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Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation:
Challenges, Strategies & Best Practices for Business Success
A CIMdata Workshop
June 6-7, 2017 | The UI LABS Innovation Center, home to DMDII, Chicago, Illinois

Agenda Outline
Tuesday, June 6 (12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
  1. 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Registration & Optional Networking Tour of The UI LABS Innovation Center
    The workshop kicks off with a tour of the UI LABS manufacturing floor. The tour provides a description of the approximately US$6 million in equipment on the factory floor and an introduction to the Digital Thread concept central to Industry 4.0. Additional tours will be available at the end of the first day of the program.
  2. 12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Don Tolle, Director, Simulation-Driven Systems Development Practice, CIMdata [Bio]
  3. 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Keynote: The Digital Thread Revolution: From Digital Artifacts to Model-Centric Engineering and Beyond
    Brench Boden, CTO, DMDII / Senior Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory [Bio]
    The DoD/Air Force vision of the Digital Thread is to enable a next generation, model-driven process for the innovative development, manufacturing, and sustainment of complex cyber-physical weapons systems. This presentation will highlight the challenges and opportunities in implementing the Digital Thread across DoD and industry organizations, including the role of new initiatives such as the Digital Twin. It will also highlight the activities and major programs underway by the DoD, industry, and organizations such as DMDII, to achieve both the long term vision as well as a more near term roadmap for achieving real operational and business impact from “connecting the Digital Thread.”
  4. 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Establishing an Industry-wide Consensus for Design Data Exchange
    Brad Ferris, Rolls-Royce
    This presentation will outline the efforts undertaken by a major aerospace product developer to institute a Model-based Definition (MBD) process within their company and to work jointly with other aerospace companies to establish a minimum working data exchange schema based on industry standard ISO 10303-242 (STEP AP242).
  5. 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Networking & Refreshment Break
  6. 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Computer Aided Innovation Tools
    Dr. Andreas Vlahinos, President, Advanced Engineering Solutions, LLC [Bio]
    This presentation will describe and demonstrate a practical set of computer-aided innovation (CAI) tools that assist engineers and manufacturers in increasing their innovation skills. Tools that use the “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving” (TRIZ) to generate innovative ideas for the most difficult engineering and manufacturing challenges will be presented. A Mechanism Synthesis tool, that generates in seconds several concept mechanisms that follow a given path while its supports remain within a given domain, will be demonstrated. Interactive Multi-Physics Topology Optimization tools that generate the optimum topology/shape of a component for a given structural, thermal, or fluid requirement will be presented. Tools that generate Programmable Materials (meta-materials with predefined properties) will also be discussed.

  1. Breakout Session
    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Model-based Design/Model-based Definition
    Participants will share their positions of how industries can reach a consensus on their use of MBD and standards to facilitate data exchange between product development partners and the supply chain. The vision: 3D product data can flow freely between product development companies and the supply chain independent of the proprietary CAD solution used. In addition, participants will propose and discuss ideas to foster cooperation between industrial companies and solution providers to identify requirement priorities and solution deliveries.

  1. Breakout Session
    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Design and Simulation Challenges in Advanced Manufacturing
    Participants will discuss their vision of how the industry will innovate and overcome the numerous challenges faced with a revolution in product design and manufacturing. The Vision: Product geometry designs will be developed by optimization techniques that account for performance requirements and constraints; materials will be engineered as part of the design; and additive manufacturing (and other new manufacturing processes) will be used to produce parts that are not feasible to make with more traditional 3D CAD design techniques. Also, the software will be democratized, i.e., productively used by a much wider group of users who will not have to understand the scientific basis of the techniques being employed.

  1. 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Solving BIG Engineering Challenges with Collaborative Innovation
    Amelia Gandara, Community Leader, GE Fuse [Bio]
    Fuse is a new open innovation initiative where General Electric (GE) invites the world to collaborate to solve tough product engineering and technology challenges. Fuse is an online collaboration platform where GE publishes their challenges and works with the digital community toward solutions. Fuse is based in mHub, a 60,000 square foot open co-working space and microfactory in the heart of Chicago that marries physical product development and manufacturing. This presentation will explain GE’s reasons for creating Fuse, why they chose to locate at mHub, and the types of challenges that they are addressing.
  2. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Tours of The UI LABS Innovation Center
  3. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Join CIMdata for Happy Hour @ DMDII

