Postcard from Barcelona – SIMULIA Customer Conference Day 2

By Chuck
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SCC 2011 customer conference Dassault systèmes 3DS DS4 system systemes catia solidworks delmia enovia simulia 3dvia exalead swym 3Dswym draftsight 3Dperspectives 3Dperspective 3D CAD CAM PLM product lifecycle management 2.0 PLM2.0 lifelike experience system engineering sustainable development design digital eraThe morning started with sweet pastry and strong coffee at the Ayer Hotel at Plaça d’Espanya, followed by a short walk to the Hotel Fira Palace conference venue passing by the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, where the conference banquet would be held at the end of the day.

Wednesday’s program opened with a keynote by Anita Bestelmeyer, of BD, a global medical device manufacturer with over 29,000 employees and $7 billion annual revenue. BD’s corporate CAE group uses simulation based optimization to save millions of dollars, and create game-changing designs that deliver competitive advantage.

Anita spoke fondly of 20 years of Abaqus usage and shared memories of 15 prior conferences.  Anita leads a small Corporate CAE team who perform structural and injection molding analysis and computational fluid dynamics. They also analyze thermoforming for simulation of blister packs which provide sterile barriers for medical products and use web enabled tools to share information with 600 collaborators across three business segments.

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Anita Bestelmeyer answers questions after her keynote

Anita’s group worked with SIMULIA to develop methods for many challenging new applications. She showed simulation results from a high impact burst of a container filled with thousands of beads, safely filling a receptacle with empty syringes, and “cutting edge” modeling of tissue penetration to determine peak insertion and drag forces on needles and lances.

Results were also presented from Abaqus/CFD for a fluid structure interaction simulation for blood collection studies on healthy vs. weak veins and a high pressure flow simulation.

There were 35 more customer presentations throughout the day and more complementary technology sessions.  I attended the life sciences track where Markus Reiterer of Medtronic presented a study of surface cracks in shot peened titanium to understand the influence of residual stresses on the crack growth using J integral methods.

Yara Safi of RWTH Aachen University in Germany, one of Europe’s leading science and research institutions, presented an investigation of the failure behavior of a cranial implant-skull model.

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Another highlight of the day was a general lecture on Isight by David Barnes who drew a compelling analogy between emerging automated simulation practices using Isight with the industrial revolution. The software is able to automate simulation processes creating what amounts to an automated assembly line for simulation.

Breaks between sessions provided networking opportunities with attendees and time to visit displays from 24 conference sponsors, who showcased complementary solutions while refreshments were enjoyed in the partner gallery.

The day wrapped up with an overview and demos of Abaqus 6.11 by Eric Weybrant and Asif Khan.  Topology optimization and bi-directional capability added to the CATIA V5 Associative Interface were among the new features highlighted. New multiphysics capabilities include Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics and introduction of low frequency electromagnetic simulation.  Performance enhancements include the support of GPGPU for Abaqus/Standard. A more detailed description of the Abaqus 6.11 release is available online.

All-in-all the second day of the SIMULIA conference exceeded my expectations and those of our partners and customers and I’m eagerly awaiting participating in day three.

Best,

Chuck.

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GM & PSA Create Buzz in Barcelona

By Karen
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Bon Dia from beautiful Barcelona!

When  J. (Siva) Sivakumar, the Engineering Group Manager for General Motors Powertrain, opened the  23rd annual international SIMULIA Customer Conference on Tuesday, he showed a slide with the names of dozens of engineering simulation software products that  his team uses. Siva joked that Abaqus was at the top of the list because the list was in alphabetical order, but he then stated it was also true that Abaqus is the most used simulation software used by his group!

Siva got a good response from the crowd of engineering analysis experts by showing a quote from a 1980’s poster that read; “Everybody believes the test results except the test engineer, and nobody believes the analysis results except the analysis engineer.”

I could tell that many of the 400 engineers in the session had heard this statement before as they laughed and murmured in acknowledgement of this long-held belief.  He then presented a slide on how GM has turned this adage around, and now Computer Aided Engineering is driving the development process, while physical testing is now mainly used as final validation tool.

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Siva made it clear that, while the CAE vendors have made vast improvements in their simulation software over the years, that is ultimately the users, like those in the audience, that are at the heart of making the realistic simulation an invaluable tool for driving product development.

The rest of the day was jam-packed with 35 customer presentations and 8 complementary technology sessions.  Some highlights include analysis of high speed train disc brake systems by Nabtesco Corporation, drop tests on printers by Xerox Corporation, composites analysis at Fokker Landing Gear B.V. and pedestrian protection analysis by EDAG GmbH & Co. KGaA.

The last presentation of the day was a general lecture on SIMULIA SLM, which included a guest presentation by Benoît Guillaume, numerical Operations Specialist, PSA Peugeot Citroën.   For the past 3 years, Benoît and his team have worked to deploy their Automation and Optimization Platform which aims at improving operational efficiency and capitalizing on best practices.

The hard work of our conference team is paying off at the conference, as the smiling faces and loud conversations of the more than 400 engineers at the conference are clear signs that the event is a real highlight of everyone’s year as they are able to reconnect with long-time acquaintances, make new friends and share their ideas for driving improvements in realistic simulation technology and methods.

The Sangria and tapas served at the Partner Reception hosted by 21 exhibiting partners was a relaxing way to top off a great day at the 2011 SIMULIA Customer Conference!

Stay tuned for more from the conference!

Hasta Mañana!

P.S.: I really think the Sangria, tapas, and sites are definitely worth a future visit to Barcelona! ;-)

Karen

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Design in Life Pt. 1

By Remi
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Dominique Cardon, Stéphane Vial, Mette Thomsen and Martin tamke

As promised I was at Strate College to give you feedback of our event Design in Life. The talks were pretty interesting as there is quite a wide scope of professionals here!

Philosopher Pierre Musso, followed by sociologist Dominique Cardon, focused on “bottom-up innovation”: what is it, and how we can use it? It was mainly about shifting our vision of innovation but let me explain…

Our (humanity’s) usual pattern seems to go: “I imagine something but it’s only possible for me to co-create something with people that share the same mindset. Only next will I open this to a wider audience.”

According to Mr. Cardon, innovation can be fostered if you look at it conversely: “I imagine something and immediately share it with the widest audience. Only then will the co creation begin.” And it’s because the thing imagined was done for a local context and problem that the desire to share arises. The innovation is personal.

The idea behind this new pattern is to give an unexpected direction to the original creation: a way that wasn’t the initially thought one. How many times did you do or say something that was not interpreted as you wanted to? This is the same concept! :-)

And what followed these two presentations was a perfect illustration! Philosopher Stéphane Vial talked about design and what it can do in the digital era from a philosopher’s point of view. And next, digital researchers Mette Thomsen and Martin Tamke did the same… but from a designer’s standpoint.

What happened is that they talked about the same topic but so differently it felt like they were from Mars and Venus. What does that mean? It means that design, just like any other field, can benefit from others’ thinking (philosophers, economists, journalists, etc.) to co create!

This way, design professionals would do what Dominique Cardon said: submit an idea to a wider audience so that co creation reaches new unexpected territories. This is the objective of Design in Life.

Personally I tend to think that what’s missing is to filter the brand new ideas to help those that are most interesting from a societal and economic point of view rise to the top. Another new approach just for the sake of it is useless… so what are our options? What do you think?

Cheers,

Rémi



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