"In the process of building the simulation management platform, PATAC and Altair often needed to collaborate on strategies to find the best solution because there was no precedent. Altair has shown us its professional understanding of the CAE business and its ability to customize products."
– Qiu Rongying
Senior Manager of PATAC Vehicle Virtual Technology
There are five main modules in the platform:
1. HWI – full-vehicle rapid modeling module:
Key functions include component classification, automatic meshing, and component
2. Model Builder – master model management module:
Key functions include master model management, mesh model reuse, and revised
3. Simulation Manager – CAE data and load case management module:
Key functions include managing all CAE load cases and models, improving visualization
of analysis iteration and tracking, linking model and analysis results, and centralizing
management of all CAE data on one server.
4. Process Manager – CAE project management module:
Key functions include analysis planning, automation creation and distribution
of CAE jobs, and analysis process visualization.
5. Dashboard – collaborative statistical data dashboard:
Key functions include real-time collaboration, online reporting, and evaluation
In addition, HPC integration functionality means the platform seamlessly integrates with
PBS Professional. Key functions include unified user authentication, job submission inside
CAE tasks, job status, and results of automatic returns.
Since the platform was a first-of-its-kind endeavor, the road ahead wasn’t always clear.
According to Rongying, "In the process of building the simulation management platform,
PATAC and Altair often needed to collaborate on strategies to find the best solution because
there was no precedent. Altair has shown us its professional understanding of the CAE
business and its ability to customize products."
Ongoing Collaboration and Development
Today, PATAC’s custom CAE simulation management platform includes modules for fullvehicle rapid modeling, model management, load case data management, and analysis plan
management, plus a collaborative statistics dashboard. It accommodates a wide variety of
users and efficiently enables the company’s CAE simulations.
The value of simulation data is going up as the volume of simulation analysis increases,
and as increasingly synergistic needs between different simulation fields emerge. PATAC and
Altair have noted this trend and, with PATAC’s simulation platform, have made an innovative
start in addressing those needs and bringing simulation management to the next level.
“In the long run,” said Rongying, “the establishment of the Pan Asia CAE simulation
management platform will be advantageous not only for the efficiency of the simulation
business, but also for the digital transformation of the entire company." PATAC is now
planning the second phase of the project, working with Altair to continually improve
and optimize the simulation management platform.