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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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Recent Posts

Design of the V&A Museum, Dundee – Kengo Kuma

Posted by Geoff Haines on 13-Sep-2018 11:10:26

Kengo Kuma, a Japanese architect with a body of work that surpasses national boundaries, has made a name for himself with his innovative use of shapes, unique creative voice, and focus on organic materials like wood and bamboo.  From Kuma’s perspective, computerized architecture plays a vital role in making that vision a reality.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE

Adaptive Building Design

Posted by Geoff Haines on 26-Jul-2018 09:56:00

In recent years many papers, both government whitepapers, research document and industry guru’s have voiced concern on the poor productivity within the construction industry.

Comparisons have been made with manufacturing industry where overall productivity has doubled over 20-30 years. So how did that industry achieve such gains and construction didn’t?

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Topics: CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud, 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA, Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC), Dassault Systemes, Facade Design

Dropbox and BIM

Posted by Geoff Haines on 04-Jun-2018 10:37:47

Dropbox is used very frequently amongst companies within the construction industry as a mechanism to share information. Its cheap, easy to use and available to synchronise files across many hardware platforms. It is easy to see why it has been taken up by many small, medium and even large organisations to help them manage BIM (Building Information Modeling) information on building projects.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, DROPBOX, BIM, Dassault Systemes, data-driven

Electric Vehicles – a Gold Rush?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 26-Jan-2018 14:32:24

Global Warming - Global Driving

Foremost on the political agenda across the world is global warming. Whether you believe it or not, and there is one notable leader who doesn’t, there is little point in ignoring the fact most world governments have it on their agenda.

This has led to initiatives of eliminating internal combustion engines on our roads. 

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Automotive / Motorsport, Automotive - 3DExperience

Training Certification - why do it?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 09-Jan-2018 14:20:30

How do you get recognition of your skills or you want to be involved in better work or been seen as making a difference - how do you show your difference?  

It’s all about having something unique that gives value to your employer.

 

 

Or if when job seeking how do you differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack? I had a friend who said you should draw pretty flowers on your CV! – whether he ever did that I don’t know, but in the competitive world we live you have to have a difference. That’s what sells. In sales jargon it’s called a Unique Selling Point, and when going for a job or looking to improve your position, that’s what you need.

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Topics: Training, CATIA, Dassault Systemes, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM

CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE contributes to two Construction Awards

Posted by Geoff Haines on 24-Nov-2017 15:18:49

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systemes has played an important role in winning 2 awards in the Construction industry.

The Institution of Structural Engineers has awarded the 2017 prize for Construction Innovation to the team that designed and built The TallWood House at Brock Commons - an 18-storey mass timber hybrid building at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

At 53m high, this student residence building has been recognized as the tallest mass timber hybrid building in the world. It is comprised of 17 storeys of five-ply cross laminated timber (CLT) floor panels, glue laminated timber columns.

Key to proving the construction process was the use of 3DEXPERIENCE to simulate the construction methods, from delivery of prefabricated parts to the work processes involved in assembling the building. CADMakers* used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to simulate in real time all these interactions and hence improve on methods in a digital world before committing to the real world.

See this video to compare the virtual with the real.

Zaha Hadid Architects used CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE as the platform for the design of the world’s longest asymmetrical single stay bridge in Taiwan – The Danjiang BridgeThe design teams based in 3 locations across 2 continents used CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE On Cloud as the design and collaboration platform. 

This greatly improved communication of ideas, management of information and enhanced the collaboration across the teams. The design team at Zaha’s were awarded the 2017 innovation in Collaboration Award from the Computing Construction Awards.

Read the full case study here >>

Both these awards show the gains that the construction industry can get from adopting the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as not only a 3D BIM tool but as a collaboration platform on which to store, control and manage all project data – meeting the requirements of BIM Level 3.

*VIRTUAL DESIGN MODELLING: CadMakers Inc

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Topics: Awards & Accolades, 3DEXPERIENCE, Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC)

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: ICAM Technologies, Automotive / Motorsport, 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, Original Equipment Manufacturer (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: Stage V Emissions, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)

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: 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud, Dassault Systemes, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), CATIA