"I have never seen anything like it before - people with ideas jumping up and explaining them."
"It was great value. A terrific experience. The problem was effectively solved."
Compac Sorting Equipment Co.
"I have enjoyed getting my mind around the rigor of the mathematics, and have learned a lot about testing assumptions."
"Was particularly good value for ECan (Environment Canterbury) in view of the enthusiastic response to the wilding tree problem from a large number of participants. For this reason we were able to subdivide the group and work on three different aspects of the problem."
"Achieved in three days what would have taken James Hardie two to four years in-house. We just don’t have the sort of experience and knowledge we have been able to pull together in a gathering like this."
James Hardie Fibre Cement Technology
"It developed a model of a key unit operation which we can use for analysis…this means that we won’t have to go through the costly exercise of field trials."
"It certainly shows the value of a mix of engineering and mathematical approaches to a problem, and also of individual and group activity."
"It was excellent value. The costs were acceptable. Our problem on annealing had direct relevance to a multi-million dollar investment at the steel-works. Our technical staff's understanding of the factors influencing the annealing temperature was increased significantly through interaction with the mathematicians, and we expect to develop the relationship further by establishing R & D partnerships with some of the participants."
"I am impressed by how practical the team have turned out to be. They always had in mind how the manufacturer could make use of what they were finding. We now have a much better idea of what our process is, and what we can do with it."
Polystyrene Building Products
"Provides unlimited opportunity to people in business and government to gain access to expertise which does not exist in their own organizations."
Queensland Department of Primary Industries
"The dialogue was important and raised issues that would not normally come out. There was a lot of passion, and that is a really powerful tool in industry."
National Rail Corporation
"I found the process exciting. The whole week was alive with new thought. We talked about and modeled many of the basic questions, which have been on my mind for quite some time."
Food Science Australia
"I was inspired by the whole experience... You’ve got a true believer… I will be spreading the word amongst all the industrial organizations I can."
"We developed a real appreciation of the complexity of the problem, and will make a strong recommendation to participate in these types of sessions again."
Defence Science and Technology Organisation
"It has provided us with areas in which we can experiment to improve performance. A four-day fermentation cycle would have a significant impact on the wine industry. The outcomes have been very valuable, and I would like to thank the team. I enjoyed working with them. We managed to balance my lack of maths with their lack of wine-making skills."
Beringer Blass Wine Estate
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