R et al US 9,114,954 Active Guiding and Balance System for an Elevator (August, 2015) 

Smith R et al US 8,733,507 Multicar Zoned Elevator System (May, 2014). 

Kaczmarczyk S, Smith R US 8,617,325 Actively Damped Tension Member.  (December, 2013) 

Peters R, Smith R US 8,534,426 Control for Limiting Elevator Passenger Tympanic Pressure and Method for the Same.  (September, 2013).  

Smith R et al  US 8,397,873 Zoned Elevator System.  (March, 2013). 

Peters R, Smith R  US 8,276,715 Method of Assigning Hall Calls based on Time Thresholds.  (October, 2012).  

Parker A, Phan C, Smith R US 8,162,110  Rope Tension Equalizer and Load Monitor. (April, 2012).  

Smith R et al  US 8,123,002  Elevator Rope Positioning Apparatus.  (February, 2012).  

Kaczmarczyk S, Smith R US 8,110,050  Actively Damped Tension Member. (February, 2012). 

Peters R, Smith R US 8,104,585  Method of Assigning Hall Calls based on Time Thresholds.  (January, 2012).  

Smith R et al  US 8,100,230  Elevator System with Virtual Landing.  (January, 2012).  

Parker A, Phan C, Smith R US 8,096,024.  Rope Termination Device.  (January, 2012).  

Peters R, Smith R  US 7,975,808  Saturation Control for Destination Dispatch Systems.  (July, 2011).  

Al-Sharif L, Peters R, Smith R US 7,967,113  Elevator System to minimize entrapment of Passengers During Power Failure.  (June, 2011).  

Smith R et al  US 7,841,450  Twin Elevator Systems. (June, 2010).  

Al-Sharif L, Peters R, Smith R US 7,540,356  Method and Apparatus to prevent the Entrapment of Passengers in an Elevator During a Power Failure.  (June 2009).  

Al-Sharif L, Peters R, Smith R US 7,374,020  Energy Efficient Elevator System.  (May, 2008).  

Smith R et al  US 7,334,665  Interlock Wiring Communication System for Elevator Systems. (February, 2008). 

Nguyen H, Smith R  US 7,246,686  Power Supply for Elevator Systems Having Variable Speed Drives. (July, 2007). 

Peters R, Smith R  US 7,032,715  Method and Apparatus for assigning elevator Calls to Minimize Energy Use.  (April, 2006). 

Smith R et al  US 7,032,371  Synthetic Fiber Rope for an Elevator. (April, 2006). 

Peters R, Smith R  US 7,011,184  Increasing Traffic Handling Performance of an Elevator System Based on Load.  (March 2006).

Nickerson J, Palazzola M, Parrish R, Smith R, Sweet R  US 6,923,065  Apparatus for Testing Aramid Fiber Elevator Cables.  (August, 2005).  

Smith R  US 6,668,980.  Elevator Car Isolation System and Method. (December, 2003).

Smith R  US 6,662,660.  Apparatus for Testing Aramid Fiber Elevator Cables.  (December, 2003).

Peters R, Smith R  US 6,619,434.  Method and Apparatus for Increasing the Traffic Handling Performance of an Elevator System.  (September, 2003).  

Smith R  US 6,439,349.  Method and Apparatus for Assigning New Hall Calls to One of a plurality of Elevators.  (August, 2002).

 

Curriculum Vitae: Professor Lutfi Al-Sharif

Career Overview

Lutfi Al-Sharif has a degree in Electrical Engineering, a Ph.D. degree in the applications and use of simulation and neural networks in vertical transportation systems and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. He is a Professor at the University of Jordan and a Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton.  He is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Prof Al-Sharif worked as a Lift and Electrical Project Team Leader and headed a Business Unit at London Underground before joining WSP as an Associate Director, and then running his own consultancy firm.  Currently he combines his university teaching schedule with consultancy and training for Peters Research Ltd.

Academic Qualifications

UMIST, Manchester 1992

Engineering Doctorate in the applications and use of simulation and neural networks in vertical transportation systems

UMIST, Manchester 1990

MSc in Remote Lift Monitoring

University of Jordan, Amman 1987

BSc in Electrical Engineering

Professional Qualifications

Chartered Engineer

Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Professional Experience

2016 - present - Consultant, Peters Research Ltd

  • Development and delivery of lift and escalator training courses
  • Lift and escalator research and consultancy

2006 - present  - Professor, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

  • Delivered various courses in the area of instrumentation and process control, mechatronics system design, power electronics, drive systems, modelling and simulation, control systems and stochastic modelling
  • Supervised graduation projects in the area of vertical transportation systems as well as mechatronics and robotics
  • Research in the area of instrumentation especially transducers
  • full responsibility for establishing and running the department (comprising of around 500 undergraduate students), heading a team of lecturers and engineers.

2002 - 2006 - Director, Al-Sharif Vertical Transportation Consultancy Limited

Providing consultancy services to clients in the railway and building industries in the UK, USA, German, Denmark and India.  Projects include:

  • Developing of modelling software for whole life planning for lifts and escalators for London Underground
  • Development of a weightless weight testing programme for Tyne & Wear Metro escalators
  • Oberoi Garden City, 50 storey residential Tower, Mumbai, India
  • Jordan Gate (Twin tower building, Amman, Jordan)
  • Kuwait Business City (50 storey office tower)
  • Moscow Federation Tower, 88 storey building using Twin lifts, Moscow
  • Burj Dubai, plots 37 and 38 Residential (55 storeys): Concept to Detailed Design
  • Larnaka Airport: Concept and detailed design
  • Copenhagen Concert Hall: Pedestrian Flow Analysis
  • Lift energy Consumption Modelling and Simulation for a Manor US lift company
  • New York Metro Station Facility sizing analysis, New York Subway, USA

2001 - 2002 - Associate Director, Buildings Transportation, WSP Group

Vertical Transportation consultant, covering areas of traffic analysis, pedestrian circulation analysis, specification and  tender documentation preparation and controller design.  Projects include:

  • Busan Tower, Korea (120 storey tower)
  • New Arsenal Stadium, London, UK
  • Thameslink 2000 St Pancras Underground Station
  • National Space Centre, Leicester, UK
  • New Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters, Scotland, UK
  • Heathrow, Termainl 5 CIP Lounge lifts traffic analysis for BA

1998 to 2001 - Delivery Manager (Lifts & Escalators/Electromechanical), Stations, London Underground

Head of  business unit in the Stations Systems Consultancy, responsible for replacement and refurbishment project on London Underground Stations.  Responsibilities included:

  • Full accountability for the running of business unit
  • Carrrying out feasibility studies and business case analysis
  • Ensuring compliance with British and European standards and HMRI requirements
  • Achieving ISO 9001 compliance for the Lift & Escalator section

1998 - 1999 Senior Station Modeller, London Underground Ltd

Senior modeller for the Whole Life Asset (WLAP) Plans for stations.

