Simulation Deployment Solved: Why The Simulation Solution of the Future is Already Here
Recently, Desktop Engineering published an article by Mark Clarkson: “The Democratization of Simulation Takes Flight”, outlining how the progression of simulation software in the Engineering industry has allowed for greater accessibility to simulations to “non-experts.” By simplifying the software used for simulation, the process and resulting conclusions can be accessed and understood by a broader audience, allowing for greater collaboration. Clarkson asserted that finding the balance between “simplicity and necessary sophistication” is the real challenge faced today by many companies in engineering-intense industries.
He points out that you still have to know what you’re trying to accomplish:
“I would emphasize that anyone doing [simulation] has to understand the engineering problem they’re looking at,” says Keith Meintjes, practice manager, Simulation and Analysis, at CIMdata. “The issue is that the simulation software can be very difficult to use. So, even though you understand the engineering problem, you’re faced with software that can take years of training. The battle is to decrease the requirement for the application-specific knowledge that people need.”
“People want to do more simulation, not just for validation at the end of the cycle, but iteratively,” says Derreck Cooper, director of Simulation Products, Autodesk. “They want to try as many design variations as they can. Design engineers are exploring a lot more ideas before throwing them over the wall for validation. Before, they would do one or two designs and give them to the analysis guy. He would run the analysis and say, ‘This is going to break.’ The turn-around time could have been a week, because he’s got everyone giving him designs to check.” It doesn’t take many iterations of this to become a serious bottleneck in your design cycle.
Now, using EASA, companies such as P&G, GE, Hewlett-Packard, and Pfizer have effectively eliminated the bottleneck. Of course a sound understanding of the problem at hand is helpful, but with EASA, you can have your complex simulation cake and safely deploy it too. No more need for “software that can take years of training,” for those users who only need to re-run models. EASA quickly and easily deploys your complex CAE simulations as streamlined, accessible web-based applications that contain only the information you want the user to have.
With EASA as the platform, simulation model “owners” can publish web applications that link to existing models – no coding required, and no knowledge of modeling software required on the part of the user to access the information. EASA can be used to deploy models created in Excel®, MATLAB®, MathCAD®, in-house codes, as well as most CAD/CAE/CFD tools.
With EASA, you can not only deploy these models more easily, but you can use EASA as a platform on which to collaborate, document changes and versions, and track the entire simulation process.
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