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Awards - President's Medal

The President’s Medal is one of The OR Society’s most prestigious awards, and we’re inviting entries for the competition.

The President’s Medal is awarded for the best practical application of O.R. submitted to the competition (a wide definition of O.R. is used). Entries are welcomed from both industry based O.R. workers and consultants as well as from academics. One of the main qualifications for entry is that the work has been implemented before submission. If you’re thinking of giving a case study based paper at our annual conference, why not consider aiming a bit higher and going for the President’s Medal?

Criteria for judging include:

  • The level of demonstrable benefit
  • The intellectual and novel content of the solution
  • The likely longevity of the solution
  • The excellence of the O.R. process

Citation President's Medal 2017

Hara Papachristou and Chris Legge of Lanner Group Ltd Martin Clocherty, Morgan Knapton, Chris Henzel and Oliver Buhlinger of Hayward Tyler Ltd.


The President’s Medal has been awarded for a project that used simulation to help a mid-sized manufacturer of performance-critical pumps and motors for the energy industry, Hayward Tyler, transform their manufacturing capability.

In a highly competitive field, this project impressed the judges in several ways. Technically, it showed an exceptional range and depth of processes and entities simulated, together with innovative collaboration with a video-gaming company to develop an immersive reality simulation ‘digital twin’, which enabled the model and plans to get buy-in and commitment from staff, investors and customers as well as top management. This modelling innovation matched and enabled the innovations in the factory itself that led it to win the 2016 UK Manufacturing Award for ‘Smart Factory of the Year’. As a consultancy project, it demonstrated the willingness of the external consultants to adapt their activities to the client’s needs, wants and timing, moving from high-level prototyping to detailed modelling as the customer's requirements evolved. The appreciation of the customers also shown through their participation in the presentation at the OR conference. The work was ambitious in supporting a bold ambition of the client: to double output in 6 years, without production risk. It achieved enormous business benefit: an immediate saving of £500k in capital costs; a two-thirds reduction in ‘days to order fulfilment’, and complete elimination of late fulfilment. Finally, the delivered solution was flexible enough to be readily and cheaply adapted by the client to be used in every single one of their factories around the world.

It is for this combination of practice and impact that the judges agreed that this Simulation of a Virtual Factory was a worthy winner.