Caterpillar, Sandia CRADA Opens Door to Multiple Research Projects

From left, Sandia computer scientists Brian Adams, Jim Stewart, and John Siirola look over the results of a Dakota optimization study. Caterpillar Inc.’s interest in Dakota, an open-source software tool developed by Sandia, launched talks that led to the CRADA signing. (Photo by Norman Johnson)

Sandia and industrial giant Caterpillar Inc. have signed their first umbrella cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), opening the door to a wide range of scientific research. “This agreement will lead to an expanded relationship with Caterpillar,” said Vic Weiss, the Sandia business development specialist who helped negotiate the CRADA. “It’s a strategic collaboration.”

The Labs had a pair of standard CRADAs with Caterpillar a decade ago, each dealing with a specific project in diesel combustion. The umbrella CRADA has a broader scope, covering multiple projects in a variety of categories over three years. The CRADA authorizes work in computer and computational science, information and data analysis, mathematics, engineering science, and high-performance computing. Technical categories include simulation design exploration, advanced analytics, multi-physics engineering modeling and simulation and high-performance computing.

The agreement includes training, education, technical support and staff visits. “We’re excited about this new CRADA. We hope to do many new projects with Caterpillar in different technical areas,” Weiss said. “These agreements benefit our partners and Sandia by allowing us to do more research and advance our scientific knowledge. We learn when we partner with industry.”

Read the Sandia news release.