How to Gain, Manage and Assess CAE Expertise

Tim Morris

Nafems – UK


Tim Morris joined NAFEMS in 2003. Since then he has been driving the organization forward to achieve:

  • improved international participation increased coverage of the range of engineering simulation technologies that are embraced and
  • the continued supply of high quality guidance on the use of simulation for professional engineering practitioners through a variety of different media.

Prior to joining NAFEMS Tim worked for 16 years in industry, and held a number of different roles before reaching the position of Associate Director at one of the UK’s leading engineering simulation companies. During this time, he developed expertise in a variety of simulation technologies including dynamic analysis and advanced non-linear analysis.
Tim is qualified as a Chartered Engineer and is a graduate of Oxford University.


CAE is now maturing as a “strategic weapon”. It is now being deployed, on an increasingly large scale, by all sectors of industry. Nevertheless, a number of fundamental skills are still required to make effective use of the available technology.
EASIT2 (Engineering Analysis and Simulation Innovation Transfer) was a project funded by the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme and the project partners (AMEC, E.ON, EADS, Enginsoft, Geofem, NAFEMS, Nevesbu, NOKIA, Renault, SELEX Galileo, Tetra Pak and University of Strathclyde). Its major goal was to contribute to the competitiveness and quality of engineering, design and manufacturing in Europe. It aimed to achieve this by delivering the following:

  1. Educational Base: a list of generic competences that users of engineering analysis and simulation systems must possess, divided into twenty three technical areas
  2. Competency Framework: the Educational Base incorporated into a web-based interface (with the ability to interface with other staff development systems), with links to associated resource material that engineers and analysts can use to develop and track their competencies
  3. Qualification: an integrated competency-based version of the existing scheme to provide recognition of achievement of these competencies

Further information can be found on the project website: