While the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ brought soccer teams and fans together from all over the world, the 7th annual European Altair Technology Conference (EATC) united innovators from around the globe on June 24th-26th at the Dolce Hotel in Munich, Germany. Technical seminars, product training sessions, panel discussions, and keynote presentations highlighted the latest trends, developments, and applications in computer-aided engineering (CAE), business intelligence, data management, grid computing, design, and engineering. The conference attracted close to 600 attendees with a total of 25 exhibitors, including 18 Alliance Partners, Gold Sponsor nCode, and Platinum Sponsors HP and Intel.
The EATC has grown from a CAE user conference to one of the major product development technology events in Europe. “The event is an annual highlight for us, and attendance has grown every year. Topics covered are of major relevance for all industries that employ our solutions. Trends I see for 2014 and beyond include lightweight design, lead time reduction through process automation, multiphysics, and system simulation,” noted Dr. Detlef Schneider, Altair Senior Vice President of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The 2014 EATC kicked off on June 24th with multiple seminars covering optimization and multi-disciplinary simulation as well as the FEKO® user group meeting, during which the FEKO acquisition by Altair was officially announced. Altair also hosted a three-day FEKO short course on electromagnetic simulation, several solidThinking Inspire® training sessions, and – for the first time – a panel discussion entitled The Next Big Idea.
This event was open to all Altair customers, the press, and assembled attendees. It provided a platform for the discussion of innovative and groundbreaking new ideas and projects that have the potential to positively change or influence society or the environment. The presenters included executives from Altair, ACENTISS GmbH, City Transformer, EOS GmbH, Sensodrive, and Jaguar Land Rover.
It was a pleasure to deliver one of the keynotes at the 7th European Altair Technology Conference as well as to participate in The Next Big Idea panel discussion,” said Mike Buckley, Technical Specialist at Jaguar Land Rover. “Events such as this enable us to keep in touch with our colleagues across a wide variety of engineering sectors, and give us a chance to view the latest technology innovations available.”
Jim Scapa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Altair, discussed Altair’s growth, philosophy, and company vision. Chief Technical Officers James Dagg and Dr. Uwe Schramm presented Altair’s technology vision and product update, respectively. Jeff Brennan, Chief Marketing Officer, enlightened the audience with a retrospective entitled 20 Years of OptiStruct®, profiling the evolution and success of Altair’s structural analysis and optimization technology.
The conference offered 15 technical tracks focused upon specific industries and focus areas, including lightweight design; multiphysics; lead time reduction; crash and safety; and system simulation. Featured keynote presentations included Altair customers Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN, Porsche, Stadler, Valeo, Scania, Voith, and GKN Aerospace. Most presentations given at the 2014 EATC are now available online.
Networking opportunities were abundant, with plenty of activity and smiles in the exhibit and sponsor area, a wonderful banquet and tour at the Allianz Arena, and nightly World Cup game viewing in the hotel lobby bar. Every year, the events that comprise Altair’s global ATC series seem to get a little bigger and better, and the European event in Munich was no exception!
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