Andrew George will provide a case study on developing an aftermarket suspension system to provide an overview of the regulatory landscape and the process of risk identification and assessment. This will include the application of simulation and physical testing to reduce product development cost and project duration and an explanation on the definition of a modification and how this shapes the framing of design projects. The presentation will conclude with explaining why a specific aftermarket process is required for product development projects due to difficulties in applying Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) processed in the Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) environment.
Andrew will underpin his case study with a summary of results from field research on the safety, reliability, and compliance of modified vehicles. This will support the solutions to be covered in avoiding the risks and traps in design and development of modification products.
Andrew George FIEAust CPEng NER
PhD Candidate, Swinburne University of Technology
Senior Partner, Product Development and Certification. Sigmatech Engineering Consultants
Andrew George graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1989 and has held a range of automotive industry positions from Development Engineer to Departmental Director and has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE-A). Andrew is currently an accredited VASS signatory and Senior Partner of Sigmatech Engineering Consultants. His professional interests include developing new automotive products and has authored two books and numerous articles on vehicle modification. He is currently engaged in a PhD on the topic at Swinburne University of Technology. Andrew has served on local Engineers Australia and SAE-A committees and has previously occupied the position of Vice President of the SAE-A. He is a fellow member of Engineers Australia, and a fellow member of the SAE-A.
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