Roger Burkhart to Keynote CIMdata's Product & Manufacturing Innovation Workshop

CIMdata, Inc. announces that Mr. Roger Burkhart, Technology Architect for Deere & Company, will make a keynote presentation at CIMdata's Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation: Challenges, Strategies & Best Practices for Business Success Workshop. The workshop will take place at the UI LABS Innovation Center, home to DMDII, in Chicago, Illinois, on June 6-7, 2017.

The complexity of modern engineering products demands a complex set of virtual tools and processes to design, verify, and validate their performance up front, using digital means. In his keynote address, "System Modeling, Simulation, and Interoperability - View from an End-user Perspective," Mr. Burkhart will discuss the challenges that end-user companies face in orchestrating these tools and processes, and the important role that vendor-neutral standards and model-based systems engineering (MBSE) play in digitizing the engineering environment of the business. Mr. Burkhart will speak during the morning of June 7th.

CIMdata's Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation workshop, is the must-attend event for industrial organizations and product development solution providers interested in learning about model-driven engineering strategies and solutions that will enable on-going product and manufacturing innovation to create competitive advantage, minimize total lifecycle costs, and drive top line revenue growth. It will provide attendees with independent experiences from industrial companies and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and critical relationships germinate and take root.

In this one and a half-day workshop the following topics will be explored:

  • The digital thread revolution
  • Establishing an industry-wide consensus for design data exchange
  • Computer-aided innovation tools
  • Model-based design
  • Model-based definition
  • Design and simulation challenges in advanced manufacturing
  • Solving big engineering challenges with collaborative innovation
  • System modeling, simulation, and interoperability - the view from an end-user
  • Simulation led innovation
  • Opportunities and challenges when implementing system modeling and simulation capabilities for MBSE Collaboration standards for model-based engineering
  • Application use cases, technology challenges, and ROI justification for investing in digital twins Organizational and people issues to consider when implementing MBSE


CIMdata's thought-leadership team of Don Tolle, Dr. Keith Meintjes, Dr. Ken Versprille, Dr. Suna Polat, and Frank Popielas, will be on hand to facilitate the workshop and associated discussions.

About Roger Burkhart

Roger Burkhart is a Technology Architect at Deere & Company. He is one of the architects of the System Modeling Language (SysML) which extends the Unified Modeling Language (UML) from software to systems of all kinds. At both INCOSE and the Object Management Group (OMG), he helped drive the development of SysML to enable adoption of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). At OMG he has served as co-chair of the SysML Revision Task Force and the Systems Engineering Special Interest Group. At INCOSE, he is active in the MBSE Initiative and the Systems Modeling and Simulation Working Group (SMSWG). Roger assumed the role of SMSWG Chairman in July 2016. Roger's research work seeks to expand the use of computer-based models to collaborate across diverse business and technical concerns.

Previously at Deere, he developed databases and decision-support systems, with applications from factory design to production agriculture. He has developed research tools for agent-based modeling and simulation, managed a software tools group, and introduced the use of object-oriented programming and distributed computing within Deere. He began at Deere as a summer intern in the 1970's while studying mechanical engineering at MIT.

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