Why Implementing Engineering Simulation is like Learning to Drive (but Easier)

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Published on
2017-02-24
Written by
Brian Miller

My sons are currently at different stages of learning to drive. Sparing any blushes on how many times they have tried to pass so far, their conclusion to date is that it’s not quite as easy as first thought. Perhaps this is sometimes the same as companies implementing simulation software for the first time?

Getting the best results from FEA and CFD requires not only good understanding of the underlying physics of the problem and how the software works, but also ‘hands-on’ practice under a watchful eye.

Believe me, if handled correctly, this can be a lot less stressful and more guaranteed than helping your loved ones succeed quickly behind the wheel.

For many clients new to simulation it can be a steep learning curve. Indeed we have seen examples where companies have become despondent with the use of simulation when this has not been clearly understood at the outset.

Like those who get the ‘No’ from the driving examiner after expecting to pass first time with only a few lessons (to save money).

Drivers learner plates

 

To address this issue, PDSVISION has found greatest success in fast-tracking our clients’ simulation implementation processes through Technology Transfer.

This can take many forms, including embedding our staff within their technical teams, developing templates and example projects as a learning aid and even helping them recruit suitable engineers by identifying candidates and assisting with the screening interviews (since skills shortage is often a problem too).

The important message here is that acquiring the software is in many ways the easiest part of implementing a simulation resource – like learning to drive is tougher than buying a car. And like learning to drive, you get the best results when somebody is sitting in the car with you as you practice rather than simply revising for the theory test.

The ‘softer’ skills around staff training, working practices and quality checks etc. are of at least equal importance to operating the controls. Acquiring knowledge about these aspects from people who have done it many times before often leads to the most successful outcomes, and hopefully passing first time.

Examples of how technology transfer has enabled our clients become advanced simulation drivers can be found here.

Brian Miller, Sales & Marketing Director

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