definition of sustainability: meet present needs without compromising future needs
-UN World Commission on Environment and Development
If you’re new around here, you might not yet be familiar with our corporate purpose: to provide business and people with 3DEXPERIENCE universes to imagine sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing product, nature and life.
We’re proud to have received a number of awards for our sustainability initiatives, such as being ranked Number One on the Corporate Knights Global 100 Index of the World’s Most Sustainable Corporations in 2018.
Beyond focusing on our own sustainable practices, one of the core aspects of our mission is to help companies meet their sustainability goals. Companies pursue sustainability for a range of reasons: to lift profits, improve productivity, preserve resources and accelerate responses to increasingly intricate challenges.
Computer simulation can help companies be more sustainable – both in their approach and their marketing offerings. With the right software – such as from our SIMULIA brand – simulation can be done anytime, anywhere. Simulation speeds planning, cuts costs and aids decision-making with greater accuracy, allowing researchers to test, verify and quickly optimize a design for manufacturability to reduce materials. It also helps provide safety in manufacturing to protects workers, looks at long-term maintenance to extend a product’s useful life and considers environmental impact.
The most recent issue of Compass magazine examines this trend – including the challenges for doing sustainability right as well as offering examples from companies in a range of industries. One of the featured companies, EEL Energy, is part of our 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, and has been featured on the pages of this blog. Read how EEL Energy is bringing their vision to reality through their participation in the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab program – but go to the Compass article to understand the role simulation plays in bringing their vision to life: avoiding errors, lowering costs and cost-effectively optimizing products prior to manufacturing. The article also looks at how the University of Cincinnati’s Hyperloop project team is applying simulation, allowing their cross-functional teams that are creating an entirely new transportation system access to complex designs and elevtated innovation.