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

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 R D  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 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