What are the origins of our universe? It’s a question the greatest minds in the history of man have sought to answer. Yet, it remains a hot topic of discussion. In quest of an answer, the team at the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is building a 200-foot-high telescope which will help scientists uncover The Big Questions: Are we alone in space? How did the first galaxies form? And what is our universe’s fate?

How do you simulate the biggest telescope of all time?

The GMT is quite likely to find the answers we seek, as it can collect more light than other telescopes and it has an incredibly high resolution. Although sponsored by leading institutions from around the globe, it had a number of hurdles to conquer at the design stage: the complexity of its structure, the placement of mirrors, and movements that will occur while operating the telescope. The latter will be standing atop an ever-earthquake-prone mountain in Chile, so it should be able to withstand harsh environmental conditions. Not only does the building need to be earthquake-proof, the force of high-speed winds should also be considered. This required precise and accurate structural testing.

To design the telescope’s structure in such a way that it can endure all this, GMT’s engineering team decided to use MSC Apex – MSC Software’s simulation tool – to simplify and shorten its design and simulation workflow.

More productivity, less time

MSC Apex has resulted in a variety of benefits. For example, the software played a crucial role in identifying particular wind dynamics issues during the design process, which allowed the GMT team to increase productivity and save time during the design process.

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Mathijs Pont

An engineer by heart, but equipped with a commercial mindset. Mathijs has gained experience with new, exciting technologies like metal, composite, and plastic Additive Manufacturing, but he also loves the conventional, robust ways of getting things done. Also, he is a huge fan of rugby.