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CIMdata, Inc. announced that Kenneth Swope of Boeing Commercial Airplanes will make a presentation on "The Digital Thread for Aerospace & Defense: What are We Certifying with Regulators Using Model-Based Definition?" at PLM Road Map™ 2017 in collaboration with PDT Europe 2017. PLM Road Map 2017 will take place on October 17 at The Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg, Sweden. PDT Europe will take place at the same location on October 18-19.

Aerospace & Defense companies that make product for the commercial aviation industry have all certified at least one aircraft configuration with regulators using the latest technologies in model-based definition. Interestingly, regulators continue to be anchored in paper-based paradigms of engineering design and are cognizant of the need to advance model-based definition in the digital enterprise. The Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group has taken positive steps to examine the digital thread and explore the art of the possible for certifying commercial aircraft designs in an industry consistent manner. In this presentation, Mr. Swope will share the findings of the Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group in an examination of the elements of the digital thread. He will also share the Group's thoughts on developing and implementing a consistent approach to certification relevant data.

As the Business Capabilities Architecture Lead at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Mr. Swope is responsible for the integrated set of business architecture products related to Boeing's commercial airplane business. These products include business requirements, performance measures, business data, and process management. In addition, Mr. Swope leads the organization that is integrating the future state architecture and plan for Boeing Commercial Airplanes' processes and tools. During his 23 years at Boeing, Mr. Swope has worked in manufacturing research, operations research, program management, and product change management.

PLM Road Map 2017 in collaboration with PDT Europe 2017, is the must-attend event for industry executives and PLM practitioners globally-providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the industry germinate and take root. The theme for this year's event is "Digitalization: The Next Step in PLM's Evolution."

CIMdata, Inc. announces an upcoming free educational webinar, "Managing PLM Solution and Data Obsolescence." The webinar will take place on August 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT).

Managing the risks associated with PLM solution and data obsolescence within the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry, and other industries, is a large and growing problem. The long lifespan of 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 and data integrity risks when technology architecture changes and updates are applied. To address these risks, the CIMdata administered A&D PLM Action Group, an association of like-minded OEMs who have joined forces to remediate their common pain points, assigned a cross-industry team to identify the causes and potential remedies. This webinar will provide a high-level review of the obsolescence research and the requirements that the team addresses to PLM solution providers.

According to the webinar host, CIMdata's Director for Aerospace & Defense, James Roche, "A&D OEMs will no longer tolerate the escalating cost and risk of data loss associated with a PLM technology refresh. Within the A&D PLM Action Group, industry leaders have collaborated to deliver an initial set of architecture principles and requirements to the software providers for provisioning more sustainable PLM solutions. While the heavy cost and risk of PLM technology refresh in A&D crystalized in funded action within that industry, the resulting architectural principles and requirements are applicable across industries."

Mr. Roche has over 30 years of experience in transformation and IT enablement of product development and manufacturing processes. He has been a strategic advisor and program manager for PLM programs across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Before joining CIMdata Mr. Roche was a PLM Practice Manager at CSC Consulting and at A.T. Kearney. He was also at EDS, where served as the chief architect for General Motors' worldwide engineering systems and as head technical negotiator for strategic supplier contracts.

For this webinar, Mr. Roche will be joined by CIMdata's practice manager for PLM Enterprise Value & Integration, Tom Gill. Mr. Gill has over 25 years of experience applying computer-based solutions to engineering and manufacturing. Before joining CIMdata he worked as an independent PLM consultant, after spending over 20 years at high-volume manufacturing companies. Mr. Gill has worked on projects in numerous industries, including fabrication & assembly, food & beverage, defense, chemical, and medical devices. He has executed PLM strategy projects, solution evaluation-and-selection projects, deployment planning, and training development for industrial clients.

The webinar will be an hour long and will consider: the negative consequences of PLM technology obsolescence, insights into the root causes, the goals this group of A&D industry leaders has set for remediation of the consequences of obsolescence and their approach towards achieving them, the major causes and mitigation methods available for managing obsolescence, an integration strategy and architecture principles that can be adopted, and the high-level requirements and compliance expectations that are being promoted to PLM software providers.

The webinar will be useful to PLM program and project leaders, PLM program and project planners, product development managers and team leaders, PLM data retention and LOTAR specialists, product development collaboration managers, product development collaboration process planners, corporate IT and IT support planners, PLM IT and IT support planners, and anyone wanting to learn more about managing data obsolescence.

CIMdata, Inc. announced an upcoming free educational webinar, "Rip & Replace or Embrace & Extend to enable a PLM Platform." The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and will last for one hour.

As the platform concept becomes better understood, companies need to assess how well their current PLM solution can meet their needs into the future. The platform model promises a better way to provide capabilities that can be configured into solutions and reconfigured as requirements change. Master Data Management (MDM) will be used as an example of leveraging a PLM platform. CIMdata has undertaken research into assessing the long-term viability of PLM solutions and product innovation platforms. Sample results will be presented to show examples of how sustainability measurements can be made. Once the sustainability of current state is quantified, the decision as to whether the current solution must be ripped and replaced or if it can be embraced and extended can be made.

