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Christine Fowler: Digital Data Usage in Design to Manufacture

Christine's robust DMU (Digital Mock-Up) process has been shared with Airbus and supplier teams to speed up the design decision process.

Christine completed her part-time MSc in Engineering Business Management with WMG's Professional and Executive Programmes before enrolling on to the EngD programme.

After starting work with Airbus on the A380 programme in 2001 she is now Head of Worldwide Suppliers and believes that the work she performed with suppliers during her EngD, and the knowledge she gained through research into the use of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools to enable global networking. helped in her winning this role.

Christine's EngD concentrated on the use of digital data, and in particular the Digital Mock Up (DMU), as the mechanism for concurrent design to manufacture with both internal and external teams. The result was a robust DMU which could be shared with Airbus and supplier teams to speed up the design decision process. Additionally the DMU could be used in non design engineering areas such as manufacture, customer support and procurement

"The EngD has benefited me greatly because I can now prepare and present compelling arguments for changes in the business processes some of which have changed the overall way in which Airbus works with its suppliers. I have also got much more confidence when presenting to large groups of people."