Recently I had the most exhilarating and exhausting time simultaneously. After months of preparations, the 2016 FloEFD Simulation Conference took place in Frankfurt (Nov 8 – 9, 2016). The large group consisted of current users, prospective users and of course us. In fact, the event proved so popular that we had to close registration early.
Given that this was the first year we brought the group together, we were all a bit nervous. Kinda like when you throw your first party. What if no one comes? Or worse yet, what if they come and don’t like it? When the first guests started trickling into the Champions sports bar at the Marriott I realized that for the first time in weeks I was more excited than nervous. Soon the bar was full and you could feel the buzz. As I walked around to introduce myself I quickly realized that we had engineers from around the world…
The gathering on Monday night at the bar. All rights reserved.
When we closed the tab late into the evening, I just knew that we were going to have an awesome time.
Registration opened at 8:30 the next day. The closer we got to 9 am the more badges disappeared from the registration table. Soon our meeting room was full … with an odd seat here and there. The meeting officially started with Boris Marovic and Drs. Moh Sabeur and Alexander Sobachkin welcoming our guests. We had a really nice mix of presentations by our customers and us. On day 1, we were treated to presentations by Renault, Danfoss Silicon Power GmbH, Axis Engineering, TQ Technology, Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe, Techni Process, Datavance, and Zentrum für Wärmemanagement. Making sure that you have a good mix of presentations is never an easy task but I could tell we’d achieved it because during the breaks you’d find people approaching the various presenters to continue the discussion.
The meeting in full swing … All rights reserved.
At the end of the day, we all took a couple of chartered buses to the Main Nizza for dinner. We had a lovely view of the river and were entertained by Alan Hudson, magician extraordinaire. This guy was unbelievable. In fact, folks kept moving from table to table to see him perform his card tricks.
How did he do that again? Alexey is not taking his eyes off Alan as Ivo participates in the next trick. All rights reserved.
After watching a couple of his tricks I shook my head in disbelief (like they do in cartoons). I’m still wondering if Alan has invented time travel and somehow stops time to finish his tricks …
Day 2 brought us presentations by Voxdale, HEC B.V, NPO Saturn, Fraunhofer IKTS, Irkut Corporation and eCooling as well as some more presentations by our team including a Q&A session with Dr. Alexander Sobachkin and Alexey Kharitonovich.
We also had two very special events on day 2. We announced the results of the 2016 FloEFD Frontloading CFD Award. The winner was Dr. Aihua Wang from Magneti Marelli for her presentation titled “Integrating Thermal Analysis into Automotive Lighting Product Design”. She received a glass trophy and a $1,500 cash prize which will be donated in her name to the ASPCA – her chosen charity. As she was unable to attend the event, one of her colleagues accepted the award on her behalf.
Dr. Wang’s colleague accepted the 2016 FloEFD Frontloading CFD Award on her behalf. All rights reserved.
Two joint runners-up each received $500 and a glass trophy. Mr. Georg Jäger at Hovalwerk AG was chosen as a runner-up for his paper titled “From Conceptual Brainstorming to a Customized Condensing Boiler”. Mr. Kolio Kojouharov, ex-engineer at Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH, received an award for his presentation titled “Design and Integration of Cooling Systems and Power Packs/Powertrains to Meet the Next Environmental (Tier IV) Regulations”. And if I may be allowed to say: I really enjoyed being involved with this award and am really looking forward to reading next year’s bunch of entries!
Mr. Kolio Kojouharov accepting his award. All rights reserved.
In addition, all presenters (well those who weren’t Mentor employees) were eligible to win a best presentation award at the conference. All delegates got to vote for their favorite and it was a hotly contested race! The two runners-up were Mr. Koen Beyers from Voxdale for his presentation titled “Wind Tunnel Design and Correlation with FloEFD” and Mr. Enrico Lorenz from Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe for his presentation “Automatic Report Generation with FloEFD”. Our runners up each received a Livescribe Smartpen. Personally I think they’re an amazing piece of kit and hope that both Enrico and Koen find taking notes during meetings a bit easier.
The best presentation award was won by Mr. Klaus Olesen from Danfoss Silicon Power GmbH for his presentation titled “CFD in Cooling of Power Modules”. I had a feeling that he was going to win. During the breaks I’d heard lots of people talking about their first choice and his name kept cropping up. It was a pleasure to award him with a Huawei MediaPad Tablet for his very engaging presentation.
Mr. Klaus Olesen accepting his award for best presentation. All rights reserved.
Day two ended with lots of happy faces and lots of business cards exchanged. When I left the room there were still lots of folks standing in groups talking. Now that’s a sign of a good “party”… when no one wants to leave.
Day three saw us back in the Frankfurt office where a few folks joined us for a FloEFD workshop.
The learning and exchange of information continues back in the office. All rights reserved.
All in all, I’d say it was a fantastic event but then again as one of the organizers I’m biased. A handful of the presentations will be made available shortly on our website thanks to the generosity of the speakers. They’ll be uploaded as soon as our film crew finish producing them and I’ll inform you when they’re online. In the meantime, we’re still catching up with our regular work so we haven’t had a chance to put up a registration page for the 2017 event yet. But rest assured that we have started work on it and will include the feedback from this year’s event to make next year’s even better. Oh and consider yourselves warned: I really want to include a fun engineering related activity in the agenda. I’m still working on the basics but I’m pretty sure there will be lots of laughs and engineering know-how involved.
So… here’s the “save the date” card. The event will be held November 7 and 8, 2017 at the Mövenpick Hotel in Berlin. If you’d like to register your interest, please send an email to email@example.com with the subject “2017 FloEFD Simulation Conference” and we’ll send you a reminder to sign up when registration officially opens in a few weeks. I’ve already had a handful of folks tell me that they’ll be there. I hope you’ll join us too. If this year’s event is even remotely similar to next year’s, I think you’ll love it!
Until next time,