1995 - 1998 Team Leader (Lift & Electrical Projects), London Underground Ltd.

Heading a team of 5 engineers who solve technical problems, write specifications and provide technical support to refurbishment and replacement projects for lifts and escalators.  

1992 - 1995 - Senior Electrical Engineer (Lifts & Escalators) in the Chief Engineer's Department, London Underground Ltd

1989 - 1992 - C++ Real Time Software Programmer, Intelev Ltd, Bolton, UK

1985 - 1989 Electronic design engineer and Head of Electrical Department  , Jordan Lift & Crane Manufacturing, Madaba, Jordan 


Publications 

Conference Papers

Al-Sharif L Electrical Noise Control Techniques in Elevator Controllers Elevator Technology 3, Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technology (Elevcon ’90), Rome, Italy, March 1990.

Al-Sharif L Memory Requirements in the Design of Remote Lift Monitoring Outstations  Interlift ’91, Proceedings of the International Convention for Elevator Technology, 23-24 September 1991, Munich, Germany.(Reprinted in:  Lift Report [in English & German], November/December 1991.)

Al-Sharif L New Concepts in Lift Traffic Analysis:  The Inverse S-P (I-S-P) Method Lift Report, Elevator Technology 4, Proceedings of the International Conference of Elevator Technology (Elevcon ’92), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 1992.

Al-Sharif L Bunching in Lift Systems Elevator Technology 5, Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technology (Elevcon ‘93), November 1993, Vienna, Austria.

Al-Sharif L Topics in Escalator Electrical Design Elevator Technology 6, Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technology (Elevcon ‘95), March 1995, Hong Kong.

Al-Sharif L Lift & Escalator Energy Consumption Proceedings of the CIBSE/ASHRAE Joint National Conference, Harrogate, UK, 29 Sept. - 1 Oct. 1996, (pages 231-239, Volume I).

Al-Sharif L Escalator Passenger Numbers from Energy Consumption Elevator Technology 7, Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technology (Elevcon ‘96), October 1996, Barcelona, Spain.

Al-Sharif L Asset Management of Public Service Escalators Elevator Technology 9, Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technology (Elevcon ’98) Zurich, Switzerland, October 1998. (Reprinted in:  Elevator World, June 1999 (page 96)).

Al-Sharif L Introduction to Electric Shock Protection Elevator Technology 10, Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technology (Elevcon 2000), May 2000, Berlin, Germany. (Reprinted in:  Lift Report [in English & German], March/April 2001 & Elevator World, July 2001 (page 110-115).)

Al-Sharif L Lift Safety Gear Testing without Weights:  a Critique and Overview Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Elevator Technologies, Elevcon 2002, Milan, Italy, June 2002. (Reprinted in:  Lift Report and Elevator World.)

Al-Sharif L, Peters R, Smith R  Lift Energy Consumption:  Modelling and Simulation CIBSE Lift Group Annual Conference, November 2003, Balham, London, United Kingdom.

Al-Sharif L  Lift Energy Consumption:  General Overview (1974-2001) Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technologies, Elevcon 2002, April 2004, Istanbul, Turkey. (Reprinted in:  Elevator World October 2004)

Al-Sharif L, Peters R, Smith R Elevator Energy Simulation Model Proceedings of the International Conference on Elevator Technologies, Elevcon 2004, April 2004, Istanbul, Turkey. (Reprinted in:  Elevator World November 2004.)

Al-Sharif L Intelligent Braking Systems for Public Service Escalators Proceedings of the 1st International Conference Building Electrical Technology Professional Network (BETNET) Conference, BETNET 2004, October 2004, Hong Kong, China.

Al-Sharif L  Escalator Human Factors:  Passenger Behaviour, Accidents & Design Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Building Electrical Technology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 2006.

Al-Sharif L  Experimental Investigation into the Relationship between Passenger Comfort on a Stopping Escalator and the Kinematics of the Stop Proceedings of the 6th Jordanian International Mechanical Engineering Conference (JIMEC’6), 22nd – 24th October 2007, Amman, Jordan.

Al-Sharif L  Experimental Investigation into the Effect of Mechanical Design of an Escalator and Passenger Loading on its Energy Consumption International Conference on Mechanical Engineering 2008 (ICME08) part of World Congress on Engineering 2008 (WCE08), 2nd to 4th July 2008, Imperial College, London.

Taifour S, Al-Sharif L, Kilani M  Modelling & Design of a Linear Variable Differential Transformer presented at MS’08 Jordan, The International Conference on Modelling And Simulation, Petra, Jordan, 18th -20th November, 2008.

Al-Sharif L, Taifour S, Kilani M  Simulation and Experimental Verification of the Axial Force of a Tubular Electromagnet on a Concentric Cylindrical Permanent Magnet Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Modeling, Simulation, and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO'09), Sharjah, U.A.E. January 20-22, 2009.

Al-Sharif L Twenty Engineering Principles for Mechatronics Undergraduate Students Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Mechatronics and its Applications (ISMA ’10), 20th to 22nd April 2010, Sharjah, UAE.

Al-Sharif L, Saleem A, Tutunji TA Mechatronic System Design:  The Ideal Capstone Course Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Mechatronics and its Applications (ISMA ’10), 20th to 22nd April 2010, Sharjah, UAE.

Al-Sharif L Electrically Based Intelligent Escalator Braking Systems Proceedings 18th International Congress on Vertical Transportation Technologies (Elevcon 2010), 2nd to 4th June 2010, Lucerne, Switzerland.

