Ford Motor Company and McLaren Automotive were among major companies supporting the launch of Digital Engineering and Test Centre (DETC).
DETC has been set up to drive forward the development of advanced propulsion technology in the UK.
Over 120 delegates descended on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, to learn how the automotive sector could benefit from collaboration with London’s digital sector to capitalise on state-of-the-art developments in digital engineering and gaming technology.
“The whole day went extremely well”, claimed DETC programme director Jon Horsley. “There has been really meaningful engagement between the digital and automotive sectors. We have started the snowball rolling with the launch and now it’s back to the day job! We have lots to do to help those businesses and academia make the most of the excellent new contacts and creative ideas they left the event with yesterday.”
A unique industry-academic venture within the new Loughborough University London campus, the DETC will focus on both product development and advanced manufacturing engineering.
It aims to create and use virtual engineering tools and techniques to accelerate the development, test and manufacture of automotive propulsion systems.
By ‘power training’ engineers in applications including digital engineering, gaming, big-data and high-power computing, DETC claims it will strive to help solve some of the upcoming challenges facing automotive in the fields of design, development, manufacturing, testing, validation and verification.
Co-located on the same floor as the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute and the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) London office, and being an APC ‘spoke’, DETC brings specific functional, technological and regional capability to the APC’s network.
For more information on the Digital Engineering and Test Centre visit www.detc.uk
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