We are pleased to invite you to the Siemens PLM UK Automotive Symposium 2018 which will be hosted at The MTC, Coventry on Thursday 21st June 2018.


Faced with changing customer demand, new technologies and innovation, we can set ourselves a strategy to stay ahead of global competition. This strategy has proven successful when digitalisation has been adopted to provide a framework for innovation, decision making and planning.


Digital technologies are transforming the British industry. There is an opportunity for the UK to become one of the world’s most attractive places to create new business with industrial digitalisation.


Companies that make products need to look at how they do this given the demands of customer’s needs – better products, customisation, and sooner.


In this symposium we will explore what the automotive industry can be doing now to address the opportunities around Autonomous driving, light weighting and electrification by adopting Digitalisation.


The journey to fully autonomous vehicles started decades ago with the introduction of options such as ABS, traction control and cruise control. As each new model is launched, more complex systems such as auto breaking, lane tracking and automatic parking are advancing the technology that one day will lead us to driverless vehicles. However, with these systems comes ever increasing complexity, particularly with the interaction of these systems. Without robust processes around systems driven product design, that can simulate these interactions, car designers will find it ever more difficult to ensure on time product launches. To ensure these systems represent the latest technology possible, manufacturers have to be ever more agile in bringing new models to market. This requires a complete digital twin of not just the car, but the whole design, manufacturing and assembly process, All elements of launching the vehicle can be optimised and de-bugged long before the robots start welding. A key element of this optimisation is weight reduction, which leads directly to car performance and economy. Car manufactures have to manage all of this, whilst managing the disruptive challenge of electric vehicles, but is not only changing the paradigm on how people purchase vehicles, is opening the market to new entrants and competition.


Please join the Siemens PLM UK team to learn about the Digital Twin and how to optimise product, process and performance in the automotive industry.


Please register here.

  • Agenda


    Registration, Tea & Coffee
    Smarter, Safer, Greener Vehicles - How Siemens solutions achieve this via optimised Product, Process and Performance Digital Twins.




    Siemens Automotive
    Industry Overview

    towards Smarter, Safer,
    Greener Vehicles.


    Siemens Automotive Credentials

    Siemens investment and successes in Automotive. Daimler & Maserati Case Study. TASS & Mentor acquisitions aligned with trends, EV, Autonomous etc.


    09:30 – 10:00


    Transfer to Breakouts


    Breakout 1 – Lightweight Engineering


    Introduce new capabilities such as Generative Design & Design for Additive Manufacture.

    Speaker: Chris Abbott

    10:15 – 11:00

    Design for Additive Manufacture


    11:00 – 11:30 – Break


    Suspension design is a complex, and often iterative process, aimed at maintaining the suspension deflection angles within acceptable limits, satisfying structural requirements, and reducing material cost. Although simulation has long played a key role in validating designs, its usage to discover new, higher performing, innovative designs has been limited until now.   This presentation highlights how modern simulation process automation and design exploration can be used in a managed environment to consistently deliver high performance, low-cost designs.

    An example of the design of a control arm under both structural and multi-body dynamics considerations, is used to illustrate how HEEDS MDO can be easily deployed together with standard simulation tools to help engineers discover better designs, faster.

    Jean-Pierre Roux,
    Gabriel Amine Eddine

    11:30 – 12:15

    Reducing the Weight of Suspension Systems
    with HEEDS


    12:15 – 13:45 – Lunch, Expo


    Modern drivelines with highly efficient combustion engines and aggressive shift strategies often lead to low frequency NVH issues. Learn how combined 1D, 3D Simulation and Test approaches can be applied to solve the complete span of driveline NVH issues.

    Speaker: Steven Dom

    13:45 – 14:30

    Using 1D simulation and physical test to optimise powertrain downsizing


    Composites  Analysis

    Composites are making an increasing contribution in vehicle body structures. They provide an opportunity to tune the characteristics of the material to the exact requirements and so provide the opportunity for a weight optimised structure. To make this achievable, a close link between manufacturing, ie how the lay up is performed, and the analysis of the final structure is needed. This session will show how this can be achieved.

