Granta Design Open Seminar & User Group Meeting

Northern Europe User Group Meeting: October 2-3

Open Seminar: October 2

Hosted by Rolls-Royce, Derby
Venue, UGM Dinner & Accommodation Details 

The Granta Design User Group Meeting will be held at Rolls-Royce, Derby on October 2-3. The first day of the meeting is open to anyone with an interest in materials information and its applications in areas including: product development, the supply chain, quality, purchasing, warranty, and meeting environmental and regulatory objectives. This Open Session will provide an opportunity to share problems and experiences with colleagues from other engineering enterprises, to hear and discuss industry cases studies, and to see and ask questions about the latest materials information technology. The second day of the meeting is reserved for current users of the GRANTA MI or CES Selector software. This will provide opportunities for training, sharing experiences with other users, learning about the latest developments and planned enhancements, and providing your feedback and input to the Granta development team.

Both of these events are free of charge, but pre-registration is required and places are limited.

Manage materials data, whatever your medical device application   Materials choice is important for interiors, for aesthetic, cost, and safety reasons   Responding to environmental regulation is a key issue for aerospace   Wind energy   Granta customers include the world's leading aero engine makers

UGM and Open Seminar: Materials Information Technology in Industry (Oct 2)

Expert Panel includes Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, AWE, and SKF

What will be covered?

  • Case studies outlining practical applications of relevance across industry
  • The challenges faced by others seeking to maximize the impact of materials knowledge—and their solutions
  • Demonstrations of the latest materials information technology in action (including new software features and data for materials data management and decision support)
  • An opportunity to put questions to our expert panel, including Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, and SKF
  • Networking with peers in leading engineering organizations
  • Question and answer sessions with Granta experts

Those attending the open seminar will also be able to take part in a Heritage Tour at the close of the session.


Time Topic
9.30am Registration opens, coffee
10am Welcome from Rolls-Royce
10:10am Introduction (Richard Brunt, Granta) Slides
10.20am Orientation: What is materials information technology? (Ben Meyer, Granta)
An short introduction to materials information technology—what are the key technologies, issues addressed, and terminology?
10.40am Industry case studies—the business case for materials information technology (Rolls-Royce)
Some examples of how materials information technology has been applied, and the benefits that it can deliver. Examples will include: enhancing productivity and leveraging corporate knowledge in materials engineering; considering regulatory compliance of materials and product designs; time and cost savings through more effective material selection.
11am Empowering Design and Simulation (Arthur Fairfull, Granta)
This session will review how materials information and tools can be integrated with existing engineering software and systems. What are the issues that you should consider as you seek to:
  • Support investments in simulation (e.g., for structural, crash, or forming applications)
  • Enable design-for-compliance with regulations on restricted substances, environmental impact, and critical materials
  • Save time and eliminate errors in searching for data
11.30am COFFEE
11.50am Discussion - Materials data for design and simulation
A chance for attendees to share experiences and challenges in deploying materials data to support design and simulation.
12.10pm Materials information you can rely on (Ben Meyer, Granta)
An introduction to best practice management of corporate materials data. What are the technical requirements and how can these be met?
  • How can we get more value from composite test programs and inform research into new composite solutions?
  • How do we manage complex data on, e.g., sheet steels, high strain-rate properties, high-temperature performance?
  • How can we create a single 'gold source' for materials data, supporting traceability and standardization?
12.40pm Discussion - Implementing materials information management
What does it require to implement best practice materials information management? A discussion on practical experiences of attendees and how major challenges can be overcome.
2pm Rolls-Royce Case Study
Hear from Rolls-Royce how they apply materials information technology and some of the benefits gained.
2.30pm Panel Discussion: Why Materials Information Technology?
Panelists from Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, AWE, and SKF will discuss why their organizations see effective management and use of materials information as an important issue for their businesses. A round table discussion will allow participants to share their experiences, priorities, and perspectives.
3.10pm COFFEE
3.30pm The materials tools you need (Dan Williams, Granta)
How do you make the right materials choices, or tackle challenges such as the need to substitute materials due to obsolescence, cost, regulation, or global manufacturing? This session will examine the tools that are available to help engineering enterprises make better materials decisions.
4pm Discussion - Business impact
What are the priorities in applying materials data for real business impact? How do organizations go about identifying these priorities and implementing tools to address them?
4.20pm Wrap up
Heritage Tour opportunity for seminar only delegates
4:35pm Granta Users—Short Day 2 discussion
A brief review of tomorrow's agenda, including gathering participants' preferences for the training sessions, so that these can be tailored to your needs.
Open Seminar—Networking time
Opportunity for those not participating in the User Group Meeting to have informal discussions with Granta team and other attendees.
6:30pm Dinner for User Group Meeting Attendees - Mickleover Court Hotel

