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.
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.
Remi Duquette, Maya HTT’s VP of Innovation and Industrial AI, recently spoke with Dave Weinand, Chief Customer Officer for Incisiv, about application development platforms (ADPs). The discussion covered topics from the most important functionalities to look for when choosing and ADP to what you need to get started, and how Maya HTT leverages Mendix for cloud-native application development to deliver the best value.
“Democratization” is a bit more than just “deployment”. We can “deploy” a spreadsheet calculator or MATLAB model simply by emailing it to a group of recipients, or putting it on a network drive or a portal such as SharePoint. That is NOT the same as “democratizing” – ensuring SAFE and SECURE access, plus the ability for users to run the model, WITHOUT deep knowledge of the underlying technology, and WITHOUT making mistakes.
Most Tesla car owners would agree that over-the-air updates are their favorite feature. The car gets better with time as software updates improve the driver’s experience. Hyde Marine has applied this principle to their products by using EASA to create highly intuitive, fit-for-purpose apps that enhance their customers’ experience.
The democratization of simulation and design optimization is proving to be an increasingly important goal as enterprises realize that greater collaboration can lead to significant advancements – and ultimately position an enterprise as the innovative leader in their industry.
EASA's Seb Dewhurst shares his thoughts on the coming year.
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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With the right tools and best practices, organizations can move the digital thread forward and keep Excel.
CAE Engineers Tim Hood and Jeromy Elder present the Goal, Challenges and Successes of Democratizing Simulation at Superior Industries.
John Aldred, VP of Product Management for HBM Prenscia provides this presentation at the CAASE 18 conference.
Democratizing Simulation at General Electric Global and General Electric Renewables wind farm engineering.
Implementing and leveraging Democratized Simulation at GKN Driveline delivers big results.
Clippard Instrument Laboratory, a community-oriented company near Cincinnati, specializes in miniature pneumatics. So, when the team encountered a proportional valve that was not delivering consistent performance, they knew they needed to take a closer look at the valve components and design.
CAASE18 (the Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering) will showcase 22 presentations, workshops and discussions all focused on democratization.
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.
Air International reduces design lifecycles while putting simulation technology into more hands by creating custom, task-specific applications simplifying the use of many of its powerful computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools.
Monsanto extends the life of legacy applications, replacing ancient text based interfaces with modernized GUI driven EASA apps.
Proctor & Gamble democratizes simulation to a much broader user community, creating easy to use but intelligent apps to drive complex multi-step, multi-software workflows.
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