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Topology and Shape Optimization in Abaqus

Course Dates

This course is presented in two lecture sessions from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT; lectures and demos will be presented by the instructor during this time.  There is a one-hour break in the middle of each lecture session (12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CT). The workshop sessions are conducted offline with technical support provided by SIMULIA Central via email and telephone from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. CT.



11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT

(with 12:30-1:30 break)

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT

Tuesday, October 09

Online Course

Offline Workshop Support

Wednesday, October 10

Online Course

Offline Workshop Support

Hosting Office: SIMULIA Central Region – Central Time (CT)


When used in combination with finite element analyses, topology and shape optimization techniques can help you refine your designs and produce lightweight, strong, and durable components. In addition, using structural optimization techniques can significantly reduce the number of design iterations required during a product development process. This leads to huge savings in tooling costs and vastly reduces the time to market for the product. The objective of this seminar is to introduce Abaqus users to the Abaqus Topology Optimization Module (ATOM). ATOM is an easy to use interface native to Abaqus/CAE for setup, execution, monitoring and postprocessing of topology and shape optimization problems. In combination with Abaqus analysis products, ATOM offers an unparalleled structural optimization capability for highly nonlinear problems. Note that an additional license is required to submit an optimization process.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is recommended for finite element analysts or product designers with some background in finite element analysis. Some familiarity with Abaqus/CAE is also useful but not required. However, if you are not familiar with Abaqus/CAE, we recommend that you work through a brief introductory tutorial before attending the class, such as the one provided in the "Creating and Analyzing a Simple Model in Abaqus/CAE" appendix of the Getting Started with Abaqus: Interactive Edition manual.


The registration cost for this course is $580. We offer sizable discounts for group registrations from the same site†. The table below lists the discount pricing schedule. Registrations after October 02, 2012 may incur an additional processing fee of $50 per person. SIMULIA Central reserves the right to decline registrations received after the deadline.

Attendee[s] per site

Cost per person




$480 per additional registration


$380 per additional registration

> 10

$280 per additional registration

†Above discounts apply to attendees registering together on one registration form and providing one form of payment.

Academic Discount
A discounted registration fee of $200 is offered to all academic institutions on a space available basis. This discount cannot be combined with the multiple attendee discount. The registrations with the academic discount will not include workshop support.

What is Included

Electronic copies of the training notes will be provided to each registrant for their personal use. To perform the workshops for this class you will need to have Abaqus 6.11 installed on your computer along with a license that allows you to submit an optimization process. For students who need it, we will provide a 7-day training license that supports the optimization feature.

Lecture Session Times

Pacific Time (PT) – 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Mountain Time (MT) – 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Central Time (CT) – 10 :00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Time (ET) – 11 :00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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