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Monday, 29 March 2010

The 2010 European Conference of our CAA V5 Partner CD-adapco took place last 2 days in London with more than 300 attendies, a big growth compare to 2009 edition.

SIMULIA was this year the Gold Conference Exhibitor and gaining a good exposure in the Exhibition with 17 other companies.
Several contacts with existing customers and prospects from UK, France, Netherland, Denmark.
CD-adapco is partnering with SIMULIA for the Fluid-Structure Interactions  FSI  and with CATIA for STAR-CAT5 (available on PLM MarketPlace

Key Note Speaker for SIMULIA with examples of the collaboration between Fluid and Structure analysis have been driving lot of attention from the conference attendees.

Presentations were focused this year on growing industries, interesting domains not only for SIMULIA but also for other DS Brands:
In ENERGY sector, several papers on Oil&Gas simulation, Nuclear power simulation and Battery design & simulation (a strategic component in green initiatives)
In CONSTRUCTION, increasing demand for virtual prototypes in Civil Engineering
In Ship Building with Design Optimization
see detailed AGENDA for more information’s. All proceedings should be available in the next 2 weeks on their mini website.
(feel free to contact me if you need a specific paper)
Many Case studies linked to DS industry focus are also posted on CD-adapco web site. Have a look if you need examples of STAR products linked to your customers

You can also review one of their numerous recorded Webinars or Video presentations to get deeper understanding on the value of their solutions in your preferred industry.

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

I have been at the recent LMS user conference in Munich where more than 200 experts in Engineering Simulation have gathered to discuss industry challenges and solutions.

Of course LMS has presented their rev.9 of Virtual.Lab for 3D functional performance simulation, with the stack of solutions for Acoustics, Durability & Fatigue and Motion that works seamlessly in the CATIA V5 environment. Those solutions are accessible via the PLM MarketPlace in the LMS page.

This rev.9 is packed with innovative technologies and advancements in functionalities and has received appraisal in user reviews, e.g. the one in MCAD Café. Please go there to have all the technical details, bells and whistles.

The acoustics simulation in particular seems to offer major breakthroughs in meeting industry challenges in this domain.

If you want you can enjoy my personal review from the 2 days in Munich on 3D Perspectives Blog. Here I take a look on the subject of Acoustics and Sound Design and what it means to the success of a manufacturing brand (cars and Daimler as an example).

Click on the picture to read my personal review of the event

My carry-out from the conference was that LMS showed a very strong commitment to fully grasp their customers’ needs and to help them to find answers. Dr’s Urbain Vanddeurzen, LMS CEO, and Jan Leuridan, Executive VP & CTO, stated in their plenary keynote that LMS does Technology Contributions to support development process at their customers. This is what it is. They do this within a user community of more than 100,000 engineers, with 1,000 employees at LMS and with re-invested revenue of 25% in R&D. Keep up the good work.

Click on the picture to watch the video

Feel free to ask your questions or comments regarding LMS and Virtual.Lab in the comments section or to LMS Director-Product Management Virtual.Lab Nick Tzannetakis ( directly.


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Monday, 15 March 2010

Manufacturing vaccines is a complicated business. Not just because the production process isn't simple, but also because it involves people's health. The development of vaccines requires specific controls that will determine the quality of the final patent.
First there is the selection of small amounts of virus that will be kept under "ideal" conditions, preventing the virus from becoming either stronger or weaker. 
Then there is the growing virus phase, in which the virus is placed in a "cell factory" allowing the virus cells to multiply.

During the separation phase, the virus will be separated from microscopic particles to which the viruses can attach themselves.

Sanofi goes with Intercim

The understanding of such manufacturing process is one of the key elements to master products quality and production units performances. Since 2003, Sanofi Pasteur (a division of Sanofi-aventis group) uses the Pertinence Suite solution to better understand, improve reliability and optimize industrial processes. The software solution will be used within the European and North American sites.

"Manufacture and guarantee the highest level of quality and safety for the patient and the optimum performances for the company are key objectives of process understanding. [...] The use of Pertinence Suite for understanding mechanisms which drive our complex processes is an asset to answer to this double requirement in an efficient manner."
René Labatut, VP Manufacturing of Sanofi Pasteur

With Intercim's solutions, Sanofi Pasteur can identify and set up in real-time parameters influencing the product quality and, moving forward, better control process variability. This is a recurrent challenge for the pharmaceutical industry which needs to consistently deliver vaccines on time, with a perfect traceability.

