The 2016 European User Group Meeting was held right in the centre of the historic city of Amsterdam, at the Radisson Blu hotel. The location offered attendees the opportunity to explore Amsterdam’s culture and atmosphere with ease, encouraged by Marcel Kruip of Siemens Magnet Technology, the User Group Chairman.
The EUGM had a packed schedule with over 40 attendees and with 10 excellent user presentations from CERN, ECL, GSI, Ion Beam Applications, Ion Beam Services, Philips Innovation Services, Philips Medical Systems, Teer Coatings and Thin Film Consulting. As well as the excellent customer presentations, the Opera software team provided overviews on the new and up-coming features of Opera and detailed training presentations on key areas of analysis techniques such as the Thin Plate boundary condition, Surface Impedance Boundary Condition, Python scripting, Multi-Physics and optimising Opera settings for fast and accurate simulation. A new tetrahedral mesher was introduced which has been providing excellent initial results, improving performance and robustness in a number of model types. With all presentations there were good Q&A sessions to the presenters, and lively interaction with the audience.
The chance to try an early version of the new Opera-2d package was very positive and brought excellent feedback from all who tried it. This year for the first time, the meeting provided a one-on-one technical helpdesk where Opera users could book a specific time to sit with and discuss any issues that they might be facing in their daily use with members of the technical support team.
Feedback on the EUGM has been overwhelmingly positive from all attendees, with praise for the quality of the customer presentations and the good technical and informative content of the Opera ones.
We would like to extend thanks to all those who presented and all for attending and making this an excellent EUGM 2016.
We look forward to 2017.