Media company expands into new Totnes premises
A South Devon computer-based training development company, set up three years ago after the closure of Marconi’s Dundridge College at Totnes, expanded into new premises in 2003.

DT Media has relocated from its converted pottery offices in Stoke Gabriel to a new business unit at Steamer Quay, Totnes, which is a more convenient site for the firm’s many clients from across the world.

Managing director Geoff Tompson said the Business Link service for Devon and Cornwall had helped DT Media to find and acquire the new premises which has doubled its previous space.  “As well as assisting with the relocation and liaison with South Hams District Council, our Business Link adviser Ernest Fleck has provided superb marketing, technical and strategic planning support,” he said.

The company was formed in January 2000 when a small team with more than 40 years computer-based training experience was set up to develop low cost training devices and promotional computer animation and 3D visualisation products.

Today simulation software, equipment emulations, promotional animations, and interactive computer-based training modules also feature in its comprehensive range, while its target market is UK and overseas commercial sectors and armed forces.

Among the well-known and highly-regarded products are the naval training programme, Fleetman, which has recently been ordered by the Royal Navy, and the innovative Insight Recognition system for land, air and sea, which is already in service with six users worldwide.

For commercial clients, the company has developed a Broadband-based 3D parts catalogue which uses leading edge software design to allow the visualisation, construction and manipulation of complex 3D models combined with a product specific database and an e-merchant system.

Specialising in technical multi-lingual applications, DT Media exhibits at air shows across the world where its “flyable” simulators are enjoyed by thousands of visitors. At Asian Aerospace in Singapore, for instance, people queued for up to two hours to “fly” a Merlin helicopter from the deck of a Type 23 frigate.

Clients include the Ministry of Defence, Royal Navy, Royal Navies and Armies of Australia and Oman, and the Qatar Emiri Air Force as well as many civilian companies including Lockheed-Martin, Joy Mining Machinery, Westland Helicopters, and Eco-dart Ltd, which has developed a new tranquilliser dart for use by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

With orders already in the pipeline, the company plans to increase its staff of highly skilled graphic artists, programmers and simulation experts from eight to 15 by mid-2004. “We have very substantial potential and the move will enable growth and expansion to continue,” added Mr Tompson.

“Business Link has provided valuable advice, support and networking opportunities that have brought us to this promising situation.”

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