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This public resource center contains information related to a movement gaining momentum throughout the simulation world – the Democratization of Simulation. There are many changes afoot that promise to extend the power of simulation to everyone, not just the experts. Here, you’ll access to the latest news, articles, presentations, videos, webinars, success stories and related materials to help you understand the state-of-the-art. You can also gain access to our Topic Moderators  and Simulation Experts – they can help you navigate the pot holes along the journey to democratize your simulation investments. Join the Revolution!

  • Success Stories

    What good is a revolution if it doesn’t result in useful change? See how companies are achieving measurable improvements in time savings, simulation data…
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  • Democratization at CAASE

    The CAASE Conference in Cleveland, June 5-7, will feature a wealth of presentations on the challenges and ROI of real-world democratization efforts at a number of companies in the US and elsewhere.
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  • Here Comes the Simulation Revolution! Part 2

    Machine Design Magazine's second installment details the implementation challenges and ROI associated with Democratizing Simulation.

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    In Part 1 we discussed the concept of the Democratization of Simulation, explaining how having the value of CAD, FEA, computer-aided engineering (CAE), and simulation reserved to experts can stifle innovation. In Part 2 we review the implementation challenges and return on investment (ROI) that the democratization of simulation can bring.

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  • The Growing Acceptance of CAE

    Simulation is being used for lawsuits in court, treating schizophrenia, use in middle school education and in deep learning.

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    Case studies we are demonstrating the growing acceptance of computer-aided engineering (CAE), especially in new user communities and application areas. Major reasons for this trend are continuous improvements in user-friendly CAE software, the ongoing price/performance improvement in high-performance computing (HPC), and easy and affordable access to powerful computing in the cloud.

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  • Introduction to Engineering Simulation for Non-Specialists

    That upfront engineering simulation stuff is fast encroaching on your job, and you're feeling adrift. What do you do now?

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    The NAFEMS series comprises four 2-hour sessions across four weeks. It answers your “what” questions: What is upfront engineering simulation? What’s the benefit? What do I need to know before I get into, say, a structural simulation? What’s the workflow? What about validating results?

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  • Future Engineers Gain Experience from Design Software Democratization

    The democratization of design software is a trend that makes engineering tools accessible to new users through improved user interfaces (UI) and access.

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    This trend makes it easier for the next generation of product designers to gain the experience they need at a much younger age. This experience will be a considerable boon to the engineering community once these youth start to enter the workforce.

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  • The Growing Acceptance of CAE

    Simulation is being used for lawsuits in court, treating schizophrenia, use in middle school education and in deep learning.

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    With the following four UberCloud case studies we are demonstrating the growing acceptance of computer-aided engineering (CAE), especially in new user communities and application areas. Major reasons for this trend are continuous improvements in user-friendly CAE software, the ongoing price/performance improvement in high-performance computing (HPC), and easy and affordable access to powerful computing in the cloud.

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  • ASSESS a One Stop Shop for Simulation Movers, Shakers and Shoppers

    Like COFES, ASSESS (October 28-30, 2018) places an emphasis on industry thought leaders to inspire dialog. But whereas COFES’ reach is all of engineering science, ASSESS focuses on simulation, FEA and CFD, in particular.

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    If you are in the business of making engineering simulation or a lead practitioner, here are several reasons you need to attend ASSESS (October 28 to 30, near Atlanta, GA), one of only two conferences dedicated to engineering simulation that features more than one brand of software. The other, of course, is the NAFEMS conference.

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  • MCADCafe Blog: ASSESS Initiative Presents Credible Arguments For Increased Engineering Simulation

    Jeff Rowe of MCADCafe posts a blog on MCADCafe Newsletter about the ASSESS Initiative Positioning Papers regarding Democratization of Engineering Simulation (DoES) and Aligning Commercial, Government, and Research Engineering Simulation Efforts.

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    Jeff Rowe comments:

    “The second paper is particularly interesting because the Democratization of Engineering Simulation is implemented in many forms. While there are many common characteristics, issues and opportunities across them all, there are also critical differences that need to be identified and explained, to enable a path to achievable solutions.

