Nissan’s New Approach to Vehicle Design Engineering

Jan. 7, 2016
Using Siemens NX computer-aided design and Teamcenter product lifecycle management software, along with Hewlett Packard Enterprise servers and supporting software, Nissan creates an engineering virtual desktop infrastructure for improving its global vehicle design operations.

At the center of what Nissan Motor Co. is calling the industry’s first next-generation vehicle design infrastructure is a means of connecting the company’s global R&D centers with a continuous, high-speed connection to its latest vehicle development data. Known as the engineering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Nissan plans to use it to provide for more flexibility and manageability of its global vehicle design operations. Nissan has already begun using the infrastructure in North America and Europe.

According to Nissan, the engineering VDI allows engineers to access a virtual 3D CAD workstation hosted on remote servers and control the workstation on a desktop environment. The VDI enables Nissan to store the latest data on its servers so that teams around the world can access it at any time. The company says that, beyond enhancing productivity, it expects the VDI to also improve cost efficiencies and disaster risk management.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) initially proposed the engineering VDI to Nissan. Project teams across Japan, the United States, and Europe were used to deploy, verify, and test the VDI. The system includes:

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