Virtual reality screen and headset in Virtual Engineering Centre

Virtual Engineering Centre

The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) is the UK’s leading digital engineering impact centre for industrial and commercial applications.

Established in 2010, by the University of Liverpool, BAE Systems and the National Nuclear Laboratory, the VEC has a strong track record in delivering digital innovation to industry, across the full product lifecycle.

The VEC has a portfolio of strategic projects, ranging from national infrastructure projects in the nuclear sector and has completed an ERDF funded project, LCR4.0; a pioneering project supporting industrial digitalisation of small and medium sized companies within the Liverpool City Region.

A recent impact assessment report by Hatch Regeneris has highlighted that the LCR4.0 project is set to generate £31million and 955 jobs over the next three years for local region. The project featured in the Top 100 European Digital Champions list of the Financial Times (2018). The VEC has just secured a follow-up project called LCR4 START, to build on this success.

Other activities of VEC include collaborative research and development projects in the areas of aerospace, automotive, energy, utilities and health.


  • Digital Twin
  • AI & Data Analytics
  • Advanced Visualisation
  • Advanced Modelling and Simulation
  • Robotic and Autonomous Systems
  • Digital Transformation for SMEs

Watch some examples of our work below:

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