Maximizing the Power of MODSIM: Key Insights from 3DEXPERIENCE Conference: Design, Modeling & Simulation 2020

As the world moves towards smarter products, faster time to market, and sustainability, it is vital that we revisit traditional approaches to product development. Advanced design, modeling, and simulation functionalities are poised to transform the product development process, meeting the needs of a future economy. Know more about the possibilities with integrated modeling and simulation here.



On November 24 and 25, 3DEXPERIENCE Conference India 2020: Design, Modeling and Simulation brought together our user community for an engaging discussion on new projects, specific features and new functionalities on 3DEXPERIENCE platform powered by industry leading brand applications – CATIA, SIMULIA, ENOVIA, EXALEAD and 3DEXCITE.

Deepak NG, Managing Director India, Dassault Systèmes, inaugurated the conference, highlighting India’s role as a major innovation hub. As the country’s industrial sector works towards government mandates towards “Make in India” while also adding capabilities to “export elsewhere,” MODSIM approach or integrating of modeling and simulation technology will be critical to achieving this target.



Our plenary sessions explored the core elements of integrated modeling & simulation (MODSIM approach) and how it could dramatically improve product development, benefitting various engineering and other roles, as well as the end customer.

Renuka SRINIVASAN, Director SIMULIA at Dassault Systèmes  and Rajiv Aramadaka, Brand Leader CATIA, Dassault Systemes, explained how CATIA and SIMULIA could enable more effective products: “The CATIA promise is “shape the world we live in,” and the SIMULIA promise is to “reveal the world we live in.” By combining the two, we can build better products through Integrated Modeling & Simulation as they accurately depict how the product will behave in the real world and the environment it operates in.”

This is a significant leap from the traditional approaches in use today. Praveen MYSORE, Customer Solution Experience – Industry Consultant Director, Dassault Systèmes, elaborated on this further by explaining how 3DEXPERIENCE platform manages Multi CAD data & makes it available for downstream processes by leveraging CATIA, DELMIA for manufacturing planning & SIMULIA for multiphysics simulation.



Advanced design and simulation tools align design with real-world needs perfectly, and this is relevant for nearly every product experience one could imagine. “From mass electronic portable devices to small medical products, engineers must deliver high-grade quality, innovative features, and best-in-class performance, faster than ever before,” said David HOLMAN, Vice President, SIMULIA R&D during a session titled “Modeling & Simulation R&D Portfolio and New Applications.”

Additionally, Our experts Adrien MANN, SIMULIA Worldwide Industry Process Expert Director, Industrial Equipment, Dassault Systemes,  Gregory LASKOWSKI, SIMULIA Fluids Industry Process Expert Director, Dassault Systemes  and Liangbo HU, SIMULIA Industry Process Consultant, China, Dassault Systemes  discussed The Key Role of Modeling & Simulation in the Fight Against the Pandemic. The session focused on specifically four areas :

  1. Turnkey, ready-to-use infectious disease hospital solutions
  2. Acceleration of the development of life-saving technologies
  3. Empowering customers to shift manufacturing sites to ventilator production
  4. Next-gen ventilation systems 

How to Leverage MODSIM for a Smart, Resilient, and Agile Product Roadmap: Customer Insights from the Plenary

At the conference, some of our esteemed customers shared their success stories to help the community learn from their radical and incremental innovations.

Martin MURRAY, Chief Technology Officer, Mahindra Electric said ‘With simulation & modeling tools providing predictive behavior, we are able to make physical properties that are accurate to functional requirements’ in his conversation with Shree HARSHA, India Marketing director, Dassault Systemes

Dr. N. SARAVANAN, President & Chief Technology Officer, Ashok Leyland, conducted an inspiring session on “Winds of Change on Engineering,” where he explained why they chose the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for modular vehicle design , validation , production & configuration management.



Further, Amit VIJAYVARGIYA, Deputy General Manager, VE Commercial Vehicles conducted a walkthrough on integrated data management (IDM) with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, providing conference attendees with the opportunity to imbibe new actionable ideas.

