November 2, 2022

Recap: 2022 MODSIM Conference Offers Innovation and Sustainability at Its Finest 

Recap of the 2022 Modeling & Simulation Conference.
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The 2022 3DEXPERIENCE Modeling & Simulation Conference for Europe and the Americas took place virtually on October 13, 2022, and focused on game-changing technology from CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, and SIMULIA, with experts from different industries sharing their experiences of how modeling and simulation (MODSIM) together enables sustainable, efficient, and connected product development.

At this year’s conference, we heard from leading businesses across industries like transportation and mobility, and consumer packaged goods, about how the coupling of modeling and simulation creates the basis for them to reach their goals. Keynotes included Renault Group, Unilever, and PepsiCo, and also a plenary session with CATIA and SIMULIA executives.

Let’s learn more about the focus of this year’s event and how you can discover all of the rich content including replays of all the presentations now available in our MODSIM Community.

Sustainable Product Development

Sustainability is one of the strongest business drivers facing every industry. In recent years, organizations have had to adapt to electrification, the circular economy, and resource limitations. Products are getting more complex, requiring more testing and validation during development. At the same time, the need to eliminate waste, reduce emissions and innovate more efficiently is an urgent priority.

Olivier Sappin, CEO of CATIA, opened the conference by stating, “80% of a product’s impact on the planet is defined in the concept stage. We need to concentrate on the design, modeling, and simulation stage to reduce that.” By democratizing and automating simulation processes, companies can empower designers and product developers to validate requirements in the early stages of concept design while putting sustainability at the center of what they do.

“At Dassault Systèmes sustainability is of strategic importance. That is why we created role-based applications to help designers assess the environmental impact of the product they are working on.” – Daniel Pyzak, CATIA Mechanical Industry Process Consult

At its core, MODSIM is the unification of modeling and simulation together in one place, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. MODSIM ensures a single source of truth for all of your data and helps teams to better collaborate on designs providing benefits such as parametric and automated modeling, engineering templates, and associativity between design and simulation data.

Dhiraj Nahar, Director of Technical Sales, from SIMULIA commented, “When more users can participate in product development, companies can reach their sustainability targets faster. A MODSIM approach helped one customer in the packaging industry to reduce the weight of a plastic bottle by 20% and cut development time from 10 months to three weeks.” MODSIM creates a robust product development cycle where you can easily manage multiple design variants, make better-informed decisions, and accelerate innovation.

Keynote Speakers and Panel Discussions

At this year’s conference, we heard from keynote speakers, Unilever, Renault Group, and PepsiCo, about the benefits of modeling and simulation and how it helps future-proof design strategies. There were also panel discussions with users including SMS_ThinkTank, Scania, RESEMIN, and more, who are in the process of moving to a MODSIM approach, and demonstrations of industry workflows, putting MODSIM to the test.

Keynote presentations:

  • Unilever’s Mel Creasey discussed how a MODSIM approach enables R&D teams to quickly design robust, reliable products while optimizing materials and managing multiple stakeholder requirements in his conference keynote presentation.
  • In his conference keynote, Pascal Remusan of Renault Group explained the company is empowering designers with simulation tools to boost sustainability, optimize vehicle performance and shorten design loops.
  • In his MODSIM conference keynote, Max Rodriguez revealed how PepsiCo is using advanced modeling and simulation tools and patented molding technology to realize the vision of “Sketch on Monday, product on Friday.”

“Once we establish trust, or confidence, that the simulation can match sufficiently accurately with the measurements, then we would try to rely more on simulation and expand it through a wide range of scenarios which would involve a lot of cost with physical testing. This would also save a lot of time because now OEMs are more focused on decreasing their time to market and they want to do the simulations very early in the product cycle.” – Yadhu Krishnan M K, Technical Lead: RF simulation, Continental AG

There were also panel discussions at this year’s conference. Find out the views of domain experts and industry thought leaders on these four topics:


The MODSIM community brings together simulation, modeling, and design experts to break down the silos for a fully integrated product development experience. Connect with members of the MODSIM community, including Dassault Systèmes R&D experts and customers benefiting from a MODSIM approach.

Discover replays from MODSIM 3DEXPERIENCE Conferences, as well as presentations, demos, and tutorials.

In Asia Pacific? This year’s conference is happening on December 7, 2022 and will be held in the local language for China, Japan, and Korea, while India will hold its own in-person event. Register, here.

SIMULIA offers an advanced simulation product portfolio, including AbaqusIsightfe-safeToscaSimpoe-MoldSIMPACKCST Studio SuiteXFlowPowerFLOW, and more. The SIMULIA Community is the place to find the latest resources for SIMULIA software and to collaborate with other users. The key that unlocks the door of innovative thinking and knowledge building, the SIMULIA Community provides you with the tools you need to expand your knowledge, whenever and wherever.

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