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Mar-17 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 2017
Dec-16 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2017.0
Dec-16 Mechanical Simulation Upgrades NIOSH's QuadDS Driving Simulator
Feb-16 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim 2016
Dec-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2016
Oct-15 Mechanical Simulation Delivers Engineering Driving Simulator to Canadian Tire
May-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 9.0
May-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases BikeSim 9.0
Apr-15 Mechanical Simulation Corporation Joins University of Michigan's MTC Affiliates Program
Feb-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases TruckSim 9.0
Nov-14 Meritor and Meritor-WABCO Purchase QuadDS Driving Simulator from Mechanical Simulation Corporation
Oct-14 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim 9.0
Mar-14 Terence J. Rhoades, President of Mechanical Simulation Corporation, Honored with SAE International Medal of Honor
Feb-14 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 8.2
Dec-13 Mechanical Simulation Delivers Human-Hardware-in-the-Loop Driving Simulator to Geely Automobile
Aug-13 Mechanical Simulation Releases TruckSim 8.2
Jul-13 National Transportation Safety Board Takes Delivery of a 3 DOF Driving Simulator from Mechanical Simulation Corporation
Mar-13 Mechanical Simulation Announces New Representation Agreement in India with Xitadel
Feb-13 Mechanical Simulation Purchases SuspensionSim
Jan-13 BikeSim 3.2 is Released
Jan-13 CarSim 8.2 is Released
Dec-12 BikeSim Identifies Vibration Modes in Racing Motorcycles
Dec-12 RPUG Award Presented to Mike Sayers
Nov-12 Mechanical Simulation Earns 2012 Award for Exceptional Engineering Support
Apr-12 Partnership with Altair Engineering
Jan-12 TruckSim 8.1 Released

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RPUG Technical Achievement Award Presented to Mike Sayers

ANN ARBOR, Mich., December 4, 2012 - Dr. Michael Sayers, the CEO and Chief Technology Officer at Mechanical Simulation, was recently awarded the annual Technical Achievement Award of the Road Profile Users' Group (RPUG) based on his pioneering work done to develop standard methods for measuring and evaluating road roughness. In his position as a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan, Sayers conducted research projects that resulted in written standards for using existing equipment to measure road roughness in a manner that that was repeatable, reproducible, and stable with time. He created a standard roughness scale that came to be known as the "International Roughness Index" (IRI) in 1986. IRI is now used as a standard road condition indicator in the United States and other countries.

IRI and other roughness metrics are typically measured with vehicle-mounted instrumentation systems called road profilers. In 1989, users of these systems founded RPUG to provide a forum for the exchange of information between end users, data collectors, vendors, construction and design engineers and researchers who have an interest in road profiles, road roughness/smoothness, pavement surface textures, friction, and tire-pavement noise (see http://www.rpug.org). In some of the early meetings of RPUG, Sayers and Steve Karamihas (a researcher at the University of Michigan) provided training and technical presentations to help road profile users understand the technology of the measurements and the methods used to analyze the data. Since that time, the measurement methods have become better documented and more routine. 

Most state and Federal highway departments use the IRI as a primary measure of the functional quality of roads. Transportation agencies use IRI measurements to monitor the ride quality of their road networks and prioritize pavement rehabilitation and reconstruction projects. Many agencies use IRI as the primary metric to judge the smoothness quality of new roads, which can affect bonuses and penalties paid to road construction contractors. In addition, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) requires states to submit IRI data for a large portion of their Federal aid highway network each year, which influences the allocation of billions of dollars in funding for roads.

About Mechanical Simulation Corporation: Mechanical Simulation Corporation is a technology leader in the development and distribution of advanced software used to simulate vehicle performance under a wide variety of conditions. The company was established in 1996, and from its Ann Arbor, Mich., headquarters provides car, truck and motorcycle simulation packages, training and ongoing support to more than 90 OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, and over 160 universities and government research groups worldwide. For more information, visit www.carsim.com.

Steve Karamihas (left) presents Mike Sayers with the RPUG Technical Achievement award prior to the September 2012 annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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