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

Aug 19, 2016 | Hot Topics

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 his time at Mechanical Dynamics (MDI), maker of Adams and other tools, which was ultimately acquired by MSC Software. Or from Red Cedar, which was acquired by CD-adapco — and which was in turn acquired by Siemens PLM earlier this year. Mr. Ryan has deep roots in the CAE world — but what you may not have been able to see is how clearly Mr. Ryan truly gets his customers, in the sense that he understands both their problems and their constraints. He and his team are great additions to Siemens PLM, and CD-adapco is in good hands under his stewardship.

Lighthammer SAP

Hard to tell exactly what the question is here, but SAP acquired Lighthammer back in 2005. Lighthammer’s Collaborative Manufacturing Suite (CMS) provided real-time visibility into manufacturing exceptions and performance variances, enabling root cause analyses and the like for manufacturing customers. SAP acquired Lighthammer to integrate ERP and plant floor systems. As far as I know, Lighthammer is now part of SAP’s Manufacturing Intelligence and Integration (MII) solution. MII is targeted at discrete manufacturing and process manufacturing entities, specifically in the life science and chemical industries.

CAE at the Olympics

Where to start with this one? Simulation is all over these events. CFD was used to design swimwear that helped beat lots of world records in 2008 (and is now no longer permitted in races) as well as bike helmets and all sorts of other sporting goods. Advanced structural simulations are used on the stadia, traffic modeling on the public infrastructure — and so much more. Where they can, vendors highlight these cases; just take a look at how CD-adapco models rowing and ANSYS helps design kayaks, for example. These competitions mean so much in terms of national pride and, ultimately, consumer adoption of the latest athletic clothing and equipment, that teams and vendors spend a great deal to gain advantage. The sport I discovered during these Olympics, rugby, doesn’t seem to lend itself to these kinds of simulation since there’s not much equipment involved, but I do wonder if coaches are doing biomechanical modeling to help their athletes build the right muscles and endurance …

I’ll be watching the women’s soccer bronze and gold medal games today and hope that, wherever you are, you’re enjoying the last calm days before the hectic September begins!