On 10 January, the ITEA VMAP project announced its first public version of the Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) data interface standard. The VMAP project that started in September 2017 with 30 partners from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, aims to gain a common understanding and interoperable definitions for virtual material modelling in Computer-Aided Engineering.
VMAP is a vendor-neutral standard for CAE data storage to enhance interoperability in virtual engineering workflows. The work within the VMAP project results in an open and vendor-neutral ‘Material Data Exchange Interface Standard’ community which will continue the standardisation efforts in the future.
Interoperable virtual engineering models and a seamless transfer of material and engineering history in a CAE workflow enables industrial users to develop and produce better products in a shorter timescale using more efficient manufacturing processes.
Interoperability is a significant topic for a large part of the Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation and analysis sector. Improving accuracy and speed in both product and process design is a constant requirement. Especially in the rapidly emerging market of additive manufacturing for metal and plastics, an open software interface standard for virtual material modelling will have significant benefits.
A critical factor in this is enabling seamless collaboration between teams, often in different organisations, addressing different simulations and physics. This, however, presents a significant barrier.
The 1st International Conference on Interoperability, organised by the ITEA VMAP project, will discuss these issues and more. The conference will take place in Bamberg, Germany, on 13-14 May 2020, following directly on the NAFEMS DACH Regional Conference.
VMAP ITEA website
VMAP International Conference on CAE Interoperability