The 2018 highlights

34th International CAE Conference draws 1,000 high-level engineers to Vicenza, Italy

The 34th International CAE Conference and Exhibition was held in Vicenza, Italy
from 8-9 October 2018.

This annual conference focuses on the business and technology issues in the Simulation-based Engineering Sciences arena and draws delegates from many industry sectors all over the world, ranging from aerospace and oil and gas to civil engineering, manufacturing,
biomechanics and appliances.


Mr Stefano Odorizzi, CEO of the Italian-based international engineering simulation consulting firm, EnginSoft, key sponsors and hosts of the conference, stated, “With the growing impetus towards Industry 4.0 and the ever more important business drivers to lower costs, increase innovation and improve productivity, this conference, which to the best of my knowledge is the longest running in this sector, has become an increasingly important event on the calendar for engineers to network, update their skills and learn about the latest technology developments and industry trends.

This year’s programme entitled “Evolving engineering simulation: The age of the digital twin” featured more than 150 speakers and 60 exhibitors and sponsors from different industry sectors and was attended by 1,000 delegates from all over the world. Odorizzi explained, “The digital twin is a virtual model or meta-model that accurately replicates a physical asset, service or process, allowing businesses to explore various possibilities created by changes to variables and dynamics. The Gartner Group has named digital twins as one of its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for the past two years.

The Plenary session of the conference demonstrated how different industries are applying digital twins and other engineering simulation techniques to address product and process innovation in the move to Industry 4.0. Keynote addresses were presented by speakers from Ford Motor Company, CNH Industrial, the Kempten University of Applied Sciences, the Bruno Kessler Foundation and the University of Manchester, among others. There was also a rich programme of technical presentations and workshops that allowed the delegates to deepen their knowledge in specific technologies, techniques and approaches, as well as round tables that discussed the business challenges posed by various aspects of Industry 4.0.

Exhibitors included all the big brands in computer-aided engineering such as ANSYS, RecurDyn, modeFrontier and MapleSoft as well as other companies from Europe, the Far East, South Africa and the USA. Korean company FunctionBay Inc, specialists in flexible multibody dynamics software, used the event to announce their new European distributors, RecurDyn Europe, while South African company M-Tech Industrial was present to announce Flownex Europe, its new joint venture with EnginSoft to distribute and market in Europe the company’s flagship product Flownex, the only system level thermal fluid flow software to hold a nuclear accreditation.

Delegates to the 34th CAE Conference could also spend time in the Research Agorà, an important forum dedicated to Research Project Consortia, which this year featured 10 projects from smart manufacturing and the Internet of Things, big data and analytics, aerospace and defence, high performance computing, transportation and energy.

“An important focus of the conference was to grow knowledge, encourage adoption and deepen skills in simulation-based engineering and science. Another way the conference delivers this is through the Poster Awards, a contest open to all students, graduates, researchers and faculty members from academic institutes and research centres with the dual purposes of recognizing excellence and innovation, and bridging the gap between academia and industry. This year 39 projects were selected. Over 17,000 votes were received online for the projects and the five finalists were selected by a panel of judges from industry and academia,” stated Odorizzi.

“Last but not least, the conference facilitated many opportunities for engineers with experience in software to meet and interact with engineers with hardware expertise, an essential process to facilitate the necessary integration to enable industry 4.0,” concluded Odorizzi.





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  International CAE Conference 2017

Vicenza, Italy | 6 - 7 November 2017

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Vicenza Convention Centre
@Fiera di Vicenza

Via dell’Oreficeria 16 | 36100 Vicenza | ITALY



Vicenza Convention Bureau will support the participants to the International CAE Conference and Exhibition for hotel reservation.
At this link you can book a room at discounted rates in 3 and 4 stars hotels
nearby the venue or in the city centre: BOOK YOUR HOTEL

Vicenza Convention Bureau can also support you for tourist services, such as airport private chaffeur transfers or any logistic information, and tourist information to profit by the occasion to visit Vicenza, UNESCO World Heritage, and enjoy local food and wine.
Please contact Mrs Rossella Bergamo at the Vicenza Convention Bureau, phone: +39 0444 994 770 or email:



The "City of Palladio"

Universally known as the “City of Palladio”, Vicenza is one of the most ancient cities in Veneto – strategically located in an area with a host of possibilities when it comes to culture, natural beauty, productive resources and wine and food culture, as well as small towns just waiting to be discovered.

This ‘picture perfect’ city is a real jewel for  visitors: walk through the old town centre to discover a wealth of art which has inspired famous writers such as Goethe, Camus, Fogazzaro, and Goffredo Parise. The Piazza dei Signori is an obligatory sight-seeing stop with its Basilica Palladiana and the Loggia del Capitaniato; while the Teatro Olimpico, the Rotonda and the Basilica di Monte Berico should also not be missed.

Vicenza has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

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