Presentation Title Presentation Abstract Presenter(s)
Connecting the Digital-Thread – The Right Data to the Right Place at the Right Time As manufacturers across all sectors come under increasing pressure to improve quality, reduce waste, comply with regulations and satisfy demanding customers, a growing number are benefiting from a highly effective approach that permeates traditionally siloed functional perspectives to deliver a connected, visually collaborative Digital Thread across the extended enterprise.

The rise of emerging technologies and processes, such as cloud, big data, mobile and the internet of things are enabling manufacturers to realize their Digital Thread objectives more efficiently and cost effectively.

  • Easily transform critical engineering, manufacturing and operational data into powerful, use-case-specific 3D PDF documents and HTML5 web content that can be consumed on virtually any device.
  • Empower knowledge workers along the Digital-Thread to communicate and actively collaborate more effectively and securely throughout engineering, manufacturing, supply-chain and field service operations.
  • Support powerful model-based (MBE) process change, yielding higher quality products, accelerated release cycles, and reduced scrap and material waste, netting substantial cost savings for OEMs and their suppliers.
Stephen Collins


Jim Merry
Senior Director of Enterprise Sales


Necessity of the Digital Twin & Digital Thread As products move to include connectivity, sensors and intelligence many people are working on the infrastructure to support the data streaming back from the field. Big data clouds, data lakes and analytics initiatives have become the focus in many cases. Yet, without accurate context – Digital Twin – time series data generated during production and ongoing operation is difficult or even impossible to understand and analyze. In addition, the ability to interpret and act upon these data often require traceability to prior information from related revisions – Digital Thread. To complicate matters further as artificial intelligence / cognitive computing is introduced the necessity becomes even greater. Find out why next generation aircraft, UAV/UAS, defense technologies, manufacturing equipment, vehicles, and other systems require the configuration context of the Digital Twin @amp; Digital Thread, and learn new approaches to actually realize these initiatives. Marc Lind
SVP Strategy
Hybrid Manufacturing: Opportunities and Challenges with Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing As additive manufacturing becomes more reliable and accessible, the ability to plan, simulate, and visualize the manufacturing processes has become increasingly important. By combining the flexibility of additive manufacturing and the precision of subtractive manufacturing, designers and engineers can capitalize on the powerful new set of design possibilities enabled by advancements in generative design, latticing, and optimization. Data loss between additive and subtractive software solutions, data flow from concept to production, visualizing the part geometry during the manufacturing process, comparing as-manufactured to as-designed, and optimizing the geometry for every part of the process are common challenges when utilizing hybrid manufacturing. Autodesk is addressing these challenges by creating an end-to-end design to manufacturing software platform to empower engineers and designers with the tools they need to plan, design for, and optimize for hybrid manufacturing with full data traceability. The presentation will cover the future of manufacturing, addressing the opportunities, challenges, solutions, and future evolution of hybrid manufacturing. Allessandra McGinnis
Product Manager of Additive Cutting and Composites Manufacturing
3DEXPERIENCE® Platform for Manufacturing 4.0 Aerospace companies are searching innovative technologies into the product life-cycle to improve manufacturing efficiency and competitiveness. One critical approach is to extend digital continuity from product development to the shop floor. Leading manufacturers large and small continue to drive toward industry 4.0. Mr. Vendroux will share case studies to highlight two approaches to integrating planning and operations as a single process. His talk will highlight strategies manufacturers can develop to implement and benefit from the many new technologies in the Future Factory such as: • Digital Manufacturing; • Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and; • Supply Chain Planning and Operations. Attend this session and identify how to evolve your factory floor to fully leverage automation and real time data exchange and analysis. The session will also feature advanced Additive Manufacturing and Multi Robotic Advanced Manufacturing (MRAM), workforce implications, potential missteps and the key elements needed for the manufacturing journey to the Future Factory. Guillaume Vendroux
Dassault Systemes
Optimizing Point Cloud Data for the 3D Digitalization of the Physical World In the world of 3D digitalization, industries such as aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, shipbuilding, and construction have embraced 3D scanners and point cloud data to enable 3D data captures of the existing physical world. Now, aircrafts, ships, manufacturing facilities, plants, and beyond can all be digitalized for use to document changes, plan for overhauls, facility management, and so forth. The point cloud data of these products and facilities, however, can be extremely large and cumbersome to work with. It can take multiple software tools and manual preparation before the 3D data is even usable. Please join Elysium as we introduce how companies from different industries have optimized point cloud data in their daily operations to reduce time to delivery, decrease manual work, perform more accurate simulations, improve collaboration, and convert point clouds to CAD for enhanced modeling capabilities. Automatic, markerless registration, automatic de-noising, CAD to point validation, automatic feature extraction, pipe and plane modeling, and CAD support are just a few functionalities that will be addressed in this session to streamline 3D digitalization work-flows. Danielle Perelli
Customer Engagement Specialst
Elysium Inc.


