Connecting the Enterprise with Intelligent CAE Information for Faster and Better Design Decisions

The pressure on organizations today to do more simulation than ever before is increasing dramatically. There is a Drastic Reduction in Product Development Time!  By contrast, the number of resources that companies have dedicated to CAE analysis has not kept up with the increase in demand.  Due to the time and cost pressures of today’s competitive environment these organizations have moved or are moving to less physical testing and a greater emphasis on digital testing. This means that, simulation is no longer just for figuring out why components break; it must now be the basis for all decision-making. Easy and instant access to key simulation results throughout the development process and for all users who benefit from digital test results is critical for making timely design decisions.

While advancements have been made in both the simulation solvers and in upfront meshing capabilities, few advancements have been developed and implemented for increasing the speed and efficiencies in the area of post processing.  Because of this, simulation results interpretation for decision-making is not keeping pace with the desired decrease in product development time.

To meet this new demand on simulation, a new class of tools is needed to provide full 3D, WEB-based, interactive access and viewing of key simulation results & insights, allowing analysts, engineers, chief engineers, and requirements engineers to examine, discuss, and gain insight for faster design decisions.

This new class of solutions should be able to do the following.

  • Extract the key simulation data from many CAE solver results data and store that key data in a solver neutral & compact format. Due to the increased complexity of today’s products, there are multi-domain, system-level issues that must be investigated.  This places greater emphasis on being able to view and interpret the interaction of these different disciplines (e.g. structural, thermal, software, fluids, etc.).  These new tools must be able to synthesize these different domain outputs into a common format so that the interaction of these domains is understood.
  • Extract meta data and the key simulation information and store that information in the Digital Form. Today companies are faced with two choices on the storage and archiving of simulation data.  Option 1 is to store the native solver results.  Due to the large size of these simulation output files the storage becomes impractical.  Option 2 is to store hundreds of static 2D PowerPoint slides which may or may not have the critical information that may be needed during product development or once the product is in the field.  Today’s new class of tools now provides companies with the ability to extract the critical CAE data needed to make decisions and to present that information in a highly compressed format that can be 80-90% smaller than the original simulation results files and yet contains all of the necessary content for decision-making.
  • Provide a WEB based 3D visualization and design review capability to analysts, designers, and other stakeholders. Sharing and collaborating around the simulation results can be time consuming and inefficient today due to the fact that 2D, flat PowerPoint slides are the most common mechanism for presenting during design reviews.  Furthermore, in the majority of cases analysts are asked to provide additional views to clarify areas not visible or understood in the slides created for the review.  This new class of tools delivers full, interactive 3D results through standard web browsers allowing each stakeholder to ability to further probe the results in order to uncover specifically the area of their interest.
  • Provide unified APIs to automate the results processing and extract the key Digital CAE Information. The new class of today’s tools now allows many individuals within the organization to develop templates with simple programming.  This is no longer just the domain of a few but rather offers the opportunity for stakeholders throughout the organization to create templates which precisely extract the targeted information.  This provides significant time saving as well as ensures that no hot spot information is missed.
  • Provide interfaces to integrate this solution into bigger SPDM/PLM solutions. As companies move to larger scale data management and collaboration platforms it is critical that the CAE information fit seamlessly into their overall product development environment.  As required in this new class of tools, VCollab has worked cooperatively with the major SPDM and PLM providers to deliver the necessary interfaces that allow for data to flow between simulation and the other product development domains.

Quickly extracting valuable insights from simulation results (such as hotspots or areas of concern from across domains, physics, and solvers) and their instantaneous (dynamic, 3D, and real-time) communication with all stakeholders will pave the way for effective collaboration. This also allows for increased productivity, the effectiveness of CAE resources, and simulation results, as well as faster decision making with the highest confidence and quality.

This new class of tools are to be easily integrated and accessible in the SPDM environment as a value-added layer, allowing for a WEB-based simulation design decision platform. Simply put, VCollab can assist product development teams in moving from analysis to high-quality design decisions 90% more quickly, and how they can increase speed, efficiency, and accuracy in simulation-led decision making.

Advantages that companies are achieving in implementing VCollab can be seen in case studies featuring GKN Automotive and Amsted Automotive.  In particular, these examples demonstrate the benefits of VCollab in gaining greater, faster understanding of simulation results.

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