While at Sci-Tech Daresbury, ac&e has benefitted from continued value-adding collaboration and knowledge exchange on the campus. ac&e engineers received input from STFC scientists on the development of its non-destructive inspection technology using ultrasound.
In addition, it is critically involved in the ‘Engineering Cloud’ – a collaboration with Liverpool University’s Virtual Engineering Centre and STFC which aims to commercialise high performance computing resources at Sci-Tech Daresbury.
In 2013 ac&e directors presented a paper at the World Congress of NAFEMS (International Association of the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community) on how this cloud infrastructure could enable ‘Expert Collaboration as a Service’, bringing together, in one cloud-enabled hub, the resources to deliver game changing solutions to critical design and manufacturing problems.
ac&e’s ModelCenter® software would sit at the centre of such an initiative, providing a collaborative platform for integrating design applications and codes from multiple partners for multidisciplinary design and analysis.
The Vanguard House location provides ac&e with a larger dedicated one-stop facility of office, workshop, server and meeting space, enabling it to further enhance its offering to clients. It also consolidates ac&e’s technical computing capability at the heart of the campus’ world-leading high performance and super-computing community.
The locations also means that ac&e has retained access to the wider campus and its R&D, conference, leisure and catering facilities. In addition, being close to the region’s airports and motorways offers easy access to its UK and international client base.
Sci-Tech Daresbury also provides ac&e with the advantages of being in one of the country’s most innovative Enterprise Zones. Locating within the Enterprise Zone enables the company to benefit financially which releases funding for development of new markets and products.