The 13th UK Altair Technology Conference

May 21, 2024
British Motor Museum, Warwickshire | Free to Attend

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May 21, 2024 09:00:00

The UK’s Leading Digital Design Event

Established in 1999, the UK Altair Technology Conference (ATC) has become the preeminent, industry-wide event showcasing digital design innovation in the UK. Renowned for its thought-provoking keynote addresses and technical presentations, the conference highlights cutting-edge digital advancements throughout industry.

Returning for its 13th iteration, the UK ATC will discuss the impact of simulation on design, shedding light on the growing significance of AI and Machine Learning on modern product development processes.

Engineers, designers, and data scientists from all industries and engineering disciplines are invited to register for free and join over 400 industry peers to hear about the latest digital design innovations, share ideas and make new connections.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Learn – the latest developments in simulation and AI technologies and see how leading companies are applying the solutions to meet real world design challenges
  • Network – celebrate the latest digital innovations with your peers from across industry; share ideas and make new connections
  • Enjoy – a unique venue: the British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars. Complimentary lunch & refreshments included

The event is free to attend but spaces are limited. Reserve your seat now.

Speakers Include:

Stephanie Buckner
Stephanie Buckner Chief Operating Officer Altair
Frank Schoofs
Frank Schoofs Senior Space Energy Development Engineer Space Solar
Andrew Hobbs
Andrew Hobbs Head of Simulation Astec Industries
Ashwin Kristnama
Ashwin Kristnama Senior Stress Engineer Acro Aircraft Seating
Dr. David Panni
Dr. David Panni Chief Engineer - Structures and Simulations JCB
Adam Saxty
Adam Saxty Lead Additive Manufacturing Technologist Lloyds' Register
Dr Sharon Zhu
Dr Sharon Zhu Lead EM Simulation Engineer
Jaguar Land Rover
María Muñoz Nicolás
María Muñoz Nicolás Loads and Aeroelastics Engineer Airbus
Chris Dunn
Chris Dunn Managing Director Malin Marine Consultants
Tom Goodwin
Tom Goodwin Product Design Team Manager Altair
Tom Hunns
Tom Hunns Specialist for Ground Loads, Product Owner for future Ground Loads processes Airbus
Ivor Annetts
Ivor Annetts Managing Director Bramble CFD
Dr Felix Stanley
Dr Felix Stanley Mechanical Integrity Engineer, Subject Matter Expert – FE Modeling Rolls-Royce
Tim Mumford
Tim Mumford Lead CAE Engineer Jaguar Land Rover
Trevor Seabrook
Trevor Seabrook Principal Mechanical Engineer Orbex
Andreas Hagis
Andreas Hagis Structures Engineering Intern Orbex
Stephanie Buckner
Stephanie Buckner Chief Operating Officer Altair
Frank Schoofs
Frank Schoofs Senior Space Energy Development Engineer Space Solar
Andrew Hobbs
Andrew Hobbs Head of Simulation Astec Industries
Ashwin Kristnama
Ashwin Kristnama Senior Stress Engineer Acro Aircraft Seating
Dr. David Panni
Dr. David Panni Chief Engineer - Structures and Simulations JCB
Adam Saxty
Adam Saxty Lead Additive Manufacturing Technologist Lloyds' Register
Dr Sharon Zhu
Dr Sharon Zhu Lead EM Simulation Engineer
Jaguar Land Rover
María Muñoz Nicolás
María Muñoz Nicolás Loads and Aeroelastics Engineer Airbus
Chris Dunn
Chris Dunn Managing Director Malin Marine Consultants
Tom Goodwin
Tom Goodwin Product Design Team Manager Altair
Tom Hunns
Tom Hunns Specialist for Ground Loads, Product Owner for future Ground Loads processes Airbus
Ivor Annetts
Ivor Annetts Managing Director Bramble CFD
Dr Felix Stanley
Dr Felix Stanley Mechanical Integrity Engineer, Subject Matter Expert – FE Modeling Rolls-Royce
Tim Mumford
Tim Mumford Lead CAE Engineer Jaguar Land Rover
Trevor Seabrook
Trevor Seabrook Principal Mechanical Engineer Orbex
Andreas Hagis
Andreas Hagis Structures Engineering Intern Orbex

Agenda (Subject to Change)

21st May, 2024

The conference will run from 09:00 AM until 4:30 PM. The day will include keynotes, technical presentations, technical demonstrations, networking opportunities, and a complimentary lunch.

