In this event, we will unpack the building blocks of digitalisation in the industrial environment and reflect on Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation’s (DETI) deliverables across three core areas, sharing our collective learnings, testing and proving emerging digital technologies.

With digitisations promise of faster production cycles, reduced waste and decreasing costs, for many businesses the scale of transition required can seem overwhelming. That’s why DETI has defined the building blocks of change - the capabilities that will enable every industry to push ahead and fast; Process Innovation & Productivity, Sustainability, and Digital Skills. We invite you to join us for ‘Unpacking the building blocks for digitalisation’ and learn more about the enabling capabilities, test beds and proof-of-concepts accessible to organisations.

• Process Innovation & Productivity – the systems, processes, proof-of-concepts/test beds that will help organisations to exploit value from data, explore and test technologies to accelerate innovation – Marc Funnell - Director of Digital, NCC, and James Gopsill - Research Fellow, CFMS & the University of Bristol
• Sustainability – developing sustainable processes and products to calculate and reduce carbon emissions, including the DETI Eco-meter - David Pugh - Head of Sustainability, Digital Catapult
• Digital Skills – reskilling and upskilling of the workforce needed by organisations to digitally transform ¬– Claire Arbery - Director, West of England Institute of Technology
Wed, Oct 12, 2022 · 12:00 PM London (GMT +1:00)
Andrew Wade
Host - Features Editor - The Engineer
Andrew Wade is features editor at The Engineer, where he has worked since 2015. Over the course of his journalism career he has covered everything from Irish general elections, Premier League football and the Japanese tsunami of 2011, to maritime satellite technology and the latest trends in robotics, renewables and the entire kaleidoscope of the engineering world.
Marc Funnell
Head of Digital
Marc is Head of Digital at the National Composites Centre, joining in 2019. Following his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University and research activities across the automotive and defence sectors in South Africa, Marc joined the composite research team at Airbus UK, as Head of Analysis. After leaving Airbus, he ran a private company working across major aerospace OEMs as a specialist in composite analysis and design until joining GKN Aerospace as global Head of Engineering Methodology. Marc specialises in composite design and analysis with a passion, demonstrating success in the digital transformation of engineering practices throughout his career.
David Pugh
Head of Sustainability, Digital Catapult
In his role David sits at the interface between advanced digital technologies and industrial adopters to provide real business impact. David supports industry in making their activities more sustainable, designing for a circular economy and the development of innovative new business models to transform the way the UK industry operates. David is passionate about using digital technologies to enable positive environmental and social impact and leads Digital Catapult’s Industrial Net Zero Innovation Centre (INZIC), with a focus on supporting the UK Government’s goal of reaching Net Zero by 2050.David has a PhD from University College London
James Gopsill
Senior Research Fellow - CFMS & University of Bristol
James Gopsill is a joint-appointed Senior Research Fellow between the Centre for Modelling and Simulation and University of Bristol. He has 15 years experience in fundamental Digital Engineering research and research pull-through. Current work is in realising agent-based manufacturing systems, cognitive Model-Based Systems Engineering, applying Quantum Computing to systems design, and developing the Digital ‘X’ lexicon. He has over 100 publications, received patents in Digital Engineering, taught master’s level Engineering Design, consulted on engineering firm’s Digital ‘X’ strategies, and is a Principal and Co-Investigator on EPSRC/InnovateUK projects. He also led DETI’s Engineering Capability work package 5 – The Digital Thread.
Claire Arbery
Leading the West of England Institute of Technology, a partnership of 5 academic partners and 13 employers to deliver skills training to over 2,000 students by academic year 23/24.
Focusing on supporting employers in the level 4 and 5 skills arenas, with technical skills and education in the areas of health engineering and digital. Institutes of Technology are the Department of Education's flagship for higher technical skills and qualifications and will be the cornerstone of the higher technical reforms.
The West of England IoT is one of the top performing IoT’s in the country and is well regarded for its work with employers on the future skills agenda.
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