Apr 30, 2011

Altair HyperWorks Technology Conference Keynote, Workshop Sessions Will Focus on Aerospace Innovation

Orlando PLM conference, June 22-23, will feature NASA flight center director and HyperWorks executives.

TROY, Mich – As Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, prepares for its 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC2011), the company has announced that anticipated keynote speeches will focus on aerospace, sustainability and virtual engineering, while workshop agendas will address critical issues and technological developments influencing the advanced-manufacturing community.

To be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., June 22-23, HTC2011 will center on product lifecycle management (PLM) technology and its effects across a variety of advanced-manufacturing sectors, with particular focus on the aerospace industry. Robert Lightfoot, Jr., director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, will deliver the first keynote. He will address the challenges the Marshall Center faces and the ways it is seeking innovation to reposition itself for the future.

“The American aerospace industry is a leader in innovation, and it’s always been one of the economy’s strongest sectors,” said Lightfoot. “Given current domestic priorities and foreign competition, NASA and others in the industry are called upon to accept the challenge to adapt and change the way we do business.”

At HTC2011, members of the Altair executive team will lead several aerospace-focused workshops, sharing the company’s strides to inject innovative technology into the simulation, optimization and analysis of both commercial and military aircraft. Representatives from Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, the National Institute for Aviation Research, and Sikorsky also will be on hand to present insights on the results their organizations have achieved with PLM technology.

“The opportunity to gather aerospace professionals of this caliber under one roof for HTC2011 provides attendees with rare access to the latest in industry thought leadership,” said Robert Yancey, Altair executive director of global aerospace. “We are eagerly anticipating the knowledge sharing that will take place at the event.”

John Viera, Ford Motor Company director of sustainability, and Kent Day, engineering team technical director for Richard Childress Racing, also will present keynote speeches during the conference. Viera will discuss product sustainability from an automotive perspective, and Day will recount his experiences regarding implementation of virtual engineering in the NASCAR racing environment, which was aided by the use and integration of a broad suite of simulation tools, including Altair’s HyperWorks software.

At HTC2011, Altair also will introduce attendees to HyperWorks 11.0, the latest version of its suite of CAE solutions. A pre-conference training session, to be held on Tuesday, June 21, will focus on the software’s new features, including the incorporation of recently acquired high-fidelity CFD solver AcuSolve™. AcuSolve integrates with Altair’s RADIOSS solver and its OptiStruct and HyperStudy optimization tools, increasing Altair’s offerings in CFD and multi-physics optimization.

HTC2011 is Altair’s premier annual event and is free for all attendees. The two-day conference will offer sessions on advancements in the areas of simulation-driven design practices, design optimization, data management, process automation and decision-support systems.