£10m investment in digital engineering
EMERSONS Green will be the home of a new project to develop a key part of the region’s hi-tech industrial future.
The new Centre for Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation is being launched at the National Composites Centre and neighbouring Centre for Modelling and Simulation, at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Dirac Crescent.
It is being set up using £10 million of investment, half of it from businesses based in the region and the other half from the West of England Combined Authority.
DETI is a collaboration between industry and academia, led by the NCC, to develop digital engineering – using new technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality in design and manufacturing, and giving people the skills and training to use them.
It aims to give a competitive advantage to the region’s advanced engineering sector, which employs 30,000 people directly, with many thousands more in the supply chain, and supports 2,000 businesses.
Metro Mayor Tim Bowles said: “DETI will be nationally important centre, based in the West of England. It will help secure the future of the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries and is a key part of our Local Industrial Strategy ambition to strengthen cross-sectoral innovation and support our region’s ambition for clean and inclusive growth.”
DETI will develop training in advanced digital engineering to increase skills and retrain people in the current workforce. It will also engage with schools, particularly in less affluent parts of the region, with the aim of inspiring 1,000 children to pursue a career in digital engineering.
The NCC and CFMS will be where DETI will undertake its research, innovation and skills initiatives, working with leading companies.
A key aim is to use digital engineering in research and design to help reduce carbon emissions by developing products that are lighter, more fuel efficient and create less waste.
Businesses investing in DETI alongside Weca, CFMS and the NCC include Airbus, Rolls-Royce, GKN, and Baker Hughes. The University of the West of England and Bristol University are also involved.
NCC chief executive Richard Oldfield said: “The world faces unprecedented challenges which will require step changes in how society uses resources. DETI will bring together leading companies and tech disruptors to create the design and digital engineering of the future. It will help cement the UK’s world leading position as an engineering nation, helping to overcome the world’s most complex challenges.”