Online-Course: The Complete Guide to Automatic Design Optimization

The Complete Guide to Automatic Design Optimization

15 - 16 March 2021, Online (Webex)

Recognise next level design methodologies utilizing simulation results to explore the whole design space.

Some people consider that optimization is part of an engineer’s basic job. In general, no one will accept a project if they think it can be improved in any way. However, usually there are restrictions such as time and cost not to mention the number of technical restrictions.

Computers and software came to the rescue such that we now have software that cleverly controls other software to run process simulations and automatically repeat them in order to improve the design or the concept that we have defined. This requires smart algorithms that determine trends and make the best decisions to come up with an optimal design.

In this way the sequence of simulations in the design process is configured by the engineer, who then defines an optimization strategy for the computer to do the work using software algorithms. This saves time and effort, but there are issues and possibly time is wasted in some cases.

The course provides an extensive overview of process simulation and optimization methods so that engineers can enhance their working methods by defining optimization strategies be they single- or multi-objective, single- or multi-disciplinary using determinate, continuous or statistical variables and including restrictions and decision making. Generic algorithms are discussed, advice is provided and problematic issues are highlighted to guide engineers in the creation of successful, efficient optimization strategies.

Interaction is encouraged throughout the course. Questions and class participation are encouraged, as this is one of the key aspects of making this a unique and positive experience for each attendee.

Who should attend

Engineers who are interested in the next level of design methodologies utilizing simulation results to explore the whole design space and improve designs by using appropriate optimization tools and methods.

Course Program

This course combines information, examples, case-studies and time for open discussion of the concepts presented:

  • Design cycles
    • Optimization within a design cycle
  • Simulation Process Integration
    • Design windows
  • Optimization
    • Basics
    • Single- and Multi-objective optimization
    • Basic methodologies
  • Topology Optimization
    • Concepts, methods, and examples
  • Design of Experiments (DoE)
    • Concepts, uses, guidance
    • Typical algorithms
  • Parameter Optimization
    • Concepts and guidance
    • Methods (gradient, GA, evolution, others)
    • Decision making tools
  • Response Surface/Meta-model methods
    • Methods and algorithms
    • Real-life/Experimental information
  • Robust design methodologies
    • Sensitivity
  • Examples in many sectors are distributed throughout the course




Event Type: Training Course (online)

Member Price: €1.200 reduced €900

Non-Member Price: €1590 reduced €1.200


Start Date

End Date


15 March - 16 March Online (Webex)




Gino Duffett - NAFEMS Tutor

Gino Duffett has over 30 years of experience in CAE software development, training, industrial implementation and usage on an international level in various sectors, mostly automotive and renewable energy. Currently a Technology Project Manager focussing on innovative simulation driven design and automatic optimization.

Over his career Gino has taught numerical modelling up to university level, developed commercial courses and provided training for software users and university programmes on aspects such as metal forming, structural analysis, simulation process methodologies and optimization and has provided courses at Business schools on mathematical modelling, ERP and multi-cultural management.


15 March 8:30 – 12:30, 13:30 – 17:00 CET 16 March 8:30 – 12:30 CET
Login phase from 8:00 am.


Course Fee
Non NAFEMS members: 1.200 Euro / person*
NAFEMS member: 900 Euro / person*
Included in the fees are digital course materials (see also below) and a certificate.
* plus VAT if applicable.

Digital course materials
Included in the course fees are two different digital course materials:
1) Locklizard web browser version:
This course materials can be viewed (only!) with your standard web browser. No additional software need to be installed, not printable.
2) Locklizard software versions:
For this version you would need to install Locklizard on your computer. With this version you can view and also print 2x the course material.

Printed course materials
If you want us to send you printed course materials (color, folder) we would need to charge an extra fee of 100 Euros for production and shipping. Please note that production and shipping takes time. Depending on your registration we can not guarantee that the course materials can be delivered in time.
Please put a note in the field "Mailing address" if you want to order the printed course materials.

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

Cancellation Policy
Up to 6 weeks before course starts:
free of charge;
up to one week before: 75 %;
later and no show: 100 %.

Cancellation of a seminar
If not enough participants we keep the right to cancel the course one week before. The course can be canceled also in case of disease of the speakers or force majeure. In these cases the course fees will be returned.

Organisation / Contact
Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz GmbH
Griesstraße 20
85567 Grafing b. München, Germany
Tel. +49 176 217 984 01
Fax +49 3 22 11 08 99 13 41

Accreditation Policy

The course is agreed and under control of NAFEMS Education and Training Working Group (ETWG).