General-purpose design process integration and optimization software system


  • Gradient-based and nongradient-based optimization
  • Design of Experiments and response surface optimization
  • Probabilistic analysis and optimization
  • VisualScript, a graphical process integration tool
  • Direct interface to MATLAB and other analysis tools
  • VisualDOC C/C++ API


The VisualDOC software system allows users to quickly add design optimization capabilities to almost any analysis program (commercial or user-supplied). The powerful, intuitive interface and state-of-the-art optimization algorithms let users set up, solve, and postprocess designs. VisualDOC performs design tasks by calling the built-in design modules to modify design variables and calling the external simulation program to evaluate responses. The design modules in VisualDOC include gradient-based optimization, Design of Experiments, response surface optimization, and non-gradient-based optimization. Probabilistic design and multi-objective optimization are also available.

To facilitate easy coupling with simulation programs, VisualDOC provides VisualScript, the general graphical process integration tool, as well as direct interfaces to MATLAB®, Microsoft® Excel®, and Morpher. Once a design task is formulated, VisualDOC automates the solving process and provides a set of visualization tools for the user to monitor the solution process, postprocess the results, or perform a what-if study for design alternatives.

The VisualDOC-MATLAB Interface allows users to use the MATLAB computational engine to evaluate responses. Using the VisualDOC-MATLAB Interface, VisualDOC opens the MATLAB computational engine, transfers the design variable data to the MATLAB workspace, evaluates the responses using a user-supplied MATLAB file, and transfers the response values back to VisualDOC.

Vanderplaats Research & Development Inc

41700 Gardenbrook Ste 115
Novi, MI 48375
Tel: 248-596-1611
Fax: 248-596-1911

Required Products


  • Linux
  • UNIX
  • Windows


  • Consulting
  • E-mail
  • Fax
  • Telephone
  • Training

Product Type

  • Documentation and Reporting Tools


  • Process Control and Monitoring


  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Industrial Automation and Machinery