Clive Ford


Clive Ford is the Manager of the Advanced Analysis Consultancy group in Singapore, which is part of the international Professional Services company WorleyParsons. The Advanced Analysis group provides solutions using numerical modelling for simulation and also represents Abaqus, from SIMULIA (the Dassault Systèmes brand for Realistic Simulation solutions), one of the world’s leading finite element analysis software packages.

Clive joined WorleyParsons in 2002 and been actively involved in supporting simulation in diverse industries; including biomedical, electronics, aerospace and offshore. Prior to joining WorleyParsons, Clive worked in a variety of engineering roles at Corus Group in the UK. This included plant condition monitoring, commissioning and latterly the development of a virtual rolling mill based around Abaqus, to facilitate the development of new steel products.

Clive holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield and a Masters in IT from the University of Nottingham. He is a member of the local branch committee for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Singapore and is active in promoting engineering simulation as an exciting career as well as its benefits to industry.

Presentation Abstract

Realistic simulation allows products and processes to be prototyped and tested in a virtual environment, well before the manufacture of physical samples. This greatly expands the expectation of what can be achieved beyond conventional Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). The rapid development in this area is supported by exciting improvements in numerical analysis techniques and continued increases in the power of high performance computers, which permit larger, more sophisticated and accurate computer models.

This presentation will review some of the progress that has been made, particularly in the field of structural simulation using the finite element method, from early part or component level analysis to today’s full system simulations. Today new products can be optimised, manufacturing variability explored and reliability predicted. Relatively recent uses of finite element analysis include biomechanical models, in fields such as life-sciences, and this opens up the possibility to model the human users within the simulation! These developments are helping to improve our world, by reducing the cost and risk of introducing new technologies. Ensuring that this progress can be maintained will demand further advances in hardware and software and some of the challenges ahead will be explored.