07 Dec The OpenCLOUD CFD solution
CFD made easy is a relevant topic in recent discussions among experts. What bother the most is how much users experiences may be replaced by automated software. Just to focus a bit more about this topic, it is important to mention a blog post by CFDENGINE: UBER for CFD?
Before entering into the details of the problem, let’s focus a little bit more about what is currently happening in the modern world. Recently, in fact, internet and its technologies have deeply changed our habits. Just think how much we can do with our mobile phones and consider that just 10 years ago all these features and possibilities were not even imagined.
Exactly like people, also business is changing. Let’s just consider one of the area where internet is most frequently used: marketing. Until last decade, marketing was a matter of physical events, road advertise, TV promotions and a lot (but really a lot) of phone calls and visits. Today many companies totally changed their marketing strategies just using Internet tools and feature: newsletter, socials, ads, … this made marketing available to everyone, regardless his knowledge, money income, etc. It’s impossible to recall all the companies, e-commerce and activities that are build only using this concept and that, without internet would not be able to sell any of their products and services.
Keeping in mind everything we said so far, it is possible now to consider the engineering and technical solution we were talking about. CFD is, in fact, involved in the same process as other business, becoming cheaper and cheaper, more and more flexible and (some might say) more and more easy. This is resulting in a lower barrier for people in using it. So the point is: are we getting to a world where experienced users may use CFD exactly like unexperienced ones? What is the human value in it? In other words: can everyone run a CFD simulation?
There is just a simple answer to this question: NO. When a tool is available to everyone, it does not mean the tool is for everyone. Exactly like Internet marketing can be used by everyone but only few people (with experiences, knowledge or simply sensible persons) manage to get good and positive results, it is possible to make the same consideration for CFD and other activities. Whilst in theory everyone can now run a simulation, only few people have the capabilities to apply the correct mix of input data, mesh refinement, model choices and results analysis. But (and this is a massive “but“) now everyone all over the world can see what CFD is and can get access to the almost unlimited documentations, books, data, web sites, forum and also software available at very competitive price over the internet. So, in theory, it is now possible to learn the capabilities required to positively use this type of software on-line and almost like a self-made man.
What we are facing is an instructional revolution in the society and not a software revolution: this has happened to most of us who managed to learn something far away from what we originally studied during high-schools or universities.
We all potentially can learn and do almost everything, but each of us is selective, and we simply learn what we like.
CONSELF wants to make state of the art, cutting edge technology, available to every professional in the globe.
CFD simulation software is a very powerful tool, with its adoption optimization and innovation can be achieved in every field. To make this instrument accessible to everyone means lowering costs, but mainly to develop an infrastructure that favours a super-easy adoption by market new entrants.
CONSELF is highly committed and will pursue this goal working side by side with professional and industries to define the best strategies and solutions.