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Simulation in Ford's PTME - now and Future Research

Monday, 21 Nov 2016 (revised date: Monday, 21 Nov 2016)
Thomas M Monks

John Ladbrook and Michael Higgins

Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Wednesday January 18th 2017, 10:00-12:00, Department of Computer Science, St John’s Building SJ050, Brunel University London

External visitors please see for directions and notify Dr Simon J E Taylor ( if you wish to attend this event.


host: Dr Simon J E Taylor

Modelling & Simulation Group, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London



The Ford simulation team has consistently saved millions of dollars over the past four years and as a result there has been a marked increase in the use of simulation within Powertrain Manufacturing.  This talk outlines the methods and tools used by the team to achieve such savings and how the simulation approach is streamlined to meet the increased demand.  Further, the presentation identifies the benefits of forming strong links with academia as well as the areas of both current and future research interest.



JOHN LADBROOK In 1998 after 4 years research into modelling breakdowns he gained an M.Phil. (Eng.) with the University of Birmingham.  It was at this time he was promoted to his current position of Simulation Technical Specialist.  Since 1982 he has used and promoted the use of Discrete Event Simulation within Ford and Education and has been responsible for sponsoring many projects with various universities. John currently leads a team of 10 modellers.  The team was recognised by Lanner in 2013 with a project of the year and just recently John was awarded the post of Honorary Professor at UEL <>.


MICHAEL HIGGINS graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics in 2011 and in 2014 gained an MPhil(Eng) through his research into the application of Discrete Event Simulation within the automotive industry.  He has worked with Ford Motor Company since 2012 where his current role is within Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering (PTME) as a Simulation Engineer. He has utilised simulation as a tool across several functions within PTME and is currently researching and developing methods to increase usability, and widen the application of, the Ford Simulation Toolset. His email address is <>


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