Nate Soulje
Application Support Specialist
Elysium Inc.

Data Sharing using PLCS – enabling the Digital Thread through life Data Standards such as STEP are a means to enable exchange of product data between partners. In practice many business situations need access to a shared data set, something that is now identified as forming part of the digital thread. Eurostep now have 15 years of experience supporting standards based data sharing across organizations (both internal and external) and their applications. The same approach, using a collaboration hub (ShareAspace) and building on STEP and PLCS, has been applied in Aerospace, Automotive, Defence, Energy and Engineering/Construction. Data sharing requires application functionality beyond that defined by the standards, such as the capability to fully protect IP and to communicate change. The presentation will look at the original aims of the data standards, some of the cases where data sharing is being used and how suited PLCS in particular is to supporting cross-organization through-life digital threads. It will conclude that a Digital Thread is for life – not just for Manufacturing! Nigel Shaw
Managing Director
Model-Based Systems Engineering for Aerospace Manufacturing Tool support for the design, diagnosis, and continuous improvement of product value chains (manufacturing systems, supply chains, sustainment systems, and other industrial engineering systems) is arguably far less sophisticated than for products themselves. One example is that finite-element analysis – used to predict how a part will perform under various loading scenarios – is push-button accessible from many Computer-Aided Design (CAD) environments, along with subsequent optimizations such as automatically trimming away excess material. Discrete-event simulation analysis, however – used to predict how a product value chain will perform under various loading scenarios – is not nearly so accessible and affordable, nor are the subsequent optimizations. Costs of this discrepancy include limited exploration of the production design space, limited consideration of improvement ideas and alternatives, limited evaluation of scenarios and their impacts, and ultimately reduced throughput and higher costs. A multi-year research project began in 2012 to enable Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) for product value chains in a push-button way. The vision was to give designers push-button ability to evaluate and control “produceability” metrics for candidate designs, alongside mechanical, aerospace, thermal, and other metrics that can already be push-button evaluated today. The research project ended in 2015, pilot projects were conducted in 2016, and the effort continues in both research institutions and a fledgling commercial enterprise. The purpose of this talk is to provide an annual update on progress. George Thiers
Research Engineer
Georgia Institute of Technology


Leon McGinnis
Professor Emeritus
Georgia Institute of Technology

Gulfstream Simplifies Type Certification and with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Seeking to better align with its supply chain and improve its business jet type certification process, Gulfstream is implementing the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform along with ISO standard, STEP AP242. Gulfstream will standardize its enterprise on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to manage new and existing CATIA V5 and supplier XCAD data. It also replaces its type certification process in which aircraft type data was held in CATIA V5 models by moving to the open ISO Standard for the Exchange of Product model data (STEP) AP242 format. Using the relatively new STEP Application Protocol 242, Gulfstream can share CAD neutral model based 3d engineering files and technical packages across its supply chain. Gulfstream will also archive type certified models in AP242 to simplify meeting FAA and EASA requirements. Storing models in AP242 significantly reduces internal costs for its current and future aircraft programs by removing the reliance on native CAD data to manage Type Certificate Data. Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, designs, develops, manufactures, and supports technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Greg Weaver
Director of PLM
Gulfstream Aerospace


