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18 January 2008

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The results for the last opinion poll are:

In CIMdata’s latest opinion poll, users provided insight as to the level of use of simulation and analysis (S&A) as part of the design and engineering processes. Almost 60% of the respondents indicated that they performed S&A on some portion of their products while another 37% indicated that they uses S&A on all their products. Only 5% indicated that they did not use S&A. Structural analysis was the most performed with CFD, Thermal and Motion all approximately equal in use. The respondents indicated that both S&A specialists and general designers are performing S&A.

This poll indicates a growing trend to use simulation and analysis more completely and consistently as part of the product development process. It also shows that S&A is being used by more than S&A specialists, i.e., it is becoming embedded in the normal design process. There will always continue to be a need for S&A specialists, and that more comprehensive S&A will be conducted as part of product development. However, embedding S&A capabilities within other tools and the capture of S&A best practices such that they can be shared and reused is enabling a wider group of users to perform many S&A functions. CIMdata expects this trend to continue and that S&A will become a fundamental part of the development process, not just a specialist activity.

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