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Process Automation

Accelerating the process of building virtual prototypes

HEEDS software helps you automate and simplify virtual prototyping initiatives by allowing you to:

Create process flows combining internal, commercial 1D, 2D and 3D simulation and cost-estimating tools
Modify any native geometry
Robustly re-mesh or update any simulation physics models
Support co-simulation or sequential workflows
Automate model rebuilding to explore a broad design space

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Automating simulation workflows

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Easily connect and interact with many commercial and internal software solutions

By using HEEDS, you can easily define the design workflow and automatically share data between different modeling and simulation products. This leaves you to focus on gaining a deeper understanding of you design and choosing the best option for production.

The process automation capabilities of HEEDS allows users to push a single button and evaluate any design variant. Furthermore, with the workflow fully automated, it allows for downstream design space exploration to take place more easily and efficiently.


A typical HEEDS workflow for crash & NVH design exploration

Drag-and-drop tool icons to define the process flow to build your virtual prototype. You can include internal tools or commercial 1D, 2D, and 3D simulation software. The process can be sequential or can include branching and loops. You decide.


Intuitive to Use

Even though the technology driving HEEDS is complex, the software is user-friendly. The unique interface leads you clearly through the five-step process of project setup, execution, and data mining.

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HEEDS Software

HEEDS is a powerful software package that automates the design space exploration process. With revolutionary search strategies available only in HEEDS, you can uncover new design concepts that improve products and significantly reduce development costs.

Efficient Search

HEEDS includes proprietary design exploration functionality that is used to simultaneously leverage multiple global and local search strategies. HEEDS adapts the search strategy as it learns more about the design space. It requires no search algorithm expertise on the part of the user, but easily incorporates user intuition through its collaborative search capabilities. This process allows you to identify higher performing families of designs with minimal simulation time and cost.

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Employing simultaneous search strategies to discover better designs, faster.

Most traditional design space exploration tools require highly specialized optimization skills and simplification of models to allow for efficient search. However, by using HEEDS, you can streamline design space exploration using your existing models no matter the complexity or number of parameters and constraints. Specify the time you are willing to wait for an answer, and the intelligent search functionality will adjust search strategies to find better design alternatives in the allotted time.

This process allows you to identify higher performing families of designs with minimal simulation time and cost.
This approach, known as SHERPA:

Requires no model simplification, model fitting or surrogates 
Uses hybrid, adaptive intelligent search to find better designs in fewer evaluations
Helps you reduce search time, product development costs and product design risks

Unlike with other design space exploration methodologies, HEEDS works well with any number of design variables, constraints, or objectives. So the user is encouraged to set up the design study to reflect the exact engineering challenge being faced, rather than simplifying the search to conform to software limitations. HEEDS is regularly applied to problems with hundreds or thousands of design variables without difficulty.

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Fan blade with parametric changes and correlating plots

Just define your design goals and tell HEEDS how many designs to explore and it will help you discover better designs faster. You can include any number of objectives, constraints, and design variables. It’s as simple as that!


Exclusive Search Technology

HEEDS's default search method, SHERPA, uses multiple search strategies simultaneously, and it dynamically adapts to the problem as it learns about the design space. The unique advantages of SHERPA include:

  • Speed — SHERPA requires fewer evaluations than other methods and often finds a solution the first time, saving you days or even weeks of CPU time during routine optimization studies.
  • Robustness — SHERPA identifies better-quality solutions, for broad classes of problems, and performs global and local optimization at the same time.
  • No tuning parameters — With SHERPA, you only need to specify the number of evaluations you want to perform.

These capabilities make deploying design space exploration throughout your organization a viable means to achieve innovative solutions. SHERPA removes the traditional obstacles of requiring expertise, iteration, limited deployment, allowing your engineers to focus on their design problem and not being an optimization expert.


No matter what industry you work in, HEEDS delivers innovative solutions with significant performance gains, in less time.
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We are pleased to collaborate with the following leading engineering technology partners to provide our customers with the highest-quality CAE and design space exploration solutions.

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The HEEDS design exploration team provides software and services to help you discover innovative solutions, reduce product development time and risks, and meet or exceed customer expectations.


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