Jamie Buchanan
09:00 BST

Welcome

Jamie Buchanan, Country Manager, Altair

09:10 BST

Disrupt to Win

Stephanie Buckner, Chief Operating Officer, Altair

Altair’s vision is that computational intelligence will drive innovation for a more connected, safe, and sustainable future. For years, Altair has been aligning our technology to drive decision-making and innovation for our customers. Hear from Altair’s COO on Altair’s vision for success, company focus, and what makes Altair different from the competition.

09:30 BST

Further Evolution of Product Simulation at Jaguar Land Rover

Andrew Foster, Chief Engineer Body, Jaguar Land Rover

This keynote will cover the following topics:

  • Matching simulation and design integration pace
  • Application of data science – field, test and analytical
  • Multi-physics and multi-dimensional optimisation
09:55 BST

Beyond Traditional FEA in the Off-Highway Equipment Sector

Dr. David Panni, Chief Engineer - Structures and Simulations, JCB

This keynote will discuss the following:

  • Benefits of Altair machine learning tools: how companies can use Altair tools of machine learning, reduced order models, and generative design to augment traditional FEA
  • Future trends and challenges of simulation: how companies can use these developing technologies to commercial benefit
  • Examples of reduced order models and generative design: example where Altair romAI is used to accelerate analysis of an off-highway machine
10:20 BST

Break / Networking / Tech Drop-in

David Weir
Ryan Thonrhill
10:50 BST

Rapid Charged Structural Design for Next Gen Electric Vehicles

David Weir, Senior Manager Vehicle Structural Integration and Battery Frames, Jaguar Land Rover
Ryan Thornhill, Engineer Battery Enclosures, Jaguar Land Rover

EVs are changing the way we think about structures. It opens the door for more innovation to be introduced early in concept.

Here we are leveraging HyperAutomation for creation of very fast-running crash/NVH C123 models. These models enable rapid development & optimization of multiple structural concepts and deep exploration of the design space.

Adam Saxty
11:15 BST

MariLight: Marine Vessel Lightweighting through the application of Design Optimisation and Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing

Adam Saxty, Lead Additive Manufacturing Technologist, Lloyd's Register
Chris Dunn, Managing Director, Malin Marine Consultants

The shipping industry is a critical pillar of the global economy, with about 90% of all globally traded goods being transported around the world by sea. To move all those goods, merchant ships burn approximately 300 million metric tons of dirty fossil fuels each year, emitting roughly 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in the process, which is roughly equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of Japan. MariLight is a feasibility study which aims to lightweight ship structure to ... Read More

11:35 BST

Advancing Airbus Aircraft Ground Loads Analysis: Multibody Simulation and Future Automation Strategies

María Muñoz Nicolás, Loads and Aeroelastics Engineer, Airbus
Tom Hunns, Specialist for Ground Loads, Product Owner for future Ground Loads processes, Airbus

The presentation introduces aircraft ground loads analysis, encompassing static bookcases, dynamic taxi, landing, and braking scenarios. Multibody Simulation (MBS) software is compared to traditional methods, showcasing the benefits and drawbacks of both approaches. A focus is placed on Landing Gear (LG) modeling within MBS, highlighting its role in understanding complex interactions with the airframe during landings. Looking forward, an automation strategy has been developed to streamline the MBS tool for the full end-to-end process through automated model assembly, LG morphing, ... Read More

11:55 BST

Exploring AI/Machine Learning Potential to Maximise Efficiency of your HPC Asset

Tim Mumford, Lead CAE Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
Jack Waters, CAE Coding Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

Physics simulations, using computer based implicit finite element methods are most efficient when solved in core memory. Calculating the memory requirement before solving allows best use of the compute and queuing resources. We have studied historic solutions and their characteristics, physics type and modelling content using machine learning. The historic data set contained static, modal, and transient simulations. The results indicated that the physics type and modelling content have significant effect on the required memory. The machine learning model presented ... Read More

12:15 BST

Lunch / Networking / Exhibition Area / Technical Demos

  • Enjoy a complimentary lunch and network with your industry peers.
  • Visit our Exhibition Gallery and learn more about Altair and our partners’ solutions.
  • Speak to Altair’s technical team to find out more about the latest product releases and view the software in action at our demo station.
Felix Stanley
13:25 BST

Rapid Design Downselect for Whole Engine Assembly using SimSolid

Dr Felix Stanley, Mechanical Integrity Engineer Subject Matter Expert – FE Modeling, Rolls-Royce

In Future Programs Engineering, speed at which engine architectural studies are conducted is paramount to ensure innovation and robustness of design go hand in hand. Creating assembly models as complex as an aeroengine in a couple of weeks is still an arduous task. Lead time reduction should not come at the cost of quality of results that are eventually used to drive design parameters such as component stiffness and topology. Innovation driven by using models that are built based on ... Read More

Frank_Schoofs_
13:45 BST

The Digital Journey to Space-based Solar Power

Frank Schoofs, Senior Space Energy Development Engineer, Space Solar

Space-based solar power is the renewable energy source from science fiction that may become reality in the next decade. Solar panels in space convert light to electricity, which is wirelessly transmitted to earth, to provide continuous baseload electricity. The kilometre-scale physical product with sub-millimetre features demands a rigorous digital thread, underpinned with advanced simulation and AI for a digital-first approach.

