Mastering Materials Information for a Competitive Edge

Open Educational Seminar and Granta User Meeting

Granta toolsDate: August 3, 2015
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati Blue Ash, 5300 Cornell Road, Blue Ash, OH
Timings: Open Seminar (9am-3pm), User Meeting (1.45pm-6pm, followed by drinks)

Speakers include: GE - Aviation, Honeywell

Effective use of materials information is critical to engineering enterprises for: quality and innovation in design and development, risk reduction, and efficiency gains. Yet many companies lack a strategy to capture and manage this vital resource and to deploy it for business success.

Open Seminar

Join us for an educational seminar to:

  • Uncover best practices in materials information management
  • Learn key concepts, applications, and implementation strategies for your organization
  • Hear how industry leaders master materials information; speakers will include GE-Aviation and NASA
  • See demonstrations of the latest materials information technology.

This session is open to anyone interested in managing materials information, or in its use in areas such as: materials engineering, simulation, product development, and design for the environment or regulatory compliance. It will be held prior to the 26th Material Data Management Consortium meeting, enabling networking with leading practitioners of materials information technology.

Granta User Meeting

An afternoon session for licensed users of the GRANTA MI or CES Selector software wil provide the opportunity to:.

  • Share experience and challenges with the Granta team and other users; get advice
  • See what's new, hear about Granta's development plans, and provide your input
  • Get specific hints and tips to help you use the software


8.30am Registration opens, coffee
9am Introductions (John Twerdok, Granta Design)
9.10am Key Concepts in Materials Information Technology (Dr Will Marsden, Granta Design)
A brief introduction to the field of Materials Information Technology and orientation to some of the most important requirements, tools, and concepts.
9.35am Industry case study (Andy Powell, GE - Aviation)
Hear from an industrial user of Materials Information Technology on how they have implemented and applied the software, and the lessons and benefits they take from this experience.
10.00am Round Table Discussion: Why Materials Information Technology?  (Dr Will Marsden, Granta Design)
Why do 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.
10.20am Empowering Design and Simulation (Dan Williams, Granta Design)
Presentation and discussion on how materials information and tools can support existing engineering processes, 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?
11.00am COFFEE
11.30am Best practice in Materials Information Management (Debbie Mies, 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?
12.10pm 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.
1.45pm Industry case study—Doug Hall, Honeywell
Hear from an industrial user of Materials Information Technology on how they have implemented and applied the software, and the lessons and benefits they take from this experience.
2.10pm The Material Data Management Consortium
Dr Steven Arnold of NASA Glenn Research Center, Chair of the MDMC, will briefly introduce the project.
2.25pm Implementing materials information technology (Dan Williams, Granta Design)
Discussion—how do engineering managers successfully make the business case for investment in materials information technology? 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?
GRANTA USER GROUP (Closed Session for licensed users of Granta software only)
3.30pm What's new in GRANTA MI and CES Selector? (Dr Will Marsden, Granta Design)
An update on the latest developments and performance improvements in the software.
3.50pm Roadmap and Feedback Session (Dan Williams, Granta Design)
An outline of Granta's product development plans from Dan Williams, Product Manager for GRANTA MI, and a chance for you to provide feedback and your key development requirements directly to the product management team.
4.50pm Training—Hints and Tips for GRANTA MI users
Some ideas and guidance on how to get more from your GRANTA MI software.
6pm Drinks—join members of the MDMC and the Granta Team for a relaxed networking session

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


Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati Blue Ash
5300 Cornell Road
Blue Ash, OH

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