Q&A Friday: CD-adapco and CAE at the Olympics

Q&A Friday: CD-adapco and CAE at the Olympics

It’s a gorgeous summer day here in New England — a perfect time for a little A to some of the Qs that have come in to the Schnitger Corp. website: Who is the CEO of CD-adapco? Bob Ryan has been the CEO of CD-adapco since June. You may know Mr. Ryan from...
Platforms take CAE’s digital twin to real life

Platforms take CAE’s digital twin to real life

If you think about it, we are at the convergence of a number of technological trends that will change how we design products, even as those products become complicated combos of mechanical, electronic, software and control systems. But it’s not all technology;...
Siemens CEO says CD-adapco is a perfect fit

Siemens CEO says CD-adapco is a perfect fit

I put up a quick blog post yesterday about the planned acquisition of CD-adapco by Siemens and added more info to it as the day went along — please check back there for initial thoughts — but wanted to do a separate update today. Siemens held its December-quarter...
Siemens snaps up CD-adapco for a cool $1 billion

Siemens snaps up CD-adapco for a cool $1 billion

The rumors are finally confirmed: Siemens PLM is acquiring CD-adapco for $970 million. For those keeping track, that’s about a 5x revenue multiple. ADDED after this blog was first published at around 2PM ET on 25 January 2015 because people were asking for a bit...
An appreciation: Steve MacDonald of CD-adapco

An appreciation: Steve MacDonald of CD-adapco

An incredibly sad email just came across the transom: CD-adapco announces the death of one of its founders, Steve MacDonald. Mr. MacDonald was smart, funny, abrasive, did not suffer fools, could be very kind and was a great guy to sit with and just … chat. He...
STAR Global highlights optimization & possibilities

STAR Global highlights optimization & possibilities

Did I see you at CD-adapco’s STAR Global conference in San Diego a few weeks ago? No? That’s too bad — it was a dynamite event, with presentations galore, a beach party and even cake and champagne. It was a jam-packed event, culminating in hands-on and lecture-style...
CD-adapco brings HEEDS in-house

CD-adapco brings HEEDS in-house

CD-adapco today announced that it has acquired Red Cedar Technology, maker of HEEDS Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) software and SHERPA, a search method to find optimum designs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is big, in that it takes CD-adapco...
CD-adapco: physics, usability & performance

CD-adapco: physics, usability & performance

CAE user conferences, for me, are all about fighting to understand. I’m an engineer but not a scientist, so I’m usually OK in these very technical presentations until the equations start flying. Then I can easily veer off-track as I try to figure out...
CD-adapco’s STAR conference: space, smoke & more space

CD-adapco’s STAR conference: space, smoke & more space

As is usually the case, CD-adapco’s annual STAR Global Conference aims to teach much more than one human can absorb in a few days. I usually walk away with my brain spinning, but energized and excited by the potential of CD-adapco’s solutions to help...
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