Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE credits
A needs analysis of the computer simulation area within ABB is performed, to create input for a coming strategy formulation. The needs analysis is performed in two parts, where part 2 is presented in this report. Needs are gathered through a global questionnaire study with respondents from different stakeholder groups from both Business Units (BUs) and Corporate Reseach Centers (CRCs). From Hansson (2007), three simulation approaches were defined:
· Simulation support: CRC simulation experts perform simulations on the request of BU, and deliver the result back.
· Simulation tools: CRC simulation experts develop and deliver a simulation tool to BU, enabling the BU side to perform the simulations on their own.
· CAD-embedded simulation: BU uses CAD-embedded simulation, effectively integrating the simulations into the design phase, enabling the design engineer.
Based on the results from the questionnaire study, the following conclusion can be made:
· In all defined simulation approaches and for all divisions/CRC, there is an expected increased need and usage for simulation. Today, simulation support is today most widely used, followed by simulation tools and last CAD-embedded simulation.
· The prioritization of the approaches show that the trend is towards increased need in CAD-embedded simulation in favor of simulation support. The most need in five years time is however within simulation tools. This trend shows that the BU side is expecting to increase the use of simulation in their business.
· For simulation support, it is important to note that this approach is a way of creating better understanding and communication between BU and CRC.
· For simulation tools, user-friendliness and standardized development and maintenance is most important.
· For CAD-embedded simulation, there is a large expectancy that it has potential to reduce time-to-market and the need for building prototypes. However, the largest obstacle seems not to be economical or lack of time, but rather technical.
· There is a need of using computational clusters within CRC and some of the BUs. More importantly, there is a big need for license sharing to lower the license costs.
Uppsala: Företagsekonomiska institutionen , 2007. , 52 p.