PLM Road Map™ 2015 for the Aerospace & Defense Industry
featuring the 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress

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

October 28 & 29, 2015 | Westfields Marriott | Chantilly | Virginia (Washington Dulles)



PLM Road Map for the A&D industry and the 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress offers a unique two day event focused on the issues and concerns facing the global A&D industry.

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:

  1. Advanced Features – achieving benefits within the design team without increasing friction in the lifecycle process flows
  2. Data Retention – tuning methods and means to the purposes for which the data will be used
  3. Compliance – ITAR, type certification or CDRLs – converging on a single standard and protecting Intellectual Property ownership

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.

Topics to be discussed at PLM Road Map for the A&D Industry

  • The issues and plans to achieve the level of uniformity needed for digital type certification to become the normal practice within the industry.
  • Currently major equipment suppliers are attempting to achieve 3D MBD certification of their products, with variations in process and artifacts involved. What are the risks in the current situation, especially with respect to protection of IP ownership, and how can uniformity of practice be achieved while also protecting the business of all involved parties?
  • High volume global collaboration with fully automated ITAR compliance on a strategic weapons system.
  • Preserving the benefits of advanced CAD features within the design team without increasing the friction in lifecycle process flows or the number and complexity of integrations by conforming to standard geometric representations and structures for data storage and exchange.
  • The use of powerful commercial PLM tools with simplified web user interfaces.
  • Future trends in standards for data storage and exchange that consider the key levers that can be applied to influence future progress in closing the gap between native and standard formats.
  • How to assure data retention while preserving the richness of information in the product definition model that is necessary for reuse and continual refresh of the design in progress.
  • Alternative approaches for augmenting LOTAR to preserve the value of retained digital product definition for design reuse.
  • The rapidly evolving trend of the platformization of PLM and what it means for the future of PLM enablement.




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