What are the characteristics of a useful Simulation Template? What are the potential benefits? Is this just a theoretical discussion or are there real-world examples of implementations and the ROI that they provided? We will continue to explore these and many other relevant questions related to Simulation Automation Templates in this and future blog posts in this topic page.
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So, what are the benefits of a useful simulation template?
Simulation templates must be created by the experts who know how to use complex simulation tools to get accurate results that can be safely used to make decisions about the potential behavior of a product design. Simulation is a powerful tool that can easily be misused – the appropriate use of simulation within an organization is covered by the Simulation Governance topic area on this site. The principles of good Simulation Governance must be brought to bear on the creation of templates, to ensure that they can be used safely and robustly by both non-experts and experts.
Major global organizations have, over the last few years, been implementing simulation templates and the web-deployed SimApps that drive them, and have demonstrated significant benefits. Some examples are American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM), GKN Driveline, Superior Industries, Intel Corp., NASA Langley, The Aerospace Corp., John Deere, Caterpillar, Intel Corp., and many others who are in the midst of implementing them.
With these significant benefits, why aren’t simulation templates ubiquitous? One roadblock to the widespread use of simulation templates has been the lack of a visual programming language and graphical tool to rapidly create simulation templates. In the past, the creation of a simulation template has required a great deal of custom scripting and programming, making it an expensive proposition and making the template difficult to extend and maintain. An example of a modern graphical workspace for the rapid creation of simulation templates is the Comet Simulation Automation Workspace.
I will address this and other relevant questions about the challenges of creating useful and usable simulation templates in subsequent blog posts.