What’s the Buzz on Realistic Simulation? SCC 2009 Final Day

By Tim

I think the buzz from the 2009 SCC is going to last a while and I am not talking about a caffeinated or London Ale induced buzz. I am talking about the noise-level created by our customers talking with each other, with our partners, and our SIMULIA staff.

In fact, I think the buzz is getting louder. From what I heard, many of our customers are pushing their management for stronger investments in cluster computing and realistic simulation software, because they know the high ROI that our technology provides.

Frank Popielas of Dana Sealing Group presented his company’s recent benchmark results running Abaqus 6.9 on a compute cluster. The benchmark shows that Abaqus 6.9 is providing significant simulation speed improvement, saving his company time and money. Even in a downturn economy Frank is promoting the need to continue investing now and staying up to date with the latest software releases. His 2009 SCC paper and a few others can be downloaded at www.simulia.com/cust_ref

Watch the video to hear the buzz at the SCC customer banquet. Plus, check out the comments from Frank Popielas from Dana and Charlie Watt from Cambridge University Eco Racing Team. YouTube Preview Image

Al Dean, from Develop 3D was here on Tuesday and filed a report featuring the Abbott Vascular keynote by Kelly Pike on his blog site.

There was so much going on at the SCC that we’ll be having lots to ‘buzz’ about in upcoming posts.

Thanks for the comments. Visit Al Dean’s site and leave him a comment too. Let’s work with our customers to elevate the noise level about the benefits of realistic simulation.

I am off to Dublin for a little R&R… stay tuned

PS – The timing of our group photo could not have been better. The city only opens Tower Bridge about once a day and we were there for the dramatic photo opportunity.

I think our customers were getting a royal salute from the city of London for the work they do that improves our world.

SCC DAY 2: Jaguar, Coca-Cola and Weatherford Accelerate Product Development with Abaqus

By Tom

Last night during the partner reception here at the SCC, our partners had the chance to show off. Check out the 20+ partner sponsors here. We had a “World Food” themed canapé reception, which went down really well.

This morning was the Jaguar Land Rover Keynote. Mark Stanton got the ball rolling with an excellent insight into JLR’s CAE process. There was also an awesome video on the Bonneville Salt Flats of the new XF-R reaching some incredible speed! The Jaguar XF-R launch video on their website is equally as cool.

I could only make it to a few of our customer presentations (there’re so many presentations to see!). Ken Watson from Weatherford Expandable Sand Screens talked about a really smart piece of engineering; their product is effectively a big filter, which stops all the sand and silt from the sea bed getting into the pipeline with the oil as it is pumped up from the bottom of the ocean. Here is a little video I made with Ken and a few others at the SCC.

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Luca Furbatto of McLaren Racing (I’m a big F1 fan so I’ll try not to be biased!), demonstrated why optimisation is the name of the game in F1. Luca’s presentation focuses on topological optimisation with a combination of Abaqus and a partner product from FE-DESIGN.

Another cool customer presentation today was from Alejandro Santamaria of Coca-Cola – Aluminium Bottle Forming in Abaqus. They have developed (for want of a better way to describing it) a bottle shaped can of Coke. With this fantastic innovation the trademarked coke shaped bottle is reshaping the way we drink Coke!

Off to the banquet…



P.S. Also yesterday we launched the new release of Abaqus – 6.9. This is a feature packed release, one of the most exciting additions are the new co-simulation capabilities. You can find out more from the press release here.

Tom Bianchi works as SIMULIA’s UK & Ireland marketing manager.

SCC Day 1: Abbott Vascular Sets the Tone for Innovation at the 2009 SCC

By Karen

This is my sixth international SIMULIA Customer Conference and I must say that we have incredibly dedicated customers from around the world. Okay, maybe I’m a little biased – but I only see them once every May and each of them greets me with a smile, asks about my kids, and is energized about the two and a half days they are experiencing with their peers, our partners, and our SIMULIA staff. Being my sixth year, I’m still a newbie….many of our customers have been making the conference for 10, 15, 20 years!

This morning Keynote Speaker, Kelly Pike, Advisor – Research & Development, Abbott Vascular, delivered a interesting and somewhat thought-provoking presentation: ‘Is There a Stent in Your Future?’. Similar to other companies, Kelly talked about how Abaqus FEA is becoming more important in their product development process in the early stages of planning.

Abbott engineers are being more proactive in using analysis to help make business-oriented decisions – rather than simply performing reactive, troubleshooting-type analyses .

As Kelly points out, FEA is adding value to designing products of all sizes ranging from ‘a 747 to a point of a pin’, as is the case in designing their stents.

Check out the article in Popular Science recognizing Abbott for one of ‘20 New Biotech Breakthroughs that Will Change Medicine’ for their newest stent that opens the artery and then simply disintegrates – pretty amazing.

There were many other great presentations as the day unfolded including from The Boeing Company, MAHLE Powertrain, GN ReSound, Foxconn International, Rolls -Royce, BD, Alstom, as well presentations from our alliances partners such as HP, Safe Technology, Datapoint Labs, Simulayt and others..

Our customers are really excited to be here and I have to say, I am too. I’m looking forward to working with our customers to turn their technical papers into case studies and share them with the world…

Stay Tuned for more reports from the 2009 SCC coming on Wednesday and Thursday. Now on to the Partner Reception…


Karen Curtis works in customer referencing for SIMULIA.

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