Aside from my day job, I’ve been working on a rather fun project – creating short videos from the 2016 FloEFD Simulation Conference. I’ve got hours of video footage to look through so I’ve been watching them during those awkward times … you know, when you have a few minutes before a meeting starts but that’s not enough time to start or finish any open tasks. So I tend to grab a cup of coffee and watch a few minutes of videos.
Watching the event through the eyes of the film crew has been an eye opener – it feels like I’m visually “eavesdropping” on the conference. Some clips don’t have sound but the general mood is coming through loud and clear. There was an amazing level of engagement – not just with the presenters but among the attendees during the breaks as well. And a whole lot of smiling…
Based on the results of a post-event survey, 87% of people said that the conference was effective at helping them become more confident in the use of FloEFD. And I’ve watched clip after clip of people actively taking notes and pictures of what was on the screen.
And while it will be easy to fill the agenda with nonstop presentations by our team, it was the presentations made by our customers that made the day. A majority of attendees told us that customer presentations were just as valuable as technology insight ones and since 79% of attendees from 2016 are likely or very likely to attend the event in 2017, we’d like to make sure that the agenda reflects that preference.
So by way of this post I would like to formally invite you to submit an abstract for a presentation on a topic of your choice (as long as it relates to FloEFD 🙂 ). All presentations are 25 minutes long and include 5 minutes of Q&A time. In case you’re wondering what kinds of topics would be of interest, the sky’s the limit but here are some suggestions:
- How to use FloEFD: For example, one speaker last year talked about generating meaningful reports. Another example would be how to create animations with wow factor. Or top tips for presenting analysis results to management.
- What’s the engineering process at your company: Feature what you design, how you design it and where FloEFD comes into play. Or how your design team works alongside your analysis team. Or tell us about how quickly you can get your projects off your desk. Think about what makes your company’s use of CFD unique and share it with us.
- Working with complementary codes for co-simulation: Do you use any other tools in conjunction with FloEFD such as FEA or combine 1D and 3D simulation? Tell us about it!
- Answering fun questions: Seriously! Have you ever used FloEFD for a bit of fun or to answer any unusual questions such as understanding flow of liquid in a straw to get the best mix of flavors or how a building can set a nearby car on fire? Or can a Lego helicopter fly? Think outside the box and then regale us with your creativity.
These are just some examples. I’m sure you can think of a lot more. Oh and before I forget, registration for the conference is open so you can sign-up here and if you would like to send in an abstract or learn more about what we’re looking for please follow this link. If you have any questions about the conference please feel free to contact Boris Marovic at boris_marovic at mentor.com. I’m also very happy to serve as a sounding board.
Come on, don’t be shy. If you had attended the event last year you’d know that the audience was very friendly and supportive so you don’t need to be nervous. We’re a very friendly bunch. I know November is 8 months away but quite frankly I can’t wait to see your presentations!
Until next time,