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The Modern Picture of Simulation Driven Design: Findings from the 2013 Study



The idea of driving design decisions based on simulations was introduced some 15 years ago. Since that time, the concept has changed with new enabling roles, processes and technologies. The 2013 Simulation Driven Design study, conducted by Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights, captured a modern picture of this initiative by collecting the details of simulation efforts from over 1,000 survey respondents. It focuses on the use of simulation to make design decisions in the concept and detailed design phase, but not purely for verification and validation activities. In this webinar, the findings that offer a modern picture of simulation driven design will be shared with commentary by the researcher, Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights.

What You Will Learn

  • The business objectives for simulation in the concept design phase versus the detailed design phase
  • The biggest obstacles and roadblocks for conducting simulation in those design phases
  • The most common practices in use for applying simulations to design
  • The types of simulation technologies in place for making design decisions

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Chad Jackson

Chad Jackson is the President and Principal Analyst of Lifecycle Insights, a research and advisory firm that assesses the business impact of software applications and systems on engineering organizations. Chad has more than 15 years of experience with CAD, CAE, PDM, PLM and related technologies as part of the analyst community and software industry. Due to his industry knowledge and thought leadership, Chad is a sought-after expert, author and speaker that has advised, published and presented dozens of times domestically and internationally.

Who Should Attend

  • Executives responsible for product development processes and activities
  • Managers of engineering teams and organizations
  • Managers of simulation teams and organizations

Products Covered

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM


  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3


  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.
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