According to CIMdata's Practice Manager for PLM Enterprise Value & Integration, Tom Gill, "The migration to a product innovation platform offers a path to more effective PLM but making the right choices requires a good strategy for assessing current solutions to identify gaps, gaining approval to move forward, and successfully deploying the next generation platform."

This webinar will provide attendees with a successful strategy that will ease the pain of replacing or updating PLM solutions, which is usually significant in terms of both cost and effort. A series of interesting tactics will also be reviewed.

The webinar will be useful to PLM sponsors, PLM program managers and directors, enterprise architects, IT architects, MDM and other lifecycle data management process owners, IT operations staff, and anyone wanting to learn more about enabling a PLM platform. During the webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed.

CIMdata, Inc. announced that Dr. Andreas Vlahinos, Principal at Advanced Engineering Solutions, will make a keynote presentation at the upcoming Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation Workshop. The workshop will take place at the UI LABS Innovation Center, home to DMDII, in Chicago, Illinois, on June 6 and 7.

In his presentation, Computer-Aided Innovation Tools, Dr. Vlahinos will describe and demonstrate a practical set of computer-aided innovation tools that assist engineers and manufacturers in increasing their innovation skills.

These include:

  • Tools that use the "Theory of Inventive Problem Solving" (TRIZ) to generate innovative ideas for the most difficult engineering and manufacturing challenges.
  • A Mechanism Synthesis tool, that generates, in seconds, several concept mechanisms that follow a given path while its supports remain within a given domain.
  • Interactive Multi-Physics Topology Optimization tools that generate the optimum topology/shape of a component for a given structural, thermal, or fluid requirement.
  • Tools that generate Programmable Materials (meta-materials with predefined properties).


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.

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.

Dr. Vlahinos has been instrumental in rapid product development through the implementation of CAE and DFSS for several Government agencies and industry partners. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been Professor at the University of Colorado and has received the Professor of the Year and R&D 100 awards. He is regularly invited as to make keynote presentations at international conferences on a variety of subjects including innovation, rapid new product development, DFSS, and IoT.

CIMdata, Inc. announced that Mr. Mark Meili, Director of Modeling and Simulation at Procter & Gamble, will make a keynote presentation at the upcoming Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation Workshop. The workshop will take place at the UI LABS Innovation Center, home to DMDII, in Chicago, Illinois, on June 6-7, 2017.

In-silico is a term that describes science done in a computer as opposed to the more traditional in-vivo or physically-based experimentation. Innovation is being, and will increasingly be, driven by a combination of simulation and data analytics. The quality and quantity of engineering and science that can already be done using simulation is simply amazing. The scope, however, is not well understood by many technical leaders, much less their business partners. As systems continue to increase in complexity, physical prototypes of the entire systems are too expensive and time consuming to use for most technical learning. Purposeful interventions in systems understanding and simulation are needed. In his keynote address, "Simulation Led Innovation - The promise, the pitfalls, and business imperative for ever better products and business execution," Mr. Meili will talk about the technical skills and capabilities required to change the way we work. He will also discuss the need for this way of working to be a stated business strategy in order to be successful.

CIMdata's Product & Manufacturing Innovation Driven by Digital Design & Simulation Workshop, is the must-attend event for industrial organizations and solution providers interested in learning more about model-driven engineering strategies and the 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.

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

Mark A. Meili is Director of Modeling and Simulation for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over his career he has held a variety of technical and management positions in both R&D and Product Supply Engineering. His current role spans technical work processes from research to commercialization to supply chain operation. Mark has been both a practitioner and champion of first principles, understanding the need to reduce risk and enable robust technical decision-making throughout his 30-year career. Mark received bachelor of science degrees from Kansas State University, one in Mechanical Engineering and one in Grain Science.

CIMdata, Inc. announced that Mr. Brench Boden, Chief Technology Officer for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and a Senior Engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, 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 Department of Defense (DoD) /Air Force vision of the Digital Thread is to enable a next generation, model-driven process for the innovative development, manufacturing, and sustainment of complex cyber-physical weapons systems. In his keynote address, "The Digital Thread Revolution: From Digital Artifacts to Model-Centric Engineering and Beyond," Mr. Boden will highlight the challenges and opportunities in implementing the Digital Thread across the DoD and industry organizations. The presentation will consider the role of new initiatives such as the Digital Twin. It will also highlight the activities and major programs underway by the DoD, industry, and organizations such as DMDII, to achieve both the long term vision, as well as a nearer term roadmap for achieving real operational and business impact from "connecting the Digital Thread." Mr. Boden will make his presentation during the first day of the workshop.

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.

Eurostep and CIMdata, are pleased to announce the co-location of PDT Europe 2017 and PLM Road Map 2017.

The two events will be held in conjunction with each other at Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg, Sweden. Participants can choose to attend one of the events or both with a discount. PLM Road Map will take place on October 17, while PDT Europe takes place on October 18-19.