    Speaker: Steve Grant & Catherine Xiao


    Customer Speaker: Ian Goddard, Head of Technical Partnerships for Renault Sport Formula One Team

    14:30 – 15:15

    Advances in Composite Design and Analysis


    15:15 – 15:45 – Break


    Quality Management

    Applying 3D PMI (GD&T) & analysing inspection data using tolerance analysis techniques.

    Speaker: Roly Dixon

    15:45 – 16:30

    How to design in Quality


    Breakout 2 – Electrification


    Energy and thermal management are key in optimizing the driving range of an electric vehicle. Learn how system simulation using 1D and 3D approaches supported by testing help engineers to decide on vehicle architectures and properly size sub-systems to achieve the best possible performance.


    1D CAE via Simcenter.

    Speaker: Leigh Gillard

    10:15 – 11:00

    Digital Product Twin for Simulation & Test
    Energy Management and Thermal Optimisation


    11:00 – 11:30 – Break


    Autonomous Driving Simulation.


    TASS for Active & Passive Safety. Vehicle Dynamics and Automated Driving.

    Speaker: Steven Dom

    11:30 – 12:15

    Safety System design and verification


    12:15 – 13:45 – Lunch, Expo


    How to ensure that our code is safe, tools to help us achieve ISO26262 compliance for our shiny new car.

    George Harkay – introduction, background & close

    James Voller – demo of ISO26262 template

    13:45 – 14:30

    ISO26262 compliance


    Detailed Battery Modelling for xEVs

    This talk will provide insights into what’s possible to do with regards to detailed Li-ion battery modelling using Siemens modelling tools.

    In particular, the talk will aim at answering these questions:

    • How can I create a reliable Li-ion cell model for use in thermal simulations?

    • How can I optimise the battery pack cooling system?

    • How can I increase the realism of my CFD simulations?

    Speaker: Marco Buonfiglioli

    14:30 – 15:15


    15:15 – 15:45 – Break


    Electric Vehicles are Quiet, right? Do they sound right, right?

    Electric vehicle make sounds we are not used to as customers. The only reference for an electric vehicle is 1950 science fiction.

    Speaker: Ian Strath

    15:45 – 16:30


    Breakout 3 – Production Optimisation


    The automotive factory of the future will rely on its digital twin to increase the quality and efficiency of the manufacturing planning process, and to optimise operational efficiency.

    This session will showcase the tools from the Tecnomatix suite designed  for Factory Planning:

    - Line Designer

    - Plant Simulation

    - Intosite

    Speaker: Ian Walls

    10:15 – 11:00

    The Digital Factory


    11:00 – 11:30 – Break


    How transparency of manufacturing operations can help you to reduce inventory costs and cycle time while increasing efficiency at the same time?


    Overview of MES & Scheduling (SimaticIT / Preactor)

    Speaker: Oliver Glub

    11:30 – 12:15

    Manufacturing Operations Management


    12.15 – 13.45 – Lunch, Expo


    “How to reduce the costs of quality while assuring the TS 16949 requirements”.

    Speaker: Oliver Glub

    13:45 – 14:30

    Quality Management


    From early concepts through to virtual commissioning Tecnomatix Process Simulate is the leading platform for robotics and automation cell design and simulation. This session will showcase the application in some of its different uses, across BIW, FA and Powertrain.

    Speaker: Ian Walls

    14:30 – 15:15

    Robotics & Automation


    15:15 – 15:45 – Break


    Industrial Internet of Things & Product Intelligence.


    Siemens' Manufacturing Operating Systems & Product Performance Analytics (Mindsphere  & Omneo).

    Speaker: Martin Cooke

    15:45 – 16:30

    Digital Performance Twin Update


    Siemens Automotive Closing


    16:30 – 16:45

  • How do I get to the venue?

    Join the Siemens PLM UK team at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).


    The MTC was established in 2010 as an independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry. Find out more information here.


