Cambridge, UK, 13 January 2016 – International TechneGroup Limited (ITI) is pleased to receive a three-year R&D grant award from the UK Government, supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), for participation in the AuGMENT project. In collaboration with Cambridge Flow Solutions (CFS), the lead partner on this initiative, ITI will support the development of leading-edge advanced geometry processing and automated meshing solutions for the aerospace industry. The project is receiving funding from the joint industry and government funding commitment for aerospace R&D, a partnership between the ATI, Innovate UK and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Numerical simulation is traditionally the most efficient way to reduce risk and quantify design performance for testing designs in contexts otherwise not physically practical. Aerospace companies rely heavily on numerical simulation even though preparation of the geometric model is still typically a manual process that takes time and runs the risk of human error.

Through the AuGMENT project grant, ITI and CFS will engage in R&D work to develop advanced tools for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) geometry preparation and meshing that will allow engineering simulation to participate fully and effectively in the earliest stages of industrial design. According to ITI’s Mark Gammon, “The goals of the project are to create a hybrid CFD meshing capability that combines the unique geometry handling strengths of ITI’s CADfix tool with the digital geometry and meshing strengths of CFS’ BoXeR tool. The intended result is to offer CFD analysts the best of both worlds.”

CFS and ITI are unique companies offering unique and differing representations of geometry and automated meshing approaches. ITI’s solution is CADfix, which offers CAE analysts the ability to automatically and interactively repair and transform CAD geometries prior to analysis and ensures that solid or surface models are translated effectively into target systems. In addition, CADfix offers a full range of import and export functionality for pre-processing CAD data from native and neutral formats.

“CFS’ approach is to digitalize geometry and enable users to tackle complex, real-world applications using defect-tolerant and highly-scalable software, within the integrated parallel simulation environment that is BoXeR”, commented Albert Demargne, Cambridge Flow Solutions. “By integrating both approaches into interoperable end-user products, aerospace companies may realize the full benefits of both.”

Simon Weeks, Chief Technology Officer for the ATI, said, “The AuGMENT project puts engineering simulation at the heart of industrial design and aligns well with our national technology strategy, endeavoring to maintain the UK’s world-leading aircraft design and manufacturing capability. This partnership highlights the unique strengths of CFS and ITI and provides industrial users with a powerful combined toolset.”

The grant awarded to CFS and ITI was part of the ‘Building UK’s Leadership in Aerospace Technology’ collaborative R&D call. 

About International TechneGroup (ITI)
International TechneGroup Inc. began in 1983 with a mission to help manufacturers drive innovation and time to market by applying computer-aided product development to engineering problems. Today, ITI is the global leader providing reliable interoperability, validation and migration solutions for product data and related systems. Our customers recognize the value in having a trusted solution partner that provides more than just software. ITI solves complex product data interoperability problems so that the world’s leading manufacturers can focus on making great products.  

About Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)
The ATI was created to guide the joint Government-industry investment into research and technology projects that will sustain and enhance the UK’s competitive advantage in civil aerospace; a new Government commitment in the 2015 Autumn Statement extended the joint funding to £3.9bn over 13 years. The ATI’s Technology Strategy defines the best combination of capabilities, technologies and products to advance next-generation civil aircraft, enabling industry to exploit anticipated global growth, and deliver value to the UK economy through the sector’s high productivity and skills.

About Cambridge Flow Solutions (CFS)
Cambridge Flow Solutions (CFS) is a provider of proprietary software and services to support simulation - especially Computational Fluid Dynamics. Our team works in software development, research & collaboration with industry and in embedded consultancy roles.

Building UK’s Leadership in Aerospace Technology
The ‘Building UK’s Leadership in Aerospace Technology’ competition awarded funding from the joint government and industry £3.9 billion commitment for aerospace R&D, guided by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). The competition awarded investment of up to £25m in collaborative research and development that supports the delivery of the priorities set out in the joint industry and Government industrial strategy for aerospace.

ATI funding is open for further applications. Further information can be found at