Clocking Up 20 Years!

August 10, 2012 News, Public

Untitled-1aSmith of Derby is always keen to work with our local schools and colleges as we believe in nurturing new young talent who often bring inspiration and fresh ideas to the table.

We are delighted to report on the progress of a project we have been working on with Yr 12 students from Landau Forte.

Landau Forte’s Special 20th Year Anniversary Edition of ‘NEWSLINK’ featured this article:

Lauren Collings, Year 12 reports:

As you will be aware from the last issue of Newslink, we were set a project to commemorate 20 years of learning at Landau Forte College by designing a clock for the reception area of the main building in conjunction with Smith of Derby, a local clock making firm with a history spanning well over a century. After our second visit to Smith of Derby we were all extremely enthused and really keen to start developing the details of the concept we had brainstormed.

Since our last article we have been hard at work finalising the details of the clock. Working together we drew out the design using Computer Aided Design. This helped us greatly to work accurately and it allowed us to quickly see if the design was working or to make amendments. Using Google Sketch-up we were even able to construct a realistic representation of how the clock would eventually look in the space above reception.

When we were happy with the final design we produced a range of graphic boards to take with us back to Smith of Derby to present to Mr Bob Betts, the Managing Director of Smith of Derby. Mr Betts was very complimentary about the work and before we had time to worry about it, we were presenting the design to his chief designer, graphic designer and structural engineer. There were also very impressed with both our designs and our level of professionalism and it felt really good to hear this coming from qualified designers working in industry.

The only thing remaining was to get the design signed off by Mrs Coffey and we arranged a date and time to present the concept. Mrs Coffey was thrilled with the design and asked us to present the design to the board of governors.

The design is now with Smith of derby and they have started manufacturing the product. We are excited to see what our hard work will look like after the summer holidays when the clock is finally installed into the reception area.


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