Seminar on Finite Element Modelling and Simulation

Date: 14 Jul 2009 - 14 Jul 2009

Venue: SIMTech Training Room, Tower Block, Level 3

Finite Element Modelling (FEM) has been widely introduced to improve both the standard of engineering designs and the methodology of the design process in many industrial applications. The benefits of FEM include increased accuracy, enhanced design and better insight into critical design parameters, virtual prototyping, fewer hardware prototypes, a faster and less expensive design cycle, increased productivity, and increased revenue. However, in the local community, especially among SMEs, there are limited or no adoption of simulation practices in product/technology development. This is, in part, due to the costly software licences and specialised skill set required. Through this seminar, participants will gain a better understanding of the general capabilities of FEM through software. This seminar is co-sponsored by WorleyParsons and CAD-IT Consultants (Asia).

About the Speakers
Clive Ford is Manager of the Advanced Analysis Group at WorleyParsons Pte Ltd. The group provides analysis consultancy within the company and to external clients and represents a number of leading simulation software packages including Abaqus, AcuSolve and fe-safe. Clive joined WorleyParsons in 2002 and is highly involved in the application of numerical simulation techniques for product design and manufacturing across diverse industries; from biomedical to electronics, aerospace to offshore. Recently, a focus has been on fluid structure interaction, coupling the analysis of fluid and structural analysis software. Quality assurance of the analysis process is also of particular interest and the Advanced Analysis Group has been a member of NAFEMS, an international association for analysis, for many years. Prior to joining WorleyParsons he worked at Corus Group, in a variety of engineering roles including extensive use of Abaqus FEA to improve the design and manufacturing process of steel products. Clive holds a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield and a Masters in IT from the University of Nottingham. He is a committee member for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Singapore and enthusiastically promotes engineering simulation as a career.

Andy Tan Wei Ann graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a 2nd class upper honours degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2000. He started his career as a sales engineer in 2001 in Techsource Systems Pte Ltd, promoting MATLAB software. He has an Advanced Diploma for Business Administration from Thames Business School. His work experience includes sales of software, franchises and licensing sales, trade media, both directory and online media sales and marketing in semiconductors, electronics and industrial automation before joining CAD-IT Consultants (Asia) as their Business Manager in 2007, where he was responsible for the local market development for CAD-IT 's range of portfolio products, mainly ANSYS software. Andy Tan is also currently the President of QUT Alumni S'pore Chapter, and also sits on the committee of the Australia Alumni Singapore (AAS).

S E Quah has 15 years of experience on the application of mechanical CAE tools in the consumer product development environment. He was among the pioneers in Motorola to implement mechanical CAE tools in the product development environment process. He has worked extensively with software code developers in the US as well as local institutions to establish essential software features, methodologies, material library and validation process for the efficient application of CAE tools for the consumer electronic product development process. The success of integrating mechanical CAE tools to product development process in Motorola Singapore has attracted substantial attention and investments into this area from the various Motorola US sites in the late 90’s. The Motorola Singapore site was the role model for mechanical CAE tools implementation and integration for the US design sites. As a result of his contribution in the mechanical CAE usage in Motorola, S E Quah was inducted into Motorola SABA (Science Advisory Board Associate) in 2002. Only 2% of the technical population in Motorola worldwide was in this board. Besides CAE tools, Mr Quah has worked extensively in other technical roles, in defining and championing development and implementation of knowledge management tools in product development process, and front-end feasibility study of new designs. His last appointment in Motorola was Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff (R&D). S E Quah is currently a part-time lecturer in a polytechnic and freelance consultant.


The ANSYS Advantages by Mr Andy Tan, Business Manager, CAD-IT Consultants (Asia) Pte Ltd
Technology is the hallmark of the ANSYS Advantages. Companies choose ANSYS as their simulation technology provider because of the software’s proven ability to transform design concepts into innovative products and processes. 97 of the top 100 industrial companies on the FORTUNE Global 500 list use software from ANSYS in their product development processes. ANSYS attributes the success of this business model to the “The ANSYS Advantages:” resources that customers find conducive to creating the most innovative and globally competitive products for their industry. These guiding principles have led to the software’s broad-based acceptance by some of the most advanced engineering organisations in the world:

• Unequaled depth

• Unparalleled breadth

• Comprehensive multiphysics

• Engineered scalability

• Adaptive architecture

These five tenets distinguish ANSYS products from others in the industry and continually drive the ANSYS product development strategy with every dollar invested.

Abaqus - Beyond Linear by Mr Clive Ford, Manager, Advanced Analysis, WorleyParsons Pte Ltd, Singapore
A considerable amount of simulation and modelling performed today is based on the assumption that the system being considered behaves linearly, i.e. that the response is proportional to the load applied. While this assumption allows fast and easy analysis, it is often at best dubious and frequently inapplicable. Fortunately it is also increasingly unnecessary as hardware improvements make full non-linear analysis achievable for a wide range of engineering situation. Suitable software packages, such as Abaqus from SIMULIA allows engineers to understand real world behaviour and effectively optimise the design of their products, and predict with higher fidelity the initiation of damage and eventual cause of failure. In this presentation, key topics include the sources of significant non-linearities in designs and how they have been tackled by software developers along with examples of how these solutions are being successfully applied in industry.

An Overview of Mechanical CAE Tools Usage in Pager and Cellular Phone Product Development Process by Mr S E Quah, Freelance Consultant
This presentation provides an overview on mechanical CAE tools applications and focuses on the key application areas in pager and cellular phone products development process. It will highlight applications, success and challenges of CAE tools. Key considerations and focuses for companies which are keen to invest in CAE tools will be presented.





Introduction of Simulation Capabilities in SIMTech by Dr Wong Ee Hua, Senior Scientist


TheANSYS Advantages by Mr Andy Tan, Business Manager, CAD-IT Consultants(Asia) Pte Ltd


Tea Break & Networking


Abaqus– Beyond Analysis by Mr Clive Ford, Manager, Advanced Analysis WorleyParsons Pte Ltd, Singapore


An Overview of Mechanical CAE Tools Usage in Pagerand Cellular Phone ProductDevelopment Process by Mr S E Quah, Freelance Consultant



Who Should Attend
Industry professionals, R&D managers, engineers, researchers and academic staff.

On-line Registration 
Registration for this seminar is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come, first served basis. 

For technical enquiries: Yong Kian Fei, Email:; Tel: 67938997
For general enquiries, Alice Koh, Email:; Tel: 67938249