Ashwin Kristnama
14:05 BST

Aircraft Seats – Concept to Market with Altair Products

Ashwin Kristnama, Senior Stress Engineer, Acro Aircraft Seating

The process of developing and certifying aircraft seats through physical testing is incredibly expensive. However, with advancements in finite element analysis, we now have the opportunity to revolutionise the industry. ACRO’s goal is to leverage a suite of Altair’s simulation and HPC platforms products to facilitate structural analysis with unparalleled speed and precision. This presentation will highlight the pivotal role of Altair products in streamlining our development process, ultimately expediting the journey from concept to testing and from testing to ... Read More

Trevor Seabrook
Andreas Hagis
14:25 BST

But it is Rocket Science

Trevor Seabrook, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Orbex
Andreas Hagis, Structures Engineering Intern, Orbex

The UK is the only nation in the world to have developed the ability to put satellites into orbit, and then given up.  Founded in 2015, Orbex is Britain’s leading orbital launch services company, with the sole aim of reigniting Britain’s indigenous space launch capability with their micro launcher system, Prime.

Launching from Orbex’s Sutherland spaceport in the northern tip of Britain, the Prime vehicle will transport up to 180Kg of spacecraft payload into low earth orbit, giving spacecraft producers ... Read More

14:45 BST

Overcoming Crushing Challenges to Improve Robustness and Efficiency

Andrew Hobbs, Head of Simulation and Modeling, Astec Industries

Aggregate crushing is an essential step in the process of producing the raw materials needed in infrastructure and construction. Some crusher designs such as jaw crushers have existed for over one hundred years. Effective crushing equipment design must balance product throughput, energy consumption, and wear. Simulation offers the potential to better understand and optimize these long-standing designs to produce a more robust and efficient jaw crusher. In this study we leverage Altair EDEM and EDEM coupled to MotionView for MBD ... Read More

15:05 BST

Break / Networking / Tech Drop-in

Ivor Annetts
15:25 BST

Accelerating Computational Fluid Dynamics Workflows

Ivor Annetts, Managing Director, Bramble CFD Limited

Simulations, whether they are CFD, FEA or Crash, don’t themselves add value to a business. Rather, the value comes from the learning and sharing of knowledge gained by analysing the simulation outputs.

This presentation will show how this belief has led Bramble CFD to adopt a holistic approach to accelerating the CFD process, whether that be managing data, creating simulations, looking at results or disseminating reports.

Using case studies, it will detail what is meant by a CFD workflow, where ... Read More

Dr. Sharon Zhu
15:45 BST

Driver Connectivity Experience: How Virtual Test Drive Can Help

Dr. Sharon Zhu, Lead EM Simulation Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

With the interest in connectivity and particularly Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology emerging in the automotive industry, optimized integration and testing of connected car features becomes a key differentiator for car manufacturers. Traditional drive tests require multiple test vehicles, road infrastructure and integrated hardware and software to ensure data collection. In contrast, virtual test drive (VTD) simulation could save thousand hours of physical test drive. It can be performed in a purely virtual environment, which is repeatable and can be used to ... Read More

Richard Boyd
16:05 BST

Live Demonstration of a Digital Twin Correlation of a Small Battery Module Subjected to a Rapid Charge

David White, Battery Engineering Leader, Danecca
Richard Boyd, Senior Technical Specialist, Altair

This presentation and live demonstration from Altair and battery specialist Danecca showcases a Digital Twin which presents a virtual representation of a physical battery pack subject to a transient duty cycle. The Digital Twin mimics the embedded control logic of the hardware to ... Read More

Jamie Buchanan
16:30 BST

Closing Comments & Prize Draw

Jamie Buchanan, Country Manager, Altair

21st May, 2024

The conference will run from 09:00 AM until 4:30 PM. The day will include keynotes, technical presentations, technical demonstrations, networking opportunities, and a complimentary lunch.

