Diamond in the Sky
One topic I’ve not touched on in recent times is the place of NAFEMS at the heart of the analysis and simulation community. As we hurtle head-long into another programme of regional conferences, kicking off in Sweden next month (see page 20), we’re already laying the foundations for the next World Congress, which will be held in June 2015 in San Diego, USA. And that’s what we do – that’s what NAFEMS is all about. Giving you the opportunity to interact and network with the simulation world at large, and providing you with independent, international events that you can be part of.
Our membership has grown significantly in the past few years, and has an increasing focus on industrial users of the technology, so there are literally thousands of stories out there to be told, and to be listened to. Somewhere along the road of our daily work, we do need to take time to look outward to the wider community that we are all apart of, and NAFEMS is the ideal forum to assist with that. The Call for Papers for the World Congress is now open, and we hope you will consider getting involved with what is rapidly becoming the large stand most informative independent event in the simulation world.
As well as information on these events, this issue of benchmark covers a wide range of topics, all of which we hope will be of interest to you. From 3D printing, to X-FEM, composite analysis and more.The world of simulation is changing every year, encompassing industries in every sector, across the globe, and this means that there are even more stories to tell, and experiences to share. And we want you to feel part of that, be it by presenting at one of our conferences or submitting an article to this very magazine. We encourage submissions from every industry on any relevant topic – if you have a story to tell, get in touch with us to talk about the best platform for you to do that.
Last month saw the biennial NAFEMS ‘Global Team Meeting’ take place, at our offices in Knutsford, UK. Whilst the team get together regularly in different permutations on an almost weekly basis, this is the one opportunity we get to sit down as a complete team (with only one or two absences!) and discuss the way forward for the organisation. Whilst much of what is discussed focusses on the ‘back-end’ of running NAFEMS, one thing was very apparent to meat the meeting – we have an extremely vibrant and diverse community of volunteers on our working and steering groups, all of whom have a pronounced desire to promote the work of NAFEMS, and drive the technology forward.
The feedback coming from our own staff members clearly demonstrated that each regional and technology group has a very keen focus on how they can better serve the analysis community, grow the grass-roots of the organisation, and provide an even better service to everyone involved. If you want to get involved with any of our regional steering groups or technical working groups, in whatever capacity, please do get in touch with us and we’ll make it happen. As I never tire of saying, we’re your organisation, after all.
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