Tag Archives: CAE

MSC’s Apex rising to simulation’s challenges

What do we most often hear, when talking to people about why they don’t do simulation, or don’t do more simulation? It’s usually one of more of three things: It’s too hard and experts are too expensive (or not needed constantly, … Continue reading


Autodesk in the big leagues with Nastran

Remember a couple of months ago, when Autodesk acquired NEi Software and didn’t announce much of anything at all about it? They were trying out a new strategy, where they do the deal and work on the product and strategy and later go public with … Continue reading


Altair to acquire VisSim for embedded systems design

Altair today announced that it is acquiring Visual Solutions, makers of the VisSim graphical block diagram language for modeling and simulating complex dynamic systems, including embedded systems. Visual Solutions says it has over 250,000 users worldwide, scientists and engineers in process control, aerospace, mechatronics, … Continue reading


DS adds SIMPACK’s multi-body sim to its offering

Dassault Systèmes today announced that it has acquired SIMPACK (formerly INTEC), developer of the SIMPACK general purpose multi-body simulation software that’s been used for decades to analyze the motion, coupling forces and stresses on mechanical and mechatronic systems. SIMPACK AG is a cool … Continue reading


ESI’s Q1 down year/year, partly due to planned change in services

ESI Group reported today that fiscal Q1 2014/5 revenue was down 7% to €20.1 million, in part because of the company’s intention focus on high value services engagements that are likely to lead to future license sales. Had services revenue held constant with … Continue reading


Quickie: Autodesk’s Derrek Cooper on NEi acquisition

If you recall, Autodesk didn’t really say that it had acquired certain assets of NEi Software last month — the news leaked out as customers found out from NEi partners and resellers. Last week, Autodesk’s Derrek Cooper blogged about it … Continue reading


SIMULIA SCC highlights simulation in an enterprise context

It took an entire day, but Dassault Systèmes (DS) finally got its point across during the last session of day one at the SIMULIA Customer Conference 2014: the 3DExperience platform may be new, but is comprised of the same Abaqus CAE, iSIGHT, … Continue reading


Musings on analyst craftsmen and the rest of the world

Many old-school simulation experts are craftsmen, honing their meshes and input decks to fine precision. That competence is often stashed in simulation centers of excellence that act as internal service bureaus for project teams — great for the kind of simulation … Continue reading


Rev up to trounce the competition!

Are you using the latest version of the software you rely on to do your job? Why not? You’d be amazed at how often I talk with users who are a couple of revs back — they tell me they … Continue reading


Quickie: Update on Autodesk and NEi

My goodness — the piece I posted yesterday about Autodesk acquiring certain asset of NEi Software really poked the bear! You’ve been commenting and emailing like crazy, which leads to this quick update: No, I don’t know more that what I … Continue reading