Noesis Solutions NV, a pioneering developer of software technology for PIDO (process integration and design optimization), is extending its product portfolio with a series of next-generation application suites designed to transform simulation-based engineering into what the company characterizes as objectives-driven engineering. “Starting from product targets that outsmart competition,” Noesis explains, “such a process enables engineering teams to work their way back to the most critical design parameters and to engineer right first time.”
The first of these products, called id8 decide, is a new toolset for visualizing the design space. Far more than just an incremental refinement of existing functionality, this new software multiplies the value of Noesis’ Optimus software by radically strengthening and deepening users’ ability to achieve what Noesis terms “a clear vision of the design space.” On seeing id8 decide live in operation, we were impressed with the clarity and discoverability of functionality offered by its clean, up-to-the-minute graphical user interface, as well as advances at deeper levels of functionality—responses shared by beta users.
The beginning of Noesis’ transformation from a one-product company to a multi-product solution provider, id8 decide will be followed by future id8 application suites that, in similar fashion, will complement Optimus and step up its power through the addition of entirely new capability sets.
id8: “A clear vision” for next-generation design space exploration
Noesis Solutions’ CEO, Naji El Masri, sets the background for this new software technology that will complement and extend the value of its Optimus product. “Over the years, we have seen that what makes our customers successful with Optimus is the capability to work their way back from design targets to the most critical design parameters in order to engineer products which outsmart competition,” he says. “The success factor lies in the fact that Optimus enables them to implement a streamlined ‘engineer by objectives’ process that continually focuses on these design targets.”
El Masri continues: “We realize that even today a software tool like Optimus is by no means a commodity, and does require some specialized knowledge. To bring the ‘engineer by objectives’ strategy within reach of a substantially broader engineering community, we consider it critical to develop best-of-breed solutions that deliver a new user experience level. We envisage a totally new concept and environment that naturally accords with how engineers think and work, so that they are not bothered by the complexity of yet another software environment, and yet have access to the full power of Optimus. As a result, development teams can maximize the time they spend on productive tasks and gain deeper engineering insights by making efficient use of all available data.”
Noesis has developed a roadmap for the requirements that a software solution must fulfill to enable objectives-driven engineering: it must streamline the engineering process so that processes run more efficiently, give users new ways to manage growing complexity so that models become easier to use, and deliver more power to visualize the design space in order to help teams make smarter decisions.
Streamlining the engineering process involves capturing and automating engineering workflows, eliminating low-value-added work typical of repetitive tasks, and increasing ROI of hardware and software investments.
Managing growing complexity—this includes ever-increasing numbers of design parameters, conflicting design objectives, constraints, system-level engineering requirements and more—requires users to gain access to more information, of higher quality, than ever before.
Visualizing the design space requires state-of-the-art engineering analytics capable of transforming raw design space data into information, information into insights, and insights into decisions.
How id8 goes beyond older PIDO technology to enable objectives-driven engineering
Noesis Solutions’ next-generation application suites to extend and multiply the power of its Optimus software will be transparently and elegantly structured in three products, each targeting one of the key enablers for objectives-driven engineering:
- To streamline the engineering process, id8 map will give users tools of unprecedented depth and sophistication for capturing and deploying engineering best practices.
- To manage growing complexity, id8 discover will let users build easy-to-use models with smart methods never before encapsulated in PIDO software.
- To visualize the design space, id8 decide will help users make smarter decisions based on objectives through novel capabilities for engineering analytics, exploring design alternatives on the fly, and communicating decisions and knowledge to other stakeholders.
id8 decide will be released in April 2016, followed by id8 discover later in the year and id8 map in 2017, each adding a new level of value and power to users’ existing Optimus investments.
Making “engineering by objectives” accessible, practical and realizable
Building on the strength of its two decades as a pioneer of software technology for design space exploration, design optimization and simulation process automation, today Noesis Solutions is setting a new benchmark for software product structure and organization, user interface design, and underlying capability and functionality. Much as the introduction of Optimus in 1996 advanced the state of the art in enabling engineering teams to automate the setup and execution of simulation campaigns in a structured manner, the new id8 application suites are poised to leverage and multiply these capabilities so as to make an “engineer by objectives” process accessible, practical and realizable for engineers and engineering teams in ways never before possible.