The 2012 Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC) has driven off into the ever-so-vibrant sunset of Detroit, Michigan, leaving attendees more educated about current industry trends. Almost 300 automotive executives, managers and engineers from over 100 companies participated in this congress dedicated to applications for road, rail and off-highway vehicles.
The two-day event, held at the towering Detroit Renaissance Center, kicked off the general session with a keynote talk from Wayne Eckerle, vice president of research and technology at Cummins. Eckerle discussed Cummins’ Analysis Led Design initiative and how it is changing the company’s corporate culture by utilizing simulation for its product development.
One attendee noted that Eckerle “provided a lot of insight on the benefits of simulation from a business perspective that is valuable for my company’s current needs and goals.”
In late October, I will have the distinct pleasure of opening the 2012 Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC) in Detroit, MI – birthplace of the U.S. automotive industry. I posted some generic information about the congress in my July blog. For this post, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about why I think you should attend.
At the end of August it was front-page news in the automotive world that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally ratified its new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. This news has a huge impact for automakers because by 2025 they’ll be expected to produce a line of vehicles with a fleet-wide average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg). That’s double today’s standards!
Add to that all of the advanced electronics that customers are demanding—like built-in global positioning systems (GPSs), telephones, music files (mp3) and other data storage, and even internet connectivity — and it’s easy to see how designing an already complex vehicle (and keeping it affordable) is going to become even more challenging in the years ahead. Continue reading →
On October 30 – 31, ANSYS will be hosting the Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC) in Detroit, Michigan. This international event is being held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and is solely focused on the automotive industry, including vehicles for road, rail, racetrack and off-highway and provides a forum for sharing and debating new practices, issues and industry trends. You’ll learning about the latest developments in engineering simulation applicable to the automotive industry, and networking with peers. Continue reading →