This deployment demonstrates the willingness to implement in a very operational manner the approach promoted by the regulatory bodies through the ICH Quality by Design (QbD). This approach aims at mastering manufactruring processes and efficiently sharing with the authorities the understanding of the mechanisms which drive products critical quality attributes.


See also what Dassault Systèmes solutions can offer the life sciences industry

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Monday, 08 March 2010

A story by Creaform

That’s the (very philosophical) question that was casually thrown on Creaform's team meeting table back about a year ago, as we were trying to find a way to stretch our legs with a project that would pose a technical challenge to our team and soothe our fast-developing Olympic fever, all in one stroke.
We had just read an article from the CBC News Website presenting the winner of the contest to design the 2010 Olympic Winter Games logo. A bit of Internet research led us to a few pictures of the Inukshuk the article mentioned as the inspiration for the logo. Located on the beach at English Bay, close to Stanley Park, the statue has been standing there since 1986. It was first part of the North-West Territories pavilion during the Expo, and later donated to the city of Vancouver. That’s the historical end of it.

As we looked at the pictures, we suddenly realized it’s a pretty big statue. This would require some logistics planning. We decided Jérôme Baillargeon and Mathieu Magnan, 2 experienced Application Specialists, would pay the statue its scanning visit, and Louis-Philippe Gendron, our freshly-hired 3D Animation Artist, would start working on the storyboard and the 3D environment. For the logistics, we called in Julie Martineau, Marketing Writer.

Scanning the stone landmark

Everybody was immediately enthusiastic. Julie proceeded to unwind the kilometres of red tape to get the various permits and licenses for the 3D scanning in the city of Vancouver. Since 3D scanning has not yet made it into the collective public consciousness (this was before the movie Avatar was released after all!), the city officials were a bit confused at first, and did not quite know what to make of the curious request from the Québec City-area company. Finally, they decided to treat the operation as a movie shooting.

Julie located an electrician (required by the city) who supplied the hook-up to the city power grid. She also got a boom truck; it may not seem obvious at first, but the scanner has to be about 30 cm away from the surface to function properly, and the statue is 6 meters tall. Since neither Jérôme nor Mathieu can reach that high even on tip-toes (!), scanning the upper parts would require extra lift!

So on a chilly December morning, passers-by on English Bay were treated to a most unusual sight: men were first seen dotting the Inukshuk with small, round reflective stickers, and then they started pointing Wall-e shaped instruments at the Inukshuk. The team also set up a laser tracker to discreetly take in the area immediately surrounding the Inukshuk. According to the weather forecast, a storm was expected to roll in that very evening from the roaring Pacific. Jérôme and Mathieu worked fast and were able to complete their scan and clean up the area in less than 12 hours! That was fast!

Giving life to stone

Data in hand (well, in computer, actually), Jérôme and Mathieu slept like logs and got back the following day. We had our raw material.
Next, Louis-Philippe was put to work. While Jérôme worked on post-processing the 3D scan model, the tracker data was put to good use in creating the 3D environment for the short film.

A storyboard was set up, and a scenario written. Scanned models were integrated. Sounds were recorded; Julie wrote and recorded a short narrative in English and in French. Jérôme integrated the soundtrack for the film.

Eventually, creating the environment, laying out the movements, animating the Inukshuk, and putting it all together took over 200 hours by Louis-Philippe and Jérôme, with some help from Daniel Brown, another Applications Specialist. Without question, the most exhilarating part of the work was seeing the 3D environment take shape and spring to life on the computer screen. Louis-Philippe, Jérôme and Daniel did spectacular work, of which we are all very proud!

Why did we do it? It was certainly fun to stretch our legs and be creative. In our field of work, reverse engineering and inspection are the most common applications for our Handyscan 3D technology. We have been moving into the multimedia industry, and going the extra mile just might help show exactly how our scanners can be used by animation specialists.

Not to mention the most important reason for scanning an object.

Because it’s there.

Maxime Davignon, Scanning & Inspection Director
Manager for the Inukshuk Project

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