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Having just arrived in Cleveland, Ohio for CAASE18 (Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering), I was reminded of the recent COFES meeting where I was struck by the similar propositions of two people I greatly respect. Ken Welch of SIMSOLID talked about how rapid simulation response enables better…
Part of the advantage of my job is I have this blog, and I am allowed to complain. My Andy Rooney moments. I was recently in South Africa, and rented a new Mercedes C-180. Nice car, except, the user interface is a nightmare. The clock was set 18 minutes slow,…
It's an audacious thing to say, that human knowledge is a constraint on our imagination and innovation. I was reminded of this last week in a conversation with Dr. Pedro Marcal. Pedro is the author of MARC, the first nonlinear finite-element code, long since acquired by MSC. Now, at age…
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Simulation: Past the Tipping Point?

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It strikes me, that without us really recognizing it, simulation has become more relevant for product development than physical testing. (Please note, I said product development, not product validation.) As innovation in product design and manufacturing methods increase, it has become much more difficult to procure representative and statistically relevant…
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Spreadsheets: How Much of a Problem Are They?

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It is often said that MS Excel is by far the most widely used engineering tool on the planet, and I suspect that is true. But, there are many concerns over proper management and governance of spreadsheets. In CIMdata’s engagements with clients, usually in product engineering, we find that spreadsheets…
Let’s start with a pop quiz: Ask a half-dozen of your colleagues, including your managers, “What is the biggest benefit of doing simulation?" It is highly likely that the answer you will get, particularly in the USA, is, “To reduce testing.” It is also true that, the higher you go…
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