This study looked at the technologies and practices employed to prepare, execute, review and manage simulations and test results during the concept design, detailed design as well as verification and validation phases of product development. This includes investigating which roles perform various tasks related to simulations and how the results are used during the design cycle.

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This report delivers value for engineering executives, directors and managers who are using or planning to use simulation as part of their design and engineering process. Comparing yourselves against the rest of the industry provides insight into changes in simulation strategies and initiatives.


Are today’s engineers making design decisions based on simulations? Ever since the concept was introduced more than a decade ago, many in the industry have pondered that question. Findings from this study show that the answer is, for the most part, a yes. Although the exact practices used may be surprising. In this document, you will find the statistical results of a survey laid out in a number of infographics. Accompanying them is commentary and analysis from subject matter experts, software providers and practitioners. Each provides a valuable perspective. This report is broken down into three sections. The first focuses on the use of simulation to drive decisions in the concept design phase. The second centers on the employment of simulation during the detailed design phase. The third dives deeper into the software and hardware technologies powering simulation. In the end, I’m sure we’ll have our share of fervent discussions about these results. But like me, I hope you find the conversation just as valuable as any statistic. Take care. Talk soon. And thanks for reading.