    The first aspect of any form of implementation of DoES is whether or not it is driven by customers or providers of Engineering Simulation.  The second aspect in any form of implementation of DoES is the type of customer that this form of implementation is intended to be used by (Large Enterprise, Small-Medium Business (SMB), Industry Consortium, mixture of customer types).

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    The paper surmises that the Democratization of Engineering Simulation, not too surprisingly, is likely to require significant changes to current business models for engineering simulation software and computing infrastructures.

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    This paper reinforces what we have witnessed over the past several years. Namely, engineering simulation being conducted earlier and more often in the product development process by ‘non-specialists,’ such as designers and engineers.”

     

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  • By the Numbers: Democratization

    Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2019, the analytics output of business users with self-service capabilities will surpass that of professional data scientists.

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    The global simulation software market is expected to grow from $6.26 billion in 2017 to $13.45 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 16.5%.  Similarly, the cloud-based simulation market reached $3.3 billion in 2016, and is expected to have a CAGR of 11.4% through 2025, reaching $8.5 billion.

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  • A Business Centric Approach to Simulation Democratization

    Dr. Juan F. Betts from Front End Analytics discusses a business centric approach to successfully deploying simulation democratization initiatives.

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    This presentation was given at the CAASE18 conference. It discusses a methodology currently being successfully employed  at major OEMs and Tier-1 Automotive Suppliers to develop and implement Simulation Democratization in large and complex organizations.

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  • Enabling Democratization by Engineers for Engineers

    John Aldred, VP of Product Management for HBM Prenscia provides this presentation at the CAASE 18 conference.

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    This presentation discusses: why democratization is not more widely adopted, Democratization in practice, Democratization in the hands of engineers, and the process to create an App.

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  • Fit for Purpose App at ZF & TRW Automotive

    Learn how a Pitman Arm Smart Generator process was reduced from 2 weeks down to only a few hours with a fit for purpose app.

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    ZF and TRW Automotive worked with Front End Analytics and EASA to have fit for purpose app developed for a Pitman Arm Smart Generator, allowing users to confidently create new designs with any web browser in minutes!

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  • Taming the Wild Beast: Encapsulating Open-Source Software Behind Democratization Framework

    ECKDYN Analysis Solutions' Michael Eckblad discusses issues and benefits of open-source analysis software within Democratized Simulation.

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    This presentation touches on the following:

    • Definition & distinctives of Democratization
    • Issues & benefits of opensource analysis software
    • Forklift Bumper model
    • Process flow for Open Source
    • Process flow for Democratization
    • Conclusions & Recommendations
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  • The Challenges & ROI of the Democratization of Simulation – Why Progress is Slow

    Comet Solutions' Malcolm Panthaki discusses why Democratized Simulation isn't implemented overnight.

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    Given at the CAASE 18 conference, this presentation includes case studies from GKN Driveline and NASA Langley

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  • Lensing 2020 and beyond: 8 megatrends in engineering modeling and simulation

    Eight megatrends that will drive leaps forward in engineering modeling & simulation technologies, methods and work processes through 2020 and beyond.

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    This second decade of the twenty-first century is witnessing an explosion of invention and innovation in digital engineering technologies unrivaled since the 1980s, when so many foundational tools and methods were either created or brought to practical fruition.  Bruce Jenkins (Ora Research) discusses eight megatrends that he believes will drive generational leaps forward in engineering modeling and simulation technologies, methods and work processes through 2020 and well beyond.

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  • RevolutionInSimulation.org – A New, Public Web Community for the Democratization of Simulation

    Given at CAASE 2018, this presentation discusses the mission of a new on-line resource in support of Democratized Simulation.

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    This presentation discusses the mission of Rev-Sim.Org along with discussing its role in support of simulation consumers and experts & solution providers. You’ll also meet the topic moderators and organizations sponsoring the growing initiative to support Democratized Simulation.

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  • The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates

    CIMdata report of a 2012 presentation by Malcolm Panthaki on the use and benefits of Intelligent Templates to Democratize Simulation.

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    The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates
    Realizing the Full Benefits of Simulation

    An “Intelligent Template” is an innovative concept in product development that focuses on the automation of simulation processes across a product family. The template leverages the common functional architecture across the product family using a concept called the Abstract Model. This functional model of the product family is independent of a particular instance of the product design and of its geometry. The template captures the simulation best practices of the organization and enforces them when it is executed on a particular instance of the product design.

