Use a CFD Consulting Company Strategically to Boost Productivity

If you have read the about me page you know that I do some CFD consulting as part of my job. So you might think that I'm going to recommend that everyone run out and hire my company to do anything and everything CFD-related. I'm not going to do that, however.

As in every other field, CFD consulting companies come in all shapes and sizes. The best results (for both you and the contractor) will be attained if your needs and expectations are clearly laid out and well matched with the company you hire.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I'd rather not get the contract than to try to work a situation that just isn't a good fit. It doesn't take too many unhappy customers to ruin a reputation, and in my business, reputation is everything.

Who Should Consider Hiring a CFD Consultant?

Hiring a CFD consultant, like hiring a full time employee, upgrading the company servers, or any other use of an organization's resources, needs to be part of an overall business plan. But there are many times where, having looked over your company's assets and core competencies, you may find needs which are best met by a consultant.

Here are some examples of situations where it might make sense to hire some outside help for CFD:

  • A project requires CFD, but your company's core competencies lie in other areas.
  • You have in-house CFD capability, but a project requires more manpower than you currently have available.
  • You are developing an in-house CFD capability, but you need training and/or support while your personnel are coming up to speed.
  • You are expanding your CFD capability into areas you have not previously worked, and want to bring in an outside expert to assist your personnel.

Finding the Right Person for the Job

Obviously, if you are looking for a CFD consulting company to work with you, it is important that they have the technical skills for the job. But just as with permanent employees, whoever you hire must also be able to communicate and work well with the rest of your team. So, where do you find a consultant? Here are a few ideas.

  • Ask others in your industry for referrals (check out the local section meetings of professional societies, for example)
  • Look for someone at technical conferences (e.g. ASME, AIAA, or your local equivalent). A lot of small companies present technical papers as a way of advertising their capabilities.
  • The web. While I wouldn't recommend hiring someone on the basis of a website alone, you can sometimes learn a lot from a company's online presence. (This site, for example, if I have done it correctly, should tell you something about me and what I might be able to do for you).
  • Forums and mailing lists. If you are a user, or prospective user, of a particular software package, you can often find knowledgeable consultants answering questions on mailing lists and online forums.
Once you've found someone that might be suitable, talk to them a bit. Get some references from them, and check them; find out what their customers have to say about them. The right person will not only have the technical skills you need, but also be someone you can talk to.

If you need a CFD consultant, and would like to see if my company would be a good fit, please contact me.

Or if you would like more information on any other CFD-related topic, please feel free to send me a message.

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