Al-Sharif L Three Dimensional Scanner using Laser Triangulation Technology 23rd Canadian Conference on Applied Mechanics, 6th – 8th June 2011, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Aljnaideh O, Al Janaideh M, Al-Sharif L, ElShaer A Control of Hysteretic Smart Actuators 23rd Canadian Conference on Applied Mechanics, 6th – 8th June 2011, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Al-Sharif L, Abdel Aal O.F, Abu Alqumsan A.M The Use Of Monte Carlo Simulation To Evaluate The Passenger Average Travelling Time Under Up-Peak Traffic Conditions   The 1st Symposium of Lift and Escalator Technologies, September 2011, The University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom

Al-Sharif L, Al-Adhem M  Overview & Comparison of Four Methods of Elevator Traffic Analysis & Design Elevator World Virtual Elevator Event 2012, 11th July 2012.

Al-Sharif L, Aldahiyat HM, Alkurdi LM, Al-Adhem M Evaluating the Elevator Round Trip Time under Up-Peak Traffic Conditions using the Monte Carlo Simulation Method in Elevator Technology 19 (pp 166-177), Proceeding of the 19th  Congress on Elevator Technologies, Elevcon 2012, 22nd to 24th May 2012, Miami, Florida, USA.

Al-Sharif L, Abu Alqumsan A.M, Abdel Aal O.F  The HARint plane: A Graphical Method for Visualising the Optimality of an Elevator System Design Option The 2nd Symposium of Lift and Escalator Technologies, September 2012, The University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom

Al-Sharif L, Abdel Aal OF, Abuzayyad MA, Abu Alqumsan AM Converting the User Requirements into an Elevator Traffic Design: The HARint Space The 3rd Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, 26th-27th September 2013, The University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom.

Khaleel R, Al-Sharif L, Salahat M Derivation of an Elevator Round Trip Time Formula Under Up-Peak Traffic for the Case of Four Special Conditions The 3rd Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, 26th-27th September 2013, The University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom.

Al-Sharif L  A New Paradigm for Assessing the Effectiveness of Up Peak Group Control Algorithms  The 4th Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, September 2014, The University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom.

Al-Sharif L, Abu Alqumsan A, WGhanem W, Tayeh I, Jarrar A  Modelling of Elevator Traffic Systems Using Queuing Theory  The 4th Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies September 2014, The University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom

Al-Sharif L, Al Sukkar G, Mansour M, Gharbieh M, Farraj E, Jarrah R, Milekh R, Zaben N Extracting the Value of the Round Trip Time under Up Peak Traffic Conditions from Simulation  The 5th Symposium of Lift and Escalator Technologies, September 2015, The University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom

Al-Sharif L, Al Sukkar G, Hakouz A, Al-Shamayleh N A Towards a Systematic Methodology for the Design of Elevator Traffic Systems in High Rise Office Buildings  The 6th Symposium of Lift and Escalator Technologies, 21st- 22nd September 2016, The University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom.

Al-Sharif L, AlOsta E, Abualhomos N, Suhweil Y  The Passenger Transfer Efficiency coefficient (PTEC) for Double Deck Elevators under Incoming Traffic Conditions The 7th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2017)

Al-Sharif L Escalator Weightless Weight Testing: A Case Study from a UK Metro Proceedings of the 9th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2018)

Al-Sharif L, Peters R D Using the Monte Carlo Simulation to Evaluate the Round-Trip Time Under Destination Control  Proceedings of the 9th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2018)

Al-Sharif L, Gerstenmeyer S, Niebling J, Peters R D, Abbi M  Using Monte Carlo Simulation in Lift Traffic Systems to Compile the Probability Density Function (PDF) for the Car-Load Data and Drive-Motor System Loading  Proceedings of the 10th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2019)

Al-Sharif L A Template for an Undergraduate Elective Final Year Lift (Elevator) Engineering Course  Proceedings of the 10th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2019)

Journal Papers 

Al-Sharif L, Taifour S, Kilani M I Simulation and Verification of the Axial Force of a Linear Permanent Magnet Synchronous Actuator International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics (Publisher:  IOS Press) Volume 32, Number 4 (2010), pp 249-265.

Al-Sharif L The effect of multiple entrances on the elevator round trip time under up-peak traffic, Mathematical and Computer Modelling 52(3-4):545-555 (2010).

Al-Sharif L, Seeley C The effect of the building population and the number of floors on the vertical transportation design of low and medium rise buildings BUILDING SERV ENG RES TECHNOL, August 2010 vol. 31 no. 3, pp 207-220, doi: 10.1177/0143624410364075.

Al-Sharif L  Modelling of Escalator Energy Consumption Energy & Buildings (Publisher:  Elsevier), February 2011, 43, 6 (2011) 1382-1391.

Al-Sharif L, Dahyat H, Al-Kurdi L The use of Monte Carlo Simulation in the calculation of the elevator round trip time under up-peak conditions Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, volume 33, issue 3 (2012) pp. 319–338, doi:10.1177/0143624411414837.

Al-Sharif L, Abu Alqumsan A M, Abdel Aal O F  Automated optimal design methodology of elevator systems using rules and graphical methods (the HARint plane) vol. 34 no. 3 pp 275-293, Published online before print April 12, 2012, doi: 10.1177/0143624412441615 BUILDING SERV ENG RES TECHNOL April 12, 2012 0143624412441615.

Al-Sharif L, Dado M H, Habash N, El Rawashdeh Z, Al-Shubbak A, Modeling and verification of the kinematics of passenger falls on escalators SIMULATION: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International 0037549712436433, Volume 88, Issue 8, pp 988–998, first published online on February 21, 2012 as doi:10.1177/0037549712436433.

Saleem A, Tutunji T, Al-Sharif L  Mechatronic system design course for undergraduate programmes  European Journal of Engineering Education, DOI 10.1080/03043797.2011.593094, volume 36, issue 4, 2011, pages 341-356, available online: 22 Jul 2011.

Al-Sharif L, Abu Alqumsan A M, Khaleel R  Derivation of a Universal Elevator Round Trip Time Formula under Incoming Traffic with Stepwise Verification Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 2014, Vol. 35 issue 2, pp 198–213, doi 0143624413481685.

Al-Sharif L, Hammoudeh A  Evaluating the Elevator Round Trip Time for Multiple Entrances and Incoming Traffic Conditions using Markov Chain Monte Carlo International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IJISE), Inderscience Publishers, 2014 Vol.18, No.1, pp. 51 – 64, DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2014.064340.

Al-Sharif L, Al-Adhem M D  The Current Practice of Lift Traffic Design Using Calculation and Simulation Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, July 2014 Volume 35, issue 4, pp 438-445, published online before print, 26th September 2013 as doi:10.1177/0143624413504422.