    Experts must create the templates, but non-experts can use them reliably.

    Keith Meintjes, CIMdata Practice Manager, 2012.
    This publication is derived from the keynote presentation by Malcolm Panthaki of Comet Solutions at the CIMdata annual conference, PLM Road Map 2011.

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  • Zhongli Corporation

    Automotive supplier, Zhongli Corporation,  sought to improve time to market by leveraging simulation more broadly.

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    Zhongli manufacturers engine mounts, chassis shock absorbers, chassis modules, interior/exterior plastic parts and PU products.  Simulation Applications (SimApps) from Comet Solutions are helping Zhongli accelerate productivity and innovation by Democratizing Simulation.

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  • Technical Requirements for the Deployment of Engineering Simulation Apps

    Technical paper for Sim App requirements published in June 2016.

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    Sim Apps must satisfy several important technical requirements to ensure the level of reliability needed for professional use by experts and non-experts alike.

    Ricardo Actis, President & CEO, ESRD, Inc.

    June, 2016

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  • Template-Based Design Analysis

    Interesting discussion among members of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group on the pros and cons of Template-Based Design Analysis.

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    A recent PhD thesis titled, “Template Based Design Analysis – An Alternative Approach for the Engineering Designer to Perform Computer-Based Design Analysis”, by Håkan Petersson of Lund University was shared with members of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group and generated a lively (email) discussion. The discussion was documented in this article in the NAFEMS Benchmark magazine.

    The participants discuss the pros and cons, and the dangers and potential ROI of simulation templates, borrowing from their extensive experience implementing and deploying them over the last couple of decades.

    October 2017

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  • Simulation is Becoming Democratized at Last (Part 3)

    Part 3 of a 3-part series discussing the Democratization of Simulation.

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    This third and final installment is focuses on a revolutionary new generation of fit-for-purpose, product-specific and often user-organization-specific simulation “apps.” By placing advanced simulation and analysis technologies “under the hood” from the user’s perspective, simulation apps are making unprecedented powers of automated design exploration, optimization, synthesis and validation accessible, usable and safe for non-analyst engineers and designers across a wide and still growing range of products and industries.

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  • Simulation is Becoming Democratized at Last (Part 2)

    Part 2 of Bruce Jenkins series on the Democratization of Simulation.

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    Two decades after software vendors’ first efforts to put simulation and analysis capabilities in the hands of non-analyst engineers and designers, a wealth of new technological avenues have opened up to finally make this a practical reality.

    Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research
    February, 2017

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  • Simulation is Becoming Democratized (Part 1)

    Part 1 of a three part series discussing the Democratization of Simulation.

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    Two decades ago, engineering software developers launched their first efforts to make simulation and analysis capabilities accessible and safe to use by engineers and designers who were not professionally trained analysts.  Let’s see where we are now.

    Bruce Jenkins
    December, 2016

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  • Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries

    One of the world’s leading heavy equipment manufacturers, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) was in need of tools to improve communication and simulation.

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    Challenges: Software barriers (Different models, Non-inherent data, Manual data transfer) and Designers didn’t have the expertise needed to perform simulations.

    Solution:  Democratized Simulation through intelligent simulation applications (Comet SimApps).

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  • Template-Driven Simulation Apps, Published in COMSOL 5.0 App Builder

    Learn how COMSOL 5.0 allows experts to publish template-style simulation apps for non-experts using the COMSOL App Builder function.

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    In this video, Digital Engineering’s Senior Editor Kenneth Wong takes a look at the sample apps available on COMSOL’s beta version of the app library.  This video shows how COMSOL 5.0 allows experts to publish template-style simulation apps for non-experts using the COMSOL App Builder function.

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  • Simulation for Everyone who Needs it!

    What if there was a way to capture and embed the tangible knowledge and intangible judgement of your CAE experts throughout the product development team?

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    What if there was a way to capture and embed the tangible knowledge and intangible judgement of your CAE experts throughout the product development team?  SimApps from Comet Solutions are driving new product development by democratizing simulation.

    Siemens PLM Community
    June, 2016

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  • Democratization of CAE – Wading Through the Hype

    The current state of democratized simulation.

