In many instances, companies are using design automation software from different software suppliers to perform their design and analysis functions. Selection of the software applications were probably based on “Best in class” and organizational requirements many years before the need to move analysis on to the critical design path was not even imaginable. The advances in technology in only the last few years has made the leveraging of design geometry for analysis possible. It would be impractical to throw away the legacy system in order to integrate the design and analysis function. Therefore, it is important to have the technologies and software applications which can efficiently use geometric data from the design application in the analysis application. This paper will discuss some of the issues with using design geometry and ways to address the issues.
The paper discusses some of the “real life” issues of trying to use geometry created from design systems for analysis applications. It proposes a multi-step approach to efficiently utilize design geometry for analysis applications. The paper will discusses the advantage and disadvantages of proprietary versus international data exchange standards. It will also identify the necessary functionality to modify geometry within the analysis application. To illustrate the productivity of this approach, the paper will go through the process of modifying design geometry of a hand held video camera for a finite element mesh.