(MBE) Model Based Engineering

This track consists of technical presentations focused on creation and management of model based best practices for design, production, and support engineering. Subjects include (but are not limited to) 3D MBD, factory floor modeling, process modeling, quality statistical analysis, and failure mode analysis/prediction, focusing on the interoperability of data from one lifecycle state to the next.

Attending this track gives you a unique opportunity to see the innovative solutions being deployed across the industry, build your Model Based Engineering peer network and have open discussions about the tactical issues of operating in a heterogeneous world.

Note: There will be three focus areas covered on three separate days: 3d Model Based Definition, Model Based Production Engineering, and Model Based Support Engineering.

Track Leaders: Robert J. Fisher (Boeing) and Brian Tims (Parker Aerospace)

(MBSE) Model Based Systems Engineering

Until recently, our System Engineering design processes were dependent on documentation and the occasional model.  Improvements in our tools and skills has enabled the merger of requirements, architecture views and behavior models into integrated MBSE models.  The consistent feedback is the challenge to align these models across the domains and integrated across the life-cycle.  Adding to these challenges, the PLM tools have sometimes struggled to support the needs of each industry based on the diversity in model formats while still accounting for configuration and change management.  This inconsistency in tools and capabilities also affects our ability to collaborate between the stakeholders, OEMs, and the supply base.  This defines the purpose of the MBSE track.  This is the track where companies can share their experiences, compare capabilities, and engage the solution providers.  The goal is data interoperability with an emphasis on process and data standards.  You are invited to observe, join and participate in the discussions and hopefully extract knowledge that you can leverage in your company and industry.


Track Leaders: Kenneth Venzant (Northrop Grumman), TBD

(ET/IT) Emergent Technologies/Industry Transformation

The goal of the Emergent Technology track is to define and demonstrate industry transformation as a function of partnering, business alignment and co-product innovation through the integrated use of emergent technology. A key focus of this track is on the use of Emergent Technology to fully enable industry transformation in the following areas:


§Identification and introduction of Emergent Technology related to Product Data Interoperability (Examples: Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence,  Machine Learning,  Information Security, Quantum Computing, etc.)


§Best practices, methods, architecture and test-beds demonstrating the use of the technology across the lifecycle.


§Architectural constructs to facilitate the introduction and integration of emergent technology into the product lifecycle ecosystem (supply chain, manufacturing, services and operational environment)


Track Leaders: Rebecca Lamont (Boeing), David Nelson (Boeing)

(DT3) Digital Twin / Digital Thread / Digital Engineering

The Digital Twin / Digital Thread track has expanded to include digital engineering.  The digital twin / digital thread track invites participants to cooperatively engage and participate in defining and demonstrating digital products, digital engineering, digital manufacturing, digital collaboration, and digital support utilizing a seamless flow of authoritative data across the life-cycle of digitally defined products and services.


The track will ephasize digital twin, digital thread, and digital engineering:

§Applied utilization in the aerospace industry

§Information technology system architectures

§Commensurate software design for DT² solutions

§A holistic product lifecycle value perspective


Track Leaders: Robert J.Rencher (Boeing), and TBD

PLM Executive 

GPDIS has recognized that Digital Transformation and building Interoperable systems is truly a human endeavor; Technology is straightforward, while people are complex. Delivering effective leadership and vision are incredibly vital.

The PLM Executive Track was added to GPDIS to recognize the role of Strategic Vision and Leadership at the Executive Levels.


§Focusing on leading an organization from Requirements to “Ringing the Register”

§Overcoming resistance to change and the “We’ve always done it this way” paradigm shift

§Strategies for fostering collaboration between organizations that weren’t integrated traditionally, transitioning them from “Silos” to “Beacons” that operate in a concerted manner across the Digital Web/Digital Twin (Enterprise)

§Empowering your teams in the face of uncertainty and disruption

§Thinking beyond the horizon and which direction PLM will take in the future

§Reality check on the state of PLM


Track Leaders: Thomas Ortiz (Boeing) and Ken Johnson (Northrop Grumman)


GPDIS recognizes the importance of using data interoperability standards as a means to achieving global collaboration between OEMs and their suppliers in all phases of product development, including design, manufacturing, certification and support phases.  Standards for processes and data enables interoperability and availability of product information through the lifecycle of the product. Standards enable OEMs, manufacturers and the supply chain to leverage opportunities and reduce risk for current and future operations. Standards improve capabilities for long-term storage and retrieval of product data for use in tools developed decades after the original product design.


Key focus areas of this track are:

§Automation opportunities from data exchanges that integrate the product lifecycle

§Developing collaboration capabilities based on exchange of neutral format data

§Identifying use cases to use and improve data standard formats

§Review best practices for using data standards based on current capabilities

§Establish standards for preservation of product data to meet business and regulatory needs


Track Leaders: Patrick Walsh (Boeing) and Jeff Klein (Boeing)

Workshop: MBSE Workshop

Many of our companies are transitioning the modeling process to employ large-scale MBSE.  This includes the allocation and decomposition of our design requirements into functional and logical architectures, that can be verified and validated using model-based design techniques (MBD simulations).  We are designing digital threads and exploring digital twins.  We are using MBSE to develop models that work together and support our integration needs.  MBSE is all about process, tools, data standards, and design collaboration. The scope of the MBSE workshop is to explore these needs and provide each participant new knowledge that supports both their organizations and individual roles. 


The format of the MBSE workshop includes both presentations and a hands-on activity.  More than just a discussion, it is a chance for the participant to contribute to the learning process and share their experiences.  Features of this year’s workshop include Dr. Joe Gregory, Un of Arizona, as our guest speaker.  He will share the benefits of the Digital Engineering Factory (DEF), a browser-based collaborative engineering environment.  We will also explore improvements in process and data standards addressing model identification and a workflow for data reuse.


Track Leaders: Kenneth Venzant (Northrop Grumman) and TBD