Industry Solution Experience Senior Director
Dassault Systemes

Digital Thread Enabled Through Semantic Approach “Creating smarter products require corresponding advancements in smarter processes and tools. It is essential for manufacturers to leverage their existing legacy digital assets from both upstream and downstream domains and must also include the ecosystem of design partners, manufacturing suppliers, services partners and the products themselves. Leveraging these cross domain assets within a semantic oriented enterprise integration layer enables us to define a digital thread and resultant digital twins which provide benefits of increased visibility, traceability, reuse, and asset interchangeability. “ Lou Pascarella
CTO Geometric PLM
HCL Technologies
Standards-Based Interoperability for Design to Manufacturing and Quality in the Supply Chain – Part 2 This presentation extends work presented last year on the ability to drive Model-Based Definition data downstream from design to manufacturing and metrology systems via standards. Since the earlier presentation, the research has been extended to include not only transfer of geometry and PMI data downstream via STEP AP242 but also the transfer of critical characteristics information as well. Furthermore, actual metrology results in QIF format can now be reintegrated with the STEP AP242 data and provide the ability to deliver, based on the above critical characteristics, analyses of actual or simulated as-measured characteristics values, and whether those as-measured characteristics are in or out of tolerance, back upstream for comparison to the as-designed tolerances. Finally, experiments in the use of MTConnect to transfer this data incrementally and in near-real time back and forth between manufacturing and metrology systems will be discussed. A video of these processes on a test case model will be shown. Asa Trainer
VP of Product Operations
The Functional-Mockup-Interface: Innovation through Open Standards The Functional Mockup Interface (FMI) is a standard for model exchange and co-simulation of dynamic models at the system and component level. It has been adopted by vendors and users alike at an amazing pace – more than 100 tools as of June 2017. FMI addresses a critical pain point in model-based systems engineering: the ability to share models between tools, and to deploy models in an easy-to-use way to development engineers. FMI breaks down barriers between departments and companies to collaborate more efficiently without major investments in new tool chains or training. In addition, FMI could be a good stepping stone to enable LOTAR (Long Term Archiving and Retrieving) for simulation and analysis artifacts. This talk will present examples from various industries with the following key features: Connecting plant models for control design into simulation tools – Connecting tools quickly and efficiently – Cost efficient enterprise-wide deployment of executable models – Virtualization of the controls development process: Support from MIL via SIL to HIL – Reuse of validated models for simulators, e.g. flight simulators – State-of-the-art multi-core support – Early full system verification by bringing control software combined with plant models into virtual environments early in the design cycle In combination, these features enable process innovations and efficiency gains to tame the increasing complexity of the software development. The talk will also give an outlook on the future developments of the FMI standard, as well as an emerging companion standard for System Structure and Parameterization (SSP). Hubertus Tummescheit
Modelon Inc.
Successfully Integrating MBSE Data without Replication Using OSLC Data exchange standards are ever evolving to make engineering information exchangeable between different departments and organizations. In order to reduce costs and remain competitive in the future, companies must look at successfully integrating Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) along with Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The challenges of heterogeneous engineering infrastructures brings many issues. Full centralization is neither feasible nor desirable, point-to-point solutions do not scale and typically become unmanageable, and data duplication works for a few key systems with many issues arising from synchronization. Thus, the goal lies in harmonizing these views in order to consolidate systems. Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) provides a viable solution to meet the challenges of dispersed data models of different software vendors and their tools thus enabling unified access to resources. 3 Take Aways – 1. The business case for INTEGRATION 2. OSLC – Open Collaboration provides better INTEGRATION 3. Solution for harmonizing systems between different departments and organizations Brian Schouten
Director of Technical Pre-Sales
Military Supply Chains in a Connected World The Internet of Things (IoT) will fundamentally change the way the military operates by connecting smart, sensored assets. More specifically, it will impact logistics decision making and operations. The DoD like most other military organizations is faced with the age-old question of modernization versus sustainment, realizing that every dollar spent on one comes at a cost to the other. Weapon systems are becoming antiquated and require a great deal of resources to support, forcing even more urgency of this ever-pressing dilemma. When examining the Supply Chain Operations Model (SCOR), which is the DoD solution for process documentation, it is clear that the IoT will eventually connect DoD assets, processes, people, and resources. All will be intertwined in a ‘digital cord’ of commonalities that runs through the disparate segments of the model. The military can now procure software capabilities that provide an end-to-end solution with the idea of eliminating numerous outdated tools which provide a single function at best. Logistics and supply chain leaders at all levels will benefit greatly from the ‘mash-up’ of complete information for easy viewing on dashboards and simplified reports. The recent gamification of AR revealed how quickly users could adapt to viewing a combination of digital and physical content, underscoring the disruptive potential for its enterprise adoption, including field service and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations. This paper will cite examples of the latest technology platforms that the US Navy can use to achieve supply chain excellence in the connected world. Ian Boulton
Sales Business Transformation Manager
Towards a Complete Model-based Definition The model-based enterprise (MBE) paradigm is being adopted by manufacturing companies in a variety of industry sectors. Companies benefit from enhanced visualization, time and quality savings, and more accurate communication when model-based definitions (MBD) replace two-dimensional drawings throughout an enterprise. It is critical that implicit and explicit product information is not lost in transition through the lifecycle, as information loss presents a challenge to authors and consumers of 3D model-based information. MBD must explicitly capture, in a computer-interpretable form, the semantics of product information typically presented by a drawing for the transition away from drawings to MBD to be successful. This presentation describes a research study that sought to discover the minimum set of required information to carry out the tasks in a given workflow. The study took place in three stages: an initial survey to identify workflow implications for using models; a Delphi technique to gain expert consensus on information items in each workflow; and the development of IDEF0 models for each workflow illustrating the relationships between the information items for each workflow. This study identified the information used within the specific workflows, the capabilities of 3D-CAD models to carry this information, and the implications for doing so. We will propose high-level information requirements for MBD that could move the current state-of-the-art from “3D drawings” to real semantic representations of products. Enabling semantic representation would significantly increase the value and effectiveness of using models as the authoritative source of the product specification throughout the product lifecycle’s processes. Jesse Zahner
Graduate Assistant
Purdue University


