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Survey on Engineering Designers & Analysis 


Survey on the fundamentals allowing the engineering designer to perform computer-baseddesign analysis on his/her own

Traditionally computer-based design analysis (CBDA) is performed by design analysts at the design analysis department. CBDA is here confined to quantitative design analyses utilizing tools as: FEM, CFD, MBS and supportive tools as KBE, optimization (shape, topology and others) within mechanical engineering. We have so far only limited insights into why and how some companies have adopted this integration concept. 

So far, our findings supports that both cost and time savings are obtainable, but there are a number of issues that have to be carefully investigated and secured. 

We would therefore appreciate your and your company’s help in answering some questions on how and by whom CDBA is performed (engineering designers or analysts) and which tools are used. 

The survey is a part of the larger project at Lund University/Halmstad University to provide a research-grounded concept for making it possible for engineering designers to perform CBDA as part of their daily work. 

The objectives set out for the survey is to:
• obtain information from manufacturing as well as consulting companies on how they handle computer-based design analysis within their companies, 
• obtain relevant information on the actual tools utilized in the companies for the integration of CDBA into the engineering design process - for use by an engineering designer.

We estimate that it takes less than 15 minutes to answer the questionnaire. All information obtained during the survey is kept strictly confidential! 

The survey is open until 2014-10-31.The results from the survey will be published within the NAFEMS community.


Date: September 30, 2014