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Oct 12, 2011

CIMdata Publishes "Modern Engineering Simulation Environments"

CIMdata, the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) management consulting and research firm announces a new paper about the characteristics of modern Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) environments designed to maximize a company’s investment in CAE.

As product complexity continues to increase, the use of CAE is increasing because simulation of both components and complete systems is required to understand and validate product behavior and make informed design decisions earlier and more quickly. Engineers need to predict and validate product behavior as early as possible in the development cycle. They also need to collaborate among multifunctional teams spread around the world.

This paper presents the challenges that companies face in selecting and deploying suitable modern, productive CAE environments across relevant CAE user organizations to achieve collaborative business benefits, defines the key elements necessary to provide such environments, and describes how Siemens PLM’s NX CAE responds to those needs.

The paper, “Modern Engineering Simulation Environments” is available to be freely downloaded from CIMdata’s publications page (http://www.cimdata.com/publications/reports_complimentary.html).

Today’s complex global marketplace is challenging enterprises to become more innovative in order to maintain their competitiveness. Companies are continuously seeking new and better ways of addressing their markets with innovative products that capture the imagination of their customers while also meeting increasingly strict regulations. The old paradigm of designing products and testing physical prototypes is too slow to keep up with today’s pressure from both increasing product complexity and the need for faster time to market. To meet these challenges, companies are turning more and more to CAE.

Companies have realized that enabling their designers and engineers to more quickly and thoroughly understand the functional behavior of what they are designing is a key component in successfully developing innovative, competitive products on time. To do that, companies need CAE environments that empower their analysts and make their CAE organization more agile and productive.

Maximizing the overall value of CAE to the global enterprise, new product development, and introduction programs requires integrated, multi-discipline CAE solutions and processes based on common geometry, loads, and material data with tools and processes that also provide more freedom and flexibility for CAE specialists. Additionally, for a CAE group to function at a performance level that is greater than the sum of its parts requires a common unified CAE environment that supports multiple solvers with embedded integrations and a single GUI. It needs to liberate CAE analysts from CAD dependencies and provide a global collaboration platform that enables analysts to parse out modeling, computing, and post-processing among many members of a globally distributed group. It also needs to have tight multilevel integrations between CAE applications and support knowledge capture and a consistent, unified open CAE environment and user interface.