We recently spoke to Dr. Sam Saltiel, Chief Communications Officer of Rev-Sim sponsor Beta CAE Systems,  to ask how his career began in engineering simulation and why he chose to participate in the Revolution in Simulation.

How did you first become involved with engineering simulation in your career?

During my studies, the classes related to computational engineering, such as those on the Finite Elements and Boundary Elements Methods, excited me the most. They combined mathematics, computer programming and engineering to provide a deeper understanding of a structures’ behavior. Those subjects prompt the engineer to explore “what if I try something different” and offer you a tangible prediction of the consequences of design and programming decisions. This excitement drove me to postgraduate studies in the field of Computer Aided Engineering and eventually to a career in engineering simulation software business.

Why is BETA CAE Systems participating in the Revolution in Simulation initiative?

Our company believes that collaborations, alliances and other cooperative efforts bring the most benefits to the engineering community. Being a part of an inspired community, such as the Revolution in Simulation, connects us with other vendors, consultants and engineers with the same objective: to diffuse the use and value of engineering simulation.

Why is expanding the use of simulation technologies through the democratization of simulation important to your customers?

The importance of, and the benefits from broadening the perimeter of the use of simulation have been well recognized by the industrial sectors we are working with for many years. What is notable though is that the number of engineers with the required expertise is no longer sufficient to meet industry demand, especially given the rate of innovation. As industrial products evolve and engineering problems become more demanding, it is necessary to help our customers with software tools for non-experts and with automated procedures, while at the same time to bring up a new generation of motivated and knowledgeable engineers who want and can enable the diffusion of simulation.

What do you see as the most important benefits?

“Democratization” of simulation, no matter how the term is exactly perceived, leads to the increase of the computational analysis implementation, which benefits the industry with fast product improvement and early stage validation. We acknowledge the benefits of the so called “Democratization” since we understand and acknowledge the benefits of simulation per se.

What are some of the challenges that you have also witnessed?

One of the challenges being faced by industry is that large organizations which develop complex and intricate products, such as automobiles or aircraft, continue to operate in silos. There are cultural, procedural and in some cases physical barriers between the departments that deal with different design phases or disciplines. This sometimes prevents the diffusion and acceptance of simulation results as a leading factor for the products’ design.

What does BETA CAE Systems provide to help industry overcome these hurdles?

The software tools that we develop enable organizations to streamline simulation product data, meta-data and results through automated, transparent and repeatable procedures. This way, engineering analysis becomes a cornerstone in the product development process, throughout the organization.

Where can readers go to learn more?

They can visit our website at www.beta-cae.com, but I would strongly encourage them to follow at least one of our social media channels such as on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/beta-cae-systems/.  Here you can find educational, information and inspiring case studies to stay up to date with our latest achievements.

You are invited to connect with Dr. Saltiel on LinkedIn  HERE.