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

  • Blogs
  • Simulation
  • Sort by type
  • Technologies
Published on
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

Talk to an expert

Social media

Follow us on our social media platforms


View all posts

What is a Digital Thread

How to Spin a Digital Thread The digital thread is the foundation of digital...
Read more

Redefining the impossible

Redefining the Impossible Less than 1% of the population will attempt and finish an...
Read more

How to verify and validate prototypes and products

How to verify and validate prototypes and products  When we say testing, we often...
Read more

How you can benefit from ALM–Application Lifecycle Management

How you can benefit from ALM–Application Lifecycle Management Application...
Read more

PDSFORUM – A journey through the Digital Thread

PDSFORUM 2024 - A Journey through the Digital Thread Vibrant, enthusiastic,...
Read more

Say Hello to Mathcad Prime 10!

Say Hello to Mathcad Prime 10 PTC Mathcad Prime is the industry standard for...
Read more

Suunto Factory Tour

Suunto Factory Tour   At the beginning of March, we hosted our first joint Factory...
Read more

PDSVISION becomes a member of GfSE

PDSVISION becomes a member of the Gesellschaft für Systems Engineering (GfSE) to...
Read more