Breakout Sessions Exploring Useful Action Points

Across Day 1 and Day 2, the conference had nine discrete breakout sessions covering:

  • New technologies in CATIA – We examined the newly introduced technologies in CATIA, highlighting its applications for industrial equipment projects, reverse engineering, and geomechanics. This breakout also discussed the applications of cloud-based generative design offering
  • Electromagnetics reliability and performance – Some of the latest updates in SIMULIA were explored in detail, along with specific sessions on Simulation Based Lightning Protection of Next Generation Offshore Wind Turbine, 5G Private Network Design in a Smart Factory Environment. K. V. Narasimham (Retd.), Co-Founder, Quanteon Powertrain conducted a session on ‘Axial Flux Machine Design – A Journey with Opera’
  • Model-based systems engineering(MBSE), and cyber-physical systems – Our experts explained that MBSE is the formalized application of modeling to support system requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation activities beginning in the conceptual design phase and continuing throughout development and later life cycle phases. The sessions highlighted how the solution aids in multi-disciplinary systems modeling and analysis, the development of cyber-physical systems, in-the-loop validation, and its applications in battery design.
  • Simulation-driven engineering – Spread across Day 1 and Day 2, this breakout track focused on the various aspects of engineering enhanced by SIMULIA. Attendees gained action points on leveraging SIMULIA for agricultural vehicle development, torsional vibration in farm equipment, exhaust durability assessment, motorcycle simulation, regulatory compliance, and HVAC noise reduction.

Modeling and simulation for aerospace & defense and unmanned aerial vehicles

  • Virtual validation in aerospace & defense – Topics such as designing next-gen aircraft, damage simulations, antenna for satellite communications, and additive manufacturing, were elaborated during this track, with participation from customers from Collins Aerospace India Design Center and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Advanced simulations for indigenous space missions – This breakout delved into the specifics of space engineering using simulation, such as the separation system of launch vehicles, and soft goods structure analysis. Attendees had an opportunity to learn more about SIMULIA solutions for the space industry.

Design challenges in UAVs and drones – The breakout witnessed customer presentations by XSun and BrainSightAI, a session on urban air mobility, and a special presentation by the winners of our recent virtual Drone-a-thon. Team Terneagle from Punjab Engineering College won the first-ever virtual “Drone-a-thon: Propelling Sustainability” by Dassault Systemes, addressing the challenge of fast and safe parcel delivery in e-commerce.



Driving improvements in transportation & mobility for a sustainable future

  • Electric and hybrid vehicles – The breakout on electric and hybrid vehicles explored three important areas of the automotive manufacturing lifecycle, namely cell-to-battery-pack-to-full-vehicle validation, gasket compression, and concept structure engineering. There was also a demo session on simulating an end-to-end electric vehicle using SIMULIA.
  • Lightweight engineering for sustainable mobility – CATIA experts spoke on recent advancements in MODSIM for lightweight engineering, and stamping die engineering. Also in this breakout session, Our customers from Ashok Leyland and Kineco Kaman Composites shared their thoughts on composites design & manufacturing, and virtual twin applications.

Networking Opportunities and Paving the Way for Further Innovations

Even though this was a fully virtual event, there were opportunities to interact, learn, and gain inspiration. The conference featured a 3DEXPERIENCE Playground with dedicated zones for SIMULIA ,CATIA and 3DEXPERIENCE Lab. The Playground showcased demos around EV simulation, 5G network for industrial revolution, cyber physical systems, Lightweight Engineering and many more.


3DEXPERIENCE Conference Design Modeling and simulation playground

MODSIM Playground


Our esteemed partners were available at the partner pavilion to share their perspectives and insights with event attendees.


3DEXPERIENCE Conference design modeling and simulation partner pavilionPARTNER PAVILION

The Networking Lounge, helped strengthen relationships between the members of our user community and continue the conversation, paving the way for further innovations.

We would like to thank our industry experts, business leaders, and user community for making 3DEXPERIENCE Conference: Design, Modeling & Simulation 2020 a success even during these complex times.

If you could not attend the event live on November 24th or 25th, please watch this space, as we bring you these session recordings on demand.


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