Angus served a traditional engineering apprenticeship with ICI (Cheshire) and then studied engineering at Liverpool where he first encountered the finite element method in an industrial project for VSEL in Barrow. He then worked for a short period in automotive R&D at GKN Technology (Wolverhampton) before undertaking finite element research at Exeter. This was followed by a year in Lisbon (Portugal) developing ideas on equilibrium finite elements and a year in Nottingham working on automated yield-line methods for the design/assessment of reinforced concrete slabs. He then spent ten years in Lincoln working for a company offering design/analysis services to the turbomachinery industry.
In 2009 a long standing partnership was formally incorporated as Ramsay Maunder Associates Limited. The aim of this company is the commercial exploitation of longstanding research into equilibrium methods through the engineering software tool Equilibrium Finite Elements. This project has been funded by RMA’s consultancy activities which have included periods at the University of Exeter, Babcock, Devonport and more recently AMEC, Knutsford.
As a strong believer in the verification of finite element models and also in the development of the understanding and judgement required to produce robust and reliable finite element results, Angus is pleased to be involved in the NAFEMS Benchmark Challenge.