Engineering patterns which were hitherto done using drawing boards and T- squares have progressed to software.
Against this backdrop, the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has organized training of Engineers from the South-South zone of the country on the MIDAS NFX Software to enable them be at par with the global trends in the Automotive industry.
According to the Director, RD&D Department of NADDC, Dr Engr. F.M Achiv, the aim of the training was to reposition NADDC to be one of the best Automotive Institutions in the world.
Engr. Achiv who also represented the Director General of NADDC, Mr Jelani Aliyu also said that the training was a capacity building programme aimed at enabling engineers transit from the analogue way of designing components to a digitalized way.
He further said that the Director General’s intention was to reshape the automotive industry adding that the programme which was organized to train engineers across the country, trained participants in the 6 Geo political zones and the FCT.
Enjoining the participants to make good use of the training, he assured them of the availability of test centres where some of the components they would design would be tested.
The MD/CEO of the training company, FAZAL Nigeria limited Engr. Abdullawal Zubair who was represented by Dr Z. Akonyi informed that the company is the sole representative of MIDAS NFX Software in Nigeria hinting that the software has a lot of structures and urged participants to take advantage of the training.
On his part, the NADDC South-South Zonal Coordinator, Dr B. E. Ukweze said the training is articulated to enhance skills on use of modern software to provide engineering solutions adding that this particular software could be used to model and analyze engineering situations.
He expected participants to be able to handle emerging challenges in engineering at the end of the training.
“NADDC is a Parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Industries, Trade and Investment . This training is in line with its mandate to ensure sustained growth and development of Nigeria Automotive Industries”, he disclosed.
The Public Relations Officer of NADDC, Mrs. Felicia Oyebolu who disclosed that the South-South region was the last region to be trained in the country, expressed hope that the participants would at the end of the training, imbibe the culture of using modern facilities to solve engineering problems, design components and stimulate the components ensuring that they work with global standards using mechanical characterization.