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    The current state of democratized simulation.

    Malcolm Panthaki, Founder & CTO of Comet Solutions
    June, 2016

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  • A Business Centric Approach to Simulation Democratization

    Dr. Juan F. Betts from Front End Analytics discusses a business centric approach to successfully deploying simulation democratization initiatives.

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    This presentation was given at the CAASE18 conference. It discusses a methodology currently being successfully employed  at major OEMs and Tier-1 Automotive Suppliers to develop and implement Simulation Democratization in large and complex organizations.

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  • Simulation Governance: Accelerating the Adoption of Smart Engineering Simulation Apps

    What is the meaning of simulation, numerical simulation and Simulation Governance? What is the role of Simulation Governance in the adoption and deployment of FEA-based simulation apps? This presentation addresses these questions and more…

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    The role of Simulation Governance in the adoption and deployment of FEA-based simulation apps.

    Ricardo Actis, President & CEO of ESRD
    April, 2018

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  • Wind ITO Fulfillment Center: Capturing Proprietary Processes for Wind Farm Siting Analysis

    Democratizing Simulation at General Electric Global and General Electric Renewables wind farm engineering.

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    Program Advantages:

    – Automates multiple sequential or parallel siting analyses, where each analysis may itself execute multiple steps.

    – Provides the flexibility to define the workflow and the set of steps that form the analysis, as well as the dependencies among them.

    – Serves as a corporate knowledge base while providing automated reporting & searching of previous analyses.

    – Provides the same simplified user experience and global access to the entire wind farm engineering team and the sales organization

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  • Taming the Wild Beast: Encapsulating Open-Source Software Behind Democratization Framework

    ECKDYN Analysis Solutions' Michael Eckblad discusses issues and benefits of open-source analysis software within Democratized Simulation.

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    This presentation touches on the following:

    • Definition & distinctives of Democratization
    • Issues & benefits of opensource analysis software
    • Forklift Bumper model
    • Process flow for Open Source
    • Process flow for Democratization
    • Conclusions & Recommendations
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  • Democratization of Structural Analysis using Meta-Code and Web Apps

    Learn how simulation can deliver more innovative products to market faster and how a small population of simulation experts can be better leveraged.

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    Learn how the power of simulation can deliver more innovative products to market faster and how a small population of simulation experts can be better leveraged by using simulation automation templates and SimApps.

    M. Z. Eckblad, Intel
    June, 2016

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  • Democratization Lessons Learned from an Enterprise Practitioner

    GKN's journey to democratized CAE.

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    GKN’s Glenn Valine discusses the company’s journey to democratized CAE.

    GKN Driveline North America
    June, 2016

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  • Technical Requirements for the Deployment of Engineering Simulation Apps

    Presentation from the 2016 NAFEMS Americas Conference, New Frontiers in Product Modeling and Simulation. Seattle, Washington, 7-9 July 2016.

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    Smart Apps:  Why they are important, technical requirements, and related challenges.

    Ricardo Actis & Barna Szabo, ESRD
    July, 2016

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  • The Role of Simulation Governance in the Democratization of Simulation Through Sim Apps in the A&D Industry

    Presentation from the 2017 NAFEMS Americas Conference, Aerospace Simulation Engineering: The big Issues. Wichita, Kansas, 8 November 2017.

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    Role of Simulation Governance in the Democratization of Simulation.

    Ricardo Actis & Barna Szabo, ESRD Inc.
    November, 2017

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  • Analysis Template Development at NASA Langley

    Achieving safe, robust, and feasible Democratization at NASA Langley Research Center.

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    From the CAASE 18 conference, this presentation outlines NASA Langley’s Democratized Simulation implementation and how challenges were overcome with intelligent templates.

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  • 5 CAE Industry Strategies to Bring Simulation to More Engineers

    Engineering.com's Shawn Wasserman writes about the 5 CAE Industry Strategies to Bring Simulation to More Engineers

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    CAE tools are next to useless for the average company if only a select few industry experts can use them. At ASSESS, one of their goals is to make CAE tools accessible to any user that might benefit from them. The theory is that if this democratization of CAE is made possible, then every organization will be able to virtually prototype their products before they build their first model.

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