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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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Benefits of 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA for Composite Design & Manufacturing

Posted by Geoff Haines on 20-Jun-2019 16:16:00

Paying attention to the careful design and material selection guidelines in the design and manufacturing of composites is vital to ensuring structural integrity of parts. Without adherence to guidelines in designing composites, this can lead to the development of poor-quality parts, which isn’t going to help anyone.

This is extremely important as the benefits of strong composite designs include the production of lightweight, impact resistant and strong parts compared to standard metal products. Ultimately, this leads to the manufacturing of better quality parts for a better-quality product, especially when these parts will be used in aircraft where safety protocols are extremely stringent. 

The production of better-quality parts is also important due to Governmental crackdowns on carbon emissions, particularly for aircrafts. But with composite design, the reduction in fuel costs and carbon emissions based on the production of lightweight structures helps to adhere to Governmental pressures.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Aerospace, Composites, CATIA

Boeing 737 MAX – The case for Instructor-led Training

Posted by Geoff Haines on 14-Jun-2019 14:34:42

The current issue over the recent crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft has uncovered many issues over the design, certification and operation of this new aircraft.

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Topics: Aerospace, Training, Boeing 737 Max

Ushering in a new Era with Jaguar Land Rover

Posted by Geoff Haines on 04-Dec-2018 14:14:00

Dassault Systemes announces JLR Supplier Offers

Jaguar Land Rover i-PLM 2.0 - The Engineering Toolset

Jaguar Land Rover’s heritage comprises some of the world’s most iconic vehicles, including Jaguar Mark II, E-Type, and the Land Rover Defender.  

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) emerged within Tata Motors as an exciting, dynamic global enterprise after having passed through the corporate hands of Ford Motors.  Due to JLR's varied ownership history, a complex mixture of automotive industry software was inherited from its previous owners, and this was not scaled or supportive of JLR’s aggressive business plan. 

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Automotive - 3DEXPERIENCE, Dassault Systemes, JLR Supplier Program

What's New in 2019x?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 23-Nov-2018 16:00:05

Dassault Systemes has announced the
On Cloud Release 2019X of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

All On Cloud customers were successfully and seamlessly upgrade to their new revisions when they logged into their accounts earlier this week. This new release features powerful enhancements to all roles together with the announcement of new ones addressing different sectors of industry.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, 2019x

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, Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC), Facade Design, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Dassault Systemes, CATIA

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, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Dassault Systemes, DROPBOX, 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 - 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), Building Information Modelling (BIM), Awards & Accolades