SCC Day 2 Puts the Spotlight on Exxon Mobil, Customer Applications, and Alliance Partners

By Jon

providenceGuest Blog by Jon Wiening, SIMULIA Product Manager from the 2010 SCC

As a member of the SIMULIA HQ staff located in Providence, Rhode Island, I am proud to be able to finally show off our home city for the first time to our customers and partners attending the 2010 SCC.  The Rhode Island Convention Center has turned out to be an ideal location for the conference with great flow from room to room, perfect sizing, and a great overall location (read: across the street from the Trinity Brew House, my favorite local watering hole).  Also making me proud has been how interesting all of the presentations have been.  It has not been a challenge to stay awake, even after lunch and a few huge chocolate chip cookies.

bruce_dale_Exxon_MobilThe day started out with ExxonMobil giving an expansive view of their 30 year journey of using Abaqus simulation from the 80’s to the present.  Many people familiar with Abaqus know about the strong relationship between SIMULIA and ExxonMobil, but this presentation added perspective, giving a sense of the range of engineering problems for which they rely on Abaqus simulation technologies including sealing properties of threaded connectors, reservoir modeling, structural analysis of ships, as well as understanding the effect of iceberg gouging on the ocean floor and buried piping.

While icebergs carving up the sea floor is pretty amazing, the life sciences presentations tend to provide some of the best eye candy.  Watching Abaqus/Explicit simulate a prosthetic lens being rolled up into a tube and injected into an eyeball had no problem holding the audience’s interest.

speaker_silouette2And after personally attending more than ten presentations over the past two days, it is noteworthy how widely represented Abaqus/Explicit is in the conference papers this year. A substantial percentage of the sustomer papers are showing off what Explicit can do, and with impressive and highly accurate results.  Customers have certainly become very comfortable using both Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit, selecting the right tool for the job.

With customers becoming so comfortable with the range and robustness of Abaqus simulation technology, it now seems only natural that the new sessions on Simulation Lifecycle Management and Isight for simulation process automation and design optimization have been standing-room-only throughout the conference.  As Kyle Indermuehle put it, “an engineer’s time should be spent on engineering, not text editing.”  SIMULIA now boasts products that take care of many of the repetitive tasks and let engineers focus on engineering.  Read the press announcement on Isight 4.5 that we released during the conference to learn more about this valuable solution.

The final presentation of the day was the highly anticipated Abaqus 6.10 overview and demo, which showed off the new CFD capabilities and many enhancements of the new release. The audience licked their chops and dreamed of playing working with the new release when they get back to their desks.

Enjoy the video from Day 2 of the SCC,

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The Innovation Enchantment Recipe

By Kate


Today I attended the National Innovation Directors Meeting and spent most of my time avidly taking notes.  While it’s a worthy detour to share how the French postal service plans to innovate its way through our Internet Age, I wanted to focus on a recurring theme:  magic. 

Not the magic of trickery, but the magic of enchantment.   

Magic in the context of innovation, or even during a real-deal magic show, is the same; we are enchanted when we witness or experience something we didn’t before think possible.  Like . . .

  • Talking to someone who’s not in the same room (the initial enchantment of the telephone)
  • Flying in the air like a bird (think First Flight and Bleriot)
  • Using a device that’s simultaneously a cellphone, music player, Internet access and camera (yes, the iPhone, our most recent enchantment)
  • Turning your cereal box into a 3D game console (Nestlé Chocopic)

And we’re about the cross into new enchantment territory when it comes to, for example, innovations in medicine . . . crippled people who can walk thanks to exoskeletons, corrective sight surgery for infants born blind, etc. etc. 

But no matter how much we focus on process, strategy, measurement, anything touching so called ‘innovation systems’, the true place where innovation ‘happens’ (hmm, this makes me think of combustion theory) is . .  LIFE. 

Marc Giget said it best, “Le lieu d’innovation, c’est la vie,” where people physically intersect, live their lives, experiences and emotions. 

What the virtual world has to offer then, is life augmented.  A place you don’t call home but where you can be in communion with other beings, from all geolocations and expertise, to innovate where it’s otherwise impossible.  Let’s face it; key collaborators for the next scientific breakthrough probably don’t all go to the same grocery store. 

Yet while it’s certain that online tools help boost, or we could say, facilitate innovation, let’s not forget about our real lives. 

Let’s not forget to actually get together every now and then at  real conferences and talk with people face to face.

Let’s not forget the power of teambuilding, and speaking of which, emotional group experiences like white water rafting make for killer teambuilding outings. 

Because it’s at the conferences and while you’re paddling through the Level 4s that you truly connect with people.  Emotionally.  Experientially. Human to human.  This is where the sparks of magic often first ignite. 

Build your ‘innovation ecosystem’ online . . . AND, offline.  And while you’re at it, don’t forget to dream! 

I’ll leave you with two quotes from today’s meeting (although sorry, it was during the Q&A sessions and I cannot remember who said them):

“Innovation begins where standards end.”

 . . . and . . .

“We must keep the magic cauldron alive.”

Would love to hear your thoughts!



Clara Halter’s Peace Projects

By Kate
Clara Halter in the LIVES @3DS

Clara Halter in the LIVES @3DS

Today I had the honor and pleasure to meet Clara Halter.  I’m tempted to say that she’s dedicated to the fight for peace, but those words don’t go well together, do they? 

Non.  Clara’s mission is to weave the “music of peace” into our minds and hearts through physical Peace Monuments situated in places we’d least expect them.  For example:

After an immersive 3D real-time experience in The LIVES with Clara and her husband and novelist Marek (FR bio), we discussed various projects and The Art of Choosing.  According to Dr. Sheena Iyengar, our desire to exercise choice is instinctive on an animal level.  Yet how and what we choose is influenced by our cultural backgrounds and the quantity of possibility.  But I’m digressing . . .

Clara & Marek Halter with Mehdi Tayoubi @3DS

Clara & Marek Halter with Mehdi Tayoubi @3DS

I hope to stay in touch with Clara as she builds her projects and share more on 3D Perspectives later . . .



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