Exploring the future of engineering

Paul Boughton

Companies from around the world will be bringing the future of technology to Derby, UK, in a unique event showcasing the cutting edge of engineering design.

The Engineering Simulation Show 2015 has attracted some of the biggest names in simulation technology from as far afield as Russia, Canada, America, Australia and across Europe.

On view will be the different types of software that involved in the design of everything from creating chocolate to launching a space probe.

Ken Davies, director, said: "There is simply no other event which showcases the array of software on display at the Engineering Simulation Show. The opportunities to learn, build business relationships and develop a competitive advantage are huge.

"Everything we own, every single product that is bought and made is designed and over the last 10 years this design phase has moved on incredibly quickly in terms of sophistication.

"Simulation is so much more accurate and cost effective than the old prototyping systems, and with the advances in technology we have seen in the last decade and are seeing on the horizon, the appetite for even more sophisticated design systems has never been higher."

As well as the exhibitors, there will be speakers throughout the two days talking about how they use the software on show, including from the European Space Agency, Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover and Airbus.

Topics being discussed include the Rosetta Space Mission, how lighter cars are able to produce less CO2 emissions and Bentley's ground-breaking Strive project, which will help create new vehicle models quicker using virtual reality software.

And within the show there is, for the first time, a zone dedicated entirely to supercomputing as processing power is a key element in achieving the best out of simulation technology.

The show builds on the success the company has enjoyed with The Graduate Engineer Show, also held at The Roundhouse, which last year attracted 2,000 graduates from across the country to talk to the leading engineering firms.

The event is free to attend and is aimed at those with a professional interest in both engineering and IT.

David Reeks, director, added: "The shows provide an excellent experience for companies to talk to some of the largest and most successful businesses in the world who are using the absolute cutting edge in simulation software and to find out how they use it to improve efficiency. You're learning from the biggest and the best.

"Hosting these companies in Derby is not only a coup for the city but also it's a natural fit: many business in the area use advanced simulation software in their design, so it feels like a natural home for the show."

The Engineering Simulation Show runs on the April 15th and 16th.

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