CAE data and process management for simulations and virtual engineering

The engineers of today need CAE data management solutions that can give them a fast, consistent and comprehensive access to simulation data – new or modified CAD models from the design departments, new or revised FE meshes and computational models, current simulation results and reports.

SimData Manager provides an efficient and seamless access to all simulation relevant data on the complete CAE process chain.

This way, calculation engineers can easily keep track of an ever increasing number of simulation runs across disciplines – and as part of a multi-site collaboration – across the entire supply chain.

Mastering the challenges of the CAE process chain.

Modules of SimData Manager

  • CAE offline client
    Allows the export and import of CAE models (e.g. center panels, FE meshes, submodels, includes) in SimData Manager. The integration of suppliers for offline work for is easily possible.
  • CAD Import client
    Allows importing of CAD data & PDM structures in SimData Manager.
  • CAD-CAE Mapping Manager
    Enables the mapping of the design view (CAD structure) to the CAE structures of the calculation, thus ensuring an efficient and comfortable update as the design changes.
  • CAE Part Manager
    Reuse existing CAE parts and the packaging of data blocks for external service contractors.
  • Workflow Builder
    Interactive, graphical tool to define and execute standard procedures in the calculation.
  • Report Manager
    Semi-automatic report generation in HTML and PPT format.
  • MKS / MBS client
    Data storage and data synchronization of MKS / MBS models.
  • Console interface
    Allows access to all simulation data from the command line and their integration into batch scripts.
  • SyncTool
    Enables synchronization of offline data with the SimData Managervdatabase contents.
  • Crypto Vault
    Allows transparent, encrypted storage of user data for the highest safety requirements.
  • Python API
    Adding self-defined scripts and functions by the customer.
  • Python Debugger
    Debugger for the efficient development of robust inhouse Phyton scripts.

SimData Manager enables bi-directional tracking (traceability) of all CAE data from the underlying CAD data to the final simulation report.

Calculators always know which versions of CAD data were the basis for their various intermediates of simulation models and the calculation results obtained from there and can easily refer to the specific meta information stored in SimData Manager. CAE engineers are informed about new data versions and can decide if those changes are relevant for their respective CAE models and simulations.

SimData Manager is the software solution for integrating all disciplines in a superordinate CAE data management system, and therefore to be the “backbone” system for all global distributed computing activities.

SimData Manager saves on the one hand time and money, on the other hand it increases the transparency of all computing activities and increases the quality and efficiency of all involved calculation processes.

Integration of CAE software tools

  • Altair HyperMesh
  • Altair HyperView
  • Altair HyperGraph
  • Animator
  • ANSA
  • Medina

Highlights

  • Acquisition of design data as a basis for calculating
  • Traceability of simulation data to the CAD output geometry
  • Efficient mapping of CAD to CAE structures
  • Scripting interface for automated processes in the calculation
  • Easy integration of CAE authoring tools (e.g. Altair HyperWorks, ANSA or Medina)
  • Custom queries and reporting, discharges in Excel format
  • Versioning and data histories
  • Notification of data changes
  • Workflow creation and workflow management
  • Batch interface for check-in and check-out files via command line
  • Report generation and report management
  • Visualization and comparison of calculation results
  • Freely configurable import and export mechanisms
  • HPC integration of compute clusters (for example, Altair PBS Works, LSF, SGE)

Transparent CAE data management system to increase user acceptance.

The intuitive interface of Simdata Manager is designed to access simulation data and results easily. The Simdata Manager supports the standardization of data and processes for reuse across all simulation activities. Thresholds, load cases, dummies and material data – everything can be shared and centrally managed through libraries and made available. The powerful automation features of SimData Manager help the engineers to work.

SimData Manager follows the calculation process – not vice versa.

The Python-based scripting interface makes SimData Manager open to all needs of the user. Therefore the simulation process and the tools along the discipline-specific CAE process chain are easy to manage, modify, control and automate.

Engineers and analysts will have more time for valuable simulation work.

Audit trail for full traceability

  • All CAD & CAE objects with their version history
  • Different versions of CAE models and simulations
  • Tracing for all object changes
  • Configurable object view

Workflow creation & workflow management

  • Graphical workflow creation
  • Logical decision points
  • Automatic and progressive implementation
  • Hierarchical workflow
  • Supports methods standardization and best practices

Benefits & added valuet

  • Improved transparency, quality and efficiency of computing processes
  • Immediate traceability of the calculation results
  • Reliable processing of a growing number of calculations
  • Ensuring milestones procurement and experimental release by calculating
  • Reduced effort for obtaining information, model building and reporting
  • Efficient evaluation and interpretation of simulation results
  • Synergies through unified data storage – across calculation disciplines
  • Simple connection of external calculation service providers
  • Benefit from a fast implementation and easy software distribution in your company

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