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Workplace Collaboration & Simulation Driven Design’s Future

By Marshall Williams 12 May 2021

Team Collaboration is here! We’re hard at work expanding Solve’s repertoire of functionalities further, but for now, we’d love to introduce you to improved workplace collaboration!

We provide consistency with particular elements of a designer’s tools and simulation software for simple team integration and adaptation. Solve expands the CAE market down the chain from analysts to designers. In particular, to CAD and PLM. Most of the time designers do not think in terms of analyses, they think in terms of products. And vice-versa.

We bridge this gap. 

We’ve made everything clear and traceable from start to finish. After all, it’s not simulation analyst voodoo and incoherent results, its simulation driven design


The Simplest Team Collaboration Jargon We Could Think Of

Nobody likes a spelling-bee, so we’ve got just three words to clarify for you to get started. 

Projects – The highest level structure in the versioning system. Projects govern permissions access and are the level at which collaboration occurs. These are contained within teams and cannot move external to a team. 

Branches – The user-defined structure in the versioning system. Branches provide one level of direct user control to govern the organization of their projects. They form the horizontal axis of the Versions & History tree, and allow creation directly from the blank root node, or branching from existing branches. These pathways allow individual users to maintain their own branches that need not necessarily relate or have similarity to other user’s branches. They are the train tracks for design organization and workplace collaboration.  

Versions – The system-level structure in the versioning system. Versions are product-focused. A product is defined by its measurements (CAD) and materials. When a study runs on a version, by definition the CAD and materials must be fully defined. A successfully run study produces results that tie immutably to a version. To achieve this, the backend locks versions as soon as a study completes and results generate. We will never allow a user to break the association between a set of results and the product that produced them.

Now that the introductions are complete, let’s get into improving your workplace collaboration! 

Bike Stress

Bike Stress

Whew, Done With Your Design, What’s Next? (Clue, Not 16GB Emails)

No, its not time to zip everything up and email it off to someone to confuse them with your file names. 

Whether working in OnShape or another modeling software, importing a project or single part is a breeze. Then, simulation driven design begins. You can start off by changing everything from materials all the way down to the specific CAD. You can experiment with different designs and how they react to stresses.

Best of all, you can bring on your whole team to work simultaneously with you, with no downtime. Nobody waits on anyone else since everyone works together with all changes to designs and simulation results being tracked as branches and versions for anyone to access, revert to, and expand off of. 

Team Collaboration - bringing on the teamFeedback & Endorsement: A Few Clicks Away

Alright, ready for some feedback and endorsement from your boss? Here’s how: just add them, or any other collaborator, via email. You control their level of access and their allotted core hours. Most importantly, everyone can keep tabs on every step every person takes along the way to the final product.  

Need a whole team of analysts to come on and test all the ways your part could fail? The short of it is, adding collaborators to a project is just a matter of a few clicks, then they’re completely self-sufficient and can get to work. 

Team Collaboration

“This is a great start, but actually we’re looking for…”

Ah yes, feedback. Whether you’re getting torn to shreds in a design review or integrating the most constructive feedback, exploring a whole new branch and design idea is a click away. Most importantly, whether just changing material properties or completely diverging from the original design, clear version history and branch tracking keeps your thought process visible for anyone to see. 

After all, why waste time sifting through engineering jargon instead of designing? Solve gives engineers more productive time and encourages more free thinking, without any brain cells going to creative file names and remembering your co-workers emails. 

Analyst FeedbackVersion-Control Finally Under Control

Coupling with future partners in the PLM space requires that we respect the definition of a product in our versioning system, especially in simulation. Solve immutably ties simulation results to the specific version of the product that generated them. 

Each version has two set properties, the CAD and the Material. Changes to these would be cause to create a new branch. For anything else, we have versions. Within a version, it’s time for simulation and studies: the analysis-level structure in the versioning system. Studies are uniquely defined by physics, parameters, and sensors and an unlimited number of studies may be run on a version of a branch. 

Analyst EditsWorkplace Collaboration, not Workplace Confusion

We saved the best for last. No More Confusion Between Analysts and Designers.

Finally, after each of your analysts has tested your project using every means and from every angle. After the designers have taken the feedback and gone through iteration after iteration of design without ever going into production. After all this, its time to easily convince bosses and suppliers! With results consolidated for the whole project and with clear design tracking, moving from OnScale Solve to Google Slides (something I for one, dread) can be an afterthought. Besides, there’s no question about who did what and the location of certain files, everything visually branches off from the main tree. Furthermore, we facilitate a confusion-free environment for you designers and analysts to speak their own languages, AND effectively move past experimentation into production. 


Getting Started Is Just As Easy

Whew! That’s just the tip of the iceberg for Solve’s coming functionalities!  We hope you are as excited about these new features as we are, and all others coming out soon. 

You can get started with Team Collaboration immediately right here. At OnScale we take innovation very seriously, only way forward remains growth in CAE functionalities  . You’ve pushed the boundaries of our product since day one, and we’re pushing that bar farther and farther every day. Stay tuned to the OnScale Solve Roadmap for every revolutionary addition to Solve we have rolling out in the coming months!

Does all of this sound crazy, and you need to learn the OnScale Solve fundamentals? Don’t worry, that’s here in our new course. 


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Marshall Williams
Marshall Williams

Marshall Williams is a Digital Marketing Intern for OnScale. He's a student of AeroSpace Engineering and Economics at Georgia Tech, with experience in growth focused copywriting, specializing in marketing for startups and nonprofits.

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