Jamie Buchanan
09:00 BST

Welcome

Jamie Buchanan, Country Manager, Altair

09:10 BST

Disrupt to Win

Stephanie Buckner, Chief Operating Officer, Altair

Altair’s vision is that computational intelligence will drive innovation for a more connected, safe, and sustainable future. For years, Altair has been aligning our technology to drive decision-making and innovation for our customers. Hear from Altair’s COO on Altair’s vision for success, company focus, and what makes Altair different from the competition.

09:30 BST

Further Evolution of Product Simulation at Jaguar Land Rover

Andrew Foster, Chief Engineer Body, Jaguar Land Rover

This keynote will cover the following topics:

  • Matching simulation and design integration pace
  • Application of data science – field, test and analytical
  • Multi-physics and multi-dimensional optimisation
09:55 BST

Beyond Traditional FEA in the Off-Highway Equipment Sector

Dr. David Panni, Chief Engineer - Structures and Simulations, JCB

This keynote will discuss the following:

  • Benefits of Altair machine learning tools: how companies can use Altair tools of machine learning, reduced order models, and generative design to augment traditional FEA
  • Future trends and challenges of simulation: how companies can use these developing technologies to commercial benefit
  • Examples of reduced order models and generative design: example where Altair romAI is used to accelerate analysis of an off-highway machine
10:20 BST

Break / Networking / Tech Drop-in

David Weir
Ryan Thonrhill
10:50 BST

Rapid Charged Structural Design for Next Gen Electric Vehicles

David Weir, Senior Manager Vehicle Structural Integration and Battery Frames, Jaguar Land Rover
Ryan Thornhill, Engineer Battery Enclosures, Jaguar Land Rover

EVs are changing the way we think about structures. It opens the door for more innovation to be introduced early in concept.

Here we are leveraging HyperAutomation for creation of very fast-running crash/NVH C123 models. These models enable rapid development & optimization of multiple structural concepts and deep exploration of the design space.

Adam Saxty
11:15 BST

MariLight: Marine Vessel Lightweighting through the application of Design Optimisation and Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing

Adam Saxty, Lead Additive Manufacturing Technologist, Lloyd's Register
Chris Dunn, Managing Director, Malin Marine Consultants

The shipping industry is a critical pillar of the global economy, with about 90% of all globally traded goods being transported around the world by sea. To move all those goods, merchant ships burn approximately 300 million metric tons of dirty fossil fuels each year, emitting roughly 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in the process, which is roughly equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of Japan. MariLight is a feasibility study which aims to lightweight ship structure to ... Read More

11:35 BST

Advancing Airbus Aircraft Ground Loads Analysis: Multibody Simulation and Future Automation Strategies

María Muñoz Nicolás, Loads and Aeroelastics Engineer, Airbus
Tom Hunns, Specialist for Ground Loads, Product Owner for future Ground Loads processes, Airbus

The presentation introduces aircraft ground loads analysis, encompassing static bookcases, dynamic taxi, landing, and braking scenarios. Multibody Simulation (MBS) software is compared to traditional methods, showcasing the benefits and drawbacks of both approaches. A focus is placed on Landing Gear (LG) modeling within MBS, highlighting its role in understanding complex interactions with the airframe during landings. Looking forward, an automation strategy has been developed to streamline the MBS tool for the full end-to-end process through automated model assembly, LG morphing, ... Read More

11:55 BST

Exploring AI/Machine Learning Potential to Maximise Efficiency of your HPC Asset

Tim Mumford, Lead CAE Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
Jack Waters, CAE Coding Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

Physics simulations, using computer based implicit finite element methods are most efficient when solved in core memory. Calculating the memory requirement before solving allows best use of the compute and queuing resources. We have studied historic solutions and their characteristics, physics type and modelling content using machine learning. The historic data set contained static, modal, and transient simulations. The results indicated that the physics type and modelling content have significant effect on the required memory. The machine learning model presented ... Read More

12:15 BST

Lunch / Networking / Exhibition Area / Technical Demos

  • Enjoy a complimentary lunch and network with your industry peers.
  • Visit our Exhibition Gallery and learn more about Altair and our partners’ solutions.
  • Speak to Altair’s technical team to find out more about the latest product releases and view the software in action at our demo station.
Felix Stanley
13:25 BST

Rapid Design Downselect for Whole Engine Assembly using SimSolid

Dr Felix Stanley, Mechanical Integrity Engineer Subject Matter Expert – FE Modeling, Rolls-Royce

In Future Programs Engineering, speed at which engine architectural studies are conducted is paramount to ensure innovation and robustness of design go hand in hand. Creating assembly models as complex as an aeroengine in a couple of weeks is still an arduous task. Lead time reduction should not come at the cost of quality of results that are eventually used to drive design parameters such as component stiffness and topology. Innovation driven by using models that are built based on ... Read More

Frank_Schoofs_
13:45 BST

The Digital Journey to Space-based Solar Power

Frank Schoofs, Senior Space Energy Development Engineer, Space Solar

Space-based solar power is the renewable energy source from science fiction that may become reality in the next decade. Solar panels in space convert light to electricity, which is wirelessly transmitted to earth, to provide continuous baseload electricity. The kilometre-scale physical product with sub-millimetre features demands a rigorous digital thread, underpinned with advanced simulation and AI for a digital-first approach.

