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OpenVSP Workshop 2016

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The 2016 OpenVSP Workshop will be held August 23-25 at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field California.

If you cannot attend, don’t worry. The workshop will be live-streamed and recorded for later viewing. No registration is required to view the live stream.

To attend virtually:

From any computer with a high speed internet connection, go to the Workshop Streaming Site. Enter as a Guest and type your name.

To test your systems beforehand, go to this link, which will run a meeting test. The streaming does require Adobe Flash.



The Workshop will be held at the NASA Ames Conference Center, in Building 152. It is located at: 200 Bailey Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043.

When you arrive at the NASA Front Gate, show ID and tell them you are going to the Conference Center. US Persons must show a valid driver's license. Non-US Persons must show a passport.


We don't have a block of rooms or a particular hotel to recommend. However, there are many choices within just a couple of miles of NASA Ames.

Streaming & Videos

The Workshop will be streamed online


The OpenVSP Workshop consists of presentations and tutorials by VSP developers and power users. Topics range from introductory to advanced model building, reports on cutting edge development, and work that real users are accomplishing with OpenVSP.

Breakout Session
8/23/16 Tuesday
8:30-10:00 Developer Breakout Session Rob McDonald

Possible topics include (suggestions welcome):

  • Overall code architecture and organization
  • How to build OpenVSP
  • Submitting changes and working with Git
  • Automated build and test for OpenVSP
  • Fixing your own bug
  • Building your own SWIG wrapper for Python or another language
Main Track
8/23/16 Tuesday
8:00-8:30 Welcome & Overview Rob McDonald
8:30-9:00 Introduction to OpenVSP Brandon Litherland NASA Langley
9:00-9:30 Basic modeling Brandon Litherland NASA Langley
9:30-10:00 Tour of main components Brandon Litherland NASA Langley
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Cal Poly NRA Final Review Rob McDonald Cal Poly
11:00-11:30 USAF SBIR Report Ben Schiltgen ESAero
11:30-12:00 XSecs in detail Brandon Litherland NASA Langley
12:00-12:30 Lunch
1:00-1:30 NASA SBIR Report Nick Brake ESAero
1:30-2:00 Attach, symmetry, sets, subsurfaces Rob McDonald
2:00-2:30 Skinning explained Rob McDonald
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-3:30 Advanced Wing Modeling Rob McDonald
3:30-4:00 Conformal Components J.R. Gloudemans
4:00-4:30 Saved Parameter Settings Bryan Schmidt ESAero
4:30-5:00 Modeling Demo Rob McDonald
6:00-6:30 BBQ social
8/24/16 Wednesday
8:00-8:30 FEM from VSP Models Wu Li NASA Langley
8:30-9:00 Structural Modeling and OpenVSP Trevor Laughlin Laughlin Research
9:00-9:30 TOW Steered Wing Structure Design Mike Henson UT Arlington & Lockheed Martin
9:30-10:00 Mass Properties Mark McMillin NASA Langley
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 RapidFEM & PBWeight Tyler Winter M4 Engineering
11:00-11:30 VSPAERO Theory Dave Kinney NASA Ames
11:30-12:00 VSPAERO GUI VLM Basics Nick Brake ESAero
12:00-12:30 Lunch
1:00-1:30 VSPAERO GUI VLM Advanced Nick Brake ESAero
1:30-2:00 VSPAERO GUI Panel Method Nick Brake ESAero
2:00-2:30 VSPAERO Verification Dave Kinney NASA Ames
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-3:30 VSPAERO Next Steps Dave Kinney NASA Ames
3:30-4:00 VSPAERO SUGAR braced wing aero Doug Wells NASA Langley
4:00-4:30 Advanced Parameter Linking Rob McDonald
4:30-5:00 Leveraging DegenGeom for Multi-fidelity Analysis Erik Olson NASA Langley
5:00-5:30 Custom Components Rob McDonald
8/25/16 Thursday
8:00-8:30 Wave Drag Rob/Michael
8:30-9:00 Drag buildup Bryan Schmidt ESAero
9:00-9:30 Aerodatabases with GoCart & Cart3D Aerion Technologies
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Projected Area Rob McDonald
11:00-11:30 NDARC Integration Travis Perry US Army AMRDEC
11:30-12:00 Aircraft design framework with OpenVSP in the loop Alessandro Davi Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica
12:00-12:30 Lunch
1:00-1:30 CompGeom and Meshing Rob McDonald
1:30-2:00 Flightstream Roy Hartfield Research in Flight
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-3:30 Design vars & xddm, API, Scripting Rob McDonald
3:30-4:00 Analysis Mgr, Results Mgr, Python Rob McDonald
4:00-4:30 Fit Model Presentation Rob McDonald
4:30-5:00 Fit Model Interactive Rob McDonald

Past Workshop Presentations

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