The main aim of this Leonardo da Vinci European Transfer of Innovation project was to set out the knowledge and skills that a competent simulation engineer should possess. The goal was to transfer, modify and extend the output from the previously completed and highly successful CCOPPS project, which developed a similar framework for the pressure systems industry sector, and to make it applicable to a wide range of industry sectors.

There were three key deliverables from the project:



An “Educational Base”. This is a set of detailed statements explaining what competencies a good simulation engineer should have. This has been split down in to a number of different modules, covering different areas of technology (e.g. FEA fundamentals, dynamics, composites etc). It also provides links to appropriate books and training courses that will help an engineer to gain the appropriate competence.

A “Competency Framework”. This is a computerised system that allows the skills that are developed by individuals to be tracked and logged. This can then be used by individuals to plan and monitor their career development as a simulation engineer, or by companies to do the same for their staff and to keep a database of the combined simulation skills of their workforce.

A revised and updated NAFEMS Registered Analyst Scheme – The Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE) has been developed, based upon the competency statements that have been established above.

The project was managed by a strong EU-wide partnership headed up by the University of Strathclyde (leader of the CCOPPS project). The project manager was Dr. Jim Wood who, as a staunch supporter of NAFEMS for many years, shaped the proposal so that the outcomes would be of great benefit to all NAFEMS members. In addition to NAFEMS, the other project partners were AMEC Power & Process Europe, EADS Innovation Works, EnginSoft, E.ON, Geofem Ltd., Nevesbu, Nokia Corporation, RENAULT, SELEX Galileo and Tetra Pak Carton Ambient S.p.A., covering 9 key European industry sectors.

This project was extremely beneficial to NAFEMS. One of the key goals, and a major part of the mission, was to provide effective educational support for all NAFEMS members. The project has allowed us to be far more effective in achieving this. The benefit of enabling the previous Registered Analyst Scheme to be reviewed and updated was an added bonus.

The EASIT2 Generic Educational Base covers the following areas (modules):

  1. Finite Element Analysis
  2. Computational Fluid Dynamics
  3. Beams, Membranes, Plates and Shells
  4. Mechanics, Elasticity and Strength of Materials
  5. Fundamentals of Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer
  6. Materials for Analysis and Simulation
  7. Plasticity and Shakedown
  8. Creep and Time-Dependency
  9. Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour
  10. Flaw Assessment
  11. Fatigue
  12. Optimisation
  13. Dynamics and Vibration
  14. Composite Structures
  15. Buckling and Instability
  16. Nonlinear Geometric Effects and Contact
  17. Non-deterministic Analysis
  18. Multi-Physics Analysis

Input from a wide range of experts drawn from the NAFEMS community was used to ensure that the various modules in the Generic Educational Base had the appropriate statements of competence and resource references.