In an inspiring setting at Säröhus, Offshore Väst had its third annual conference . During the conference we discussed both individuals and corporate needs to develop a technical solution , new common models in business situations to how we are prepared for the future through strategic cooperation. CAE Value is a member of this network.

This week Volvo Cars has announced that they have installed a driving simulator from VI-grade. The simulator is called DiM which stands for Driver in Motion.

"The new simulator means more freedom to innovate in the concept development phase and shorter development time, enabling a more emotionally resonant driving experience", according to Dr Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars.

As the nordic representative of VI-grade we are happy to have played a small role in creating this opportunity for Volvo Cars and are convinced that they will see great benefit from the simulator in the future.

Here are some press releases and articles about the installation:
Volvo Cars press release
VI-grades press release
Bilsport (article in swedish)
Verkstadsforum (article in swedish)

The University of Houston has established the first U.S. Subsea Engineering Graduate Program focusing on energy exploration, production, and refinement. This marquee program, headed by Dr. Matthew Franchek, helps students address the following key challenges in the oil and gas industry: heat transfer of multi-phase flow within pipes, fluid-solid interactions of flexible structures (such as risers and pipelines), reliability of materials in the presence of corrosion (due to sea water), and integration and control of the complete subsea system.
HEEDS has been selected as an integral part of the curriculum to help students learn how to discover better designs, faster through simulation, process automation, and design exploration.

As an example in the program, students used HEEDS for design exploration on relief groove geometry for a threaded connection. HEEDS was able to reduce the maximum contact pressure in the relief groove while satisfying manufacturability and stress requirements

FMC Technologies, a leader in subsea engineering, has historically relied on an intuitive design approach to meet design requirements.  Recently, they standardized on HEEDS automated design exploration to help them discover better designs.  In the upcoming NAHUG Fall 2015 Meeting on October 13th, FMC Technologies will showcase their results of an optimization study performed on split lock rings for connecting large diameter and thick walled tubular equipment together for subsea oil and gas applications using HEEDS to maximize load capacity with size constraints. Please join our NAHUG meeting to hear more. 


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