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ITAR - Data Security For All Our Clients

We are generalists at Predictive Engineering and it has its pros and cons.  We cross-pollinate from medical (orthopedic to endoscopic), rail (transit to heavy locomotives), automotive (electric to Class 8 trucks to school buses), aviation (commercial, supersonic and military), space (hypervelocity missiles to satellites), marine (ships and submarines), civil (hydroelectric turbines to fish ladders to water treatment tanks) and, not to bore you too much, ASME Section VIII, Division 2, “Design-by-Analysis” pressure vessel work (beer kegs to nuclear waste processing vessels under seismic and fatigue).  It is a long list and it just continues to grow.

Okay, why all this pre-amble?  Our clients’ intellectual property (IP) often represents their “crown jewels” and protection of this data is something we take very seriously.  Although Predictive is ITAR-Registered, we treat all our clients’ data as if it were ITAR data.  What does this really mean at the end of the day?  It means we use best practices to ensure that no harm comes to any data, for example, using the “Dutch Reach” method when opening a car door to prevent an accident (i.e., data loss) and likewise, being “Safe” with our data and having backups that are under “lock and key”.  It sounds a bit silly, but good data security is just about best practices and thinking of others, since how would you feel if someone infected you with COVID by not wearing a mask?

ITAR - Data Security for All Our Clients - Predictive Engineering FEA Consulting Services and Engineers - Portland Oregon

XFEM - Galactic Extended FEM - Coming to a Screen Near You

Extended finite element method (XFEM) was developed by the late, great Dr. Ted Belytschko et al. at the end of the 90’s (see Wikipedia for more details).  Since he worked closely with the developers of LS-DYNA on many other topics, it is natural to see his work implemented within ‘DYNA.  I first met him in the early 90’s when I took his and Prof. Hughes week-long Nonlinear FEA Methods in Palo Alto, CA.   As for myself, I sat in the back with a post-doctoral student from Budiansky’s group out of Harvard so he could explain to me what was going on since I was pretty much dazed and confused during the whole week.

May 11 – 15, 2020 LS-DYNA Training Course has been canceled due to COVID-19.


May 11 – 15, 2020 LS-DYNA course has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Out of Concern for the health of our attendees and Staff we regret to inform that the LS-DYNA Explicit, Nonlinear, Large Deformation Analysis for Structural Mechanics May 11-15, 2020 Course has been Canceled due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

All gatherings and events must be canceled due to COVID-19 spread, we recommend isolation to flatten the curve of transmission and you take all necessary precautions to maintain yourself healthy.

We encourage early registration for Our next Course:

LS-DYNA® Training Implicit and Explicit Nonlinear Transient Analysis for Structural Mechanics on Oct 5 - 9, 2020

For those who cannot travel for our hands-on LS-DYNA training,  we have the option of our ONLINE LS-DYNA TRAINING COURSE.


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