NAUGM Conference 2017

On September 26-27, 2017, Cobham Technical Services hosted this year’s North American User Group Meeting at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville located in Lisle, IL. This year a wide range of interesting and inspiring oral presentations were given by users with extensive knowledge of the software.  Attendees consisted of both newcomers as well as veteran users, giving them the opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the capabilities of Opera. 

Tuesday’s Highlights

The event kicked off at 9:00 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast.  Chairman, Bob Tims (EMS Development) welcomed all attendees and introduced our presenters.  Bob highlighted that the meeting was a relaxed atmosphere and that it enabled the users to benefit not only from staff presentations, but users alike.

The day included presentations in a variety of areas and expertise using Opera.  Our first presentation of the day was given by Kevin Ward-Managing Director (Cobham) highlighting “What’s New in Opera” and “What’s Coming in Opera”.  This was followed with user/staff presentations by Heeju Choi-Senior Project Engineer (Electron Energy), Dan Ilea-Support and Applications Engineer (Cobham) “Modeling & Meshing in Opera-3d including Interop’s”, Mark Jaski-Mechanical Engineer (Argonne National Laboratory) and Xiaorong Wang-Research Scientist (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory).   The meeting rounded out with questions and answers and concluded at 5:00 p.m.

Cobham Technical Services hosted an after meeting dinner at the Allgauer’s Restaurant.   The dinner enabled our colleagues to mix and unwind together.

Wednesday’s Highlights

The second day started off at 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast.  User/Staff presentations were given by Yuriy Zhilichev-Applications Specialist, (Cobham) “Multiphysics in Opera-3d & Python” and “Building Biot-Savart Coils from CAD Files”, Dan Ilea-Support and Applications Engineer (Cobham) “Opera Machine Designer” and “Python & Opera-2d Scripting”, Henry Glass-Senior Scientist (Fermi National Laboratory) and Kevin Ward-Managing Director (Cobham) “Recent Developments to Opera’s Magnetron Sputter Simulation”.   The day concluded with a question and answer session and election of the 2018 Meeting Chairman, Bob Tims.

Thank you to everyone who attended. We hope that you enjoyed the meeting, and found the presentations useful to your design work.