David A Parr BSc (Hons) CEng MIET: Electronics Team Leader, Waters Corporation
From: The Terry Bishop Award's 2011
14 November 2011 Management channel
The Design File Index Database has been developed to facilitate enhancements to project monitoring and control, specifically within the electronics design function, however it is intrinsically linked to all of the other associated disciplines, i.e. marketing, science research, mechanical design, software, operations, etc. An interactive, browser-enabled, tool kit for use by both management and the design/development engineering community, the Design File Index Database incorporates control, status monitoring and documentation tools for the complete suite of electronics design processes. It operates at every development level (system, subsystem/unit and firmware), and generates outputs that are fully compliant with the ISO9000 quality system.
The Terry Bishop Award recognises innovation within the Project Control discipline. It looks for new approaches that have yielded success, ultimately adding value to the project.
The Terry Bishop Award has been launched in 2011 to commemorate the contribution Terry Bishop made to the Project Controls profession. Terry, a former President of ACostE instigated the collaborative partnership between the Association of Cost Engineers and The IET.
David is an Electronics Team Leader with Waters Corporation, working in the field of sophisticated Mass Spectrometry electronics design. Being a Chartered Engineering for 18 years, he now is an IET Professional Registration Advisor, IET Mentor, and has recently been appointed as a member of the IET Registration and Standards Committee. Having previously worked for more than twenty years in telecommunications hardware design, his electronics design expertise encompasses the full product/project life-cycle, from initial specification through to obsolescence, and includes customer & contractor management, support and liaison activities. He is currently responsible for ensuring a successful implementation and market readiness for all electronics design activities, and engages in detailed multi-project planning for definition, design, development and validation of complex electronics This includes the whole range of analogue, RF, HV and digital PCBs, and complete systems, schematic capture, board layout, and Field Programmable Gate Array design activities. His current team consists of eight highly professional engineers, and he is responsible for their target setting, appraisals etc.
Other particular areas of interest are in Process Improvement, Application Specific Integrated Circuit Verification & Validation, and Lean Manufacturing. His big interest in interactive web development lead to him developing the Waters Electronics Design departmental Intranet, and this provided a launch pad for the development of the (now award winning) Design File Index toolbox. He has also developed Extranet tools that are used by Waters subcontractors.