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VMAP International Conference on CAE Interoperability 2020 - Virtual

V​MAP International Conference on CAE Interoperability 2020



Interoperability is a significant topic for much of the Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation and analysis sector. Improving accuracy and speed in both product and process design is a constant requirement. A critical factor in this is enabling seamless collaboration between teams, often in different organisations, addressing different simulations and physics. This, however, presents a significant barrier.

The 1st International Conference on Interoperability, organized by the VMAP project, discussed these issues and more. The conference took place online, from 19th-20th October 2020.

Focusing on the many aspects, problems and possible solutions in interoperability including software implementation, simulation process integration, data transfer, standards, ontologies, and collaboration, this was the first independent, international gathering focusing solely on interoperability.

Conference agenda


VMAP Enabling Interoperability in Integrated CAE Simulation Workflows
K. Wolf, P. Gulati (Fraunhofer SCAI); G. Duffett (NAFEMS)

The VMAP Material Data Interface Standard – A New Approach to Unify Information Transfer in Virtual Manufacturing Workflows
P. Gulati (Fraunhofer SCAI)

Integration of VMAP into the Open Source Library PYLIFE
G. Kiss, D. Kreuter, J. Müller (Robert Bosch)

How to make an Interoperability Standard a Tool for Performance?
J. M. Crepel (Citran)

Digital Thread to Capture and Exchange Content and Intent Across the Product Lifecycle – The Key to Effective Management of Ever-Increasing Product Complexity
M. Nicolich (ARAS)

Implementation Insight and Demonstration of the Advantages of the VMAP Standard for CAE Engineers
T. Usta, C. Liebold, A. Haufe (DYNAmore)

Generative Design for Digital Fabrication
G .Sundar Dutta, J. Kottmann, L. Steuernagel, D. Meiners (Technical University Clausthal)

Enhancing Interoperability of BETA Products within Complex CAE Workflows by Adopting and Integrating the VMAP Standard
A. Fassas, G. Mokios (BETA CAE Systems)

Sheet-Metal Manufacturing Simulations Coupled to Structural Simulations for an Improved Structural Static and Fatigue Response
N. Laue, A. Jensen (Grundfos Holding)

Simulation Chain for Fatigue Strength Assessment of Short-Fiber Reinforced Plastic Parts in the Presence of Weld Lines
M. De Monte (Robert Bosch)

3D Deep-Learning Based Surrogate Modeling and Optimization
L. Zampiere, P. Baqué, S. Baset, T. Allard, T. von Tschammer (Neural Concept)

An Integrated Design-Process Optimization Methodology – With Two Industrial Cases
V. Tsai, F. Buchy (SimpaTec)

Minimizing the Weld Distortion by Optimizing the Weld Sequence Using Genetic Algorithm
D. Jeyaganesh (UAE University)

The eCl@ss Standard as Semantic Basis for CAE Product Data Exchange
C. Block (eCl@ss Head Office)

Tailored Data Exchange Processes in Automotive Bodywork Engineering
A. Kreis, M. Hirz (Graz University of Technology); M. Prenner, S. Stadler (Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik)

CAE Software Interoperability: Impact of In-Use Properties of a Welded Part on Crash Analysis
L. Gaston, S. Andrietti (Transvalor); D. Even, C. Le Falher, M. Lecoq, G. Delattre, L. Guerin (Faurecia)

Data Exchange and Software Interoperability Based on MOSSEC Standard. Application to a Cabin Aircraft Architecture Process
A. Munck, X. Dugros, D. Sauvage (Digital Product Simulation)

A Value-Focussed Approach to the Deployment of Simulation Data Management to Support Multidisciplinary Simulation and Interoperability
M. Norris (theSDMconsultancy); G. Neveu (DPS)

An Approach Towards Interoperability of CSM Models in the Virtual Structural Sizing and Testing of Lightweight Composite Structures
M. Rädel (German Aerospace Center DLR)

Digital Twins in Technical Product Development: Definitions and Insights from an Industrial Case Study
J. Trauer, S. Schweigert-Recksiek, M. Zimmermann (Technical University of Munich); C. Engel, K. Spreitzer (Viessmann)

