Granta Design Open Seminar & User Group Meeting

Open Seminar: March 17, 2015
French User Group Meeting: March 18, 2015

Paris, France
Venue, UGM Dinner & Accommodation Details 

The Granta Design Seminar and User Group Meeting will be held in Paris on March 17-18. The first day of the meeting is open to anyone with an interest in materials information and its applications in areas including: materials engineering, product design and 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 the latest materials information technology. The second day 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

Open Seminar: Materials Information Technology in Industry (March 17)

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 software in action
  • Networking with peers in leading engineering organizations
  • Question and answer sessions with Granta experts

Outline Agenda

Time Topic
09:30 Registration opens, coffee
10:00 Welcome and Introduction (Romain Elleboode, Granta Design)
10:15 Orientation: What is materials information technology?(Romain Elleboode, Granta Design)
An short introduction to materials information technology—what are the key technologies, issues addressed, and terminology?
10:35 Round Table Discussion: Why Materials Information Technology?
A round table discussion will allow participants to share their experiences, priorities, and perspectives.
11:30 Empowering Design and Simulation (Arthur Fairfull, Granta Design)
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
12:00 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.
12:15 Materials information you can rely on (Remi Mesnildrey, Granta Design)
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?
12:45 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.
14:30 CES Selector Case Study
Hear from a user of CES Selector how they apply the software for material selection.
15:00 GRANTA MI Case Study (Antoine Drouot, MBDA)
Hear from a user of the GRANTA MI system in industry how they apply materials information technology and some of the benefits gained.
15:45 The materials tools you need (Dan Williams, Granta Design)
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.
16:15 Closing discussion - Business impact (Romain Elleboode, Granta Design)
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?
16:45 Short session for User Group Meeting Attendees only—preview and planning for tomorrow's sessions.
17:00 CLOSE
Evening Dinner for User Group Meeting Attendees

User Group Meeting, Users-only Sessions (March 17-18)

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 France and Belgium, 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

Outline Agenda—Tuesday, March 17

Evening User Group Dinner

Outline Agenda—Wednesday, March 18

09:00 Welcome
09:10 Granta update (Romain Elleboode, Granta Design)
Latest news, development process overview, how you can contribute.
09:20 What's new in GRANTA MI Version 8 and CES Selector 2015? (Remi Mesnildrey/ Victor Arnoux, Granta Design)
Demonstration and review of the latest Granta software.
09:50 User Session 1 (Airbus Defense & Space, CEA, Radiall)
User sessions will consist of one or more user presentations covering how the presenting organization is implementing and using Granta software: key lessons learned, key requirements and feedback for Granta. Over the course of the five sessions, all organizations attending will be given an opportunity to add comments on their requirements.
10:30 COFFEE
10:50 Granta development plans & product roadmaps (Part 1) (Dan Williams, Granta Design)
Discussion of key recent developments and the roadmap for future developments.
- Core GRANTA MI capabilities
- Integration technologies
11:20 User Session 2 (Airbus Helicopters, PSA) Airbus Helictopers (1)
Airbus Helicopters (2)
12:00 LUNCH
13:30 Granta development plans & product roadmaps (Part 2) (Charlie Bream, Granta Design)
Discussion of key recent developments and the roadmap for future developments.
- CES Selector
- Eco design, critical materials, and restricted substance regulations (REACH)
- Data products
13:50 User Session 3 (Airbus Helicopters, MBDA, SNECMA, Thales) Presentation
14:30 Consortia project updates from Granta (Arthur Fairfull, Granta Design)
- MDMC Consortium
- EMIT Consortium
- AutoMatIC Consortium
15:00 COFFEE
15:15 PARALLEL SESSIONs: GRANTA MI and Ces selector
  Hints & tips for GRANTA MI users
(Remi Mesnildrey, Granta Design)
More detailed training: some ideas and guidance on how to get more from your GRANTA MI software.
45 Mins - Part Cost Estimator
(Charlie Bream, Granta Design)
Introduction, Demo and Q&A
15 Mins - Q&A
General Q&A on CES Selector
16:15 Closing discussion (Romain Elleboode, Granta Design)
Summarize actions and conclusions from the meeting. Discuss plans for future UGMs.
16:30 CLOSE

Reserve your place now, or contact us for more information.


The meeting will take place at the Best Western Plus Paris Velizy

Best Western Plus Paris Velizy
1 Place de l'Europe, 78140 Velizy-Villacoublay, France
How to get there 

There is onsite parking charged at €9 per day.

User Group Dinner

The User Group Meeting attendee dinner will be at the Best Western Plus Paris Velizy Hotel. The dinner is complimentary and open to software users only.

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


Reduced rates are available at the main hotel for a limited time, book before Monday, February 23, 2015.

The Best Western Plus Paris Velizy — main hotel
1 Place de l'Europe, 78140 Velizy-Villacoublay, France
How to get there

Cost, including breakfast, and WIFI is €127,27 +VAT and city taxes.
To book, complete the form below and email a copy to Estelle BLANC (