This module is part of a series of modules defining competencies that an engineering analyst or simulation engineer would be expected to possess in order to carry out safe and effective analyses in the various module areas. In this regard the modules may be considered to be defining standards of competency in this area. The competencies and modules as they stand would define necessary requirements, but not sufficient requirements, for safe and effective analysis and simulation. In particular, industry specific competencies and non-technical competencies have not yet been included, as discussed below.
In general most modules will have specified pre-requisites and any pre-requisite modules should be examined for relevant competencies. It should also be recognised that most engineering analyses and simulations will involve competencies from quite a few modules.
Not all modules will be relevant to all analysts (e.g. buckling may not be an issue for the components being designed and manufactured by a particular company) and not all competencies in modules will be relevant to all analysts and organisations (e.g. welding may not be a process used and hence competencies relating to fatigue of welds may not be relevant).
As well as defining a general standard level of competence, the statements with their links to specific references, should also provide a good basis for informal learning in a work-based environment (a refresher for some and a basis for a move into new areas, preferably under the guidance of a mentor, for others). That is not to say that the competencies could not also be used for the development of short courses, text books or other learning material. For such structured purposes, the competencies would no doubt benefit from a re-sequencing in some areas. The competencies could also be used as the basis for interview questions and the production of self-test quizzes and even formal examinations. In this case each competency would benefit from the development of associated threshold statements, defining a base level of achievement as well as a comprehensive level.
This module aims to provide a non-industry-specific coverage of necessary background and under-pinning for practicing analysts in the structural area. The following points are also worthy of note:
1. Simulation management needs are related to a large variety of situations depending on the industry sector and discipline context and on the complexity and size of the organization.
2. It is recognized that effective analysis will require a much broader range of competences than is presented in this module. Many of these will be covered in other modules within the Competence Framework. However, it may be noted that non-technical competences relating to project management, finance, ethics, interpersonal skills, human resource management etc are not included at this time. New modules in these and other areas may be added to the competence framework in the future.
3. The content of the module is intended to be, as far as possible, “generic” ie multi-sector and non discipline-specific. However it was decided to keep a limited number of discipline–specific competence statements as informative examples.
4. All competence statements and references can be modified, deleted or replaced as necessary. New modules can also be added. In this way, the competence framework can be tailored to particular sector or company needs. This module was developed having in mind the most complex needs of large industrial organizations with a complex supply chain. Application to SME’s would require suitable tailoring.
5. Simulation management competence requirements are different for the various roles and simulation professionals (e.g. analyst, experienced specialist or manager). The competences defined in this module are listed here for the various simulation roles. Of course, they are not required as a whole for each simulation role.
6. The module has an industrial focus and therefore does not address research topics, areas not in general use across industry sectors or techniques specific to a sector.
7. Clearly effective engineering simulation will require a range of industry-specific competences and these have yet to be developed. It is anticipated that in the future, various competence frameworks will be developed to address the needs of particular sectors. These generic modules will provide the basis for this. This will involve the development of new modules as well as a “flavouring” of the current generic modules to provide specific industry focus.
8. There is presently no common and shared view across industrial sectors on the scope of Simulation Management. In the most complex situations, it encompasses several interrelated topics that have been addressed by different experts with different point of views and sometimes different vocabulary. In addition, existing standards or guidelines (either multi-sector or industry specific) for Simulation Management are very limited at this time. In most cases the only existing standards are general and are not generally addressing specificities of Simulation. Fortunately some topics are addressed in existing NAFEMS simulation specific documents and these are referenced.
9. This module has effectively been internally split into 4 sub-modules and it is likely that several distinct modules will be developed from this in the future. The sub-modules are as follows …
This sub-modulecovers basic concepts and general topics but needs to be adapted to the Simulation context (e.g. Management of Simulation Capabilities, Quality Management…). This sub-module is not addressing general non-technical competences (such as project management, finance, interpersonal skills, human resource management…) which are considered as general prerequisites as necessary.
Verification and Validation
Due to the growing importance of V&V, a dedicated sub-module addressing both Simulation V&V and Analysis/Test Collaboration, (closely interrelated topics) has been included.
PLM Integration and CAD-CAE Collaboration
In this sub-module both PLM integration (addressing basic PLM concepts and Configuration Management), and CAD/CAE collaboration (broader than the more traditional CAD/CAE link), have been brought together.
Simulation Process and Data Management
This sub-module addresses the complete Simulation Process and Data Management scope including Change Processes and Interdisciplinary Collaboration topics (as an example for Structure Analysis, collaboration with design, loads, materials or test teams).