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Simulation Governance: Managing Simulation

Simulation Governance:Managing Simulation

Virtual Product Development capability is becoming an asset in many companies. A company’s ability to do virtual validation depends on CAE resources and an ability to do repeatable, reliable and robust CAE at all phases of product development. It is essential that a Governance System be put in place to take advantage of the virtual capability. 

In a Tier 1 environment, there are interactions both upward, with OEMs, and downward, with Tier 2 and 3 suppliers. Math data models and defined CAE models have to be well established such that product validation is synchronized. A governance model that facilitates free exchange of ideas and solutions, both within and outside of the organization, is necessary. It also requires clear definition of the important elements of simulation and synthesis in product creation, preferred sequence and flow, clear identification of data models, and seamless integration of tools to control the process.  The organizational boundaries, resource constraints, and varied analytical approaches have to be overcome to create an efficient simulation process.  This webinar provided insights into the ongoing development of these processes within a Tier 1 automotive driveline supplier.


  • Andrew Wood, NAFEMS  

An Introduction to the Simulation Governance "2020" Series

  • Dr. Keith Meintjes, CIMdata
Simulation Governance in a Tier 1 Environment
  • Mr. Ravi Desai, American-Axle & Manufacturing

Q & A Session






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Simulation 2020

About the Speaker

Mr. Ravi Desai 

American-Axle & Manufacturing 
Director, CAE & CAD

Ravi S. Desai is the Director for CAE & CAD at American Axle & Manufacturing.  He is based in the AAM World Headquarters Detroit office.  He is responsible for implementation and execution of analysis and design processes in product engineering.  He is leading the corporate efforts to integrate new simulation technology in the area of manufacturing and assembly.

Previous to this assignment, Ravi worked at General Motors in various capacities, including CAE Engineer, NVH Technical Lead Engineer, Test & Development Engineer, Planning Manager, and Vehicle Integration CAE Director.  He started his career at Engineering Technology Associates in 1984 and later worked at Altair Engineering as a Senior Project Engineer. 

Ravi has over 30 years of automotive CAE, Product Development and Program Management experience working with various automotive suppliers.  He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from I.I.T, Chennai, India and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University, USA.