Simulation Apps are fit-for-purpose user interfaces that drive simulation software or complete workflows such as 3-D, mesh based tools (e.g., FEA and CFD), calculation tools such as Excel, Mathematica, MATLAB, and Modelica, as well as in-house codes and scripts. They also provide the very important configuration management to ensure the correct data, files and models are being used, which also ensures repeatability.
Simulation Apps provide a streamlined and tailored user interface that greatly reduces the software expertise requirement, while inbuilt “intelligence”, for example embedded design rules and best practices, contribute to making these apps “safe” and practical to use by these non-experts.
Equally important is the speed and ease of creating these Simulation Apps. Specialty tools and “Low-Code Development Platforms” (LCDP) such as EASA enable the creation of Simulation Apps with little or no hand-coding, and this in turn enables those closest to the design process to build the apps rather than relying on IT developers. It is worth noting that EASA is particularly well suited for Excel based models, transforming spreadsheets into top tier modeling tools.
Increasingly, Simulation Apps are browser-based, and with authorized access into a corporate network one has access to Simulation Apps without any need to have locally installed software, eliminating yet another historical constraint of simulation and modeling.
Making Simulation Practical and Safe for Non-Experts!
The ease, efficiency and speed of using simulation software is perhaps the primary factor impacting how frequently and widely simulation is conducted. Historically, its complex nature limited usage to a very small group of highly experienced experts. In response, Simulation Apps has emerged as a means to allow a much broader audience of non-specialists and occasional users to safely benefit from simulation.
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With the right tools and best practices, organizations can move the digital thread forward and keep Excel.View Summary
The tried-and-true spreadsheet remains an engineering staple despite an eye-popping palette of state-of-the-art technologies, from advanced simulation to product lifecycle management (PLM), each intended to bring efficiencies and productivity gains to design workflows.View Article
John Aldred, VP of Product Management for HBM Prenscia provides this presentation at the CAASE 18 conference.View Summary
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.View Presentation
Generating a proposal for a wind farm project was a massive undertaking, involving site suitability analysis, proposal generation, and subsequent project management. The highly manual process involved many disjointed steps involving software, documents and data, emails and meetings in order to obtain the necessary input from experts familiar with specific components and engineering, environmental and business issues. Proposals were taking many weeks to complete, negatively impacting GE’s competitive position.
By creating a custom Simulation App, GE was able to create and deploy a substantially simplified and streamlined solution.View ArticleDownload
P&G determined that software modeling tools are critical for the kind of innovation necessary to develop thousands of consumer products competitively, and has therefore invested heavily in a variety of modeling and simulation technologies. Realizing that the benefits of modeling and simulation could be scaled by orders of magnitude if only these tools could be made usable by a much wider and larger group, P&G turned to EASA to help democratize modeling tools as intuitive streamlined web apps.
Previously limited to specialists, many tools (and related workflows) such as spreadsheets, legacy codes, databases and CAE applications were quickly repackaged as EASA web apps, which offer:
• Ease of use, built in intelligence, consistent look-and-feel, and error-checking
• Ease of access, running with complete reliability (even on mobile devices), with no dependence on locally installed software
• Intellectual property security and audit trail of usage
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.Solution Providers:
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!View Story
The problem of legacy applications
Over the past four decades, IT staff at Monsanto have developed many custom applications to help the firm’s managers, engineers, and plant operators to solve problems specific to the business. However, these applications were developed in the days of DOS; being command line driven, they were very difficult to use, especially for younger employees accustomed to more modern graphical user interfaces.
Moving to a new environment
Monsanto decided to utilize EASA’s patented approach. EASA enables rapid codeless creation and deployment of web-based applications that connect to one or more existing software tools.
CAE Engineers Tim Hood and Jeromy Elder present the Goal, Challenges and Successes of Democratizing Simulation at Superior Industries.Solution Providers:
Reduce the time required to clean up CAD geometry and generate a precise FEA mesh based on known criteria. The current average time for geometry cleanup and mesh creation is more than eight hours. For complex asymmetric wheels, this time can be sixteen hours. It is desired to reduce this time to less than four hoursView Story
Democratizing Simulation at General Electric Global and General Electric Renewables wind farm engineering.Solution Providers:
– 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 organizationView Story
Implementing and leveraging Democratized Simulation at GKN Driveline delivers big results.Solution Providers:
Presented at CAASE 18, this presentation outlines the challenges and benefits of Democratized Simulation as implemented by GKN Driveline. The presentation compares and contrasts traditional analysis methods with Democratized Simulation.View Story
CAASE18 (the Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering) will showcase 22 presentations, workshops and discussions all focused on democratization.
Dating back to the 2015 NAFEMS World Congress, interest in democratization has grown from a single session to a full conference track at NAFEMS events.
CAASE18 (the Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering) an event hosted by NAFEMS and Digital Engineering Magazine, will take place June 5-7 in Cleveland. What makes CAASE18 so noteworthy is that it highlights the first time that democratization has earned a leading role as a key topic running the duration of the three day conference.
We have pulled together a list of democratization-themed abstracts covering presentations, workshops and discussions taking place at CAASE18. Click on the link below for details.View Story
A major limitation of most modeling and simulation tools is that only subject matter experts can use them. Pfizer has overcome this limitation by using EASA’s patented “application” technology to create a proprietary “app store” of intuitive web apps that drive a wide variety of models created with tools such as gPROMS, Aspen Plus, DynoChem, Fluent, and MATLAB, as well as in-house codes and scripts. These web apps incorporate both expertise and comprehensive error checks, enabling users who are not familiar with the underlying modeling tools to safely use them.Solution Providers:
For pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, modeling technology serves as the backbone for product design, testing, and improvement. Streamlining and integrating the modeling process and workflows is essential for maximum efficiency as well as for enabling non-experts practical access to these tools.
Using EASA, Pfizer can create custom GUIs without any programming, for various modeling applications, from simple to complex multi-software workflows, providing:
Published: Fall 2016View Story