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LTK has had a long history with using ANSYS, as the most experienced and prominent FEA experts have been using ANSYS for a while. One of our senior engineers used FEMAP once and really liked it, so we decided to pursue it as it was very compatible with various input files. The enhancement of the geometry engine was a huge plus.

As the use of commercial FEA software was somewhat new to LTK, the first reseller got the opportunity for selling 5 seats and also the maintenance account for all 5 seats. When I started working at LTK in 2013, my CAD and FEA skills from the auto industry helped us pursue more work and I also started using FEMAP extensively for FE modeling and analysis. From then our business has grown well and we have been using FEMAP for various forensic studies.

Our previous reseller was contacted for tech support on many occasions and it would take a lot of time for them to get back to us and sometimes tech support was provided by emails. This seemed very primitive to me. Matter of fact, before the tech support got back to me, I was able to troubleshoot using the FEMAP help system but as well, most of the time with Applied CAx’s YouTube channel. I really liked the way all the information was presented, so I subscribed to the channel.

I got to know that Applied CAx had webinars and hence registered for one, and from then on I have not missed any. I contacted Adrian Jensen to inquire about the maintenance account and I got a very good response from him which made me feel very confident of their services and I was able to take responsibility for a change of account with LTK management. I put together a presentation and showed the management the benefits of transferring the account and I was not confronted with any questions and eventually when the time came, I worked with Applied CAx’s sales person and transferred the maintenance account.

One more important aspect I liked was the availability of LS-DYNA and George Laird being an expert I thought would be big plus for us. I foresee the use of LS-DYNA a lot in our business in the future so I personally wanted LTK to have a one stop shop for all capabilities. I personally am trying to get registered for LS-DYNA training so that we get ready for our future.

As far as tech support is concerned, I have had fast and top quality responses. The awesome thing is, I get a lot of information during the support communication, also get the full concept and learn a lot. Even if the issue is very simple, I get quick response. If someone asked me about buying Siemens products and LS-DYNA, I will surely recommend Applied CAx for it.

Srivatsa Pradeep
Staff Consultant / LTK Engineering Services

The support from Applied CAx has been excellent. Michael Grant, Aaron Blake and Matt Martin are always willing to help with any issues I encounter. They have gone above and beyond to provide us with phenomenal support. Together they have helped me with Post modifications, Modeling, CAM questions and everything in between. Everyone has been friendly, patient and always follow up to make sure my needs have been met.

Shae Hanson
Tooling Supervisor / Accel Plastics

Applied CAx and Michael have always been very supportive of me. I struggled initially and Michael set up video conferencing to coach me through my issues. I have no complaints with their service and would strongly suggest purchasing software from Applied CAx.

Wade Ballard
PDE Engineer / Mergon Corporation

The Globus Project was to consolidate Siemens Energy (Oil and Gas) engineering systems from several divisions into a single unified engineering system. The consolidation required data model changes, migration from current engineering systems, integration with Atlas (SAP) and multiple CAD systems. Project membership spiked around 80 people, composed mainly of Siemens AG representing the business and Siemens PLM Services representing the change agents. There were a handful of people that were outside contractors and one of those was Randy Ellsworth.

Randy joined the project in Finspang, SE (FSP) with no background and very little turnover as the Teamcenter administrator. At the time, the project consisted of twenty Teamcenter development environments running concurrently on a single Sun server. The cost of upgrading the Sun server was prohibitive to the growth of the project and everything was soon migrated to Windows tiered servers. Due to business reasons the project moved to Gorlitz, DE (GLZ).

While in GLZ, Randy performed exceptionally well and assumed the role of Infrastructure architect under the superb leadership of Peter Spierling. A mixture of physical and virtual servers were stood up and configured as needed to facilitate data migration using global services, several development environments, a quality assurance environment, a training environment and a production environment were maintained or rebuilt as required. The production environment, besides being separated vertically, was also expanded horizontally so that the application tier consisted of three servers and the web tier consisted of two servers behind a load-balancer to accommodate the load and fail over. Randy successfully mentored several people in his role and regularly scheduled tasks for them. Randy was instrumental in the successful “go live” rollout to Production of the Globus project for the GLZ business units then the project moved to Nurnberg, DE (NBG).

