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Geoff Haines

After graduating in Engineering from Imperial College, Geoff spent 10 years as a design engineer. He saw a new future lay in personal computers and engineering software and as a result started writing desktop engineering software in 1986 – DTE is born. Today DTE is one of the most experienced and successful software training, consulting and sales companies in the world. In the 30 years’ journey Geoff has helped companies through recessions, change management, digital and 3D transformation and built DTE with experienced engineering staff, a passion for customer service and a very personal approach to getting the right things done.
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The importance of composites in Aerospace and Automotive industries

Posted by Geoff Haines on 05-Oct-2017 09:00:00

Raise your hand if you’ve ever sat down and asked yourself ‘what can we do to improve our product quality?’ but struggled to find the most cost-effective way to do this. 

As the complexity of product designs increases, so too does the need to find the right materials and techniques to bring these designs to life. This is where composite materials come into their own. 

Here’s how your organisation can benefit from the use of composite materials and how the aerospace and automotive industries are making strides in the use of composites.

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Topics: Various - ICAM, Automotive, Aerospace

Understanding the risks in the aerospace supply chain

Posted by Geoff Haines on 15-Sep-2017 11:00:00

As consumers around the world are demanding greater access to air travel, this has led to orders for 38,000 new aircraft. Although this represents the potential for significant revenue, OEMs and suppliers face significant risks that they must overcome in order to develop these aircraft cost effectively and ensure a quick time to market. 

A major trigger of these risks is how OEMs are now tasking suppliers with designing aerospace parts in addition to manufacturing.

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Topics: Aerospace - CATIA, Aerospace, OEM

OEM customers benefit from proven integration experience & expertise for Stage V transition

Posted by Geoff Haines on 18-Jul-2017 10:10:00

Attempts by the European Commission to reduce air pollution poses new challenges for engine manufacturers in the form of Stage V emissions standards. Many manufacturers can use their knowledge and experience with on-road developments to ensure off-road engine developments work efficiently.

Following on from our previously published Stage V emissions article and discussions around tougher standards for more engine types;  After-treatment systems for smaller engines; and DPF in the after-treatment system, John Deere has become one of the first to release their developments.

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Topics: OEM, John Deere, Stage V Emmissions

On Cloud Collaborative Design

Posted by Geoff Haines on 14-Jul-2017 09:00:00

On Cloud software is the general trend of many applications – starting with email, it has progressed through to accounting software, customer relationship software and even finite element analysis.

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Topics: CATIA on-Cloud, 3DExperience, PLM, Dassault Systemes, CATIA Design

Dassault Systemes certification & accreditation

Posted by Geoff Haines on 06-Jun-2017 11:38:00

Desktop Engineering’s team fully certified!

Desktop Engineering has always placed great importance on the technical team continuing their personal education and training in the software applications we supply and support. 

No more so than across the broad capabilities that Dassault Systemes develops for design and manufacturing industries. With a foundation on the core CATIA design application, the comany has continued to ensure that the team become fully conversant and skilled with all new releases and developments that come year after year from Dassault Systemes.

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Topics: Various - CATIA, training

On Cloud or Full Cloud?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 29-Mar-2017 09:00:00

Another term that is now being thrown into the mix, when trying to understand or determine whether CAD on Cloud is a realistic option is the term "Full Cloud"– what does it mean?

Firstly, it needs to be understood is that modern CAD systems deliver a high level of functionality - which in simple terms means lots of icons, buttons, options and ways of doing things. This means lots of lines of code.

Further, the geometry representations created now can create and visualise, to close engineering accuracy, the geometry of parts and assemblies that truly represent what will be manufactured. All this means that the data being created gets bigger.

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Topics: CATIA on-Cloud, 3DExperience, Various - CATIA

Intelligent Rainscreen Façade Video

Posted by Geoff Haines on 10-Mar-2017 10:00:00

At Desktop Engineering, we aim to help our customers find ways of doing design or manufacturing quicker and of higher quality using software technologies. One of the approaches we can use is to use a rule based approach to capture knowledge to allow it to be re-used. Rules are those simple set of instructions, something as simple as a cooking recipe, that one follows that determines an outcome. So it is with engineering. Capture those rules and then reuse them in software and then you have design automation.

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Topics: 3DExperience, AEC, Facade, AEC - CATIA

“It’s CAD Jim, but not as we know it …….”

Posted by Geoff Haines on 07-Mar-2017 12:42:34

All you trekkers out there will know this draws from an immortal phrase uttered by Spock to Capt. James Kirk to express something new outside their current experiences.

I have taken the liberty to extend it to refer to the On-Cloud capabilities of CATIA – it’s something much more than a CAD system.

Over the years CAD has now become such a well-known and used term that it is all encompassing – referring to something that is 2D and free, right through to some of the higher end more expensive solutions such as ProEngineer, NX and CATIA.

To label them all as CAD does a disservice to these capabilities.

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Topics: CATIA on-Cloud, 3DExperience

Are Alternative Facts acceptable to an Engineer?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 26-Jan-2017 13:29:03

We are currently in a place called “post-truth era” where “alternative facts” are being positioned as acceptable currency. I was wondering how this impacts an engineer who must work with the laws of nature and harness them for the good of mankind.

A key lesson we all learn during our engineering education and working experiences is that the mechanical psychical world obeys Newtons Three Laws of Motion.

These laws have the laid the foundation for classical mechanics upon which engineers have built the knowledge and hence technology that has delivered cars, aeroplanes and got mankind to the moon.

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Topics: CATIA on-Cloud, 3DExperience, Various - CATIA, Various

How BIM has changed Façade Design

Posted by Geoff Haines on 07-Nov-2016 17:00:00

“Change or die” is the shorted version of Charles Darwin’s famous quote.

A little while ago I was in a meeting with a director of a major developer in London, trying to convince him of using 3D CAD (or BIM) models to help in construction projects and one comment put forcefully to me was “I’ve built many a building with a pencil, paper and a fax machine so why should I spend money on 3D CAD information? “  I think we have all met these dinosaurs and we know what their future beholds!

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Topics: AEC, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, BIM