Granta Design Open Seminar & User Group Meeting

Mastering Materials Information: Granta User Group & Open Seminar

Granta toolsOpen Seminar: October 13, 2015
Northern Europe User Group Meeting: Oct 13-14, 2015

Location: Daventry, UK
Venue: Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel
Accommodation: Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel

The Granta Design User Group Meeting will be held on October 13-14. The first day is a Seminar open to anyone with an interest in materials information and its applications in areas including: materials engineering, product development, the supply chain, quality, purchasing, warranty, and meeting environmental and regulatory objectives. Share problems and experiences with colleagues from other engineering enterprises, hear and discuss industry cases studies, and ask questions about the latest technology.

The second day is for current users of the GRANTA MI or CES Selector software. It 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 events are free of charge, but pre-registration is required and places are limited.

Open Seminar: Mastering Materials Information (October 13)

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
  • Networking with peers in leading engineering organizations; Q&A with Granta experts
  • Not currently a Granta customer? Find out how the technology could benefit you
  • Already a Granta customer? See new ideas for applying materials information technology in your organization

Outline Agenda—Tuesday, October 13

9am Registration opens, coffee
9.30am Introduction (Thomas Weninger, Granta Design)
Agenda review, introductions, brief orientation to key concepts in the field of Materials Information Technology.
9.50am Guest speaker (Hannah Carver, AWE)
Hear from AWE, a user of Materials Information Technology, on their materials information management project.
10.20am Panel Table Discussion. Participants from Doosan Babcock, JLR, AWE, Rolls-Royce (Chaired by Richard Brunt)
A round table discussion will allow panelleists and other participants to share their key problems relating to materials information, and discuss their solution. The discussion will identify priority topics for the rest of the day.
11.25am Product Case Study (Dan Williams, Granta Design)
Through the day, we'll follow a product development scenario—a product part progressing from conceptual design, through development, and into service. We'll see how Materials Information Technology can impact this process. In this session, we'll introduce the scenario and provide an overview of how Materials Information Technology helps.
11.45am Product Case Study (1): Conceptual design (Dr Pete Cherns, Granta Design)
In our first case study presentation, we'll identify new materials options for lightweighting our part and perform initial risk assessment and simulation to ensure that any subsequent work focuses on materials that are likely to maximize engineering performance, minimize weight and cost, and avoid potential environmental or regulatory risks.
12.15pm Experiences in Additive Manufacturing (Dr Will Marsden, Granta Design)
Additive Manufacturing ('3D printing') projects face difficult challenges in managing high volumes of specialist data and applying this data to increase understanding and, ultimately, performance of processes. Hear about Granta's experiences in supporting leading projects in this emerging field, and how lessons learned can be applied elsewhere.
Managing materials information

Materials decision-making with CES Selector

CES Selector Slides

CES Selector Slides
1.35pm Guest Speaker (Jing Li, GKN Aerospace)
Hear about GKN's materials information management project.
2pm Product Case Study (2): Material testing and characterization (Najib Baig, Granta Design)
Having identified a potential new material for our product part, we need to study this material in detail. This requires testing, characterization, and making the best use of available company and supplier data. How can the company most effectively manage and use such high-value current and legacy data?
2.30pm Discussion: Managing materials information and Materials selection and substitution
2.45pm COFFEE
3.15pm Product Case Study (3): Detailed design and into service (Dan Williams, Granta Design)
In the final step in our product case study, we'll see how company materials data is integrated with enterprise systems, such as CAD, CAE, and PLM, with full traceability. We'll see how this can inform the detailed design of our part, ready for production, and how it enables efficient response to later requirements for redesign, customer service, or regulatory responses.
3.40pm Workshop session: Return on investment and practical implementation (Richard Brunt, Granta Design)
Implementing any information technology requires a clear business case. How is this case typically made for materials information technology? What are the key sources of return on investment? And, once the case has been made, what are the key factors that lead to successful implementations?
4.20pm Closing discussion

Agenda review session for User Group attendees
A brief session to review tomorrow's agenda and provide input on the content of training sessions.
Open Seminar attendees—Networking time An opportunity for those not participating in the User Group Meeting to have informal discussions with the Granta team.

6pm Drinks Reception and Bowling, Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel (closed for users only)
7pm User Group Dinner, Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel (closed for users only)

User Group Meeting, Users-only Session (October 14)

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

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—Wednesday, October 14

9am Welcome
9.10am Granta update
Latest news, development process overview, how you can contribute.
9.30am What's new in GRANTA MI Version 9 and CES Selector 2016
Demonstration and review of the latest Granta software, released this Autumn.
10.10am User Session—The LEGO Group, AWE
User sessions will consist of one or more user presentations covering how the presenting organization is implementing and using Granta software.
10.40am COFFEE
11.10am Development plans & product roadmap
Discussion of key recent developments and the roadmap for future developments. Includes:
- Core GRANTA MI capabilities
- Integration technologies (MI:Materials Gateway)
- Environmental & regulatory compliance
Applying the new developments in Selector 2016
Discussion of how to apply the recent developments and the roadmap for future developments. Includes:
- Developments to core charting and selection
- New Part Cost Estimation tool
- Data updates
CES Selector Slides
12noon User Session—Perkins Engines, JLR, Stryker
12.30pm LUNCH
1.30pm Hints & tips for GRANTA MI
More detailed training: some ideas and guidance on how to get more from your GRANTA MI software.
CES Selector surgery
Group session in which there will be a chance for CES Selector users to share key questions, get them answered, and review use cases with Granta experts.
2.30pm User Session—Rolls-Royce, Doosan Babcock
Further user presentations focused on GRANTA MI.
CES Selector futures
Review and provide input on some ideas for the future development of the CES Selector user interface.
3.30pm Consortia project updates from Granta
- MDMC Consortium
- EMIT Consortium
- AutoMatIC Consortium
3.50pm User Session—GKN Aerospace, TBC
4.20pm Closing discussion
  • Further opportunity to feed back on Granta development plans
  • Open discussion on key user issues
  • Attendee feedback and opinion on future User Group Meetings



Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel
Hellidon Lakes
NN11 6GG

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