Wednesday, June 7 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Morning - Wednesday, June 7
  1. 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast
  2. 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Don Tolle, Director, Simulation-Driven Systems Development Practice, CIMdata [Bio]
    Dr. Suna Polat, Director, Collaborative Innovation & Social Product Development Consulting Practice, CIMdata [Bio]
  3. 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | System Modeling, Simulation, and Interoperability – View from an End User Perspective
    Roger Burkhart, Technology Architect, Deere & Company [Bio]
    The complexity of modern engineering products demands a complex set of virtual tools and processes to design, verify, and validate their performance up front, using digital means. This presentation will discuss the challenges that end-user companies face in orchestrating these tools and processes, and the important role that vendor-neutral standards and MBSE play in digitizing the engineering environment of the business.
  4. 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Networking & Refreshment Break
  5. 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Simulation Led Innovation – The promise, the pitfalls, and business imperative for ever better products and business execution
    Mark Meili, Director, Modeling and Simulation, Procter & Gamble [Bio]
    In-silico is a term that describes science done in a computer as opposed to more traditional in-vivo or physically based experimentation. Innovation is being, and will increasingly be, driven by a combination of simulation, based upon known scientific principles, and data analytics, where physical data is readily and inexpensively available. While science clearly has much remaining to discover, the quality and quantity of engineering and science that can be done TODAY via simulation is simply amazing and the scope is not well understood by many technical leaders, much less their business partners. As systems continue to increase in complexity, physical prototypes of the entire systems are simply too expensive and time consuming to use for most technical learning. Purposeful interventions in systems understanding and simulation are needed. This presentation will talk about both the technical skills and capability required to change the way in which we work, and will discuss the equal or even greater need for this way of working to be a stated business strategy in order to be successful.
  6. 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Opportunities and Challenges When Implementing System Modeling and Simulation Capabilities for MBSE
    Don Tolle, Director, Simulation-Driven Systems Development Practice, CIMdata [Bio] & Frank Popielas, Executive Consultant, CIMdata [Bio]
    System Modeling and Simulation has become a requirement for many companies to stay competitive as product complexity continues to increase and the imperative to apply model-based engineering techniques expands to cover the overall product development process including manufacturing and in-service disciplines. This creates real and new challenges on how to manage and work in such a digitally driven enterprise environment. In this presentation, CIMdata will provide the audience with an overview of the trends in the market and the challenges that end user companies and technology providers are now facing in implementing model-based processes. CIMdata’s new Enterprise Application Architecture model will also be explained and proposed as a framework and associated maturity model to enable successful adoption of model-based technologies to achieve practical business benefits including sustainable product innovation.
  7. 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Networking Over Lunch
Afternoon – Wednesday, June 7
  1. 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Panel Discussion: Collaboration Standards for Model-Based Engineering
    Moderated by Don Tolle, Director, Simulation-Driven Systems Development Practice CIMdata [Bio] & Frank Popielas, Executive Consultant, CIMdata [Bio]
    There are a number of emerging standards for digital modeling and data/model interoperability including SysML, UPDM, Modelica, FMI/FMU, OSLC, MoSSEC, ReqIF, and the STEP AP series (AP209, AP233, AP239, and AP242). The panel will explore the relative maturity and value of these various standards and identify areas for future focus to deliver the greatest business benefit to the systems modeling and simulation communities.

  1. Breakout Session
    1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Application Use Cases, Technology Challenges, and ROI Justification for Investing in Digital Twins?
    The development and application of digital twins are expected to have a profound impact on the sustainment and performance optmization of complex systems in the context of Industry 4.0. As we are currently in the early stages of adoption, it is important to identify the industry applications where digital twins can provide the greatest business impact and the technology requirements to effectively emulate, predict, and optimize the real-time physical behavior of complex cyber-physical systems.

  1. Breakout Session
    1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Organizational and People Issues in implementing MBSE?
    Effecting the transition from document-centric processes to model-based processes involves much more than technology. Organizational culture and cross-domain interactions/conflicts, as well as people issues such as training, job security, and legacy processes, all have a significant impact on the success of MBSE implementations. Personal experience with industry implementations of MBSE will be shared. The discussion will also focus on identifying the major challenges and “best practices” for business success.

  1. 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Networking & Refreshment Break
  2. 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Initial report out from the breakout sessions: Insights and potential next steps/action items
  3. 4:00 p.m. | Workshop Adjourns

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