Report from the CAASE18 Conference

I recently presented at the NAFEMS Conference for Advancing Analysis and Simulation in Engineering in Cleveland. It was a great experience with varied and interesting speakers. Many present had been doing analysis for a couple of decades so there were plenty of experts to discuss my ideas with.  Below are my thoughts from the conference and some links to particularly interesting topics and people. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested in any further information.


The aim of my presentation was to demonstrate the improvements in accuracy and speed which can be achieved by changing to a computational method to assess wind/building interaction in construction. This method is well understood and documented thanks to the aerospace and energy sectors, so why aren’t we using it for building design?


Overall it went really well and I was pleased to even get a few laughs at my jokes. The questions that really stood out during the Q&A were around the potential accuracy of using automated meshing (CFD is heavily dependent on mesh density especially around surfaces). I plan to do further work on this throughout the next few months as this will be key in allowing BVT to leverage this method.



  • Attended several advanced analysis courses which gave me valuable CPD to enable me to take on more complex work and provide solutions to more diverse and complex problems.

  • Anything can be modelled and accurate results gained nowadays – there are applications from medical to construction to heavy machinery, so don’t be afraid to ask if you have a problem or need help with a design!

  • A really interesting presentation by NASA on a pendulum swing-drop rig they use to test re-entry pods, and how analysis helped them to solve a problem with the setup –

  • A program which can create a computer model of any scanned object (even MRI/CT scans of human parts), allowing simulations to be performed. This would also be very useful for assessing 3D printed parts against the as-designed models –

  • Really good keynote speech on innovative and futuristic use of AI in machine monitoring – the software can even be used to ‘teach’ the AI (artificial intelligence) to identify problems in machines and diagnose them before more serious issues occur – and all this can be displayed through a smartphone or tablet app.. Engaging and charismatic speaker who I’m sure would respond to queries or enquiries – search “#CAASE18”

  • VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) will be the main tools used in engineering and in technology within the next 5-10 years, revolutionising the way we use smartphones, PCs, games and even our cars. An example was given of VR and AR being used to ‘watch’ a machine through a smartphone screen pointed at an empty desk! The virtual image was fully interactive and machine performance charts could be brought up at the touch of a button, and then printed as a pdf if desired. Very exciting and futuristic technology in which vast numbers of new applications are always being introduced –


Thanks to BVT for their encouragement and support, and getting me to the conference!