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The primary goal of the ASSESS Initiative is to facilitate a revolution of enablement that will vastly increase the availability and utility of Engineering Simulation, leading to significantly increased usage and greater business benefit from model-based Engineering Simulation technologies across the full spectrum of industries, applications and users. Engineering Simulation technologies include simulation, analysis, systems engineering, and simulation-driven design used in the engineering application domain.

The ASSESS initiative is organized around a key set of themes associated with expanding the usage and benefit of Engineering Simulation in the medium term. The ASSESS Summit provides an opportunity for participants to explore and progress these themes in depth. In addition to the ASSESS Summit, theme focused groups have been established to move the actionable themes forward between each annual ASSESS Summit by providing direction and guidance related to the mission, goals, activities, deliverables and collaborations for each ASSESS theme.

The theme topics are reviewed regularly and updated when needed. The current themes are:

AlignAlignment of Commercial, Research and Government Efforts

AutonomySupporting Autonomy with Engineering Simulation

BusinessBusiness Challenges

CredibilityEngineering Simulation Confidence & Governance

DemocratizationDemocratization of Engineering Simulation

GenerativeGenerative Design

IntegrationIntegration of Systems and Detailed Sub-System Simulations

TwinsEngineering Simulation Digital Twin(s)

As part of the ASSESS Initiative, NAFEMS interacts and collaborates with multiple activities and organizations across the complete spectrum of Engineering Simulation for each theme including INCOSE, IEEE, CIMdata, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, and others.