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NAFEMS Regional Conferences 2016

NAFEMS 2016 conferences

2016 saw another successful round of NAFEMS Regional Conferences take place around the globe.These events bring together industrial, academic and technology experts from all disciplines of digital simulation are a rare opportunity for NAFEMS members and non-members alike to attend a cross-industry, vendor-neutral event dedicated to engineering analysis and simulation. The Regional Conferences serve to bring together a wide spectrum of the leading visionaries, developers, and practitioners of CAE-related technologies, to share experiences, discuss relevant trends, discover common themes and explore future issues.

Each event was sponsored by a number of software and hardware vendors with offerings for the engineering analysis community, providing delegates with a rare opportunity to talk with several different vendors at a single event. As always, NAFEMS is grateful to all sponsors, speakers, organizers and, most importantly, the delegates.

The season started in April with the three-day DACH Conference for the German speaking community. It was held in Bamberg, Germany and the 251 delegates had access to 124 presentations plus several workshop sessions. The keynote speakers were from Adam Opel, Audi, Daimler, DLR, John Deere, F. Peeters (formerly Vice President at Simulia), Konzept-X, KTM Technologies,Stadler Rail, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. There were 30 exhibitor stands.

This was followed in May by the two-day Nordic conference, held in Göteborg, Sweden. The event was attended by 80 people, getting access to 30 presentations plus a showcase course and workshop. The keynote speakers were from DNV GL, AF, Novo Nordisk, Continental, Volvo Car, Zodiac Aerospace.

The NAFEMS Americas Conference, held over three days in Seattle, Washington, saw 316 attendees from 18 countries; with nearly 100 presentations plus panel discussions onSimulation Governance, Business Challenges, Democratization, LOTAR, roundtable sessions on SystemsModelling & Simulation and Stochastics, a mini-Symposium on “Democratizing Engineering Simulation”, sessions on Standards, including ASME V&V and FMI, as well as updates on ASSESS, the NAFEMS ProfessionalSimulation Engineer (PSE) program and NAFEMS Technical Working Groups and 10 free training courses. Keynote speakers were from Gartner, Inc., the ASSESS Initiative, Honda R&D Americas, Inc., The Boeing Company, MDIC,and Cray. There were two Best Paper awards given to Todd De Pauw, Gagandeep Grewal, & Humayun Kabir of The Boeing Company for “Development of Analysis Approach for Commercial Aircraft Seat Structures” and Stefan Suwelack of the Karlsruhe Institute für Technologie (KIT) for “Towards Cognitive Computer Aided Engineering”. An in-depth review of each session is available for download at

Paris was, once again, home to the NAFEMS France conference which was attended by over 190 participants. The 18 thematic sessions were covered by 60 presenters including issues related to data analytics and big data particularly in the oil sector, simulation of manufacturing processes in partnership with CETIM, simulation of additive manufacturing animated by NAFEMS partner Micado and simulation applied to emerging fields such as biomechanics, in addition to the core simulation topics. Of particular note were: Prof. Ming Zhou Altair and father of the company's flagship products presented its medium-term vision for the optimization through simulation, Prof. Johan Payan from TIMC-IMAG (CNRS / Université Grenoble Alpes) who discussed the biomechanical modelling and simulation of the human body, Ms. Meriam Chebre, from the Total research centre who gave a comprehensive overview of the application areas of simulation in the oil industry, including big data analysis and HPC and Dr. Anaïs BARAZINSKI from ECOLE CENTRALE de NANTES who presented on advanced simulation and modelling of automated dispensing bands on a multiscale and multi-physics approach. The first day ended with a panel discussion on the theme of convergence between systems engineering and simulation.

The UK conference was held over 2 days in June at the Telford International Centre, located near to the world's first cast-iron bridge, opened in 1781 and a famous symbol of the industrial revolution. The conference was attended by nearly 200 delegates with 68 presentations and discussions sessions on the recent SimBest project and CFD validation. A particularly popular keynote presentation was Carl Brookes from Ramboll UK Limited on ‘The Iron Bridge - Simulation is a Vital Part of Conservation’.

The final regional conference was held over two days in August, at Bengaluru, by NAFEMS India. It included three parallel Pre-Conference Workshops on FEM, Composite, and 3D printing, with 40 + expert speakers to discuss the current trends and best practices. The main conferences welcomed more than 400 participants from industry, research organizations and educational institutions with over120 papers presented. The conference Keynote Speaker was Dr. J. S. Rao, who spoke on “ Gravitational Waves and their Impact on theTemperature Rise of the Earth” and received an overwhelming response from participants. Best Performers from CAE Industries specializations in Automotive, Aerospace, Engineering Service and Educational Institutions received awards as recognition for their achievements.

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