Day 2, Northern Europe User Group Meeting (Oct 3)

Eligibility and cost

  • The event is open to any user of the GRANTA MI or CES Selector software at an industrial or government organization with a current license
  • The event is intended primarily for users in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Scandinavia, although qualifying users from other countries are welcome
  • There is no cost for the event, but pre-registration is required
  • Accommodation will be available on-site at the venue hotel at a preferred rate for Granta guests

Event contents

  • Training on the GRANTA MI and CES Selector software: useful 'tips', latest functionality
  • Case study presentations from users: share and develop experience
  • Get your questions answered by Granta experts and colleagues from other user organizations
  • Find out about the latest developments and plans for the future
  • Give your feedback direct to Granta's development team—your chance to influence our development direction


9am Welcome
9.05am Granta update (Richard Brunt)
Latest news, development process overview, how you can contribute.
9.20am What's new in GRANTA MI Version 8 and CES Selector 2015 (Dan Williams & Charlie Bream)
Demonstration and review of the latest Granta software, released this Autumn.
9.50am User Session 1 (Airbus Defense and Space, MBDA, GE Oil & Gas, Rolls-Royce)
User sessions will consist of one or more user presentations covering how the presenting organization is implementing and using Granta software. Suggested contents:
  1. Project overview – what you use the software for (for GRANTA MI users: the structure of your implementation, plan for your final system, progress towards this plan)
  2. Successes and challenges so far – particularly where information would be helpful to other users
  3. Message for Granta – your top 2-3 priorities for Granta development
10.40am COFFEE
11.10am Granta development plans & product roadmaps (Part 1) (Dan Williams & Arthur Fairfull)
Discussion of key recent developments and the roadmap for future developments.
- Core GRANTA MI capabilities
- Integration technologies
11.40am User Session 2 (Jaguar Land Rover, Perkins Engines, AWE) AWE
12.30pm Granta development plans & product roadmaps (Part 2) (Dan Williams, Arthur Fairfull, Charlie Bream)
Discussion of key recent developments and the roadmap for future developments.
- CES Selector
- Eco design, critical materials, and restricted substance regulations (REACH)
- Data products
  Hints & tips for GRANTA MI (Najib Baig, Andy Grigg)
More detailed training: some ideas and guidance on how to get more from your GRANTA MI software.
CES Selector surgery (Charlie Bream)
Group session in which there will be a chance for CES Selector users to share key questions, get them answered, and review their use cases with Granta experts.
2.45pm User Session 3 (Teleflex, VTT, Logitech) Logitech
3.35pm COFFEE
4pm Consortia project updates from Granta (Dan Williams & Arthur Fairfull)
- MDMC Consortium
- EMIT Consortium
- AutoMatIC Consortium
4.15pm User Session 4 (Doosan Power Systems, SKF, NPL) NPL
5.05pm Closing discussion (Richard Brunt)
  • Further opportunity to feed back on Granta development plans
  • Open discussion on key user issues
  • Attendee feedback and opinion on future User Group Meetings
5.30pm CLOSE


The meeting will take place at the Rolls-Royce Learning & Career Development Centre at the Turbine Blade Facility.

Rolls-Royce Learning & Development Centre
Wilmore Road, Derby, DE24 9BD
How to get there 

There is onsite free parking at the Turbine Blade Facility Car Park. There is a shuttle bus service to the venue, or it's a ~10 min walk.

User Group Dinner

The User Group Meeting attendee dinner will be at the Mickleover Court Hotel. The dinner is complimentary and open to software users only.

6:30pm — drinks reception
7pm — sit-down

Mickleover Court — main hotel
Etwall Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 0XX
How to get there


There is no accommodation available on site, but reduced rates will be available at the main host hotel: Mickleover Court, Derby.

Accommodation here is nearly full: ensure you book as soon as possible!

Mickleover Court — main hotel
Etwall Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 0XX
How to get there 

Cost, including breakfast, parking and WIFI is £89.00.
To book, call +44 (0) 1332 521234 and quote "Rolls-Royce" when booking.

Alternative nearby hotels

If you want to be near the meeting venue...
Premier Inn Derby South

If you want to be near the rail station or town centre...
Hampton by Hilton Derby City Centre
Best Western The Stuart Hotel
Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights