V&V: Verification & Validation of Models and Analyses

Verification & Validation of Models and Analyses

11- 12 February 2014, Frankfurt, Germany

Engineering simulation plays an increasing role in industry’s search for competitiveness and technology based innovation at every stage of the design,qualification and certification of 

products. Key decisions and product qualification/certification increasingly rely on virtual tests and digital simulation, creating a major paradigm shift in which the objective of physical tests is progressively moving from a demonstration of compliance to a reference for analysis validation. This trend in industry is shown through adoption of new terms such as ‘realistic simulation’ and ‘virtual testing’. This situation creates new responsibility for the engineer to guarantee the required confidence level.

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 now require 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 frequently seen as an additional cost that can easily be reduced or even fully cut, thus underestimating the induced risks. In addition, V&V is not easy to implement because of the diversity of involved persons: managers, simulation experts,test specialists, software developers and quality controllers, software vendors…


The Course

Participants of this master class will:

  • Learn how to implement reporting to bring visibility and confidence to all managers concerned with simulation outcomes.
  • Develop their knowledge in V&V in full coherence with the level ofexpectation due in their industry context and applicable regulations

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of V&V, the role and contents ofstandards, the existing methodologies for the implementation or the improvementof simulation and V&V plans

  • Understand specific V&V requirements in the context of realistic simulation and virtual testing

  • Understand how to build rational plans for V&V and relateddemonstrations

  • Improve synergy between virtual and physical tests in the context ofvalidation

  • Learn how to build business cases allowing for justification of V&Vplans

  • Understand simulation management and process issues

  • Learn how to implement reporting to bring visibility and confidence to allmanagers concerned with simulation outcomes.


Who Should Attend?

This master class course is designed for:

  • 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

It is recommended that participants have a few years of experience in engineering simulation for the design and development of industrial products.




  • Industrial context and stakes

  • Simulation in the product lifecycle

  • Industrial implementation of simulation

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

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…..

Realistic Simulation

  • Existing technology and new enhancements available to industry: HPC, cloud, open source, multi-scale, multi-physics….

  • Connection with CAD/PLM

  • Benefits and threats of realistic visualization

  • Impact on V&V plans

V&V Fundamentals and Standards

  • Fundamentals
  • Verification

  • Validation and uncertainty quantification

  • Predictive maturity

  • V&V process and responsibilities

  • Standards

  • Short history of standardization in V&V

  • Main standards: ASME, AIAA, NASA…

  • Other initiatives


  • Verification of software codes
  • Verification of algorithms

  • Quality assurance for software: methodologies for SW development, regression tests…

  • Verification of analyses

  • 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

  • Predictive maturity

  • Some industrial examples (aerospace, nuclear…)

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…)

V&V Implementation Strategies

  • Setting-up V&V plans

  • Implementation issues and obstacles

  • Industrial justification (V&V business case)

  • Costs, benefits and risk management

  • Organization and skills



Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt
Wiesenhüttenplatz 28 - 38
60329 Frankfurt, Germany
Phone +49 69 2697 0
Fax +49 69 2697 884
E-Mail: info.frankfurt@lemeridien.com

A limited number of reduced-price rooms have been reserved for conference delegates. Please book your hotel room by using the keyword“NAFEMS”.


Course Fee 
Non NAFEMS members:
1.950 Euro / person*
NAFEMS member:
1.560 Euro / person*
Proceedings, lunch, coffee breaks and certificate included.
* plus VAT if applicable.

In-house Course
This course can be booked as in-house course. Please request a quote. 

Cancellation Policy 
Up to 3 weeks before course starts:
free of charge;
up to one week before: 50 %;
later and no show: 100 %.

Cancellation of a seminar
If not enough participants we keep the right to cancel the course one week before. 

Organisation / Contact

Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz GmbH
Osterham 23, D-83233 Bernau am Chiemsee
Tel. +49 (0) 80 51 - 96 59 3 49,
Fax +49 (0) 80 51 - 96 74 3 37
e-mail: info@nafems.de


This course is tutored by Jean-Francois Imbert and Philippe Pasquet ,high-level simulation professionals both benefiting from extensive academic and industrial experience gained from leading companies. Their skills extend from numerical methods to solving industrial problems, especially in the aerospace and nuclear area, to analysis management. V&V is one their key expertise, and they have assisted many leading European companies in this area. They are recognised as ones of the leading figures in the engineering analysis community in France.

Jean-François IMBERT

Jean-Francois Imbert has 40 years’ experience in Structural Engineering, CAE/ numerical simulation, mostly in the aeronautical and aerospace sectors where he has exercised both operational, expert and management responsibilities.Throughout his career, Jean-Francois  ensured the development and implementation of innovative numerical simulation capabilities in industrial contexts, mostly in Structure Analysis. In his successive responsibilities, he accumulated a unique and broad experience in simulation management and the multiple features of V&V, including validation tests and analysis /test synergy. Furthermore he has a long practice of engineering education both in academic institutions and professional seminars.

Philippe PASQUET

With almost forty years of extensive experience in engineering simulation, Philippe Pasquet has covered the full range of technical responsibility in this domain, both with research institutes and various consulting firms and software houses: development of software, development of methods, advanced studies, team management, scientific and technical management etc.  Powered by his passion for pedagogy and simulation technology, he has presented at several conferences and talks at high level towards efficient use and good practices of simulation in the industry, motivating students and engineers for those fascinating engineering simulation jobs.