Heeds MDO Product

Why Heeds MDO?

HEEDS accelerates the product development process by automating analysis workflows, maximizing available computational hardware and software resources and efficiently exploring the design space for innovative solutions while assessing the new concepts to ensure performance requirements are met.

Design Space Exploration and Optimization
HEEDS enables users to explore a wide range of design options and parameters, facilitating the discovery of optimized solutions to complex engineering problems.

Time and Cost Efficiency
By automating the design process and leveraging optimization algorithms, HEEDS helps reduce the time and cost associated with product development through rapid analysis of numerous design variations.

Multi-disciplinary Optimization
HEEDS supports the consideration of multiple engineering disciplines simultaneously, allowing for a holistic approach to design optimization that considers interactions between different domains.

Workflow Automation
HEEDS automates repetitive tasks in the design and optimization process, streamlining workflows and enhancing efficiency. This automation can lead to faster decision-making and more comprehensive exploration of design spaces.

Process automation

HEEDS enables automated workflows for the ease of driving product development processes. With an extensive list of developed interfaces to commercial CAD and CAE tools, HEEDS quickly and easily integrates many technologies without the need for custom scripting or manual manipulation. The data is automatically shared between different modeling and simulation products to evaluate performance trade-offs and design robustness.

HEEDS helps you automate and simplify virtual prototyping initiatives by allowing you to:

  • Create process flows combining internal, commercial 1D, 2D and 3D simulation and cost-estimating tools
  • Modify any native geometry
  • Robustly re-mesh or update any simulation physics models
  • Support co-simulation or sequential workflows
  • Automate model rebuilding to explore a broad design space

By using HEEDS, you can easily define the design workflow and automatically share data between different modeling and simulation products. This leaves you to focus on gaining a deeper understanding of your design and choosing the best option for production.

The process automation capabilities of HEEDS allow users to push a single button and evaluate any design variant. With the workflow fully automated, it allows for downstream design space exploration to take place more easily and efficiently.

Distributed execution

HEEDS leverages existing hardware investments which allows for the efficient use of all available hardware resources. These include Windows and Linux based workstations or clusters either on-site or abroad, as well as cloud computing resources to accelerate innovative product development.

HEEDS Distributed Execution includes the ability to:

  • Leverage all available computing resources
  • Reduce simulation turnaround with multiple levels of parallelization, such as workflow, tasks and cores
  • Support unlimited load cases
  • Orchestrate simulation tasks across platforms and operating systems
  • Leverage efficient licensing schemes, high-performance computers (HPCs) and cloud resources
  • Maximize your investment in virtual simulation with 24/7/365 run availability

HEEDS allows you to effectively leverage your existing hardware investment as the solution allows efficient use of all your hardware resources, including local, remote, cluster and cloud computing. For example, you can automate geometry modifications on your laptop’s Windows distributed execution operating system, perform a structural deformation simulation on a Linux server and a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation on multiple cores of a Linux cluster. HEEDS can be used to orchestrate the entire distributed process and consolidate design space exploration results.

Efficient search

As opposed to most traditional optimization tools that require highly specialized technical expertise and simplification of models to allow for efficient search, all designers and engineers can use HEEDS to unlock innovation.

HEEDS includes proprietary design space exploration functionality that is used to simultaneously leverage multiple global and local search strategies, and adapt the search as it learns more about the design space. It requires no algorithmic search expertise on the part of the user but easily incorporates user intuition through its collaborative search capabilities. This process allows you to identify higher-performing families of designs with minimal simulation time and cost.

This approach, known as systematic human error reduction and prediction approach (SHERPA):

  • Requires no model simplification, model fitting or surrogates
  • Uses hybrid, adaptive intelligent search to find better designs in fewer evaluations
  • Helps you reduce search time, product development costs and product design risks

AI enhanced search

HEEDS AI Simulation Predictor is a performance booster for SHERPA that enhances its state-of-the-art search technology, such as to operate at even greater speeds. This accelerator is intended for HEEDS users seeking to expedite their search processes for time-consuming CAE analyses or when lengthy optimizations are needed.

HEEDS AI Simulation Predictor empowers users by enabling accuracy-aware AI, as part of the hybrid-adaptive search framework, to actively learn and enhance the current search as well as learning for future design processes. It offers a significant reduction in design optimization time while maintaining the same design budget when applicable. Comparable results to SHERPA are achievable, with the added potential for even faster performance. Save up to 40% on computational time for lengthy optimizations! Additionally, this new technology allows the re-utilization of prior data, providing valuable insights for designing new products and systems and ultimately saving time and costs.

You don’t need AI expertise – this cutting-edge technology seamlessly integrates into your existing workflows, accelerating computationally intensive CAE simulations around the SHERPA search framework. HEEDS AI Simulation Predictor allows you to either finish tasks faster or tackle more simulations within the same timeframe. In either case, by leveraging HEEDS, you are now able to discover better designs even faster!

Insight and discovery

HEEDS software allows you to easily explore performance tradeoffs during the virtual prototype design process and effectively facilitate design reviews. By using the software, you can:

  • Gain insight into product design alternatives
  • Identify families of top-performing designs
  • Indicate areas of cost-effective design changes
  • Support design reviews by providing sensitivity to design variables
  • Allow assessment of robustness to manufacturing tolerances

HEEDS allows users to compare performance over a broad spectrum of designs and find feasible design families that exhibit desirable characteristics and robustness. The software can help you understand design performance over competing objectives and constraints. You can easily identify the sensitivity of selected designs to input variables to confidently make immediate design decisions during reviews and identify predicted results

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