Verification and Validation Masterclass

V&V: Verification and Validation of Models and Analysis ‘Masterclass’


V&V: Verification and Validation of Models and Analysis ‘Masterclass’

2-Day Training Course : 28th & 29th January 2014

Engineering simulation plays an increasing role in industry search for competitiveness and technology based innovation at any stage of the design, qualification /certification of their products. Key decisions and product qualification/certification more and more rely on virtual tests and digital simulation, which create a major paradigm shift; thereby physical tests objective is progressively moving from a demonstration of compliance to a reference for analysis validation. This trend in industry is shown through adoption of new wording such as « realistic simulation », « High Fidelity required simulation » or « virtual testing ». This situation creates new responsibility for the engineer to guarantee the required confidence level .Hence this new approach requires secured processes for the verification and validation of models and analyses bringing evidence of their predictive capability. In particular, programme managers ask now for formal evidence on "simulation fit for purpose" on which they can build confidence and take decisions.

In addition, the increasing situation for extended enterprise creates new constraints to guarantee safe and robust analysis processes. At the same time, and due to the economic pressure, V&V activities are exclusively seen as an additional cost that can easily be reduced and even fully cut, thus underestimating the induced risks. Finally V&V implementation is not easy to because of the diversity of involved persons: managers, simulation experts, test specialists, software developers and quality controllers, software vendors…

Course objectives and benefits

The main objectives for this course are to do in-depth presentation of:

  • V&V concepts and methodologies to ensure the necessary level of confidence required by virtual simulation
  • Issues to be addressed and best practices for implementation of V&V, especially with regard to the synergy between physical and virtual tests and the optimisation of demonstrations of compliance.
  • Major criteria for V&V planning (technical issues, benefits, costs, risks…) and considerations for setting up V&V business cases
Participants to this master class can expect benefits in the following areas:
  • Develop their knowledge in V&V in full coherence with the level of expectation due in their industry context and applicable regulations
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of V&V, the role and contents of standards, the existing methodologies for the implementation or the improvement of simulation and V&V plans
  • Understand specific V&V requirements in the context of realistic simulation and virtual testing
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  • Learn how to implement reporting to bring visibility, and confidence to analysis managers, programme managers and generally speaking all "customer s" of simulation results
  • Understand how to build rational plans for V&V and related demonstrations
  • Improve synergy between virtual and physical tests in the context of validation
  • Learn how to build business cases allowing for justification of V&V plans

Who should attend?

  • Engineers and senior analysts in charge of simulation activities or preparing to take new responsibility in the management of simulation, especially with regard to V&V responsibility
  • Managers in charge of engineering simulation teams and willing to improve their knowledge in V&V and in the relevant processes
  • Program managers who need to make critical decisions based on engineering simulation results and that wish to increase their understanding and visibility of the required V&V activities

Participants should have a few years of experience in engineering simulation for the design and development of industrial products.

Course Content

All industry sectors confronted with simulation V&V and realistic simulation, are concerned with this training programme. The course is established on the solid knowledge of the tutors and the vision they have developed from their rich industrial experience, especially within the aerospace and energy industries.

The course is neutral and independent of any particular software solution.

We limit the number of participants to a small group to facilitate dialog and exchanges between participants. Specific attention is given to participants’ concerns thanks to a questionnaire which is sent in advance to the course.

Course Program

1. Introduction

  • Industrial context and stakes
  • Simulation in the product lifecycle
  • Industrial implementation of simulation

2. Validation, qualification & certification of industrial products

  • Fundamentals on product validation, qualification and certification
  • The analysis-test pyramid
  • Virtual testing and realistic simulation
  • Introduction to new technologies and TRL
  • Regulations and certification in aeronautics
  • Situation of the nuclear industry

3. V&V and simulation management

  • Scope and complexity of the management of simulation
  • Simulation management activities: software capability management / V&V / skills management / quality management / SPDM / CAD / CAE…..

4. Realistic Simulation

  • Existing technology and new enhancements available to industry: HPC, multi-scale, multi-physics….
  • Impact on V&V plans

5. V&V fundamentals and Standards

  • Fundamentals
  • Verification
  • Validation and uncertainty quantification
  • Predictive maturity
  • Standards
  • Short history of standardization in V&V
  • Main standards: ASME, AIAA, NASA…
  • Other initiatives

6. Verification

  • Verification of software codes
  • Verification of algorithms
  • Quality assurance for software: methodologies for SW development, regression tests…
  • Verification of analyses
  • Introduction
  • a priori verifications
  • a posteriori verifications (including error estimation methods …)

7. Validation and test/simulation synergy

  • Validation process and constraints
  • Physical and virtual testing collaboration
  • Objectives and typology of physical tests
  • Prerequisites for successful validation tests
  • Some industrial examples (aerospace, nuclear…)

8. Uncertainty Quantification

  • Typology : random, epistemic uncertainties
  • Selective methodologies for uncertainty quantification: Monte Carlo, Latin hypercube, response surfaces, polynomial chaos, "Lack of knowledge" theory (theory of misconceptions?), theory of evidence…..
  • Sensitivity analysis, robustness (key parameters identification…)

9. V&V Implementation Strategies

  • Setting-up V&V plans
  • Implementation issues and obstacles
  • Industrial justification (V&V business case) − Risk management
  • Benefits vs. costs
  • Organization and skills

10. Course outcomes and conclusion



Mere Court Hotel & Conference Centre
Warrington Road
Cheshire WA16 0RW
Tel: +44 (0) 1565 831000


We have secured a limited number of rooms at the venue hotel, at a special rate of £75, including VAT on a bed & breakfast basis. Please contact the hotel directly to book rooms at the discounted rate, mentioning that you are attending the NAFEMS course.  This reduced rate is applicable to NAFEMS delegates until the end of December 2013.

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Jean-François IMBERT


Philippe PASQUET


This course is tutored by Jean-Francois IMBERT and Philippe PASQUET, high-level simulation professionals both benefiting from a long academic and industrial experience gained from leading companies. Their skills extend from numerical methods to solving industrial problems, especially in aerospace and nuclear area, and to analysis management. V&V is one their key expertise, reason for which they have been asked for help by major European companies. They are recognized as leading figures in the engineering analysis community in France.


Events - Cancellation Policy

Please note NAFEMS cancellation policy for all UK public training courses is as follows:-

  • Suitably qualified delegates may be substituted at any time prior to the start of the course

  • Bookings are accepted upon condition that either full payment is received before the course commences, or that a valid purchase order is received from a company that has a credit agreement with us

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  • NAFEMS reserves the right to cancel the course, without liability, in which case all training fees will be refunded in full. However, NAFEMS cannot be held liable for any other expenses incurred by participants or their companies due to the cancellation.

NAFEMS will discuss the possibility of transferring to an alternative event/course, however an administration charge will be applicable.

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