High attendance at simulation user conference

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Static simulator EPS-iL with steering testrig installed

Rail and automotive users of advanced engineering simulation systems recently attended a user conference held in Turin.

VI-grade has reviewed its 2017 International User Conference, where 227 engineers, managers and simulation experts attended from 101 automotive, motorsports, motorcycle and rail companies, universities and research centres gathered from 24 countries to discuss the latest simulation trends and to exchange their experience with other users of the VI-grade technology.

The event took place on May 10th-11th, 2017 at the Museo dell’Automobile located in Turin, Italy and marked a 30% increase in attendance compared to last year’s event

Under the banner “Bridging the gap between testing and simulation”, the event offered a comprehensive agenda, featuring 37 presentations from renowned international companies such as Alfa Romeo, Danisi Engineering, Ferrari, FEV, Fraunhofer ITWM, Honda, HPE, Lamborghini, Magneti Marelli Motorsport, MegaRide and many others from both the road and rail arenas.

Andrea Fioccardi and Luca Dusini of Alfa Romeo presented a paper – which also was selected by the audience as “UC2017 Best Presentation” – titled “How to reduce development time: winter session at the driving simulator”, related to the use of the simulator in order to test the car in low adherence conditions using a safe and controlled environment and reducing/optimising the testing session.

​Simone Moscatelli (Automobili Lamborghini) presented a paper titled “Using driving simulator and HIL in calibration of a magnetorheological damper controller” and related to the use of the DiM simulator in the complete development chain of a calibration set for magnetorheological dampers.

Michael Unterreiner (Porsche) and Fabio Galasso (Addfor) presented a paper titled “Optimising the system integration process by the use of dynamic driving simulators”, related to the use of driving simulation in the testing phase of new versus old control systems, performing track testing with an increased system maturity.

During the conference, ViGrade also had the chance of awarding the “UniNa Corse – Squadra Corse Università di Napoli Federico II” Formula SAE team with the First Prize of the 2017 edition of the Virtual Formula competition. The team was awarded with a full software package from VI-grade as well as a full day session at VI-grade’s SimCenter together with Squadra Corse Lamborghini, technical partner of the initiative.

The event, rated “very good” to “excellent” by 96% of the participants, also provided discussion opportunities about how to prove ADAS/AD technology efficiently, safely and comfortably using driving simulators through a very interesting podium discussion featuring Michele Caggiano (FEV), Gunnar Graefe (3D Mapping), Alex Mugnai (Esteco), Werner Reinalter (Magna Steyr Engineering), Carl Sandberg (Volvo Car Corporation) and moderated by Prof Mike Blundell (Coventry University).

On May 9th, all conference participants were invited to join the Ice Breaker event hosted in the brand new Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Centre at the Danisi Engineering premises in Nichelino (Turin). The event provided the opportunity to discover the whole range of driving and steering simulation products (from vehicle dynamics to NVH, from ride to ADAS) offered by VI-grade, Danisi Engineering and partners.

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