Leveraging CAE for Greater Business Value Through Simulation

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Leveraging CAE for Greater Business Value Through Simulation

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Simulation software that addresses design, engineering, and manufacturing needs has its roots in Computer-aided Design (CAD) and Computer-aided Engineering (CAE) technology. The simulation software market for design, engineering, and manufacturing needs is evolving due to the convergence of CAD and CAE combined with additional software and hardware innovation.

Simulation technology has great potential to further compress product development cycles while improving product quality and enhancing the customer experience throughout the product’s useful life. However, manufacturers face the risk of buying into certain expectations that are set too high.

This webinar speculates on how such simulation software and its use is likely to evolve through the year 2020. The scenarios paint a vision of virtual models producing realistic experiences. The predictions factor lessons learned from CAE market since its beginnings in the 1970s. It highlights anticipated opportunities and risks to adopting and benefiting from software innovations being introduced to the market today that will continue to evolve. Manufacturers can use this webinar to learn more about the emerging simulation opportunities and better understand the challenges and best practices to adopt them. Ideally, these insights will help manufacturers stage their investments in simulation technologies and manage the risks through 2020.

Specific topics to be discussed will include:

  • What is simulation and how does it build upon CAE?
  • What technologies enhance CAE to enable simulation?
  • What lessons have we learned from 40 years of CAE experience that apply to adoption and use of simulation?
  • What is realistic to expect from commercial software in achieving the vision of simulation by 2020?
  • What are best practices for adoption of simulation technology and its use?


Welcome & Introduction
Matthew Ladzinski, NAFEMS North America

Leveraging CAE for Greater Business Value Through Simulation
Marc Halpern, Gartner

Q & A Session


Webinar Presenter

Marc Halpern, Ph.D.

Marc Halpern, Ph.D.

Research Director


Roles and Responsibilities
Marc Halpern, P.E., Ph.D., is a research director in Gartner, where he is the lead analyst covering product life cycle management strategies and software applications in the Verticals unit. He focuses on design, engineering, product data management, manufacturing process planning and product portfolio management.

Previous Experience
Prior to joining Gartner, Dr. Halpern was the director of research at D. H. Brown’s Engineering, Manufacturing, and Design research and advisory services. In this role, he was responsible for the planning and delivery of research and advisory services on emerging trends in relevant software technology and vendors. He also sold, managed and executed a variety of consulting projects for the client base including manufacturers and software vendors.

Professional Background


D. H. Brown Associates, Director of Research: Engineering, Manufacturing, and Design, 10 years


Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, Applications Engineer, 2 years


Weidlinger Associates, Research Engineer, 5 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Thought Leadership Award 2006



B.S., Engineering, Brown University


M.S., Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

He is a registered professional engineer in the State of New York.