Preliminary design, first time right

By some estimates, 70-80% of a product’s total life costs are committed by the decisions made in the early design stages. The high-level design concept will not only determine the production cost but also the product’s operating costs – a critical competitive factor and differentiator.

Our preliminary design platform Pacelab Suite helps design and systems engineers at aircraft, ship, rail and motor vehicle OEMs and first-tier suppliers to reliably assess future product characteristics and performance and to explore more design alternatives in less time.

Highly scalable and fully extensible, Pacelab Suite can be flexibly tailored to a wide range of engineering domains; it also provides the enabling technology for our off-the-shelf software Pacelab APD for preliminary aircraft design and Pacelab SysArc for systems architecture design.



Shorter development cycles / faster time to market


Reduced risk of project delays / failures & cost overruns


More innovative, high-quality products


Seamless integration of proprietary codes and commercial analysis / MDO tools


Efficient reuse of proven design solutions and best practices

Key features

  • Fast setup of product model from re-usable, parametric building blocks
  • Graphical user interface for definition of mathematical relations, ideally lending itself to engineers
  • Easy reversal of input and output parameters to change the focus of the design investigation
  • Extensible optimization and trade study module
  • Fully extensible through open API

Discover our full range of design solutions

Pacelab Suite

our generic platform for model-based, multi-disciplinary design, which supplies the basic functional and procedural infrastructure for the modeling, analysis, sizing and optimization of complex engineering systems.

Pacelab APD >

extends the platform with domain-specific functionality for preliminary aircraft design, while

Pacelab SysArc >

adds a further functional layer for systems architecture design.

Our three-tier product offering and open architecture enables customers to select the functionality best suited to their current design focus and objectives - contact us for a free consultation!