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Explore the 2013 Graphical System Design Achievement Awards

The 2013 Graphical System Design Achievement Awards received more than 150 submissions from authors in 29 countries. A judging committee of NI technical experts reviewed the papers and selected the contest finalists and winners. You can view the category winners and finalists and read their award-winning papers below.

2013 Customer Application of the Year

Controlling a Hydraulic Motion Compensated Gangway to Improve Access to Offshore Wind Turbines
Learn more about how Industrial Systems and Control Ltd created a system to safely transfer personnel and equipment to and from offshore wind turbines in rolling seas and bad weather using NI LabVIEW system design software and NI CompactRIO hardware.

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2013 Application Category Winners and Finalists

Advanced Control Systems
Examples in this category include how engineers develop new control systems or optimize existing industrial systems using NI programmable automation controllers (PACs) to enhance operation, increase throughput, and/or reduce operating costs.
Winner: Controlling a Hydraulic Motion Compensated Gangway to Improve Access to Offshore Wind Turbines, 2013 Application of the Year Award recipient
Finalist: Developing a Data Acquisition and Control System for a Trisonic Wind Tunnel


Advanced Research

Examples in this category include how research institutions and laboratories investigate and validate the viability of conceptual technologies using graphical system design techniques.
Winner: Controlling a Particle Accelerator for Effective Ion Beam Cancer Therapy Using the LabVIEW FPGA Module and NI FlexRIO, Humanitarian Award and Intel Intelligent Systems Award
Finalist: Developing a Control System for an Electron Beam Machine with LabVIEW and NI PXI


Automated Test
Applications in this category exhibit innovation in test system design with software-defined instrumentation and address challenges such as increasing efficiency, maximizing throughput, and/or ensuring production or verification quality.

Winner: Optimization of Parametric Defect Localization on Integrated Circuits

Finalist: Future Proofing a Hearing Aid Production Test at GN ReSound



Examples in this category show how universities are using NI hardware and software to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom.

Winner: Developing a Renewable Energy Laboratory Using NI ELVIS, NI LabVIEW, and NI myDAQ, NI Community's Choice and Editor's Choice Award recipient

Finalist: Introducing Digital Data Transmission to Students with the NI Software Defined Radio Platform



Applications in this category discuss how engineers effectively integrate dynamic measurements and advanced analysis as well as embedded control and monitoring systems into their energy applications to ensure safe, optimized operation.

Winner: Improving the Efficiency of Wind Turbines with an Intelligent Measurement and Control System

Finalist: A Novel Distributed PV System Design, Green Engineering Award recipient


Life Sciences

Examples in this category include how engineers, scientists, chemists, and biologists design, prototype, and deploy PC-based or portable technologies for medical devices and life science research.

Winner: Enhancing Endoscopic Surgery With an Improved Ultrasonically Activated Scalpel

Finalist: Performing Fatigue Destructive Testing on Ankle-Foot Prostheses


RF and Communications

Examples in this category highlight how engineers are testing the RF/wireless capabilities of their products or developing next-generation algorithms for use in deployed wireless systems using a software-defined platform.

Winner: Qualcomm Atheros Improves WLAN Test Speed and Coverage Using the NI PXI Vector Signal Transceiver and NI LabVIEW

Finalist: Averna Expands and Accelerates Cable Device Testing Using the NI Vector Signal Transceiver and LabVIEW FPGA


Structural and Physical Test and Monitoring

Examples in this category demonstrate how engineers are using NI hardware and software tools together to quickly develop and customize systems to perform any test on any structure.

Winner: Valve Leakage Detection in Industrial Pumps

Finalist: Fiber-Optic Strain Gages Protect Restoration of Milan Cathedral



Applications in this category use NI hardware and software for design, test, and control for planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of these applications include rapid engine control unit (ECU) prototyping, machine condition monitoring of vehicle components, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation, and in-vehicle logging.

Winner: Using LabVIEW and PXI for Deterministic Multiple Unit Vehicle Stability Control

Finalist: Ford Deploys Fuel Cell Test System Using NI VeriStand and the INERTIA Add-On


Student Design Showcase

Examples in this category feature student projects that use LabVIEW and graphical system design tools. Topics include student senior design and capstone design projects.

Winner: CERESS – Compatible and Extendable REXUS Experiment Support buS

Finalist: The ARTEMIS Project (Autonomous Robotic Technology Enabling Minimally Invasive Surgery)


Xilinx All Programmable Innovation Award Winner: Increasing Power Service Reliability and Energy Security With MicroGrids