While in NBG, Randy mentored two more people in his infrastructure role while assigning tasks and keeping the project on schedule. At one point, the infrastructure totaled over 80 physical and virtual windows servers being maintained by the Infrastructure team. Randy worked directly with the project managers for the business, Ralf Domhoever, and Siemens PLM Services, Andreas Bellm while completing tasks assigned by the Infrastructure Team Lead, Peter Spierling. Randy directly worked with the Migration Team Lead to support their heavy usage and implement performance improvements for global services. Randy also directly worked with the Deployment Team Lead to ensure that templates, patches and system updates were performed regularly and without issue. Often work needed to be completed after hours and over weekends to meet the schedule without affecting normal business and solution development. After over two years, Randy successfully handed over the Infrastructure tasks to the team he mentored and transitioned out of the project.

The success of the Globus project was due in part to Randy’s participation. His knowledge and experience were instrumental while his cool demeanor during highly stressful events kept everyone at ease. I would gladly engage him again given the opportunity and provide my highest recommendation.

Peter Spierling
GS IT PG CP DBG DM / Globus Project at Siemens Energy Oil & Gas

After making the decision to purchase FEMAP, I knew I would be facing a potentially steep learning curve. I had used MSC Patran for the last 7 years, but had decided to go with FEMAP due to excellent reviews from friends and colleagues. I signed up for the Applied CAx weeklong training course and found myself picking things up very quickly. Adrian and Kyle from Applied CAx really know the program inside and out. They helped build my FEMAP foundation during the day and during breaks would help me with specific problems pertaining to my work. In that week of training, I found FEMAP to be intuitive and the training from Applied CAx to be top notch.

You can't learn everything in a week, so my questions for the team at Applied CAx only increased after the training. Adrian consistently gets back to me within a few hours with helpful tips or insights. Engineers know that you can't extend a deadline because your FEA support was late in getting back to you. This is why I truly appreciate the level of support Applied CAx provides. In some cases, my questions have been related to the inner workings of the Nastran DMAP code. In each case, Adrian put me in contact with the correct person from Siemens within a few hours.

I’ve been impressed by Applied CAx since I purchased FEMAP and I look forward to working with them as my analyses continue to get more complicated. They are an excellent resource and I’m glad to have their support.

Allen Foulstone
Sr. Systems Engineer / Stratolaunch

Applied CAx and Predictive Engineering experts are very knowledgeable about the products we've evaluated and used. They and the other staff provide consistently great support during product evaluation and after purchase.

Matt Bristol

There are other software options and resellers to choose from, but the outstanding technical support and personal service from Applied CAx and Predictive Engineering is above and beyond the competition. George Laird and his dedicated team use the software every day to expertly solve real world problems and then also freely share their knowledge and time when technical support is needed. They provide prompt, professional support which is critical in keeping jobs moving efficiently and keeping our customers happy. They understand the realities of short flow, limited hours, and the need to still get the job done correctly.

Brian Reiling
Brian Reiling Partner/Engineer / Endeavor Analysis

I’ve been working with Predictive Engineering and Applied CAx for more than ten years. Their customer support and technical experience is the best in the industry. Over the years I’ve thrown some pretty arcane questions at Dr. Laird, and on the rare occasion that they don’t have an immediate answer, they’ll dig into the issue and get back to us right away. Combined with their training and other services, Predictive Engineering and Applied CAx is an awesome ally to have as a resource.

Kenneth Biggio
Structural Analysis Lead / Abengoa Solar

After having worked with a couple of FEMAP suppliers in the past I can say that Adrian at Applied CAx has far exceeded my expectations. I seem to never wait more than a few hours for an email response, which is amazing considering we are on opposite coasts.

We use FEA for vessel design and having the support from Applied that helps break down the core problem to simple examples helps in multiple ways:

First, it's the proper FEA technique so we aren't just barrelling through issues, it's a methodical way to a solution.

Second, it's easily explainable to all within the office who are not FEA savvy but are interested in what we do to help our clients. 

On the sales side Erik has accommodated us in every way. Since I am the technical guy here, I have explained to other suppliers to "please change all billing issues to our office manager." Erik is the first one to enact that and stick with it.

All in all Applied CAx has been a pleasure to work with.

Nathan Seelig
Mechanical Engineer, NAMS Associate / Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

Sherpa Design and Applied CAx helped us upgrade a legacy, pre-release version of Siemens Teamcenter to a newer generally-available version. They helped us through the entire processes, mapping out the upgrade path through multiple minor release versions, moving to a new server operating system, fixing several issues with company-specific customizations, and acting on our behalf with Siemens technical support.

[Sherpa Design and Applied CAx] were able to perform the upgrade at a reasonable cost, work through unexpected problems, and safely migrate our system with a sound roll-back strategy. Sherpa staff worked closely with our internal support team, and were very responsive to issues and concerns. Overall, we were very happy with the upgrade and are planning to use their services for our next upgrade

Eric Fischer
IT Director / NuScale Power