Al-Sharif L, Algzawi H S, Hammodeh A T  The Use of the Markov Chain Monte Carlo Method in Deriving the Elevator Round Trip Time under Incoming Traffic Conditions and a Single Entrance Advanced Modeling and Optimization, September 2013, volume 15, issue 3, pp 689-695.

Kilani M, Taifour S, Al-Sharif L  Effect of Design Geometry on the Performance Characteristics of Linear Variable Differential Transformers  Sensors and Transducers, Vol. 150, No. 3, pp. 66-71, 2013.

Al-Sharif L, Abdel Aal O F, Abu Alqumsan A M, Abuzayyad M A  The HARint Space:  A Methodology for Compliant Elevator Traffic Designs Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, January 2015, Volume 36, Number 1, pages 34-50, first published online June 20, 2014, doi: 0143624414539968.

Al-Sharif L, Abu Alqumsan A M  Stepwise derivation and verification of a universal elevator round trip time formula for general traffic conditions  Building Services Engineering Research & Technology, July 2014, first published online 9th July 2014 as doi:10.1177/0143624414542111.

Al-Sharif L, Hamdan J, Hussein M, Jaber Z, Malak M, Riyal A, AlShawabkeh M, Tuffaha D  Establishing the Upper Performance Limit of Destination Elevator Group Control Using Idealised Optimal Benchmarks (IOB) Building Services Engineering Research & Technology, January 2015, first published online on 13th January 2015 as doi:10.1177/0143624414566996.

So A, Al-Sharif L, Hammoudeh A  Traffic analysis of a simplified two-dimensional elevator system Building Services Engineering Research and Technology. 2015; 36(5): 567-579.  doi:10.1177/0143624414568728.

So A, Al-Sharif L, Hammoudeh A  Concept design and derivation of the round trip time for a general two-dimensional elevator traffic system Journal of Building Engineering. 2016; 5(2016): 165-177.

Technical Articles Published in Elevator Trade Journals

Al-Sharif L Safety relays for interfacing escalator safety devices Elevation, Summer 1995.

Al-Sharif L Lift Power Consumption Elevation, Autumn 1995. (Reprinted in:  Elevator World May 1996.)

Al-Sharif L Applications of artificial intelligence in lift systems [in English & Italian], Elevatori, March/April 1990, page 45-49.

Al-Sharif L Bunching in Lifts Elevation Winter 95/96. (Reprinted in:  Elevator World, November 1996.)

Al-Sharif L The Use of Power Measurement to Calculate the Numbers of Passengers Travelling on an Escalator Lift Report [in English & German], January/February 1996.

Al-Sharif L An overview of AC induction motor testing in accordance with BS4999, part 143 Lift Report [in English & German], March/April 1996.

Al-Sharif L Escalator Electronic speed detection unit, Elevatori [in English & Italian], March/April 1996.

Al-Sharif L Electrical Safety Systems in Escalators Lift Report [in English & German], May/June 1996.

Al-Sharif L The Lift Directive and the Rope Brake Elevation, Summer 1996. (Reprinted in:  Elevatori, [in English & Italian], May/June 1996.)

Al-Sharif L Deriving DC motor parameters from in-situ testing [in English & German], Lift Report, July/August 1996. (Reprinted in:  Elevator World August 1997.)

Al-Sharif L Escalator Handling Capacity Part I:  Elevatori July/August 1996; Part II:  Elevatori, September/October 1996, [in English & Italian]. (Reprinted in:  Elevator World, December 1996.)

Al-Sharif L Escalator Stopping, Braking and Passenger Falls Lift Report [in English & German], November/December 1996.

Al-Sharif L The General Theory of Escalator Energy Consumption with Calculations and Examples Lift Report [in English & German], May/June 1997. (Reprinted in: Elevator World, May 1998 (page 74).)

Al-Sharif L Lift & Escalator Motor sizing and selection with calculations and examples [in English & German], Lift Report, January/February 1999.

Al-Sharif L Variable Voltage AC Drive Systems Lift Report [in English & German], November/December 1999.

Al-Sharif L Variable Speed Drives in Lift Systems published in Lift Report, Elevator World and Elevatori, 2001.

Aladem M, Al-Sharif L Discrete Event Elevator Simulator Architecture Lift Report, volume 40, issue 2, 2/2014, March/April 2014, pp 18-29.

Al-Sharif L  The Impact of Standards on Escalator Electrical Control  Prepared for publication in the bilingual lift magazine, Elevatori

Books

Elevator Traffic Handbook:  Theory & Practice, 2nd Edition, G Barney & Lutfi Al-Sharif, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, September 2015.

Elevator Traffic Handbook:  Theory and Practice, co-author, Routledge, second edition, 2016

Lutfi Al-Sharif et al, Linear Variable Differential Transformer Design and Verification Using MATLAB and Finite Element Analysis, in the book MATLAB for Engineers - Applications in Control, Electrical Engineering, IT and Robotics, published by Intech, October 13, 2011 under CC BY 3.0 license, in subject Computer Science and Engineering, doi: 10.5772/1533. 

Educational Material

  • Author of electronic material for Measurements & Transducers course.
  • Author of electronic material for Mechatronics System Design course.
  • Author of electronic material for Variable Speed Drives course.
  • Author of electronic material for Vertical Transportation Systems course.
  • Author of textbook on variable speed drives in elevator systems for an MSc distance learning course.
  • Author of three sections in the second and third editions of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Guide D on Vertical Transportation Systems, United Kingdom.

Patents

Smith R, Peters R, Al-Sharif L  US Patent no. 2010/0000825 A1, Elevator System to maintain functionality during a power failure (7th January 2010).

Smith R, Peters R, Al-Sharif L US Patent no. 7,540,356 B2, Method and apparatus to prevent or minimise the entrapment of passengers during a power failure (2nd June 2009).

Smith R, Peters R, Al-Sharif L US Patent no. 7,374,020 B2, Energy Efficient Elevator System  (20th May 2008).

Smith R, Peters R, Al-Sharif L US Patent no. 2005/0189180 AI, Method and apparatus for reducing the energy consumption of elevators equipped with SCR drives (1st September 2005).

Curriculum Vitae: Dr Mike Pentley

Profession

Software Developer

Current Position

Software Engineer 

Employer

Peters Research Ltd.

