Rutherford Appleton Laboratories

Interactive Models

Brief/Challenges

Over a period of two years we were approached, by several individual research facilities within the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, to produce animated, interactive models demonstrating their work, equipment and roles.  The models were to be used as promotional and educational devices to show both the processes involved in these complex and ground-breaking technologies, as well as highlighting the possibilities for use of these facilities by other research groups. 

Commission

Paragon Creative were commissioned to design, build and install various models including: 

For Diamond Light Source, we constructed a promotional and educational model of their Synchrotron Radiation Facility which featured an animated LED lighting sequence that helps to illustrate the operational process of their particle accelerator. The self-contained model display unit also featured an interactive touch screen which further enhanced the visitor experience.

The model we built of the HYPER facility was for the Energy Research Unit. This model was designed to be taken to various industry trade shows and conventions and was built as a user-operated LED animation with multiple function settings to allow it to be integrated within an orchestrated presentation. The HYPER facility is at the forefront of nuclear fusion technology with its aim of understanding and harnessing the potential of hydrogen nuclear fusion as a new energy source.

Our Client: Rutherford Appleton Laboratories

Designed by: Paragon Creative Ltd

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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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Moose!!

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Go moose eh 🤙

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No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

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Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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