Often the value of a technology is overlooked due to the way it is presented. If it is pitched for one industry or segment of the market, other groups may pass it by even though it can be of significant value to them. Among the terms that can isolate a product is “engineering.” So ambiguous and yet so focused, engineering-labeled products can often be extremely flexible and beneficial across many disciplines.

In the mechanical engineering realm, Ansys, Canonsburg, Penn., is a well-known name. For more than 45 years, it has developed, marketed, and supported engineering simulation software used to predict how product designs will behave in real-world environments. Companies in the construction industry use virtual simulation to understand the impact of their design decisions, ranging from site selection to architectural details to materials to heating and cooling.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, engineering teams are facing the challenge of solving complex designs and meeting demanding product development schedules while working remotely. The newly launched Ansys 2020 R2 enhances problem solving and collaboration, key for enabling distributed teams to operate successfully. Ansys’ simulation software, high-performance computing resources, Ansys Cloud, and related platform solutions have been upgraded.

The 2020 R2 platform delivers a streamlined user experience with enhanced functionality for data and configuration management, dependencies visualization and decision support, as well as user-friendly workflows for process integration and design optimization and materials management. Ansys’ digital twin solutions enable remote monitoring of assets and are a critical component for predictive maintenance.

Physics-based digital twins—virtual models of a process, product or service that allow for data analysis and system monitoring via simulations—are invaluable to operators, helping them monitor maintenance needs, sustainability, efficiency and performance to generate predictive and actionable insights. However, a lack of common standards and terminology make industry adoption of digital twins difficult for many organizations.

To help accelerate the adoption and implementation of physics-based digital-twin technologies across multiple industries, Ansys  joined with MicrosoftDell, and Lendlease on the steering committee of the Digital Twin Consortium. The Consortium represents an international ecosystem of pioneering technologists that are influencing digital twin development, usage, and standards requirements.

Collectively, these resources should help engineers generate larger, more complex designs easier and faster, increasing productivity and expediting time to market.

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