Academic Qualifications

Cambridge University 1985 – 1989

PhD in Experimental Particle Physics

Leeds University 1982 – 1985

BSc (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professional Qualifications

Chartered Physicist: CPhys, MInstP (Institute of Physics)

Professional Experience

1997 - 2017
  • Developed 3D graphics software for the Arup Group's in-house CAD applications (written in C++ using the OpenGL graphics package on Microsoft Windows)
  • Contributed code for parts of Peters Research Ltd's flagship Elevate lift traffic analysis application (also using C++ on Windows). Also wrote a Windows application used by Peters Research Ltd to conduct lift traffic surveys in buildings worldwide.
  • Developed a prototype web application for Thyssen Krupp (North America) (using Python & Django) to schedule emergency call-outs to lifts that have broken down.
  • Developed code to add 3D graphics for Zephyr Associates Inc to their StyleAdvisor investment portfolio management application in C++ and OpenGL.
  • Developed a lighting design CAD program in collaboration with Arup. This involved re-writing an existing Fortran program in C++ and building a new user interface to run on Microsoft Windows. This work included developing a separate Windows application to edit and display industry-standard photometric data files describing the light output of lamps and fittings.
  • Developed (with two colleagues) a web application listing films coming up on TV, and included critics ratings from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, and plot synopses from an online database. I wrote the server code in Python using the popular Django web-application framework, while a colleague wrote the front-end code in Javascript. 
  • Studying of new technologies, concentrating on functional programming languages such as Scala, Haskell, Clojure and Clojurescript, in the belief that functional programming offers the best approach to developing code for modern multi-core machines, as well as several other key advantages.
1994 – 1997 Research Associate, Dept of Physics, Queen Mary & Westfield College
  • Working with members of the ATLAS collaboration from the Universities of Birmingham, Heidelberg and Mainz and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on the design and development of the “first-level trigger” of the ATLAS experiment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATLAS_experiment). This system uses signals from the calorimeter subsystem (which measures the energy of particles) to identify potentially interesting collisions in real time.
1991 – 1994 Research Associate, Dept of Physics, Brunel University
  • Continued working with teams developing technologies for LHC experiments.
  • Developed a very sensitive particle detector and the associated analogue electronics for use in commercial time-of-flight mass-spectrometry instruments manufactured and sold by Finnigan MAT Ltd (based in Hemel Hempsted).
1989 – 1991 CERN Research Fellow
  • Continued working with the UA2 collaboration while at CERN. In addition I worked with teams researching potential particle detector and data acquisition systems for the Large Hadron Collider (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LHC).
1985 – 1989
  • A member of the UA2 collaboration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UA2) studying collisions between protons and anti-protons at the SPS particle accelerator at CERN.
  • Responsible for designing and building a digital image-processing system for the Scintillating Fibre Detector (SFD). The SFD consisted of about 60,000 plastic optical fibres 1mm in diameter and 2m long arranged in concentric cylinders around the collision point.
  • Particles produced in the proton – anti-proton collisions passed through the optical fibres and generated tiny flashes of light. These signals were amplified by image intensifiers and converted to electrical signals by CCD cameras.
  • Designed system to process the output of the CCDs in real time and compressed the data volume from about 250 Gbytes/second down to about 100Mbytes/second. The processing algorithm was implemented entirely in hardware for maximum speed.

 

Papers 

  • R E Ansorge at al  Performance of a Scintillating Fiber Detector for the UA2 Upgrade Nuclear Instruments and Methods A265 (1988) pages 33-49
  • J Alitti at al  Performance of the Scintillating Fiber Detector in the Upgraded UA2 Detector  Nuclear Instruments and Methods A279 (1989) pages 364-375
  • C N Booth et al  The UA2 Scintillating Fiber Detector  Nuclear Instruments and Methods A273 (1988) pages 826-832
  • UA2 Collaboration (T Akesson set al)  Search for Top Quark Production at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Zeitschrift fur Physik C46 (1990) page 179-208
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A Search for Squark and Gluino Production at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B235 (1990) pages 363-372
  • UA2 Collaboration (T Akesson et al)  Search for Scalar Electrons and Winos at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B238 (1990) pages 442-450
  • S G Katvars, B T McCluskey, J M Pentney  A Fastbus Digitizer for the UA2 Scintillating Fiber Detector  Nuclear Instruments and Methods A 276 (1989) pages 482-491
  • A R Weinberg at al  Performance of the UA2 Scintillating Fiber Detector  Nuclear Instruments and Methods A283 (1989) pages 646-649
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  Measurement of the W and Z Production Cross-sections at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Zeitschrift fur Physik C47 (1990) pages 11-22
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A Precise Determination of the W and Z Masses at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B241 (1990) pages 150-164
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  Measurement of the Transverse Momentum Distributions of W and Z Bosons at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Zeitschrift fur Physik C47 (1990) pages 523-532
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A Measurement of Two-Jet Decays of the W and Z Bosons at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Zeitschrift fur Physik C49 (1991) pages 17-28
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  Inclusive Jet Cross-Section and a Search for Quark Compositeness at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B257 (1991) pages 232-240
  • H Mueller at al  Buses and Standards for LHC  ECFA Large Hadron Collider Workshop Proceedings (1990)
  • D Linnhofer et al  Use of Fastbus at LHC  ECFA Large Hadron Collider Workshop Proceedings (1990)
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A Measurement of the direct photon production cross-section at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B263 (1991) pages 544-550
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A Measurement of electron-tau universality from decays of intermediate vector bosons at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Zeitschrift fur Physik C52 (1991) pages 209-218
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A Determination of the Strong Coupling Constant alpha-s from W production at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B263 (1991) pages 563-572
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A Study of multi-jet events at the CERN anti-proton proton collider and a search for double parton scattering  Physics Letters B268 (1991) pages 145-154
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitte et al)  A search for scalar leptoquarks at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B274 (1992) pages 507-512
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  Study of electron pair production below the Z mass at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B275 (1992) pages 202-208
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  An improved determination of the ratio of the W and Z masses at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B276 (1992) pages 354-364
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alittie et al)  A measurement of the W and Z production cross-sections and a determination of gamma(W) at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B276 (1992) pages 365-374
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  Direct measurement of the W-gamma coupling at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B277 (1992) pages 194-202
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  Experimental Limit on the Decay W+ -> pi+ - gamma at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B277 (1992) pages 203-208
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A search for charged Higgs from top quark decay at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B280 (1992) pages 137-145
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A measurement of single and double prompt photon production at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B288 (1992) pages 386-394
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  Measurement of the gluon structure function from direct photon data at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Physics Letters B299 (1993) pages 174-182
  • UA2 Collaboration (J Alitti et al)  A search for new intermediate vector mesons and excited quarks decaying to two jets at the CERN anti-proton proton collider  Nuclear Physics B400 (1993) pages 3-24
  • I Brawn et al  First Level Trigger Systems for LHC Experiments  CERN Report CERN-DRDC-94-52
  • ATLAS Collaboration (W W Armstrong et al)  ATLAS: Technical Proposal for a general purpose p-p experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN  CERN Report CERN-LHCC-94-43
  • D C Imrie, J M Pentney, J S Cottrell  A Faraday cup detector for high mass ions in matrix assisted laser desorption-ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight mass spectrometry  Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry Volume 9 Issue 13 (1995) pages 1293-1296
  • I P Brawn et al  The level-1 calorimeter trigger system for ATLAS  CERN Report CERN-ATL-DAQ-95-030 (1995)
  • I P Brawn et al  A demonstrator programme for the ATLAS level-1 calorimeter trigger  CERN Report CERN-ATL-DAQ-95-031 (1995)
  • ATLAS Collaboration (A Airapetian et al)  ATLAS computing technical proposal  CERN Report CERN-LHCC-96-43 (1996)
  • ATLAS Collaboration (A Airapetian et al)  ATLAS calorimeter performance technical design report  CERN Report CERN-LHCC-96-40 (1996)
  • V Perera et al  A level-1 calorimeter trigger for the ATLAS experiment: demonstrator system  Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Electronics for LHC, Balatonfuered, Hungary 1996 pages 137-140
  • C Bohm et al Operation of the ATLAS level-1 calorimeter trigger demonstrator system  Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Electronics for LHC Experiments, London, UK 1997 pages 378-382
  • A Connors et al  Performance of the front-end demonstrator system for the ATLAS level-1 calorimeter trigger  Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Electronics for LHC Experiments, London, UK 1997 pages 383-387
  • P Bright-Thomas et al  ATLAS level-1 calorimeter trigger system architecture  Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Electronics for LHC Experiments, Rome, Italy 1998 pages 311-315
  • V Perera at al  The e/gamma and tau/hadron processor system for the ATLAS first-level trigger  Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Electronics for LHC Experiments, Rome, Italy 1998 pages 316-320
  • ATLAS Collaboration (A Airapetian et al)  ATLAS: Detector and physics performance technical design report Volume 1  CERN Report CERN-LHCC-99-15 (1999)
  • C Bohm et al  Test beam results from the ATLAS level-1 calorimeter trigger demonstrator  IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 46 (1999) pages 904-909
  • R Achenbach at al The ATLAS level-1 calorimeter trigger  Journal of Instrumentation 3 (2008) 

