Failure is an integral part of engineering innovation and success, and through simulation, we can innovate without the setbacks of traditional failure models. This isn’t to say that as engineers we will never fail now that simulation has become such a vital tool we can utilize, rather our failure becomes a little more digital and a lot less physical.
Today’s architects and engineers can now analyze building performance early in the design stage thanks to 3D building performance simulation and finite element analysis.
Simulation tools allow them to effectively predict building energy performance, sustainability, and green features such as daylighting, as well as performance attributes such as airflow for heating and cooling needs, including computational fluid dynamics for buildings (such as data centers that require constant cooling). Thanks to the complexity of today’s building projects, simulation is becoming de rigueur for government clients and even private owners whose buildings must perform as advertised. AEC firms are being required to provide simulation proof that the design will work and that the energy consumption meets certain requirements.
Early product design decisions by engineers are often done in a vacuum of information. Starting with an initial concept and testing as you go is a great way to collect data about what’s working and what isn’t that will ultimately get you to a better outcome. Learn four ways every engineer should use simulation during design to test ideas and make informed decisions.You don’t have to wait until the final stages of the design process to perform simulations. Here are four types of simulations all engineers can use to inform designs from the earliest stages until a physical product is created.