Enhanced Simulation of Shrinkage and Warpage of Extrusion Blow Molded Parts Using the VMAP Interface Standard
O. Bruch (Dr. Reinold Hagen Stiftung/ TREE Institut); P. Michels, D. Grommes (Dr. Reinold Hagen Stiftung); D. Grotenburg (Rikutec Engineering)

Considering the Local Anisotropy in Simulation Process Chain for Short and Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics
P. Reithofer, B. Jilka, H. Pothukuchi (4a engineering)

Interoperability in Multiphysical Development Processes
D. Friedemann, J. Rademann (HTW Berlin); B. Näser (BMW Group)

Mapping of Microstructure Information to FE-Meshes by Means of Computed Tomography
B. Lauterbach, P. Pinter (Volume Graphics)

Qualitative Study for Energy Consumption of Domestic Appliances
A. Naiknawarea, S. Sahoo, J. Chhatre, A. Shukla (Whirlpool)

How ICME Enables Microstructure as a Design Parameter for Optimal Plastic Components
P. Hebert, B. Alsteens (e-Xstream engineering, part of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence division)

Omnis – Gateway to Exchange Data Betweens Tools
Y. Baux. M. Pottiez, O. Arduini, V. Sotiaux (Numeca International)

Presentations subject to alterations.

VMAP is a vendor-neutral standard for CAE data storage to enhance interoperability in virtual engineering workflows. The project is funded by national research agencies from Austria, Netherlands, Germany and Canada.
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Delegate Fee
Attendance is free since this is now a virtual conference and the VMAP project is able to subsidise all participants (experts, engineers, developers and practitioners in the field). Registration is required to attend the sessions free of charge so please use the form below.

NAFEMS Membership
If you are interested in membership please contact Mr. Paul Steward ( Please find also information at

Conference Organisation
NAFEMS Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz GmbH
Griesstraße 20, D-85567 Grafing b. München
Phone: +49 176 217 984 01, Fax: +49 3 22 11 08 99 13 41,


Event Type: User Conference

Member / Non-Member Price: Free


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End Date


19 Oct. 2020 20 Oct. 2020 Online

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information for creating the MP4 video of your presentation

  • Only pre-recorded presentations are possible (information on recording can be found below)
  • Video must not exceed a maximum bit rate of 1,500 kbps - otherwise it will not run!
  • The maximum file size is 2 GB.
  • The video must have 30 minutes length, the presentation itself should last 20 minutes. At the end of the lecture (20 min.), please turn off the microphone and leave the last slide until 30 minutes of video are reached. 1)
  • Please send us your video via or other data transfer tools.

1) The lecture itself should last 20 minutes. For technical reasons, it is essential that your presentation video runs for a total of 30 minutes, because questions via chat window are only possible as long as the video is running.

Recording with PowerPoint is easy. Our colleague explained how this works in a short information video (originally made for CAASE). It is worth taking a look at it: There are also other ways to record your presentation, e.g. Camtasia, Zoom, etc.

We would also very much appreciate it if you were shown as a presenter in the presentation video (but is optional).

Presentation - Notes, content, tips

  • Agenda:
    The presentation program is to be determined.
  • Presentation slot:
    At the time of your presentation, please login into your presentation to answer questions in the live chat window. Ideally, introduce yourself in the live chat window at the beginning of the lecture, e.g. with words similar to “Hello, my name is __. I am the presenter and look forward to your questions”.
  • Live chat window - does not apply to keynotes, as questions are answered live.
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    The live chat window is only active when the presentation video is running. So please let the video run for 30 minutes so that questions can still be asked within 10 minutes after your 20-minute presentation. If the video only runs for 20 minutes, the system switches off and no more questions can be asked / answered.
  • Q&A window by email
    The Q&A window by e-mail is active and visible during your presentation as well as for on-demand viewers later. These questions will not be visible to others and will be sent to you directly by email. No questions can be asked during this time. This communication window has the following symbol:

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  • On-demand presentations
    Please note that the system needs about 1 hour after the lecture to convert the “live” presentation into an “on-demand” presentation.After approximately 1 hour, your lecture will be available as an “on-demand” lecture for repeated viewing.The "Live Chat Window" and the Q&A window via email "will then be available again.