The I.Mech.E. recently ran another engineering analysis-focused event, ‘Simulation and Modeling 2019’ at the Conference Aston venue in Birmingham, UK.
The event was attended by over 200 engineering professionals, all with a dedicated interest in simulation technology, it’s current usage and future direction. It was an excellent conference with a wide range of topics discussed including keynote speeches from a variety of CAE thought leaders, detailed presentations into novel and highly technical approaches to simulation and industry discussion forums, focused on digital twins, optimal workflow integration and industry best practise.
Highlights included an interesting keynote on a better link between simulation and physical test by Rob Lewis OBE, TotalSim (including an overview of the fascinating Catesby tunnel full scale vehicle testing facility), a supplier framework for model-based systems engineering by Phanikrishna Thota, Airbus and the importance of robust validation of a digital twin by Prashant Khapane, Jaguar Land Rover.
Dr Steff Evans, Evotech CAE Ltd gave a presentation on techniques for improving software usability for different engineering functions. This included output of a recent global pan-industry survey, which highlighted the real pain points that were experienced by engineers in many companies, across multiple workflows. He also focused on a number of ‘user personas’, where different requirements are placed on the simulation technology, dependant on user experience and intention. The presentation then moved onto the many facets of MSC Apex, and how the platform can address workflow inefficiency in multiple ways.