 

Curriculum Vitae: Dr Richard D Peters

Profession

Research Engineer, specialising in Vertical Transportation

Current Position

Managing Director

Employer

Peters Research Ltd.

Career Overview

Richard Peters has a degree in Electrical Engineering, a Doctorate for research in Vertical Transportation, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton.  He has been awarded Fellowship of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.  He is a past Chairman of the Lifts Group of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Dr Peters worked for ten years with international engineering consultants Ove Arup & Partners.  In 1997, he set up his own company, Peters Research Ltd to provide software development and engineering consultancy.

Dr Peters provides advice on a range of vertical transportation issues to clients and has notable expertise elevator traffic analysis, simulation and dispatching.  He supports PhD students at Northampton University.

Dr Peters is the author of Elevate, traffic analysis and simulation software.  Elevate has become a worldwide industry standard, applied by more elevator professionals than any other traffic design software.   Elevate is currently licensed to companies in over 60 countries.  His elevator dispatching concepts and software developed using Elevate are implemented in some of the world’s most challenging projects.

Academic Qualifications

Brunel University 1993 to 1997

Engineering Doctorate for research in Vertical Transportation

Southampton University 1984 to 1987

BSc Hons in Electrical Engineering

Professional Qualifications

Chartered Engineer

Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

Professional Experience

1997 - present
  • Founder and Director of Peters Research Ltd.
  • Development of Elevate lift traffic analysis and simulation software. Elevate is an object oriented program written for Windows using Microsoft Visual C++.
  • Technical support for Elevate.

Typical consultancy projects for ThyssenKrupp include:

  • Development of TAC50 Destination Dispatch algorithm
  • Conception development of optimised TWIN (2 cars, one shaft) dispatching algorithm
  • Conception and development of dispatching algorithms for “next generation” products
  • Conception and joint author of various patents

Typical consultancy projects for other clients include:

  • Otis vs. Schindler – expert witness for patent dispute concerning relating to destination control
  • Belmont Lift Failure - expert witness report to analyse failure of lift which fell 500 ft
  • BT Tower, London - assessment of evacuation using lifts
  • Cabuyao Plant, Philippines - traffic design for warehouse
  • Euston Tower, London - traffic design
  • Istanbul Airport - traffic design
  • ITSEM College, Mexico - traffic design
  • Southwark Towers, London - review of lift service, advice concerning modernisation
  • Conception and development of evacuation dispatching algorithm
  • Customisation for clients using Elevate for dispatching design
All employment prior to October 1997 with Ove Arup & Partners

1993 - 1997

  • Development of Liftsim, a lift simulation program using Microsoft Visual C++.  This program provides an enhanced analysis of lift system performance.
  • Specialist advice on vertical transportation given to project and design teams.  Contributions to numerous national and international projects including offices, hotels, residential buildings, hospitals and museums.  Engaged as an expert witness in legal disputes concerning lifts.
  • Enrolled on the Environmental Technology Engineering Doctorate programme at Brunel University.  The project, Vertical Transportation Planning in Buildings was sponsored by Arup and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

1989 to 1993

  • Ongoing support and enhancements to Oasys LIFT program.  General advice on lifts for projects throughout Arup.
  • Project Electrical Engineer for a range of national and international projects including the refurbishment of Basingstoke Shopping Centre, and the development of a new 1,000,000 ft² commercial and residential development in Cairo, Egypt.

1987 to 1989

  • Development of Oasys LIFT Program in FORTRAN. This programme allows an engineer to analyse the peak passenger traffic flow in a building, and so aids the selection of number, size, speed, etc. of lifts.
  • Assistant Project Electrical Engineer for two major new shopping centres in Norwich and Crawley.  Completed Arup Graduate Training Programme during this period.

