The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) delivers innovative Virtual Engineering solutions to industry, through the exploitation of academic research and the latest scientific and technological infrastructure. The VEC is the UK's leading centre of Virtual Engineering technology integration for industrial and commercial applications. A key aim is to enhance capability and improve business performance and competitiveness through the evaluation, application and adoption of Virtual Engineering tools and techniques and to support the development of skills and expertise throughout the Advanced Manufacturing supply chain.
The VEC comprises a multi-disciplinary team including specialists in engineering, computer science, visualisation and manufacturing technology, and is underpinned by the University of Liverpool and specialist Centres of Excellence. Located at both Sci-Tech Daresbury and The University of Liverpool the VEC acts as a hub in communicating research back to potential end users, while providing competitive advantage to industry.
Development and evaluation of statistical methods to optimise multi-tier supply chain risk and performance.
Effective and timely decision-making is key to the success of any organization. Management Science supports this process through bringing a structured, analytical and rigorous approach to decision making. Many organisations looking to gain a sustainable competitive edge in an increasingly difficult environment use Management Science to deliver improved business performance. This will often involve
applying analytical techniques to the increasing amount of business data that is collected. The Department of Management Science is one of the leading Management Science/Operational Research departments in the UK. Research interests of staff span the spectrum of Management Science activity. Many of our staff are internationally-known, both through their academic output and applied work with government and business organisations.
Our department collaborates with major organisations on new ways of dealing with complex decisions through applied research and consultancy.
Recent work has included:
Valuechain have engaged with Liverpool John Moores University and University of Liverpool as part of the Liverpool City Region 4.0 (LCR 4.0) project to explore the impact of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing supply chains.
Industry 4.0, the 4th Industrial Revolution, is a concept that is becoming increasingly familiar and focuses on digitisation of physical assets and integration into digital eco-systems with value chain partners. Ultimately, this hinges on the generation and analysis of data to create value.
LCR 4.0 is a partnership between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool City Region LEP, Sensor City and Hartree Centre. The project brings together key assets with the skills and expertise to support industrial growth, merging the virtual and physical world to ultimately transform modern manufacturing and associated supply chains.
To support manufacturing SMEs to realise the benefits of Industry 4.0, key assets in Liverpool City Region have come together to develop LCR 4.0 – a transformational innovation support project to help SMEs utilise Industry 4.0 technologies to increase productivity in local companies by supporting the development of smarter products, smarter processes and smarter supply chains. This project aims to be the first of its type in the UK, to actually help companies implement new technological developments and fully embrace the benefits that Industry 4.0 will bring.
Innovation is at the heart of everything we do and we are passionate about converting latest technologies into tangible solutions loved by our clients. We have undertaken several innovation projects focused on productivity improvements, supply chain collaboration & intelligence.
Valuechain secures NATEP project to develop multi-tier supply chain collaboration platform.
€3.2m Horizon 2020 project focused on supply chain collaboration, intelligence & optimisation
£3.3m project working with Bentley Motors and University of Liverpool to capture product lifecycle intelligence
Valuechain secures £300K NATEP project to develop state of the art planning software for aerospace special process companies.