Leveraging Expert Knowledge, Best Practices, and Intellectual Property – The Lure of Simulation Automation (SUM)
Leading vendors gathered to discuss critical issues companies face as they try to leverage simulation across the full product lifecycle, at PLM Road Map™ 2010. The automation of simulation tasks and processes can improve the response time and quality of simulations, but these automations can be expensive to create and difficult to sustain. Automations range from the intricate details of a CAE engineer's task, such as the representation of a bolt in a finite element model, to workflows involving multiple people, and to overall product program management. Companies now face a choice of deploying tools that allow sophisticated users to create their own automations, or to develop custom tools that can be used by engineers who are not experts in specific CAE applications.
Companies have used automations to make complex tasks routine, and to reduce response time from months to days, or even hours. Vendors describe such successes, and provide guidance on strategies for automation and how to overcome barriers to deployment.
Keywords: Simulation Data Management, SDM, SimManager, Engineering Knowledge Manager, EKM, VisualDSS, Vdot, Analysis Library, AnalysisLibrary, Teamcenter, NX CAE, HyperWorks, process optimization, open systems, bottom up, top down, configurable systems