DETC launched in London

A new high-tech Digital Engineering and Test Centre (DETC) has opened in London, supported by industry heavyweights like Ford and McLaren.

The DETC, a collaboration between UK automotive manufacturers and the capital’s digital sector, has been set up to drive forward the development of advanced propulsion technology in the UK.

More than 120 visitors turned up for the official opening at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to learn how the automotive sector could capitalise on state-of-the-art developments in digital engineering and gaming technology.

DETC programme director Jon Horsley said, ‘The whole day went extremely well, with 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.’

In conjunction with the new Loughborough University London campus, the DETC will focus on both product development and advanced manufacturing engineering. It will 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 will strive to help solve some of the upcoming challenges facing automotive in the fields of design, development, manufacturing, testing, validation and verification.