The Off-highway Plant and Equipment Research Centre (OPERC) is an independent and international centre of excellence for plant and equipment science. The centre is hosted at the Department of Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. The Department achieved the highest possible research rating (5*) when assessed for the quality of its research during the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.
OPERC members currently include representatives from the UK, USA, Australia, South Africa, China, the Philippines, Ireland and Nigeria, who between them, derive from a broad range of professional occupations including plant manufacturers, plant hire companies, training providers, contractors and members of the professional trade press. This gives the Centre great strength in terms of inherent knowledge of plant and equipment science and also serves as a conduit through which new knowledge is disseminated to industry.
OPERC is a non-profit making and non-political organisation. Its principal objective is to raise standards throughout the plant and equipment sector. This is achieved via a broad spectrum of plant and equipment research and the publication and dissemination to the plant and equipment sector of codes of practice, best practice guidance documents and information papers. Publications are all subjected to blind peer review and OPERC debate before being made public. This helps ensure their robustness, quality and relevance to practitioners.
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