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Patently obvious


I read with great interest the debate page in last week's issue about the speed with which research reaches industry. My own company is currently undergoing research of its tension/compression screwpiles at TRL so I am at the front line of the debate.

Yes it takes time to set up and do the research properly.

That process cannot and must not be unduly rushed or the results could be at worst wrong or at least misleading.

From the moment the report hits my desk, however, it is 'in the industry' and I will be making the best commercial use of the findings as quickly as possible. Our product is protected by our specialist knowledge and patent applications and I suspect that other innovative thinking and research (such as rail grinding) may not get commercial impetus because of the lack of such protection.

Peter Dunn, Screwfast Foundations.

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