Custom software development to deliver innovation.

OCC’s Innovation Delivery team provides custom software development services. We transform ideas into commercial-quality software.

$100 - $149 / hr
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Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 23-38 Hythe Bridge Street
    Oxford, OXF OX1 2EP
    United Kingdom
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    Birmingham, WMD B7 4BB
    United Kingdom


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National Grid Control Room Thermal Modelling

Engineers at National Grid’s National Control Centre in Wokingham are responsible for balancing national supply with demand on a minute-by-minute basis. This requires not only constant monitoring of each circuit but live calculation of the capacity of the grid, ensuring it stays within operating limits. OCC has been supplying National Grid with modelling software to calculate the capacity of critical components in the network

since 2000. Now it has implemented the Circuit Thermal Monitor, which is used by the National Control Centre to constantly monitor critical circuits, calculating capacity and raising alarms if components approach safe limits.OCC consultants worked with National Grid IT and engineering staff to capture requirements and resolve the high-level design. The software needed to be compatible with the National Control Centre infrastructure. An additional challenge was that the project team had to develop and deliver the new software as part of a larger Control Centre upgrade by General Electric. This necessitated close working with GE staff in Shanghai and Florida to ensure compatibility both in implementation and project milestones – this was a project that could not slip. The OCC team designed, developed and tested the software that calculates the thermal capacity of critical components, most importantly transformers and cables. Today, the engineers responsible for managing the national electricity supply can see up-to-the minute calculations of the capacity of circuits on the grid, identification of hotspots and an indication of the time available to resolve potential overloading.
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Faster ramp rate studies for National Grid

National Grid Gas Transmission Asset Management is responsible for the design, policy and delivery of work for the UK high-pressure pipeline (National Transmission System or NTS). If a new connection to the network were to ramp up gas pressure faster or slower than the system can handle, it would have an adverse impact on compressors and existing connections and could affect the safety and security of the network. Therefore,

when a new connection to the network is requested by a National Grid customer, a ‘ramp rate study’ may be carried out to determine if the NTS can safely accommodate the rate.

It was taking National Grid about 3 months to run ramp rate studies internally, involving 1-3 analysts. Because the existing process was labour intensive, only 5 such studies could be requested in a year, meaning that National Grid was having to outsource work.

After analysing the existing systems and processes, OCC and National Grid created a central datastore for ramp rate studies and delivered a desktop application that allows easy definition of sophisticated scenarios with multiple off-take/on-take nodes. The application also integrates with the systems used to run scenarios, monitor progress and communicate with stakeholders.

As well as making scenario creation more efficient, the project also automated and standardised the steps needed to run a study. The increase in turnaround means that 100% of ramp rate studies are now provided in-house. This improves the productivity of the department and removes the necessity to employ expensive third-party consultants, providing a better service for National Grid customers.

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Sport England interactive web-based tool

In 2010, Sports England undertook a large project to refresh the sports market segmentation data which profiles different types of sports users in England. This produced a very large dataset, which Sport England decided to make publicly available via the internet in order to inform investment in and delivery

of sports services and facilities.

We used Sport England’s refreshed data to produce the sports market segmentation web tool. This enables users to analyse the general population and their characteristics at different social and geographic levels. Users can find out the sporting habits, lifestyle choices and marketing preferences of people living in different areas.

One important user is local councils, who can use the tool to help plan investment into local sporting facilities. Clubs and sports bodies can learn more about the profile of their catchment areas, helping them produce marketing or develop programmes tailored to current and potential customers.

The website presents the results in the form of downloadable maps, charts and tables, and as an overlay onto Ordnance Survey maps.

The feedback from end users has been extremely encouraging. The tool is intuitive to use and provides valuable insight at a very local level, making it relevant to national partners, local authorities and those working with clubs and communities.

OPERANDO Privacy Management Horizon2020

The goal of the OPERANDO project was to specify, implement, field-test, validate and exploit an innovative privacy enforcement platform that will enable the Privacy as a Service (PaS) business paradigm and the market for online privacy services.

The OPERANDO project created a platform used by independent Privacy Service Providers (PSPs) to provide comprehensive user privacy enforcement in the form of a dedicated online
service, called “Privacy Authority”. The OPERANDO platform will support flexible and viable business models, including targeting of individual market segments such as public administration, social networks and Internet of Things.

A key aspect addressed by OPERANDO is the need to simplify privacy for end users (data subjects). OPERANDO will support a simple Privacy Dashboard allowing users to specify their preferences. These will be automatically compared with Online Service Provider (OSP) privacy policies and translated into personal data access control decisions by the PSP.

The project also resulted in PlusPrivacy a B2C privacy tool.

AMI - the Campaign to End Loneliness

Technology and social media mean we may now be more connected than ever. At the same time, many of us are feeling a greater sense of loneliness than ever before. 

Loneliness is bad for your health. It can be worse for you than obesity and is likely to increase your risk of death by 29%. Lonely people are also more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease and depression.

In Oxfordshire alone, according to Age UK

Oxon, approximately 11,000 people regularly feel lonely. According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, over 9 million people in the UK are either often or always lonely. Of that number, 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely and the number of over-50s experiencing loneliness is set to reach 2 million by 2025-6.


Ami was created by OCC in July 2016 as a not-for-profit project within OCC. Ami matches volunteers with those who seek companionship or help with small neighbourly tasks such as shopping and getting to appointments. The project has recruited over 300 volunteers, each offering about 8.5 hours per month on average. Volunteers provide help and companionship to lonely and isolated people, including the housebound, those who have lost a partner and stroke victims.

Ami volunteers often provide additional benefits such as temporary respite for carers. What’s more, volunteering can be very beneficial to the volunteers themselves, providing opportunities to make new friends and find fulfilment in helping others.

Oxford NHS Trust Acute Referrals System (OARS)

The Oxford Acute Referrals System (OARS) is a new OCC web app that meets that enables doctors, consultants and managers to arrive at evidenced, collaborative decisions about whether to refer an acute patient to a specialist hospital.

A consultant’s life is busy, with constant interruption from pagers and corridor conversations. By conducting interviews with the users and then testing the prototype at the hospital itself,

OCC's designers were able to see for themselves the needs of the multiple users and the demanding environment they work in.

Out of this came the understanding that OARS had to clearly tell the doctors which messages they had already read and which had been acted on by others and the stage a referral had progressed to.

OARS is in use in the Oxford neurosurgery department and over 4,000 patients have been processed through it. But the design and development process has been carried out in consultation with other departments too, allowing OARS to be used in many more services in future.

The system is compatible with the NHS’s own Electronic Patient Record systems.