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An IT infrastructure for success

MGI’s values of engineering quality and on-time delivery manifest themselves in all aspects of the business. From initial conceptual phases right through to completion of ground breaking projects, the company’s experts bring the highest standards to everything they do. And they have an array of cutting edge tools to do the job.

“We have long recognised the importance of investing in our business in order to continue providing the best service possible to our clients,” explains CEO Mike Gascoyne. “That extends to our IT and computer infrastructure.”

The ten-strong core ‘in-house’ team, with an impressive pedigree working at the pinnacle of engineering, have access to a raft of latest specification software and hardware to deliver innovative solutions to MGI’s clients in the automotive, aerospace, motorsport, marine and transportation industries.

In terms of Computer Aided Design (CAD), the first port of call is the Siemens PLM Software NX for Design software. NX represents the next generation of design, simulation and manufacturing that plays to the strengths of MGI, covering the complete development cycle.

“We are predominantly NX based,” says Mike, “but we pride ourselves on putting in place any other systems as dictated by specific client projects. For example, we have recently put in a couple of SOLIDWORKS seats. We are a client-first business and although we have a highly advanced set-up already in place, we are able to upgrade where needed.”

The NX solution also extends to Teamcenter, a collaborative product lifecycle management system that forms an important part of MGI’s expansion into aerospace. “Teamcenter ties in with our AS9100D certification,” explains Mike. “It allows us to manage parts and issues in a very controlled and traceable manner, a fundamental requirement for the AS9100D.”

For Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MGI’s team makes use of the HyperWorks suite by Altair, an extensive range of software tools that includes best-in-class modelling, linear and non-linear analyses, structural and system-level optimisation, fluid and multi-body dynamics simulation, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), multi physics analysis, model-based development, and data management solutions.

“We have a large number of HyperWorks units at our disposal, which allows access to the full suite” says Mike. “We can do in-house CFD, vehicle analysis, kinematics analysis, and much more.”

MGI’s approach to its daily operations also brings specific hardware requirements. The company’s human resources ethos encourages engineers to work wherever most convenient. Whether it’s at MGI’s technical campus in Bampton, from its clients’ offices or from home, the company has the server capability and security to support the engineering team at all times.

Founder and CEO, Mike Gascoyne, said: “We have invested in an upgraded server to expand our network capability for larger volumes of data,” says Mike. “Most of our workstations are laptop-based because we encourage our engineers to work wherever most convenient. Our engineers are not tied to being on site; we have put in place all necessary hardware and software to allow them to work remotely. For a small engineering company, our investment in software, and hardware tools to complement it, is pretty significant.”

MGI strengthens industry links with ADS

MGI has reinforced its credentials and aspirations in the aerospace industry by joining ADS Group, the premier trade organisation for the UK aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

With membership made up of over 1,000 UK registered businesses, ADS activities include encouraging technology and innovation, business development and supporting UK manufacturing, all key characteristics of MGI Consultancy.

The ethos of MGI Consultancy is to apply its decades of experience in delivering cutting edge programmes in motorsport to drive innovation across a wider range of industries.

Founder and CEO, Mike Gascoyne, said: “Membership of ADS Group makes perfect business sense for MGI Consultancy and we are delighted to join the 1,000 other like-minded members. It is a great opportunity for us to network within an important industry for our company, and to showcase the breadth of our capability. Aerospace is a key sector for MGI, one in which we know we can make a positive difference, and I look forward to playing an active role within the industry.”

Farnborough International Limited (FIL), which runs the Farnborough International Airshow, is a wholly owned subsidiary of ADS Group Ltd. MGI Consultancy will be attending this year’s event, which takes place from 16-22 July.

Bringing the F1 two-seater to life

MGI has played a significant role in contemporising the Formula 1 two-seater car, which is back in action at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.

CEO Mike Gascoyne is overseeing the running of the car from the Hungaroring pitlane, working with aviation entrepreneur and former Minardi Team Principal, Paul Stoddart, as part of the affectionately known “11th team” in the paddock.

The car, whose origins are found in the 1998 Tyrrell 026, itself designed under Mike’s technical directorship, has undergone a substantial upgrade with MGI designing and manufacturing an entirely new bodywork package in line with the 2018 F1 technical regulations.

The result is the most modern and highest performing two-seater car, which offers passengers the closest experience to modern day Formula 1 possible.

“Liberty Media approached Paul at the Australian GP in 2017 about running a two-seater programme under the new F1 Experiences banner,” explains Mike. “Paul did that with his Minardi two-seaters, which themselves were based on the 1998 Tyrrell that I designed. I came on board in mid-2017 to help run that programme from a technical point of view.“ For 2018, Paul commissioned the team at MGI to design and develop a brand new bodywork package for the car to bring it fully up-to-date with the latest regulations.”

The MGI team of engineers got to work in late 2017 on the project, with a focus on designing a new, wider front wing, rear wing, roll hoop and bargeboards. The new bodywork gave the two-seater a striking new look, with heads turning on its first appearance of the 2018 season at Barcelona in May.

In addition to the aero elements, MGI also improved the passenger fit in the car and installed cameras. The result is an enhanced experience, greater comfort and improved visibility, with zero compromise on safety.

“It’s all been about enhancing the experience for the people in the car – driver and passenger,” adds Mike. “We have seen Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and Paul di Resta take guests around in Barcelona and Silverstone, and they have all seemed impressed with the car. Introduction of an upgrated, technologically advanced two-seater has become an important part of the F1 Experience programme. I am thrilled that MGI is able to be part of it.”

MGI joins the MIA

MGI is delighted to have become a member of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), the world’s leading trade association for the motorsport, high performance engineering, services and tuning sectors.

MGI puts decades of combined engineering experience at the pinnacle of motorsport into delivering cutting edge programmes for the wider automotive, aerospace and marine industries, while retaining a strong presence in international motorsport.

Founder and CEO, Mike Gascoyne, has built up a highly skilled team of specialists, based at a bespoke facility in Oxfordshire’s motorsport valley, who work across the full breadth of engineering capabilities. From stress analysis to composites, aerodynamics to mechanical design, the MGI team can turn its hand to any project with a proven record of success.

The company’s ethos is to transfer skills and standards from F1 and make them available across multiple industries. Quality, flexibility, on-time and on-budget delivery, international work ethic, integrity and confidentiality assurances are among the values that make MGI a trusted partner for manufacturers,

Mike Gascoyne said: “The MIA is a prestigious association and one that MGI is honoured to join. Our team of engineering experts have all cut their teeth at the pinnacle of motorsport, and it is this experience that we are able to offer to all our clients. Our foundations have been formed in motorsport, and particularly in F1, and we are proud to continue our association to this fantastic industry, while showcasing its positive values in other sectors.”