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PLM Road Map™ 2016 for the Aerospace & Defense Community

Joining Forces to Remediate Common Pain Points and Build a Platform for the Next Generation of Product Lifecycle Management

8 November | PLM Road Map | Renaissance Paris La Defense | Paris | France - View conference program
9-10 November | PDT Europe | Renaissance Paris La Defense | Paris | France - View conference program


  1. 07:30 – 08:30 | Registration & Welcome Coffee in the PLM Collaboration Café
  2. 08:30 – 08:45 | Welcome
    James Roche, Director, Aerospace & Defense Practice, CIMdata [Bio]
    Gerard Litjens, Vice President, EMEA, CIMdata [Bio]
  3. 08:45 – 09:20 | KEYNOTE: Constraining Model-Based Definition (MBD) and Bill of Material (BoM) Definition to Facilitate Information Flow Through the Product Lifecycle
    Kenneth Swope, Business Capabilities Architecture Lead, Boeing Commercial Airplanes  [Bio]
    Modern engineering design systems have enabled significant productivity improvements in the design process and have contributed to an explosion of information around the design that confounds downstream utilization of the design data. Designers spend an increased percentage of their time working with supplemental information and less doing technical work. Customization of design practices and data drives specialized training, increasing the “on boarding” costs for new employees, and limiting the ability to share resources from other programs or from design centers. The production systems and suppliers are given more information than what is needed which creates confusion. Unique, poorly documented custom data representations make it difficult to integrate, maintain, and replace information systems. To address this pain-point a group of like-minded industry peers has jointly funded and staffed a project team to identify root causes and potential remedies.This presentation provides a high level review of objectives, requirements, and a roadmap for definition and implementation of a “minimum digital thread.” The project involved reaching agreement on the minimum content required in full 3D model-based definition (3D MBD) and engineering bill of material (eBoM) definition, agreeing on a set of standards for representation of this information, communicating objectives and requirements to solution providers for their review and comment, and reaching closure on a joint plan of action.
  4. 09:20 – 09:35 | PLM Vignette: MBSE and the Business of Engineering
    Marc Lind, SVP of Global Marketing, Aras [Bio]
    As product complexity continues to increase, highly collaborative cross-discipline engineering processes are essential to the successful development of next generation aircraft, vehicles, equipment, defense technologies, and other systems. To deal with the growing complexity and tie requirements through functional, logical, and physical product structure, organizations are moving to implement Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). But unless MBSE is connected with the business it risks remaining just another isolated island of automation. This presentation will describe new approaches that help MBSE to drive the business of engineering with existing systems like ALM and PLM and connect processes across the company and suppliers.
  5. 09:35 – 10:05 | Multi-view Bill of Material – How to Enable Collaboration Between Business Entities with Different Product Data Organizational Structures
    Antoine Scotto d’Apollonia, Head of Engineering Change Program, Airbus [Bio]
    Since the 1980’s, Aerospace and Defense OEMs have pursued different approaches regarding Engineering and Manufacturing product data organizational structure and exchange. Now in the age of product definition digitalization, these divergent structures stand as barriers to the smooth flow of product information from engineering to manufacturing, and constrain the independence, innovation, and responsiveness of these business areas. This is the case both within the OEMs and between the OEMs and their supply chains. To address this “pain point”, a group of like-minded industry peers jointly funded and staffed a project team to analyze the current state and propose potential remedies. This presentation will describe two classic approaches dating back to the 80’s: the Airbus concept of a single BoM and the Boeing concept of dual-BoMs (engineering BOM and manufacturing BOM). The presentation will include use-cases and will consider the pros and cons of each concept. A review of the initial results from the team, led by Airbus and Boeing, will be shared. Note: The Multi-view Bill of Material can be also be referred to as the Multi-view of a Product Structure.

  6. 10:05 – 10:35 | Networking Break & PLM Collaboration Café

  7. 10:35 – 11:05 | Improving Collaboration in the Aerospace & Defense Design Chain
    James Roche, Director, Aerospace & Defense Practice, CIMdata Inc. [Bio]
    Today, in industries such as aerospace and automotive, there are many examples of nearly complete digital representation through all stages of the product lifecycle, yet pain points in the information flow persist. One of those pain points is the flow of product information through the design chain during product development. This presentation will review two years of research to characterize the global design collaboration space, and then within that space identify the points of greatest opportunity for remediation and the root causes to be addressed. The research began with definition of a taxonomy for describing and characterizing global collaboration. This was followed by a limited survey to determine those nodes within the six-dimensional space that present the greatest opportunity for collaboration performance improvement. The second year of research focused on the high priority improvement areas identified in Phase 1, and a second survey was conducted to research deeper into those areas across a wider community of OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.
  8. 11:05 – 11:20 | PLM Vignette: Digital Twin – Digital Thread in Aerospace
    Lisa Strama, Senior Director Business Development Aerospace & Defense, Siemens PLM [Bio]
    Siemens PLM Software is enabling The Digital Twin transformational innovation through its integration of all simulations and program data based on the as-built system-level model. The Digital Thread is an analytical framework that seamlessly expedites the integration and fidelity of all data and program information across the enterprise.