Thomas Hedberg
Research Engineer

Transform Production Systems Engineering to realize the smart factory Demands on Production Systems have increased massively in recent years. This is mainly driven by the need for a higher degree of automation to produce more complex products faster, safer and more efficiently in order to realize success in exceedingly competitive global markets. In this context, success going forward will require a new approach to production engineering wherein these complexities may be addressed more easily and with higher degrees of flexibility. We will discuss and show how a seamless approach utilizing Digital Twin/Thread concepts across the mechatronic spectrum may be realized and what value it brings. We begin with planning production processes and the related equipment, while also factoring for touch labor. Next, the production facility is planned using a 3D environment to optimize layout. Through simulations of production and logistics, overall production performance trades may occur in early stages of production concept and design engineering. Next, electrical and automation engineering may take place in rich context of the simulated production layout, allowing for a collaborative systems engineering approach to take place. Enabled and optimized via robust, collaborative Digital Twin and Thread technologies spanning across the mechatronic domains, production cells may then be virtually commissioned. This holistic, collaborative approach, aptly called Production Systems Engineering, promises to disrupt today`s engineering concepts and unlock a new era of productivity enabled by affordable, flexible, and safe automation. Christian Heck
Solution Manager
Siemens PLM
Industrialized Additive Manufacturing and Importance of Standardization As Additive Manufacturing begins its journey into the realm of Industrialization there is a heavy need to drive standards that will address the various industries as they move from prototype development and print to production level components capable of meeting the rigors of the products they are designed for. In this presentation we will take a look at what industrialization means to additive manufacturing and where the various standards can apply or need to be developed within a managed approach. The process for developing components often begins at the evaluation and ideation stage however additive can also provide an opportunity to re-imagine existing components through tools such as topology optimization which has ties into the generative design space. The next phase of design is to evaluate the capability of the newly designed component making sure that it meets the functional needs of the structure it is supporting. Finally, the component moves into the manufacturing stage and the ability to re-tool how manufacturing produces the component. At each stage there is an opportunity to tie in the necessary standards requirements and drive products to market with great speed and agility of today’s demanding customers. Tom Hoffman
Sr. Enterprise Engineer R&D
Siemens PLM Software
Enterprise wide 3D data Exchange Product design already takes place in 3D CAD systems. The next step is the use of 3D data for all users and processes. Purchasers see in 3D what they buy. Mobile devices provide assembling animations on the shop floor. Customers select spare parts from 3D catalogs, where they can spin and view 3D data from all angles. The data is reused as CAD file or neutral format in follow-up processes and software applications. Initiatives like “3D Master” and “Model-based Definition” ensure that 3D data contains all relevant information. On our Lite3D platform and its applications customers distribute 3D data – with the right quality and content. Kunt Stettnich
Account Executive


