CFMS joins forces with the VEC to strengthen UK digital design capability

CFMS joins forces with the VEC to strengthen UK digital design capability

Bristol, 1st May 2019 - The Bristol-based Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), an independent, not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering, has today announced an exciting three-year long partnership with the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), a digital engineering impact centre at the University of Liverpool, to jointly deliver technologies that will accelerate the design of high value products and services.

The VEC provides innovative digital engineering solutions to industry through its extensive expertise, specialist digital laboratories. The VEC leverages academic research and the latest scientific and technological infrastructure to improve productivity. CFMS will work alongside the VEC to maximise the benefits of their complementary skills by developing and demonstrating the impact of disruptive digital technologies for industrial clients.

The partnership will also provide the High Value Design (HVD) community with a stronger, common voice for UK RTO to engage with key industrial and government stakeholders in the market, to inform policy, lobby for and negotiate investment in the field of HVD, nationally and locally.

Similar in size and ambition, both organisations are dedicated to the creation of a stronger national resource in digital design. The partnership provides a stronger focus to deliver critical national skills and capability development in the field of digital engineering, to encourage increased investment and helping to build new collaborative opportunities across the UK.

Sam Paice, Chief Operating Officer at CFMS, said: “We’re delighted to partner with the VEC and to capitalise on our unified strengths to deliver increased productivity across high value design organisations. Together, we hope to lead, develop, and demonstrate the value and real delivery of technological change that enables digitalisation, innovation and business transformation in the global marketplace.”

Lynn Dwyer, Head of Commercial for the VEC, added: “By bringing together our resources, we hope to continue developing industrial digitalisation to further benefit business. CFMS has significant experience and a proven track record in this area, so we’re looking forward to collaborating with the team to prepare for the next generation of design services.” 

CFMS and the VEC foster collaboration by working directly across industry, academia and the digital supply chain and encourages the exchange of ideas and collaborative practices to form new networks and strategic partnerships. 

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About CFMS

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering capability. As a trusted and neutral provider, our vision is to be the recognised, independent, digital test bed for the design of high value engineering products and processes.

Facilitating a greater understanding of how a product will perform throughout its lifecycle, our digital test bed forms the foundation for Through-Life Engineering Services, creating a virtual replica of systems and processes used for investigation of options and opportunities, in advance of physical development.

Through four core service lines and activities, we enable our customers to accelerate design and manufacturing productivity and competitiveness for their products, processes and services; 

     Integrated system architectures that can deliver improved performance

     Greater insight into the performance of products or processes in service

     More informed decision making based on simulated or real world data

     Cost effective access to state-of the art computational infrastructure

For further information about how CFMS can help your organisation, visit, call 0117 906 1100 or email 

About VEC

The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) is a leading digital impact centre established in 2010 by the University of Liverpool, supported by EU funding and in partnership with BAE Systems and National Nuclear Laboratory.

We work cross-sector with our clients to address and solve their business challenges, including areas such as digital design and engineering. We support their innovation journey by deploying emerging research and intelligent digital technologies to improve and advance their business capabilities.

Pioneers in industrial digital transformation through the adoption of advanced technologies and toolsets, we help businesses large and small to foster collaboration, support productivity and sustainable business growth.

As part of the University of Liverpool and through key partnerships, we have access to the very latest scientific infrastructure and thought leadership bridging the innovation gap between academic research and new product development within SMEs and large corporations.

Harnessing the latest technologies within our digital laboratories, clients can explore and gain a deep understanding of their data to make better informed business decisions leading to improved long-term social and industry impact.

The VEC’s core capabilities:

  • We create integrated collaborative digital frameworks to support the development of complex systems and enable efficiency and connectivity across supply chains.
  • We help organisations understand their data and use those insights and predictions to deliver value.
  • We create bespoke digital test beds and use advanced modelling, simulation and immersive visualisation to de-risk and improve products and processes.
  • We help organisations of all sizes to explore, assess and adopt digital technologies, supported by the appropriate skills development.

For further information about how VEC can help your organisation, visit, call 01925 864 853 or email

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