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Simulation Based Digital Twins


Simulation has long been used to improve the design of nearly every physical product or process by providing the opportunity to evaluate a wide range of alternative designs prior to building physical prototypes. Simulation has also long been used to model different operating scenarios to develop control strategies that are incorporated into control algorithms to improve operations. The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) has created the potential for a transformational journey in which a simulation model of the product or process is tied through the Internet to sensors capturing data and to actuators controlling its operation.  This is called a digital twin. 

The simulation-based digital twin will help companies analyze smart machines in real-world operating conditions and make informed decisions that will improve their performance far above what is possible today. The combination of machine connectivity with a data lifecycle management platform powered by engineering simulation will enable organizations to perform diagnostics and troubleshooting, determine the ideal maintenance program based on the characteristics of the individual asset, optimize the performance of their assets, and generate insightful data that can be used to improve the next generation of the product. The resulting efficiency and productivity gains will have a dramatic effect on an organization’s bottom line, as well as on the global economy.


Sameer Kher is Director, Product Development at ANSYS Inc. where he heads the ANSYS Simplorer and ANSYS Twin Builder product teams and is also responsible for the Systems and Digital Twin initiative. He is passionate about innovations in energy and transportation. He joined ANSYS in 2005 and has a BE in Electronics from the University of Pune, and MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation, dedicated exclusively to developing software that fosters rapid and innovative product design and helps the world’s most innovative companies solve their most complex design challenges. Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs nearly 3,000 professionals, many of whom are expert M.S. and Ph.D.-level engineers in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics, semiconductors, embedded software and design optimization.