James Goodale
Business Development

The Democratization Of Digital Reality The world of Virtual Reality is not new, the technology has been widely used in engineering from the 1990’s. Up until recent times the implementation of a Virtual Reality environment would normally be either an immersive Cave or Power Wall installation. Both of which came with a considerable cost for both the hardware and software infrastructure as well as challenges to move existing CAD data into these environments. However, what is new today is the emergence of new low cost technology devices that support the world of Digital Reality. These include tablets such as the Windows Surface, Android and IOS, which all offer capabilities for working with Augmented Reality applications. In addition the entry level cost of devices such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift mean that the implementation of a fully immersive Virtual Reality application is no longer a high ticket item. The introduction of new holographic devices such as Microsoft HoloLens brings a whole new look and feel, creating a Mixed Reality experience. Theorem’s presentation will explore how it is possible to integrate your existing CAD assets and make them easily available to a variety of experiences in the world of Digital Realities. Trevor Leeson
Principal Technical Consultantant
Theorem Solutions
Managing the Testing and Workflow with MBD Systems Traceability is a cornerstone requirement for any testing process and this task has become more challenging, given the many artifacts that need to be managed in the Model-Based Development (MBD) process. With DO-178C it is mandatory to ensure the compliance of the development and testing processes. The MBD process leads to generation of large volumes of data artifacts and work-products throughout the V-Cycle of development. The various components of these environments, from models to parameters to tests, can be inundating, and variants and versions of these artifacts lead to even larger amounts of data. These artifacts have traditionally been managed with Configuration Management systems and Product/Application Lifecycle Management (PLM/ALM) tools, but the process of managing the links and information about this data has been a difficult task for many companies. This process must also take into account the variants of systems that are developed, in order to streamline the development processes and allow for abstraction of the layers needed to manage the various MBD tools and data. A new Data Management environment has been built to support MBD systems, and this system’s approach to the above issues will be shown. Examples for Test Management, Model Management, and Workflow Management will be discussed, along with the underlying needs to connect to Requirement Systems and provide process traceability. Further, we will discuss integration with standard PLM/ALM tools and processes, providing a way to increase efficiency and provide effective data management. Jace Allen
Business Development Manager
dSPACE, Inc.
Managing PLM Obsolescense Managing PLM Obsolescence – approach using eQube® Platform eQube is a comprehensive platform to address organization-wide Business Intelligence (BI) and complex enterprise application data migration @amp; integration (MI). eQube® offerings are: eQube®-BI for enterprise-wide Business Intelligence; eQube®-MI for application migration, synchronization, and integration; eQube®-TM and eQube®-DP which provide capabilities for modeling and data quality assessment/correction/repair in support of application migration / integration. To effectively manage PLM Obsolescence, it’s critical that complications in handling complex PLM migrations @amp; integrations are addressed effectively. eQ has developed a platform based- revolutionary approach for addressing migration @amp; integration problems in the PLM space. This five phases methodology, is denoted as “I” “E” “T” “L” “V”. This methodology utilizes both eQube-BI and eQube-DP for addressing data identification, data profiling and data validation challenges, whereas eQube-MI addresses complex data quality, data correction-repair, data migration @amp; integration challenges. This approach provides the following key benefits: – Data identification @amp; profiling for a strong/robust foundation for data mappings and transformation rules – Migrating source system(s) data to target PLM platform via one of the following approaches: o Bulk-Load + Delta o Migration by business functions/domains @amp; co-existence o Migration by time slices and co-existence with recent data – Bi-directional data synchronization for longer co-existence depending on key business drivers – Data validation across entire transition life-cycle This presentation covers customer use cases for sun setting legacy PLM applications @amp; migrating to new go forward PLM applications using the eQube platform and various migration approaches described in the presentation. Sanjeev Tamboli
eQ Technologic, Inc.