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Services for businesses

Physics-Based Simulation and Modelling

The VEC provides support to organisations of all sizes and across a wide range of sectors to develop and integrate virtual prototypes within their existing processes.   

We provide our clients  with a cost-effective way of capturing customer requirements and presenting future options; lowering the cost of new development programmes through maximising 'right-first-time' potential; accelerating speed to market and eliminating risks throughout the product life-cycle.

Enhancing Your Capabilities

Our extensive networks and access to technology infrastructure, including 3D immersive visualisation and High Performance Computing (HPC) through our partnership with Sci-Tech Daresbury, provides you with access to a wealth of innovation and collaborative opportunities.  

We provide a seamless link from fundamental research; technology evaluation and development; integration and implementation; training and ongoing customer support to ensure continued business competitiveness.

Supporting business growth and competitiveness

The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) provides a unique capability in the UK, delivering an absolute focus on harnessing the latest virtual engineering technologies and expertise to accelerate product development, drive product innovation, quality and safety, reducing costs and time to market across advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. 

The use of Virtual Prototypes is well recognised as essential to the UK’s global competitiveness in key sectors such as automotive, aerospace and energy, enabling industry to explore novel technologies and evaluate innovations to support real time decision making.   The VEC’s unrivalled expertise, offers an exciting new operating model to maximise the impact of Virtual Engineering on industry through the integration and exploitation of world leading academic research and science infrastructure.  

In partnership with the Hartree Centre, Science and Technology Facilities Council Daresbury Laboratory, the VEC utilises access to the UK’s largest High Performance Computing resources, resulting in:  

  •          Reduced simulation times  
  •          Wider exploration of the design space  
  •          Accurate results using tailored numerical methods  
  •          More robust solutions  

Utilising its expertise to support intelligent Virtual Prototypes and working in collaboration with innovative, UK based SMEs within the supply chain, the VEC has attracted companies such as Bentley Motors Ltd, BAE Systems and Jaguar Land Rover to integrate the ‘best in class’ virtual engineering techniques to support and improve their physical design, manufacturing, assembly and testing processes to enabling the UK advanced engineering sector to compete in a worldwide market place.  

The VEC supports manufacturing business to enhance their product and process capabilities through harnessing and deployment of technologies and expertise in:

  •         Advanced modelling and simulation and the development of bespoke virtual prototypes
  •         Specialist 3D immersive visualisation environments
  •         Technology integration and knowledge exchange
  •         Developing and supporting collaborative innovation frameworks and product developments