October 28 & 29, 2015 | Westfields Marriott | Chantilly | Virginia (Washington Dulles)
PLM Road Map 2015 for the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Industry featuring the 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress is the must-attend event for A&D industry executives and PLM practitioners globally—providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the A&D industry germinate and take root.The theme is “Free at Last with 3D Model Based Design? No, Not Yet, Just a Little Bit Longer: Status Check and Next Steps for Aerospace & Defense OEMs and their Supply Chain Partners.”
For over 30 years, leading thinkers in the A&D industries have been pursuing the dream of 100% digital product definition flowing seamlessly from product design into manufacturing and then into service. There have been many technical challenges and cultural barriers to overcome. It was a decade before the technology was fully capable and design teams began producing complete product designs as digital models. For another decade, cultural inertia and disconnects in lifecycle process flows would require paper renderings as the official master of record. Over the last few years, several aircraft and weapons programs have been delivered utilizing three dimensional model based design (3D MBD) for product definition, for product information process flow to manufacturing and to service, and even for type certification. So, “Are we there yet?” “No, not yet, just a little bit longer.”
The aerospace OEMs and the defense program managers who have achieved these latest benchmarks acknowledge that the current operational cost of friction in the lifecycle information flow and overhead cost of ongoing data maintenance are far too high. These thought leaders are investing to improve the economics of their 3D MBD enterprise by developing solutions in three primary subject areas:
Underlying all three topics are questions and decisions regarding standards, policy, and practice.
Some of the most prominent names in their industry founded the Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group in 2014. The Group operates within CIMdata’s PLM Community with the expressed mission to fund advanced research and set the direction for the A&D industry on PLM-related topics. It is from within the Group’s membership and through their contacts across the PLM ecosystem that the topics and speakers for this benchmark event have been assembled.
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