    MTC (Coventry) Limited

    Ansty Park


    CV7 9JU

    • Bus

      The X30 is a dedicated bus service that runs frequently between Ansty Park and the centre of Coventry. The X30 stops at Pool Meadow Bus Station in Coventry, and travels via Coventry train station. From the city centre, the bus route follows the main artery roads of Walsgrave Road and Ansty Road, past the University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, before arriving at Ansty Park.

    • Trains

      The closest railway station to Ansty Park is Coventry. The Ansty Park X30 bus service travels via Coventry Train Station.

    • Air

      Birmingham International Airport is less than 20 minute drive from Ansty Park.

  • Accommodation

    Should you need accommodation nearby to The MTC we can suggest the following hotels:

    Coombe Abbey


    Coombe Abbey Hotel

    Brinklow Road



    CV3 2AB


    From – £89.00

    (this will be the hotel that the Siemens Team are staying at)


    Just an 11 minute drive to The MTC, Coombe Abbey offers elegant rooms and breathtaking scenery.

    Macdonald Ansty Hall


    Macdonald Ansty Hall

    Ansty, nr Coventry



    CV7 9HZ


    The Macdonald Ansty Hall is a 4-star property offering breathtaking scenery and fine facilities. The hotel is just a 7 minute drive from The MTC.

    Premier Inn Coventry


    Premier Inn Coventry East (Ansty) hotel

    Coombe Fields Road



    CV7 9JP


    From – £50.00


    The Premier Inn is located just 8 minutes from The MTC and offers comfortable beds. There is also an on site bar which serves breakfast and evening meals.

  • Speaker Biographies

    Ben Sheath

    Director – UK & Managing Director, Siemens Industry Software Limited


    Ben Sheath is Managing Director for Siemens Industry Software, in the UK. Which brings together all Siemens software applications under one roof, allowing for better co-ordination and delivery of a more broadly based and integrated 'Product to Production' capability. Helping organisations realise the value of digitalisation and Industry 4.0.


    Prior to this current role, Ben was the UK Consulting Director for Siemens Industry Software.


    With 20' years experience as a technology services business leader, with a proven track record of delivering for customers by guiding them on how to optimise their digital processes for programme delivery, product design and manufacturing innovation. Enabling them to deliver growth and profit for their organisations.


    Joining Siemens via the acquisition of UGS by Siemens in 2007, Ben has worked with some of the UK's leading companies across many industry sectors.


    Ben has a degree in Engineering and is passionate about innovative problem solving. Living on the Isle of Wight enjoying sailing.

    Ian Goddard

    Head of Technical Partnerships for Renault Sport Formula One Team


    Ian Goddard is Head of Technical Partnerships for Renault Sport Formula One Team. Alongside maximising the technical benefits from team partner collaborations, his other primary role is as a Composites Design Engineer. This includes responsibility for the software driven composites programs across design and manufacturing, including chassis, floor and bodywork composite part programs using Siemens PLM Fibersim Software. Other duties include supporting the technical aspects of the Infiniti Engineering Academy, a unique opportunity to launch careers for future engineers.


    He is also the company's graduate program manager, maintaining academic partnerships and associated research activities. He was previously a senior designer on the Renault F1 engine, before which he worked for the TWR Group on Formula 1, IRL & DTM racing projects and road car projects for Aston Martin and Saab.

    Lewis Horne

    Founder and CEO of Uniti



    Lewis is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur with a diverse global background. He is a generalist that is savvy with most technologies and an intuitive engineer with a keen eye for design. He holds a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, New Venture Creation, and has dedicated his career to addressing grand challenges, with the aim of creating a positive impact on the largest scale possible. He has a strong track record starting and running several companies and institutions and has been an advisor to hundreds of startups and companies globally. He is the founder and CEO of Uniti, the electric car to redefine urban mobility.


  • Contact us

    If you have any questions relating to your registration, accommodation booking or any logistical details then please contact a member of the event project team from the contact details below. All enquiries will be responded to with in 24 hours.