- Product lifecycle management (PLM) might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to CFD, but CIMdata’s upcoming PLM Road Map 2012 conference (2-3 October in Plymouth, Michigan) does have a strong CAE track including presenters from Caterpillar and General Motors.
- The Marussia Formula 1 team describes their use of CFD in this video (which was brought to my attention by F*** Yeah Fluid Dynamics).
- It’s hard not to be interested in a CFD article that includes the phrase “hair management system” and reveals that ANSYS has 3D laser scans of 50 swimmers’ bodies. This article describes ANSYS’ work on performance swimwear from Speedo.
- Here’s a brief article about Autodesk Simulation 360, a pay-as-you-go, cloud-based, CAE service. Autodesk is also running a promotion, called Simulation Liberation, from 11 Sep – 31 Oct during which you can have free access to Simulation 360.
- EnSight was used to make these videos of groundwater simulations.
Engineers Fear Social Media…
…but shouldn’t, according to product design and development blogger Mike Shipulski. [About a year ago I had used the term “hate” to describe that relationship.] In his post titled How To Accelerate Engineers Into Social Media Mr. Shipulski takes the position that fear is rooted in an engineer’s lack of understanding of information flow in social media. But once we learn that social media information flow is controllable everything will be copacetic. [OK, that’s his theory. I’m not certain I agree.] His advice is as follows.
- “Stay away from Facebook.” [I agree with him that Facebook is the most “social” of social media (i.e. less work-related). But I find it much more understandable than he does, apparently.]
- “To start, I suggest LinkedIn.” [True, it’s a fairly safe place to start. You basically park your resume online. Joining a group in which you’re interested and reading their conversations can be a good way to get involved. If only LinkedIn wasn’t so damn ugly and hadn’t been taken over by recruiters.]
- “After LinkedIn, engineers should try Twitter.” [I would recommend this as the first place to start. Follow people you’re interested in and benefit from the ideas they share and do it all in 140 character chunks.]
The fact that you’re reading this blog tells me that you’ve already dipped your toe into the social media pool and perhaps this question isn’t for you, but why do you think engineers are reluctant to use social media? (First person who answers with “I don’t want to read tweets about where someone ate lunch.” or similar will be blacklisted.) Or do you think that reluctance is actually a myth?
- Altair, maker of the AcuSolve CFD solver, was named computer software company of the year at the 2012 American Business Awards. The company, said to be the largest privately-held CAE software company, was recognized for their revenue growth (up 20% since 2010), HyperWorks 11.0 release, and their collaborative efforts in the area of public bus transportation.
- ANSYS will be relocating their Pittsburgh-area headquarters to a larger facility (186,000 versus 107,000 square feet) beginning in 2014 Q4.
- CD-adapco will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 22 September for their recently completed $3 million headquarters renovation.
- Fast growth got Tecplot named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000.
- KARALIT, makers of no-mesh CFD software, received a €350,000 investment.
- Not CFD: MSC released Nastran 2012.2 including improved fluid-structure interaction performance.
- There’s a new release (version 4.1.0) of didactic CFD solver EasyCFD_G with SST turbulence modeling and axisymmetric capabilities.
- You still have time to celebrate National Aerospace Week.
- VirtualGrid released VRMesh v7.5 with enhanced accuracy and efficiency for triangulating point clouds.