All posts by Bruce Jenkins

VIRES acquisition by MSC Software accelerates Hexagon’s simulation portfolio and autonomous X strategy

Intelligent, self-aware and situationally aware products capable of autonomous or semi-autonomous operation—reliably and without fail, under every possible set of conditions and circumstances—is fast becoming a, if not indeed the, key competitive mandate for virtually every discrete manufacturing industry today.

A powerful suite of engineering modeling and simulation technologies to help fulfill that mandate will now become available from MSC Software. A unit of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, MSC just announced an agreement to acquire VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH, recognized and respected as a leading provider of a software toolchain that supports the development, testing and validation of automated driving, driver assistance and active safety systems. Continue reading

Looking forward in software development: An interview with MSC Software VP of Product Development Doug Neill

Doug Neill is an expert in the aerospace industry, and a recognized, respected voice in the engineering community. He is best known for his work on multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) technologies in the aerospace industry, and for his involvement with various organizations such as AIAA (the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics), where he was a leading member of the MDO technical committee for two tours across seven years.

After joining MSC Software, Doug became the company’s representative on the Aerospace Flutter Dynamics Council (AFDC), a private technical committee focused on aeroelastic simulation methods for the aerospace industry. MSC is the only software vendor that is a permanent invited member of that committee, because of MSC’s expertise in, and early and ongoing commercial support of, the relevant technologies. From all his experiences—beginning as a technical contributor, researcher and aerospace engineer, to his management of contracts, aerospace vertical applications, Nastran products and now MSC’s product development organization—Doug has a developed a unique philosophical outlook on leadership. Continue reading

Fieldscale SENSE and Charge: Engineering modeling of touchscreens on the cloud

Declaring “the dream that drives all our operations is to extend the boundaries of simulation,” Fieldscale says its mission is to “build software simulation tools that work out-of-the-box and deliver exceptionally powerful technology integrated in a clear, singular user environment, and ultimately to make this technology accessible to every engineer.” Continue reading

CosiMate from Chiastek: Co-simulation conduit for multifidelity systems modeling

How to efficiently and effectively co-simulate whole-product functional systems models that include component subsystem models at differing levels of abstraction, or fidelity, has long vexed product engineering teams and simulation technology providers alike. Now, a powerful, elegant solution to this obstacle to faster, more efficient and effective model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is available in CosiMate, the core software product from Chiastek.

This tremendously exciting new technology breaks through what has long stood as one of the worst obstacles to implementing truly production-level MBSE: the difficulty of co-simulating whole-product functional systems models whose component subsystem models are at varying levels of fidelity. As they almost invariably are. Continue reading