Intelligent Light and Pointwise Join forces to Improve Engineering Analysis Process

ASME International Congress and Exposition, Atlanta, GA (18 November 1996) – Intelligent Light and Pointwise today announced the establishment of an agreement in which the two computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software vendors will cooperate on software development and marketing activities focused on enabling design-cycle CFD. The agreement includes code sharing and joint sales representation of Intelligent Light's FIELDVIEW and Pointwise's Gridgen.

"CFD users face complex pre- and post-processing requirements that consume typically 75 percent of each CFD analysis," said Pointwise's president, John Chawner. "We want to provide engineers with a single focal point for overcoming these challenges in order to move CFD deeper into the design process."

"The relationship with Pointwise is an important step in our strategic plan for the CFD marketplace," said Steve M. Legensky, Founder and General Manager of Intelligent Light. "We have long felt that we would be able to improve the productivity and utility of CFD analysis if the natural synergy between grid generation tools and our FIELDVIEW post-processor could be exploited. After two years of study and analysis, we selected Gridgen and Pointwise because the software and the company are clearly leaders in the grid generation arena."

The move towards integrating pre- and post-processing comes about in response to customer's needs. Dr. Christopher L. Reed, of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Group at Lockheed-Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, commented, "The development work to be carried-out jointly by Pointwise and Intelligent Light is very important to the future of CFD applications. Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems aggressively seeks ways to accelerate and streamline the CFD applications process. The proposed development will greatly improve CFD efficiency by allowing analysis specification data (such as boundary conditions) input during the problem definition/grid generation phase to flow through and be used during the post processing phase. This data along with a much tighter coupling of the grid generator, flow solver and post processor will significantly reduce user labor and greatly improve our ability to evaluate, interrogate and integrate CFD results in a consistent and efficient way."

Gridgen is used by engineers and scientists to construct meshes for use with CFD and finite-element analysis software. In use since 1984, it is recognized for its coherent graphical interface and for giving its users fine control of grid spacing, orthogonality, and smoothness, all of which affect the accuracy of analysis results. Gridgen is a complete preprocessing toolkit that includes geometry modeling, IGES import, grid generation, and direct interfaces to software packages including TEAM, NPARC, VSAERO, INCA, GASP, CFX, FLUENT, and TASCflow. Gridgen Version 11 is available for Silicon Graphics®, Hewlett-Packard®, and IBM® workstations.

With over 600 licenses worldwide, FIELDVIEW is truly The World's Leading CFD Post-Processor. FIELDVIEW is a powerful, easy to use software package designed to assist an engineer in the analysis of complex 3D CFD data. FIELDVIEW can read in data from any leading CFD package or format including: CFD-2000, CFX, COMPACT, FIDAP, FLOW-3D, FLUENT®, FLUENT/UNS, GASP, PHOENICS, PLOT3D, RAMPANT®, STAR-CD, TASCflow, and VISIUN. The package is fully supported on SGI, HP, IBM, SUN, and DEC, and even runs remotely on X-terminals or PC's running X-emulators.

Pointwise, Inc. is a premier supplier of grid generation software and services for the computational analysis community. In addition to developing, supporting, and marketing the Gridgen product family, the company is involved in numerous research and software development projects related to numerical grid generation. Further information on Gridgen can be obtained from Pointwise's World Wide Web home page

Intelligent Light has been serving the needs of the scientific and engineering communities with leading-edge software and services since 1984. The company recently expanded its FIELDVIEW family of products to include FIELDVIEW for Windows®, a fully functional version of FIELDVIEW available on Intel PC's running Windows/NT®. For more information on FIELVIEW, visit Intelligent Light's World Wide Web home page at