  9. 11:20 – 11:50 | PLM Solution and Data Obsolescence with A&D
    Henrik Weimer, Airbus Commercial - Head of PLM Architecture & Innovation, Airbus [Bio]
    Managing the risks associated with PLM solution and data obsolescence within A&D companies is a large, growing problem. The long lifespan of our products and the large volume of complex data with complex relationships mean that the product data will need to transition through several generations of IT solutions. The resulting risks include significant expenses when PLM solutions need to be upgraded, data integrity risks when technology updates are applied and especially when technology architecture changes. To address these risks the A&D PLM Action Group assigned a cross-industry team to identify the causes and potential remedies. This presentation will provide a high level review of the obsolescence research and the requirements that the team addresses to PLM solution providers.
  10. 11:50 – 12:05 | PLM Vignette: Digital Continuity Driving Business Transformation
    Frederic Besson, Senior Sales Director Head of Aerospace, Defense, Marine & Offshore Dassault Systèmes [Bio]
    This presentation will share three A&D company case studies. It will consider: achieving flexible rate, with a spotlight on Airbus Helicopters; cutting costs with additive manufacturing at Airbus and Safran; and how new technology can cut time in half with platform line engineering.

  11. 12:05 – 13:30 | Networking Lunch & PLM Collaboration Café
  12. 13:30 – 14:05 | Keynote: A 15-Year PLM Journey at Safran Helicopter Engines …. And What Should Happen Next
    Lorenzo Pons, Head of Design Methods & Tools /Engineering Process IT Urbanization Leader, Safran Helicopter Engines [Bio]
    Eric Laffargue, Engineering Process IS Urbanization Leader, Safran Helicopter Engines [Bio]
    Safran Helicopter Engines, is the world's leading manufacturer of gas turbine engines for both civil and military helicopters. With the PLM requirements of a large company and the financial constraints of a medium company, implementing a full lifecycle PLM solution from design-to-manufacture-to-service has posed special challenges. One strategy that helped was the application of a single enterprise solution across all programs. This presentation highlights challenges, strategies, and lessons learned from Safran's PLM journey over the last 15-years.
  13. 14:05 – 14:35 | Improving PLM Delivery Performance with Solution Adoption Measures Linked to Milestone Approval 
    Neil J. Fleming, IM&T Solution Design Manager, BAE Systems Maritime Submarines  [Bio]
    Since 2010, BAE Systems Maritime Submarines has been running a major business change programme to create an Integrated Product Delivery Environment (IPDE), including a new PLM solution implementation. Inevitably in such a large and complex transformational programme, a number of design and delivery challenges were encountered along the way, and by 2014 IPDE was under significant pressure to fulfil its full scope. Customer contractual requirements changed, requiring objective evidence of the business adoption of new tools and processes, which were to be linked to milestone payments for completion. The remaining IPDE deliverables were re-planned as a series of six releases to take place during 2015 and 2016. The content of each release was negotiated with stakeholders, and a series of business-focused adoption measures agreed and publicised. A requirements management toolset was used to ensure clear linkage between requirements and test/acceptance criteria, and resulted in great improvements to the quality of the releases. The conversations that took place between the stakeholders became better informed and more objective. Consequently, IPDE’s delivery performance dramatically improved, and the programme is currently on track to complete on plan and within budget. This presentation describes these changes in programme management approach and the resultant improvements in delivery performance.

  14. 14:35 – 15:00 | Networking Break & PLM Collaboration Café
  15. 15:00 – 15:30 | Implementation of Long Term Archiving Capabilities in NextGen Program
    Maurice Narayanin, NextGen PLM Program Manager, Jet Aviation [Bio]
    Digitization of the aircraft has resulted in a massive repository of digital assets that must be preserved and accessible through the life of the aircraft program and beyond. The requirement goes beyond geometry to include, product and manufacturing information (PMI), which conveys the non-geometric attributes in 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and Collaborative Product Development systems necessary for manufacturing product components and assemblies. This presentation covers the approach adopted by Jet Aviation Basel for establishing long term archiving and retrieval capability (i.e., LOTAR) within a comprehensive obsolescence management strategy. It begins with an overview of LOTAR, the industry initiative to provide a capability to preserve digital product data in a neutral form that can be read and reused, independent of changes in the IT application environment originally used to create it. The presentation then focuses on the impacts 3D PMI utilization across the product lifecycle, and concludes with a review of Jet Aviation’s roadmap for LOTAR implementation.
  16. 15:30 – 16:30 | PANEL DISCUSSION with PLM Thought Leaders from Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, GE Aviation, and Gulfstream: Tactics for Pain Point Remediation and Strategies for Enhancing Value in the Next Generation of PLM
    Moderated by James Roche, Director, Aerospace & Defense Practice, CIMdata Inc. [Bio]
    PLM thought leaders from five of the most significant OEMs within the aerospace and defense industry will be assembled on stage to briefly present their views regarding remediation of current barriers constraining the value of PLM, and strategies for achieving enhanced value from their next generation PLM investments. This will be followed by an open question and answer exchange with the conference audience.
  17. 16:30 – 16:45 | Conference Close

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