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. 


HEEDS MDO 2015.04 Now Available
A new version of HEEDS MDO was officially released on 4/27/2014. To download a copy, please login to our Customer Portal with your credentials and choose HEEDS MDO 2015.04 from the Software and Documentation window. This release includes new portals to third-party software as well as enhancements to facilitate process automation, scalable computation, efficient search, and results interpretation (i.e., data mining). For further information regarding this release, please view the Release Notes.

Redeveloped Calculator

The calculator functionality in HEEDS MDO has been redeveloped using Python. The new calculator implementation provides significant enhancements over the previous releases. These new enhancements allow you to setup complex formulas with ease without requiring use of an external script or tool. Read more...

Logic in Process Definition
The process definition now provides support for the use of logic to drive the flow in the analysis process. One or more conditions can be defined at the analysis level to control whether an analysis will be attempted. Several scenarios that would have required specialized external scripts to capture the desired process behavior are now easily handled with this feature.  Read more...

As of March 1 2015, CAE Value AB provides F-Tire software to the Nordic region.  The following two products are offered:

  1. FTire
  2. FTire4CRT

The FTire module works with all multibody software such as ADAMS/Car, Simpack, Carsim, veDyna, and more. The FTire4CRT package includes FTire/Core, FTire/MT and FTire/RT and is dedicated for use with VI-Car RealTime.

FTire (Flexible Structure Tire Model) is a time-domain, nonlinear tire simulation model for high-frequent and short-wave-length excitation, applied and supported by vehicle and tire manufacturers all over the world.

FTire is designed for ride comfort simulations and road load prediction for durability applications, on road irregularities even with extremely short wave-lengths.


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