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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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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 - 3DExperience, Automotive / Motorsport

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

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

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: Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), 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 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud, 3DEXPERIENCE, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Dassault Systemes, CATIA

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: Training, CATIA

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 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud, 3DEXPERIENCE, 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, Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC), Facade Design