Our digital laboratories are a state of the art facility where collaborative exploration of emerging research and digital technologies help accelerate innovation.

How we work

Our neutral, collaborative approach underpins what we do. With access to the latest technology, emerging research and trends within our digital laboratories, we create bespoke digital test-beds - whatever your sector or industry challenge.

Today every business strategy includes digital - from insight, strategy, design through to commissioning we help you to explore emerging technologies in a safe space within our framework and with the support of our technical experts who will advise on digital tools and software as well as demonstrating how the application and use of this technology has made a difference.

Companies who work with the VEC gain access to a leading centre in digital twinning, advanced modelling and simulation, AI and robotics infrastructure, digital test beds and immersive visualisation.

Our work with The University of Liverpool and our key partnerships give you ongoing access to world-class research and expertise that can increase your social and industrial impact.

Digital Laboratories

We create digital architectures to support test-beds and solve complex systems.

You can explore anything digital within our laboratories; we like a challenge and have helped our clients solve the most complex industry problems.

Harnessing the latest technologies, 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.

Working cross-sector with our clients we address and solve their business challenges in digital design and engineering. We support their innovation journey by deploying emerging research and intelligent digital technologies to improve and advance their business capabilities.

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  • We create integrated collaborative digital architectures 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 digital techniques to improve products and processes.

  • We help organisations of all sizes to explore, assess and adopt digital technologies, supported by the appropriate skills development.

We listen you explore

VEC Sandpit

The Sandpit methodology allows our clients to access and explore the very latest digital technologies in a safe, neutral and technology agnostic environment.

The VEC Sandpit is effectively transferring the risk of digital experimentation out of the corporate environment and into the lab.

Collaboration is key. We bring together our expertise with your industry knowledge and explore digital tools, academic research and access the very latest digital infrastructure to enable digital innovation to help solve your business challenge.


Client opinion

"The VEC has taken us into new areas and introduced us to new and innovative technologies, which have truly helped to transform our business. It was a wonderful collaboration."

David Millar,
Managing Director
Heap and Partners Ltd

Define and Integrate

Digital Test Beds

We create bespoke digital test-beds for our clients to explore the reliability and scalability of any industry solution.

Our facilities allows our clients to test and develop their manufacturing processes and systems and use digital technology to enable them to become more productive and successful.


Our Locations

  • VEC Daresbury

  • VEC Liverpool

  • VEC, China XJTLU

The VEC is located in the scientific facility of Daresbury Laboratory, Sci Tech Daresbury, Cheshire.

VEC @ Liverpool sits within the University's of Liverpool's IDEAS (Institute of Digital Engineering and Autonomous Systems.) Our campus presence allows us to work closely with our academic links from the University of Liverpool and work with students across a range of disciplines to enhance their studies through learning and digital technologies.

VEC @ China XJTLU is located in Suzhou Industrial Park, China’s equivalent of Silicon Valley and a hub of global innovation.


The Future

Digital Innovation Facility

The Digital Innovation Facility was officially open on 23rd May 2022 as a world-class centre of expertise to enable collaborative R&D between businesses and academia.

The new £12m Digital Innovation Facility (DIF), funded by the University and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will provide an avenue of support, access to state of the art equipment and incubation space to businesses linked to the exploitation of digital technologies based in Liverpool.

Together, the VEC and the DIF sit within the University of Liverpool’s IDEAS (Institute of Digital Engineering and Autonomous Systems.) This facility supports further access to physical assets and businesses networks, enabling more collaboration. The Virtual Engineering Centre have a strong connection to the centre, bringing together complementary areas of research in computer science, robotics, and engineering with businesses looking to innovate for impact.

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