MSC Software and HORIBA MIRA Launch World's First Commercially Available 'Virtual Proving Ground'

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NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (October 6th 2017) -- MSC Software, a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services, today announced a partnership with HORIBA MIRA.

The virtual proving ground, used in the dynamic simulation process, provides a 3D representation of the durability and ride comfort surfaces from HORIBA MIRA's world class proving ground in a format directly compatible with Adams Car.

Available as a plug-in into the existing Adams software, the world's most widely used Multibody Dynamics (MBD) software, the virtual proving ground enables customers to efficiently test development-stage vehicles in a simulated environment.

The primary function of the virtual proving ground is the ability to generate 'virtual' road load data (RLD) for the use in durability and ride comfort analysis of multiple vehicle systems. Among others such an analysis allows the study of a component to establish whether it will suffer from fatigue failure during its life, knowing the components geometry, material and loading.

The use of virtual road load data saves considerable time and resources while improving simulation accuracy at the early stages of the vehicle development process. It ensures that load cases are generated from road surfaces that will later be used for the validation of physical prototypes, rather than using library RLD from other platforms or 'man-made' events in the simulation environment.

Nick Fell, Engineering Director at HORIBA MIRA, said: "HORIBA MIRA offers a rare combination of digital simulation and physical test capabilities that serves both sides of the product development 'V' cycle. To build on this, over the last two years our durability simulation team has developed the HORIBA MIRA virtual proving ground into a usable customer product, and we're delighted to now make it available as an addition to Adams Car.

The technology will provide a valuable resource for new entrants to the automotive industry as well as established OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, helping them improve the accuracy of their durability simulation and reducing their reliance on prototype vehicles for load case generation.

"MSC Software is delighted that HORIBA MIRA has chosen Adams as a platform to make their virtual proving ground commercially available. It emphasizes our longstanding relationship and we are looking forward to make this partnership a success and make a fully analytical road load process available to all our customers", said Edwin de Vries, Senior Manager at MSC Software.

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HORIBA MIRA is a global provider of pioneering engineering, research and test services to the automotive, defence, aerospace and rail sectors. We work in close collaboration with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers around the world, providing comprehensive support ranging from individual product tests to turnkey multi-vehicle design, development and build programmes.

With over 70 years' experience in developing some of the world's most iconic vehicles, our engineers utilise the latest test facilities and simulation tools to make vehicles and journeys safer, cleaner, more efficient and rewarding. Our suite of over 37 major test facilities, 100km of specialised proving ground and wealth of engineering experience, combined with our expanding international presence, means we are confident that we can achieve our vision – that by 2020 every journey in the world will be positively influenced by us.

Company Name HORIBA MIRA Ltd.
Address Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0TU, UK
Incorporated 1st January 1946
Business domain Engineering Consultancy, Test Consultancy, Transport  Technology Park
Representative Dr George Gillespie OBE
Web address

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, the HORIBA Group is a global leading supplier of measurement technology and systems for various fields from automotive testing, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology to scientific R&D and QC measurements.

Company name HORIBA, Ltd.
Address 2, Miyanohigashi-cho, Kisshoin, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Web address
Founded October 17, 1945
Incorporated January 26, 1953
Net sales 170,898 million Japanese yen (Consolidated, Fiscal 2015)
Paid in capital 12,011 million Japanese yen (As of December 31, 2015)
Business domain Manufacture and sale of analytical measurement equipment
Fiscal closing date December 31, annually
Annual meeting of shareholders Held in March
Number of employees 6,831 (Consolidated, as of December 31, 2015)
Representative Atsushi Horiba - Chairman, President & CEO
Stock listings Tokyo Stock Exchange, First Section Securities Code: 6856

About HORIBA Automotive Test Systems
A business segment of the HORIBA Group, Automotive Test Systems (ATS) which has developed global leadership in the fields of engine test systems, driveline test systems, brake test systems, wind tunnel balances and emissions test systems. HORIBA ATS is able to offer its customers complete solutions with full turnkey capability for all industries using electric motors, internal combustion engines and turbines. These include the automotive, heavy-duty, off-road, consumer goods, marine, aerospace and locomotive sectors.