Verification & Validation in Engineering Simulation

This training course has been accredited by the NAFEMS Education & Training Working Group

Verification & Validation in Engineering Simulation


Duration:2 days
Delivery:Onsite Classroom
Public Classroom
Tutor(s):Jean-François Imbert
Philippe Pasquet
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A V&V masterclass from the experts.

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 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…

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 of expectation due in their industry context and applicable regulations
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of V&V, the role and contents of standards, the existing methodologies for the implementation or the improvement of 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 related demonstrations
  • Improve synergy between virtual and physical tests in the context of validation
  • Learn how to build business cases allowing for justification of V&V plans
  • Understand simulation management and process issues
  • Learn how to implement reporting to bring visibility and confidence to all managers concerned with simulation outcomes.

    Course Program


    • 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

    Who Should Attend?

    • 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


    Get in touch to discuss your next steps with our experienced training team. We can work closely with you to understand your specific requirements, cater for your specific industry sector or analysis type, and produce a truly personalised training solution for your organisation.

    All NAFEMS training courses are entirely code independent, meaning they are suitable for users of any software package.

    Courses are available to both members and non-members of NAFEMS, although member organisations will enjoy a significant discount on all fees.

    NAFEMS course tutors enjoy a world-class reputation in the engineering analysis community, and with decades of experience between them, will deliver tangible benefits to you, your analysis team, and your wider organisation.

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    PSE Competencies addressed by this training course

    This training course addresses competencies that are found in the Verification and Validation and General Management technical areas of the PSE Competency Tracker.

    IDCompetence Statement
    SIMMkn1State simulation scope and objectives in the product life cycle for your organization
    SIMMkn2State simulation categories of importance in the relevant industry sector
    SIMMkn3List the contents of a simulation specification
    SIMMkn4List the contents of a simulation plan
    SIMMkn5State simulation competences required in your organization
    SIMMkn6State simulation V&V principles
    SIMMco1Understand the need and relevance of analysis specifications
    SIMMco4Understand fundamentals of simulation competence management and applicable competence statements within your organization
    SIMMco6Explain the terms Verification and Validation.
    SIMMco7Explain the term solution verification
    SIMMco8Explain the term code verification
    SIMMco19Explain the term model calibration
    SIMMco10Explain the term qualification
    SIMMco11Explain the term certification
    SIMMco30Understand a test request
    SIMMco32Understand simulation error assessment methodologies and the concept of simulation predictive maturity
    SIMMap1Apply an existing analysis specification to perform modelling/ analysis tasks
    SIMMap4Perform basic model checks
    SIMMap6Perform test /analysis correlation studies
    SIMMap25Apply appropriate procedures for controlling the quality of simulation work
    SIMMan6Analyze simulation results to support validation activities
    SIMMsy1Prepare an analysis specification, including modelling strategy, highlighting any assumptions.
    SIMMsy7Prepare a validation plan in support of a FEA study.
    SIMMsy8Formulate a series of smaller studies, benchmarks or experimental tests in support of a simulation modelling strategy.
    SIMMsy11Prepare analysis test correlation guidelines and procedures
    SIMMev9Evaluate and benchmark external supplier validation approach

    This programme can be tailored to various situations, in English or in French.

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