Fourteen members of an Italian Trade Agency (ITA) delegation, including representatives of leading Italian machinery manufacturing associations and engineering faculty from the polytechnics of Milan and Turin, toured CIVS facilities and explored possible opportunities for international collaboration, and educational and manufacturing advancement, on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Delegates were guided through a general overview of CIVS facilities, founding, and 10-year history of projects that chronicled innovative integration of simulation and visualization technologies; use of computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis to solve particular industrial and academic/research issues; ways in which integrated technologies were being used to solve community problems and promote learning in civil engineering and other engineering courses; and the development—and ongoing research and achievements—of the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) and its Technology Roadmap.
Following the general overview, delegates took in more detailed presentations, technology demonstrations and walk-throughs of virtual reality environments (including both a virtual blast furnace and a virtual crime scene/forensic program), and in-depth conversations with CIVS researchers/students—courtesy of CIVS research engineers Haibo Ma, Bethany Worl, and Justin Heffron; and were treated to an informal discourse on the need to update engineering education to keep pace with and anticipate in-the-field technology applications—courtesy of PNW School of Engineering Founding Director Dr. Dietmar Rempfer.
Tour summations of “impressive,” “extraordinary,” and other superlatives were invariably followed with, “We would like to continue our contact,” sentiments echoed by ITA Project Coordinator Bart Pascoli, who arranged for the tour, and Trade Commissioner Marco Saladini.
The Italian Trade Agency is the government organization that promotes the internationalization of Italian companies, in line with the strategies of the Ministry of Economic Development. The Italian Trade Agency provides information, support, and advice to Italian and foreign companies. In addition to its Rome headquarters, ITA operates worldwide from a large network of offices linked to Italian embassies and consulates. The Agency has five offices in the U.S. that provide a wide range of services assisting Italian and foreign businesses to connect with each other; to visit the Italian Trade Agency USA (Chicago) website, click on the following link: Italian Trade Agency Chicago.