Alberon Newsletter - January 2010
We hope you had a good Christmas and New Year, and that you've been enjoying the recent snow. (Do you like our snowman? We don't just build websites you know!)
We wanted to kick off the new year by telling you about an exciting project we've been working on for the ALMA project at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
Also in this newsletter, we explain the benefits of content-managed websites.
Alberon has been tasked with improving the parts control system for equipment reaching out to the very ends of The Universe.
We are working with engineers at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array) project.
ALMA is the most advanced radio astronomy observatory in the world. It is currently under construction at 5,000 metres of altitude in the Chilean Andes.
An international collaboration between Europe, Japan and North America in cooperation with the Republic of Chile, construction started in 2003 and will be completed in 2012.
ALMA will open an entirely new "window" on the Universe, allowing scientists to unravel longstanding and important astronomical mysteries, in search of our Cosmic Origins.
Based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ALMA Integration Centre at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), engineers needed to build a history of a specific part's journey from delivery to integration into the array itself.
The Front End Integration Centre at the STFC is one of three centres in the world. Their role is to assemble and test the receiving modules of the telescopes before shipping them out to Chile.
Alberon has been tasked with providing database-driven software to track crucial parts of these components. The software allows the team at Harwell to keep an inventory of parts, to maintain stock records, to keep track of how parts perform in testing, and to maintain documentation for each receiving module assembled, as well as managing the final product schematic and where each part fits into that schematic.
The system will run internally on the ALMA intranet at Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory using the latest C#/.NET and SQL Server technologies.
You can find out more about ALMA at www.almaobservatory.org.
See also an article in The Oxford Times about the ALMA project in December 2009.
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The Independent Schools Council (ISC) is an organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in British independent education both home and abroad.
On the 4th Nov 2009 Alberon attended an ISC marketing conference held at the Grand Russell Hotel in London. Tim Ault (Managing Director) and Calvin Butcher (Software Developer), with the assistance of the rest of the company, designed and organised a stall to launch the Alberon schools-online initiative: an effort to help improve British schools' web presence and online marketing know-how.
The conference was a resounding success. Tim and Calvin spent much of the day offering consultation, advice, or having a general chat with interested parties.
So, thanks to all concerned, Alberon had a fun and prospectful day at the ISC Conference and we look forward to more in the future.
Contact us if you would like more information about the schools-online initiative.
And finally, we wanted to give you a quick taste of some of the other things we've been working on over the last 3 months:
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