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Dassault Systemes: Isight 5.6 is Here

The approximation viewer window in Insight 5.6 from Dassault Systemes.

The scale and frequency with which simulation is performed today — usually in tens of thousands — have spawned a new class of software, targeting simulation process management. Dassault Systemes‘ Isight falls into this category.

“Isight provides designers, engineers, and researchers with an open system for integrating design and simulation models — created with various CAD, CAE and other software applications — to automate the execution of hundreds or thousands of simulations,” according to Dassault. “Isight allows users to save time and improve their products by optimizing them against performance or cost metrics through statistical methods such as Design of Experiments (DOE) or Design for Six Sigma.”

This week, Dassault is releasing Isight 5.6. One of the new features is a method for users to compute and sample around the most probable point of failure in a design, according to Dassault’s announcement. The software also includes updates to Abaqus component to run multiple Abaqus/CAE cases. It does so with the option to parse all detected input files and create output parameters for multiple analyses. An improved data-matching component is expected to let you define and match multiple data sets within multiple ranges.

More on the new release at the product’s home page: http://simulia.com/products/isight.html

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About Kenneth

Kenneth Wong has been a regular contributor to the CAD industry press since 2000, first an an editor, later as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications. During his nine-year tenure, he has closely followed the migration from 2D to 3D, the growth of PLM (product lifecycle management), and the impact of globalization on manufacturing. His writings have appeared in Cadalyst, Computer Graphics World, and Manufacturing Business Technology, among others.


  1. Mark, thanks so much! I just fixed that.

  2. Hi Kenneth,
    Nice coverage of iSight, but I beg to differ on the use of “have spawned a NEW [my emphasis] class of software, targeting simulation process management.” iSight has targeted simulation process management since back in the 1990s when Siu Tong and his team created it at GE Corporate R&D and then spun it out to form the company Engineous in the mid-1990s. We were promoting “simulation process management” back in 2000-2001 (when I was CEO of Engineous) and we called it PIDO (Process Integration and Design Optimization) back then and Daratech helped spread that acronym. We had known competition way back then (e.g., PhoenixIntegration and ModeFrontier) so one can hardly say that it’s a “new” class of software. But with DS/Simulia owning/promoting it since 2008, and the user community catching up with the vendor community that has been developing/promoting PIDO for over a decade, it may not be “new” but it is finally getting its place in the sun.

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