Other Roles and Responsibilities

2014 to present

Visiting Professor, Northampton University School of Science and Technology

2011 to present
Co-chair of Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technologies, an annual conference organised on behalf of The University of Northampton and The CIBSE Lifts Group

2011 to 2014
Research Fellow (Lift Engineering), Northampton University School of Science and Technology

2011 to present
Secretary of CIBSE Lifts Group

2000 to 2002
Chairman of CIBSE Lifts Group (previously Secretary 1996 to 1999).

1999 to 2001
Visiting Lecturer on Lift Systems, UMIST.

1996 to 1997
Convenor of Arup R&D Look Forward Group, reviewing business development opportunities.

1992 to 1997
Chairman of Arup Electrical Computing Working Party, responsible for application/development of engineering analysis programs.

1990 to 1993
Chairman of Arup Spreadsheet Committee, responsible for purchasing policy, development, training, etc.

Publications

Journal Papers

Gerstenmeyer G, Peters R D, Smith R  Departure Delays in Lift Systems (Journal Edition) Transportation Systems in Buildings Volume 2, Edition 1 (2018) 

Lewry A, Hamilton L, Hadi M, Bennett J, Peters R The ‘Mind the Gap’ project : Investigating the difference, in performance, between design and the building ‘in-use’ Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, Volume 7 No 2 (2018)

Stefan Gerstenmeyer S, Peters R Safety distance control for multi-car lifts Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, http://online.sagepub.com Accessed 9 May 2016

Peters R D, Smith R, Evans E The appraisal of lift passenger demand in modern office buildings Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, Volume 32 No 2 (2011) (republished by Elevator World September 2011 and Elevatori in March/April 2013)

Peters R D  Current Technology and Future Developments in Elevator Simulation (Technical Note)  International Journal of Elevator Engineers, Volume 4 No 2 (2002)

Peters R D  Improvements to the Up Peak Round Trip Time Calculation (Technical Note)  International Journal of Elevator Engineers, Volume 3  No 1 (2000)

Pentney M, Peters R D  New graphical user interface for lighting analysis International Journal of Lighting Research Technology, Volume 32 No 3 (2000)

Peters R D, Mehta P Green Lift Control Strategies International Journal of Elevator Engineers Volume 2 (1998)

Peters R D, Mehta P, Haddon J   Lift Traffic Analysis:  General Formulae for Double Deck Lifts Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, Volume 17 No 4 (1996)

Peters R D  Ideal Lift Kinematics: Derivation of Formulae for the Equations of Motion of a Lift International Journal of Elevator Engineers, Volume 1 No 1 (1996)

Peters R D   Lift Traffic Analysis:  Formulae for the General Case Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, volume 11 No 2 (1990) (republished by Elevator World, December 1990)

Books

Various authors, CIBSE Guide D:2015 Transportation systems in Buildings.  Peters R D principle author, Section 4, Advanced planning techniques and computer programmes; Section 9, Lift traffic control; Appendix A2: Lift Kinematics ISBN-987-1-906846-64-0

Various authors, The Vertical Transportation Handbook, 4th Edition.  Peters R D author Section 19, Traffic Studies and Performance Evaluation using Simulation. ISBN 978-0-470-40413-3

Various authors, CIBSE Guide D:2010 Transportation systems in Buildings.  Peters R D principle author, Section 4, Advanced planning techniques and computer programmes; Section 9, Lift traffic control; Appendix A2: Lift Kinematics ISBN-987-1-906846-16-1

Various authors, CIBSE Guide D:2005 Transportation systems in Buildings.  Peters R D principle author, Section 4, Advanced planning techniques and computer programmes.  ISBN-13: 987-1-903287-61-3#

Various authors, CIBSE Guide D:2000 Transportation systems in Buildings.  Peters R D principle author, Section 4, Advanced planning techniques and computer programmes.  Principal author, Section 14 Remote monitoring and interfacing with BEMS.  ISBN 1 903287 09 X

Thesis

Peters RD  Vertical Transportation Planning in Buildings British Library reference DX199632 (1998) (Executive Summary republished by Elevator World, November 1998; Lift Report November/December 1998; and by Elevation, Summer 1998)

Conference Papers

Peters A, Peters RD Logging and Analysis of Lift Journeys Using and Accelerometer Proceedings of the 10th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2019)

Peters RD, Nickerson J Lift and Escalator Management Systems: Requirements and Implementation  Proceedings of the 10th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2019)

Al-Sharif L, Gerstenmeyer S, Niebling J, Peters RD, Abbi M  Using Monte Carlo Simulation in Lift Traffic Systems to Compile the Probability Density Function (PDF) for the Car-Load Data and Drive-Motor System Loading  Proceedings of the 10th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2019)

Al-Sharif L, Peters R D Using the Monte Carlo Simulation to Evaluate the Round-Trip Time Under Destination Control  Proceedings of the 9th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2018)

Peters R D, Dean S  Expert Systems for Lift Traffic Design Proceedings of the 9th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2018)

Peters R D  Lift Planning for High-Rise Buildings Proceedings of the 8th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2018)

Barney G, Peters R D  The Evolution of Lift Traffic Design from Human to Expert System Proceedings of the 9th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, the University of Northampton and LEIA) (2018)

Abbi M, Peters R D  Determining the Number of Simulations Required for Statistically Valid Results  Proceedings of the 9th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group,  The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2018)

Gerstenmeyer S, Peters R D, Smith R  Departure Delays in Lift Systems Proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2017)

Peters R D, Dean S  Creating Passengers in Batches for Simulation Proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group, The University of Northampton and LEIA) (2017)

Peters R D  Traffic calculations and how they compare with what happens in the real world Proceedings of the European Lift Congress Heilbronn 2016 (Technical Academy of Heilbronn eV) (2016)

Bird C, Peters R D, Evans E, Gerstenmeyer S Your Lift Journey - How Ling Will You Wait?  Proceedings of the 6th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2016) (republished by Elevator World May 2017)

Gerstenmeyer S, Peters R D Multicar Dispatching  Proceedings of the 6th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2016)

Peters R D  Global Dispatcher Interface Proceedings of the 6th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2016)