Ashwin Kristnama
14:05 BST

Aircraft Seats – Concept to Market with Altair Products

Ashwin Kristnama, Senior Stress Engineer, Acro Aircraft Seating

The process of developing and certifying aircraft seats through physical testing is incredibly expensive. However, with advancements in finite element analysis, we now have the opportunity to revolutionise the industry. ACRO’s goal is to leverage a suite of Altair’s simulation and HPC platforms products to facilitate structural analysis with unparalleled speed and precision. This presentation will highlight the pivotal role of Altair products in streamlining our development process, ultimately expediting the journey from concept to testing and from testing to ... Read More

Trevor Seabrook
Andreas Hagis
14:25 BST

But it is Rocket Science

Trevor Seabrook, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Orbex
Andreas Hagis, Structures Engineering Intern, Orbex

The UK is the only nation in the world to have developed the ability to put satellites into orbit, and then given up.  Founded in 2015, Orbex is Britain’s leading orbital launch services company, with the sole aim of reigniting Britain’s indigenous space launch capability with their micro launcher system, Prime.

Launching from Orbex’s Sutherland spaceport in the northern tip of Britain, the Prime vehicle will transport up to 180Kg of spacecraft payload into low earth orbit, giving spacecraft producers ... Read More

14:45 BST

Overcoming Crushing Challenges to Improve Robustness and Efficiency

Andrew Hobbs, Head of Simulation and Modeling, Astec Industries

Aggregate crushing is an essential step in the process of producing the raw materials needed in infrastructure and construction. Some crusher designs such as jaw crushers have existed for over one hundred years. Effective crushing equipment design must balance product throughput, energy consumption, and wear. Simulation offers the potential to better understand and optimize these long-standing designs to produce a more robust and efficient jaw crusher. In this study we leverage Altair EDEM and EDEM coupled to MotionView for MBD ... Read More

15:05 BST

Break / Networking / Tech Drop-in

Ivor Annetts
15:25 BST

Accelerating Computational Fluid Dynamics Workflows

Ivor Annetts, Managing Director, Bramble CFD Limited

Simulations, whether they are CFD, FEA or Crash, don’t themselves add value to a business. Rather, the value comes from the learning and sharing of knowledge gained by analysing the simulation outputs.

This presentation will show how this belief has led Bramble CFD to adopt a holistic approach to accelerating the CFD process, whether that be managing data, creating simulations, looking at results or disseminating reports.

Using case studies, it will detail what is meant by a CFD workflow, where ... Read More

Dr. Sharon Zhu
15:45 BST

Driver Connectivity Experience: How Virtual Test Drive Can Help

Dr. Sharon Zhu, Lead EM Simulation Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

With the interest in connectivity and particularly Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology emerging in the automotive industry, optimized integration and testing of connected car features becomes a key differentiator for car manufacturers. Traditional drive tests require multiple test vehicles, road infrastructure and integrated hardware and software to ensure data collection. In contrast, virtual test drive (VTD) simulation could save thousand hours of physical test drive. It can be performed in a purely virtual environment, which is repeatable and can be used to ... Read More

Richard Boyd
16:05 BST

Live Demonstration of a Digital Twin Correlation of a Small Battery Module Subjected to a Rapid Charge

David White, Battery Engineering Leader, Danecca
Richard Boyd, Senior Technical Specialist, Altair

This presentation and live demonstration from Altair and battery specialist Danecca showcases a Digital Twin which presents a virtual representation of a physical battery pack subject to a transient duty cycle. The Digital Twin mimics the embedded control logic of the hardware to ... Read More

Jamie Buchanan
16:30 BST

Closing Comments & Prize Draw

Jamie Buchanan, Country Manager, Altair

What Past Attendees Say

Great event. First time attending and would come again.

McLaren

Great to see how Altair products are used in different areas of the industry and their capabilities. Brilliant day and organisation.

Alexander Dennis

Well organised as always! Good collection of presenters and keynote speakers.

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