Implementing Digital Thread for Legacy Defense Systems

Apache II (3rd floor)

The Digital Thread has been promoted to reduce manufacturing and sustainment costs, improve product quality, and feed valuable information into design for next generation development, among many other benefits. However, there are relatively few examples of a full end to end digital thread solution being implemented that industry can learn from. This presentation covers the path taken by the United States Air Force’s A-10 SPO to implement a full digital thread solution for digital engineering. It will cover the initial problems that needed to be solved and highlight the tools and approaches used to implement the digital thread. Specific examples will be given for each major development effort, including Model Based Definitions, inspection process data capture changes, fusion of related engineering data sets, and the integrated system that enables the digital transformation required to construct the digital thread.

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(DT²) Digital Twin / Digital Thread