NX CAE Symposium – Keynotes

By JerrySarfati

Here is another report from Mark at the Siemens PLM CAE Symposium.


The NX CAE Symposium kicked off this morning at the Joe Gibbs Racing Facility.   Attendees staying at the Hilton were treated to a scenic shuttle ride into the Huntersville facility, with the fall colors at their peak.  I found myself impressed by the contemporary architecture of the Joe Gibbs facility and its lush, wooded surroundings.  A buffet breakfast consisting of biscuits, sausage, fresh fruit, coffee and juices got everyone off to a great start! 

Jon Heidorn, VP of Marketing for the Americas gave the opening address, and welcomed attendees to the first ever NX CAE Symposium.

The opening customer key note was a joint presentation by Mark Bringle and Nelson Cosgrove of Joe Gibbs Racing.

Mark and Nelson entertained the group with numerous NASCAR video clips and interesting facts.  I was awed to hear that JGR routinely races 43 cars in every race, every week, and that 21 CNC machines operating in two shifts are required to satisfy the resulting part fabrication demand.  I also learned that NASCAR is now broadcast in 150 countries, and in 30 different languages, making it nothing less than a spectator sports super-phenomenon!It was great to hear that JGR employs NX Flow CFD aerodynamic simulations for intensive rock sorting of concepts, postponing the staggering $30,000/day cost of wind tunnel testing until the later stages of the design.

Come back for more from the Symposium.

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