Award for "VMAP" Research Project

Special achievements receive special awards. "VMAP", a manufacturer-neutral standard for CAE data storage and transmission was created in the course of the international ITEA cooperation project headed by the Fraunhofer Scientific Computing and Algorithms Institute (SCAI). EDAG, the world's largest independent engineering service provider in the automotive industry and project participant, tested application scenarios for the new standard in the automobile environment. The aim was to improve interoperability in virtual engineering workflows. Thanks to these outstanding results, "VMAP" (Virtual Material Modelling in Manufacturing) received the "ITEA Award of Excellence for Standardization".

Computer-aided engineering, or CAE for short, is used to develop products and components in a wide variety of fields of industry. All the essential simulation steps should be efficiently combined in a CAE chain, and an integrated product development made possible, taking all relevant production effects into account. Only in this way can structurally optimised components and products be realised across several simulation steps. However, as things stand today, such continuous communication between the different simulation software types is not yet anchored in the systems. The newly developed VMAP standard now makes the manufacturer-independent exchange of data between the various CAE programs in the development chain possible.

In the course of the project, EDAG simulated the application of the new standard on behalf of the automotive industry, focussing mainly on CFRP components. With the help of the new standard, the results of the individual CAE programs within the process chain were output in an additional format. The new interface created in this way not only makes it easier for the user to exchange data between different software tools, but also makes a significant contribution to increasing the efficiency of simulation-based development.

Dr. Lukasz Lasek, project leader for the implementation of the new simulation standard in the automobile environment, reports on his experience: "We, EDAG, contributed towards ensuring that the operations and use cases in the automotive industry can be more than just secured with the new standard. With our project results, we have contributed to considerably increasing efficiency in the CAE environment by using VMAP in the correct use case. And we are particularly pleased, after three years of cross-sector, international collaboration with our cooperation partners, to be the holders of the "ITEA Award of Excellence for Standardization"."

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