Visualization Challenges in CAE

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Visualization Challenges in CAE 

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What are the major visualization challenges engineers face today?

Introduction (by Don Tolle, Comet Solutions)

Since the adoption of the graphical user interface (GUI) for engineering software starting in the 1970s, the role of visualization has become increasingly critical to advancing the effective use of performance simulation/CAE tools not only by highly skilled analysis experts but also by design engineers and occasional “consumers” of product information such as program managers, systems engineers, marketing and supply chains.    With the ever increasing amount of digital prototyping that is becoming a core product development function across  almost all manufacturing industries, it has never been more critical for simulation results to be available and “consumable” by the entire organization in order to provide business impact starting early in conceptual design and continuing throughout the product development lifecycle.

Today’s presentation  will provide an overview of the CAE visualization market issues and challenges associated with ever expanding quantities of simulation information /data , multi-physics complexity, and the market’s desire for product customization/options along with the expanding usage of CAE and CAE visualization in the conceptual design/simulation process.  In addition to an overview of these  challenges, presentations will be given by 2 leading simulation visualization vendors, Visualization Sciences Group(VSG) and VCollab,  providing further insights into these challenges and potential approaches for industry to address their engineering and business challenges.

VSG's Perspective (by Shawn Zhang, VSG)

Visualization's role in computer aided engineering is sometimes overlooked. By reviewing the various research topics in scientific visualization and their impacts to CAE, this presentation reestablishes visualization as a critical component to CAE, especially when discipline boundaries are frequently crossed in modern CAE practices. Elements of a common framework with open standard and unified tools are proposed as a solutions to meet ever growing CAE visualization challenges.

VCollab's Perspective (by Joe Walsh, IntrinSIM)

This presentation will explore the need to deal with large, complex and varied data structures for effective CAE visualization in a simulation environment. This presentation will also discuss the various use cases for CAE visualization and our approach to addressing the CAE challenges for a broad range of potential usage.  We will discuss the importance of data reduction and a universal CAE format for visualization and integration into the simulation and business processes.

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  • Matthew Ladzinski, NAFEMS North America

CAE Visualization Challenges

  • Introduction - Don Tolle, Comet Solutions
  • VSG's Perspective - Shawn Zang, VSG
  • VCollab's Perspective - Joe Walsh, IntrinSim (rep. VCollab)

Q & A Session


About the Presenters

Don Tolle, Comet Solutions

Don Tolle, Comet Solutions

Don Tolle is Vice President of Business Development & Product Strategy at Comet Solutions Inc.  Don joined Comet in June, 2008 after 26+ years of CAE industry experience at SDRC/EDS/UGS/Siemens PLM including roles in software product management, product development, product marketing, software sales, engineering consulting services, strategic partnerships and mergers & acquisitions. Don holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Shawn Zhang, VSG

Shawn Zhang, VSG

Dr. Shawn Zhang is an applications engineer at VSG - Visualization Sciences Group, where he is responsible for the visualization technology specific to CAE. Shawn is also part of a technical team supporting sales activities. Shawn had over 14 years of experience in research, software development, software product management and software sales. Shawn holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and two masters in Computer Engineering and Ocean Engineering respectively. He published over 20 papers in top journals and conferences, and delivered hundreds of talks world-wide practicing and advocating computer aided engineering and scientific visualization.

Joe Walsh, IntrinSim (rep. VCollab)

Joe Walsh, IntrinSim (rep. VCollab)

Joe Walsh has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in the CAE, CAD, interoperability and component software industries and founded intrinSIM in late 2009 with the intention of enabling rapid next generation application development. Joe Walsh was most recently the VP Business Development for Simmetrix where he was responsible for sales, marketing and business relationships. Before joining Simmetrix he was VP of Worldwide Sales for IronCAD LLC,  VP of North American Sales for Spatial Corp., partner and founder of New Renaissance, President/CEO and co-founder of FEGS Inc. the North American subsidiary of FEGS, Ltd. of Cambridge UK, cont .