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The Four ROIs of Simulation

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post titled The Key to Championing Simulation here on the NAFEMS blog that looked at the best way to move the simulation capabilities of an organization forward. The key, I said, was to befriend the bean counter. The idea is to get their help building out an ROI case that is credible and specific to your company and, as a result,make a more convincing case to executive leadership.

PLM Requires Business Transformation? Bollocks

Do you read Jos Voskuil’s blog? If you don’t, and you’re involved in PLM at your company, you should follow his posts. He has great ideas and insights into how this technology can be applied to engineering and product development at large. On April 2nd, he published a post titled PLM is a Journey. A few notable points caught my attention.

The Key to Championing Simulation

Quick poll: do you know the most requested presentation topic for NAFEMS events? Anyone. Think quick. I guess the title of this post might be giving it away, but when I talked with Michelle Ringrose about my presentation for NAFEMS North American Conference 2012, she was very clear: addressing the business side of simulation has …

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Do Engineers Use CAD? It’s Still a Major Debate

Do you browse LinkedIn? No seriously. I know that many years ago, LinkedIn was basically a place to post your online resume. But a couple years ago, they came out with professional groups where folks could discuss career and other work topics. Then they came out with a more newspaper-like view of your connections’ updates. Now it’s fairly easy to traverse and read good articles. Anyway, the other day I was looking through some articles in my connections’ and groups’ feeds when I came across one that resonated with me. Its title is… Engineers as Draftsman, my how times have changed… in the Mechanical Design Forum. Here’s a original post.

Simulation CFD Helicopter Pump

NAFEMs 2012: Lessons Learned from Four SPDM Tales

I had talked with Michelle Ringrose of NAFEMs on what they needed, and the answer was measuring the value of simulation. That fit in pretty well with some research I had been planning on conducting on the ‘Value of Simulation.’

Measuring the Value of Simulation

Sometimes, life throws little surprises at you that end up helping you think hard about things. One such opportunity came upon me just a while ago. An associate of mine in the industry suggested to the folks at NAFEMs that I present during their North American conference in Washington DC. If you’re not familiar with NAFEMs, …

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The Disconnect between Traditional CAD and Design

In the past three years, we’ve seen more dramatic change to the CAD industry that we’ve seen in the prior ten. Direct modeling has taken hold in many mainstream CAD applications. There has been an admission that 2D is a valid form of design and not just some laggard characteristic. There’s been a literal explosion of capabilities all related to design and engineering. All of these changes hint that there was a prior problem with how traditional CAD served users.

Technologies are Pulling the Engineering Specification Apart

Not too long ago, two main deliverables fully described the design of a part: the drawing and the specification. The drawing provided a geometric representation of the part both nominally and from a manufactured tolerance perspective. The specification was a document that acted almost as a catch-all for everything else.

Previously couple of decades, the technologies accustomed to create, as well as allow it to be obsolete, has transformed significantly. Drafting turned into 2D and three dimensional modeling and also the drawing almost bec…

Rebalancing Engineering’s Physical and Digital Work

Sometimes, it’s interesting to sit back and look at how much things have changed. Lots of commonly held perceptions about engineering has changed over time. I’ve written about the evolving view of prestige of engineering. I’ve also touched on creativity in engineering. But I’ve come across an interesting, at least to me, counter-trend in engineering. …

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