When David Breashears, a famous mountaineer and filmmaker, took the stage at CD-adapco’s STAR Gobal Conference in Vienna, Austria, last week, there was one question on the minds of the more than 500 people at the sold-out conference:
What does climbing Mount Everest have to do with simulation?
Plenty, as it turns out. There are many parallels, especially given the theme of this year’s STAR Global Conference: Simulating Systems. Bringing together disparate engineering disciplines, technologies and stakeholders to accurately simulate systems requires communication and collaboration. In the end, teamwork is as important as the simulation software. Continue reading
GrabCAD and SimScale are teaming up on a design challenge that encourages participants to show off their CAD and simulation prowess by designing a new underrun protection device for trucks.
What’s important about the collaboration is the coming together of two upstarts with a common vision for how cloud-based 3D design and collaboration tools can radically transform how engineering teams work together to produce more robust and innovative products. Continue reading
In her book U.S. Army War College: Military Education in A Democracy (Temple University Press, 2002), Judith Hicks Steihm discussed an acronym the War College invented to describe the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous climate of the modern era: VUCA. Last week, at Autodesk University conference, Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski saw fit to recycle the term to capture the mood of the times.
“We live in the age of VUCA,” he declared. To some, it might sound like an ominous warning; to others it carries hints of new opportunities in unexpected corners. Continue reading