Peters R D, Al-Sharif L, Hammoudeh A T, Alniemi E, Salman A  A Systematic Methodology for the Generation of Lift Passengers under a Poisson Batch Arrival Process Proceedings of The 5th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2015) (republished by Elevator World February 2016)

Gerstenmeyer S, Peters R D  Lifts Without Ropes: How Many Shafts and Cars Are Needed?   Proceedings of The 5th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2015) (republished by Elevator World February 2016 and by Lift Report 2/2016)

Gerstenmeyer S, Peters R D Reverse Journeys and Destination Control Proceedings of The 4th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2014)

Peters R D  Elevator Dispatching Elevator Technology 20, Proceedings of  ELEVCON 2014 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (2014)

Basagoiti R, Beamurgia M, Peters R, S Kaczmarczyk  Passenger Flow Pattern Learning Based on Trip Counting in Elevator Systems Combined with Real-Time Information  Proceedings of The 3rd Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2013)

Peters R D The Application of Simulation to Traffic Design and Dispatcher Testing  Proceedings of The 3rd Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2013)

Basagoiti R, Beamurgia M, Peters R, S Kaczmarczyk  Origin Destination Matrix Estimation and Prediction in Vertical Transportation  Proceedings of The 2nd Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2012)

Peters R D  Lift Performance Time  Proceedings of The 2nd Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technology (CIBSE Lifts Group and The University of Northampton) (2012)

Peters R D, Smith R   Designing Elevator Installations using Modern Estimates of Passenger Demand Elevator Technology 18, Proceedings of  ELEVCON 2010 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (2010)

Smith R, Peters R D  Analysis of Elevator Performance and Passenger Demand with Destination Control Elevator Technology 17, Proceedings of ELEVCON 2008 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (2008)(republished by Lift Report 3/2009)

Peters R, Evans E  Measuring and Simulating Elevator Passengers in Existing Buildings Elevator Technology 17, Proceedings of ELEVCON 2008 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (2008) (republished by Lift Report 4/2008) (republished by Elevation Autumn of 2009)

Peters R D  Understanding the Benefits and Limitations of Destination Dispatch Elevator Technology 16, Proceedings of  ELEVCON 2006 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (2006)

Al-Sharif L, Peters R D, Smith R  Elevator Energy Simulation Model Elevator Technology 14, Proceedings of ELEVCON 2004 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (2004) (republished by Elevator World November 2004)

Smith R, Peters R D  Enhancements to the ETD Dispatcher Algorithm Elevator Technology 14, Proceedings of ELEVCON 2004 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers)(2004)

Smith R, Peters R D  ETD Algorithm with Destination Dispatch and Booster Options Elevator Technology 12, Proceedings of ELEVCON 2002 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (2002) (republished by Elevator World July 2002, and by Lift Report 2/2003)

Peters R D, Sung C M  Beyond the Up Peak Elevator Technology 10, Proceedings of ELEVCON 2000 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (2000) (republished by Lift Report, July/August 2001 and by Elevatori, November/December 2000)

Peters R D  Simulation for Control System Design and Traffic Analysis Elevator Technology 9, Proceedings of ELEVCON '98 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (1998) (republished by Elevatori, January/February 1999)

Peters R D  Risk and the Vertical Transportation Industry Elevator Technology 7, Proceedings of ELEVCON '96 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (1996) (republished by Lift Report, January 1998)

Peters R D, Mehta P, Haddon J  Lift Passenger Traffic Patterns:  Applications, Current Knowledge and Measurement Elevator Technology 7, Proceedings of ELEVCON '96 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (1996) (also presented at IAEE London Lift Seminar May 1997)   (republished by Elevator World, September 2000) 

Peters R D Mathematical Modelling of Lift Drive Motion and Energy Consumption Proceedings of CIBSE National Conference 1995 (The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers)(1995)  (republished by Elevator World July 1996) 

Peters R D Ideal Lift Kinematics: Complete Equations for Plotting Optimum Motion Elevator Technology 6, Proceedings of ELEVCON '95 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (1995) (republished by Elevator World, April 1996 and Elevatori May/June 1996)

Peters R D  General Analysis Double Decker Lift Calculations Elevator Technology 6, Proceedings of ELEVCON '95 (The International Association of Elevator Engineers) (1995) (republished by Elevator World, December 1996 and by Elevatori, May/June 1997)

Peters R D  Green Lifts? Proceedings of CIBSE National Conference 1994 (The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers)(1994). Republished by Elevator World (June 1995) and by Elevation (Autumn 1995)

Peters R D The Theory and Practice of General Analysis Lift Calculations Elevator Technology 4, Proceedings of ELEVCON '92 (The International  Association of Elevator Engineers)(1992)

Patents

Smith R, Huff R, Peters R, Powell Bruce, Thumm Elevator Systems with Virtual Landings US 8,100,230 (Jan 24 2012)

Smith R, Peters R D  Saturation Control for Destination Dispatch Systems US 7,975,808 B2 (12 Jul 2011)

Smith R, Huff R, Peters R, Powell Bruce, Thumm  Twin Elevator Systems US 7,841,450 (30 Nov 2010) 

Smith R, Peters R D, Al-Sharif L  Energy Efficient Elevator System 2008/007374020 B2 (20 May 2008)

Smith R, Peters R D, Al-Sharif L  Method and Apparatus to Prevent or Minimize the Entrapment of Passengers in Elevators During a Power Failure US 2007/0084673 A1 (19 April 2007)

Smith R, Peters R D, Al-Sharif L  Method and Apparatus to Prevent or Minimize the Entrapment of Passengers in Elevators During a Power Failure  EP 1 937 580 B1  (4 June 2014)

Smith R, Peters R D  Method and Apparatus for Assigning Elevator Hall Calls to Minimize Energy Use US 7,032,715 B2 (25 April 2006)

Smith R, Peters R D  Increasing Traffic Handling Performance of an Elevator System Based Upon Load US 7,011,184 B2 (14 Mar 2006)

Smith R, Peters R D, Al-Sharif L  Method and Apparatus for Reducing the Energy Consumption of Elevators Equipped with SCR Drives US 2005/0189180 A1 (1 Sept 2005)

Smith R, Peters R D  Method and Apparatus for Increasing the Traffic Handling Performance of an Elevator System US 6,619,434 B1 (16 Sept 2003)

Smith R, Peters R D  Method and Apparatus to Reduce Waiting Times for Destination Based Dispatching Systems Patent Application