STAR Global Conference ’16: Engineers examine evolution of simulation software

By Mike Rhodes
Managing Editor

PRAGUE -- The STAR Global Conference 2016 opened today in Prague, Czech Republic. “Discover Better Designs. Faster,” is the focus of this exclusive three-day event, scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. 

This is one of the most important gatherings of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and simulation engineers spanning all of industry. The simulation business is evolving at an accelerated rate. Top engineers from around the world will assemble in Prague for SGC 2016 to explore the latest developments in engineering simulation technology and discuss how it can be deployed to solve industrial problems, reduce costs and empower innovation on a global scale.

The STAR Global Conference serves as the official launch release of STAR-CCM+ v11, the latest version of CD-adapco’s flagship engineering software tool. The computational solid mechanics capability brings structural mechanics to the STAR-CCM+ toolbox, and dives further into the world of multidisciplinary design exploration (MDX). 

The company is the largest privately-held CFD-focused provider of computer aided engineering software.   

The conference began with a tribute to its founder and CEO, Steve MacDonald, who passed away on September 2, 2015 after 35 years of leadership. 

MacDonald’s innovative spirit and determination drove the commercial success of the business. Under his leadership, CD-adapco has grown from three engineers in a Long Island attic to 40 offices around the world with 950 employees.

CD-adapco software is currently used by over 3,200 companies worldwide, including 14 of the 15 largest carmakers, by all of the top 10 suppliers to the aerospace industry and by 9 of the 10 largest manufacturers in the energy and marine sectors.

Sharon MacDonald, who has succeeded Mr. MacDonald as the interim President and CEO, welcomed the packed audience of attendees to the event with the encouragement follow in Steve’s footsteps to “succeed through force of will, and never give up.” The benefits of CFD extend far beyond the refining and petrochemical industries

Martin Whitmarsh, the CEO of Land Rover BAR, then took the stage and discussed how CFD is helping England to design a sailing vessel to win the prestigious America’s Cup. “We are engineering success to return the Cup to England,” Mr. Whitmarsh said. “We’ve used the technology for the analysis of single phase and multiphase foils, for performance simulation, an emerssive experience simulator, control system design and to validate those designs.”

Over 80 technical sessions are featured in the following areas: oil and gas, chemical processes, powertrain, aerospace, automotive, energy, manufacturing, marine and life services industries.

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