The NAFEMS North America Conference 2012 in Washington D.C. on September 11-12 is set to be the must-attend event of the simulation calendar. Bringing together the leading visionaries, developers, and practitioners of simulation-related technology to share experiences, the conference will provide insightful content and perspective to attendees on how their organization can realize the potential of engineering simulation now – and in the future.
Entitled ‘Engineering Simulation: A 2020 Vision of the Future’ the NAFEMS North America Conference 2012 will bring the engineering analysis and simulation together in a neutral forum to ensure they have the best possible overview of where engineering simulation is headed and ways they can maximize its potential.
“NAFEMS is becoming more and more active in North America and the number of member companies in this region has been increasing year on year. The regional conference gives many of our members, and the wider CAE community, an opportunity to come together and share their experiences. Building on the hugely success of last year’s World Congress in Boston, MA, this will be the only independent event in North America that is dedicated to engineering simulation.” Tim Morris, CEO
With over 50 cutting edge presentations scheduled to take place, in addition to three discussion panels and complementary training courses, the NAFEMS North America Conference 2012 represents the most comprehensive overview in current trends and themes in engineering simulation. As well as the highly anticipated keynote presentations from Ahmed Noor (Old Dominion University) and Jon Riley (VP of Direct Manufacturing at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences), the following plenary presentations are expected to be highlights of the conference – giving an insight into real industrial applications and challenges:
Frank Popielas, Dana Holding Corporation
The current state of the global economy is being discussed in quite a few papers, especially the role of CAE for the engineering community. The selling price is not the main and only driver to a product’s competitiveness any more. Being competitive means much more then that nowadays, it includes engineering support structure towards the customer, engineering support technology, time-to-market, quality guarantee at any point in time, product information access any time and, of-course,development and product costs. This presentation will discuss CAE, or better, an optimized virtual infrastructure as the only solution to achieve this.
Larry Seitzman, Caterpillar
A company's product development process is responsible for delivering to the market the product the customer wants while satisfying the expectations of the company's shareholders. As the market moves faster and the products become more complex,the use of physics-based simulation is critical to achieving this combination of success factors. In this presentation, Larry Seitzman will discuss Caterpillar's journey towards Virtual Product Development and some of the challenges Caterpillar face getting simulation accepted into the product development community and the nextsteps in organization's journey.
Norbert Doerry, Naval Sea Systems Command
SBD can be thought of as design by elimination. One systematically decides the regions of the possible design space that are NOT the answer, then analyzes in more detail the remaining design space to see what additional area of the design space can be eliminated. Ideally, the remaining possible design space will shrink as the amount of detail required to support the next design space contraction decision increases (resulting in roughly the same amount of design work per "iteration"); Eventually you end up with a feasible design space from which you can pick an arbitrary solution. This contrasts with the more traditional approach of trying to initially pick a winner and marginally modify if when more detailed analysis reveals problems. Norbert Doerry's presentation will explore how design decisions are made to Set Based Design(in contrast to a more traditional Point Based Design) and how SBD challenges Design and Analysis Tool developments.
Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights
There's little doubt that simulation and analysis is a highly technical engineering field.It is not, however, devoid of business relevance. In fact, these tools and technologies can have a profound impact on the effectiveness of the engineering organization.Based on his recently published eBook, The Engineering Manager's Survival Guide,Chad Jackson will talk about how initiatives such as Just-in-Time engineering and Agile Product Development are directly supported by specific simulation and analysis technologies like SPDM, topology optimization and more.
Tina Morrison, Food and Drug Administration
Computational modeling has been recognized by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health as an innovative tool for advancing medical device evaluation and regulatory science. One of the strategic priorities for 2012 is the development of a Public-Private-Partnership centered around advancing regulatory science with computational modeling. Many efforts are underway to help further this initiative,including projects to collect data on boundary and loading conditions. Thus, the goal of Tina Morrison;s presentation is to highlight the current uses of computational modeling in device applications, present some of the challenges and limitations, and discuss what we can do as a community to advance regulatory science with computational modeling.
Andrew Dienstfrey, NIST
Scientific computing is increasingly used to inform decision-making in science and engineering, commerce, and policy. However, there are indications that in some cases critical qualities of these computations—for example, their reproducibility, and quantitative statements of accuracy and confidence in their outputs—are insufficiently characterized and understood. In this presentation, Andrew Dienstfrey will discuss research within NIST to address these challenges by presenting scientific computation as a new form of measurement. As such, it is anticipated that, in consultation with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, a uniform practice of uncertainty analysis and accuracy standards for scientific computing may be defined and promoted. Preliminary applications of these ideas in the areas of computational benchmark problems and medical device simulation will also be presented.
CAE end users, visionaries, researchers, educators, industry managers, and software and hardware developers, all have relevant experienceand viewpoints that can help shape the future of engineering simulation.All are invited to participate, but most importantly to articulate, interact, and evolve their thinking and planning of future activities proactively, enduring all theingredients necessary to maximize the impact of engineering simulation intomorrow’s product design environment.