"With the successful co-location of PDT Europe and PLM Road Map in 2016 we decided to go with the same concept in 2017," says Mr. Håkan Kårdén, CEO, Eurostep Group. "The PDT Europe 2017 theme is: Continuous Transformation of PLM to Support the Lifecycle Model-Based Enterprise. This is highly relevant to the PDT Europe community but also to participants of CIMdata's PLM Road Map. Once again, we plan to deliver three high quality days with superior value to participants and sponsors," added Mr. Kårdén.

"CIMdata is committed to delivering high client value with our PLM Road Map conferences," says Mr. Peter Bilello, President of CIMdata. "We are excited to announce the second year of our collaboration with Eurostep and the co-location of PLM Road Map 2017 with Eurostep's PDT Europe 2017. CIMdata has been a co-organizer of PDT Europe for several years and we feel confident that combining the two events will be highly attractive to the global PLM community," added Mr. Bilello.

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.

CIMdata announces that it will bring its PLM Certificate Program to Amsterdam, The Netherlands from June 12-16, 2017. The program is recognized as the PLM industry's most comprehensive solution-agnostic education offering.

The program, which includes several options that have been designed to accommodate the needs of those involved in the industry at any level, prepares PLM professionals to successfully address the challenges commonly faced in PLM strategy development and implementation. The assessment-based certificate program includes a personalized classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. The program is facilitated by a team of CIMdata experts. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a CIMdata PLM Certificate and are invited to join CIMdata's global PLM Leadership community.

"We are excited to bring our globally recognized CIMdata PLM Certificate Program back to Amsterdam. The demand for world-class PLM education continues to increase and I am looking forward to welcoming a wide-ranging group of PLM professionals to the class in June," said Mr. Gerard Litjens, CIMdata's Vice President for EMEA.

The program, which is available to industrial companies that are considering or are already implementing PLM, and to PLM solution and service providers, is built on CIMdata's over 30 years of experience guiding industrial companies in successfully defining and implementing best-in-class PLM strategies and tactics. Additional programs are planned for Boston, Massachusetts from October 2-6 and Cypress, California from December 4-8.

CIMdata, Inc. announces an upcoming free educational webinar, "How to apply IoT, Industry 4.0, and Predictive Analytics in the Manufacturing Domain." The webinar will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and will last for one hour.

Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) has been used in many industry sectors over the past several decades. However, current practices do not leverage all the opportunities available to improve the creation of information and decision-making. This technology is on the cusp of change with the advancement of interconnected devices and industry standards. Those who enable IoT and Industry 4.0 processes will expand their digital product definition to better manage and service the products they bring to market. By improving the digital definition of a product using Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enabling technologies, industrial customers can enable greater factory efficiency and automation. This webinar will concentrate on new and emerging (disruptive) technologies including Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 practices, as well as applying Predictive Analytics.

According to the webinar host, CIMdata's Director for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Michael Fry, "IoT, Industry 4.0 processes, including predictive analytics and asset lifecycle maintenance, are beginning to play a major part in conventional manufacturing. The ability to sensor and monitor all aspects of the manufacturing process is creating a flood of data. It is our job to make this data available and relevant to clients when they are making decisions that impact the bottom line. PLM technologies, together with enterprise applications, are the solution."

Mr. Fry has over 39 years of PLM and manufacturing industry experience. Mr. Fry has broad industry experience servicing clients from aerospace & defense, shipbuilding, automotive, and electronics industries. Prior to his consulting career, Mr. Fry was an aerospace design engineer with Beech Aircraft and Martin Marietta. Later, while at several leading PLM solution providers, he worked with global manufacturing companies in the automotive, aerospace & defense, building products, fabrication, industrial equipment, and marine industries. More recently he was involved in the predictive analytics discipline working on projects implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 practices to provide data collection for cognitive computing and decision-making. This work was applied to machine tool operations, drone imaging and video capture, as well as jet engine failure prediction.

This webinar will help attendees understand where IoT, Industry 4.0, and Predictive Analytics fit within an enterprise application and how it can be supported by PLM. Attendees will also learn why IoT is the catalyst for manufacturing transformation.

The webinar will be useful to manufacturing planners and managers, PLM team leaders, PLM team members, PLM users, manufacturing engineers, field service personnel, product managers, IT leadership, solution and service providers, industrial companies seeking to make CAM investments, industry and financial analysts, and anyone who wants to learn more about PLM, IoT, Industry 4.0, asset management, and predictive analytics.

During the webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed.

CIMdata announced the initiation of a multi-sponsor collaborative research program on the use of cloud-based solutions to enable product lifecycle management (PLM) strategies and processes in industrial companies.

The initial research program will focus on the collaborative Product Definition management (cPDm) segment of PLM, defined by CIMdata as, the category of data and process management solutions at the core of most industrial PLM implementations. In 2015, CIMdata estimated the cPDm segment at over US$5.4 billion, up more than 9.1% over 2014, in constant currencies. At present, a small portion of this estimate is cloud-based, but the segment is poised to grow significantly in the next few years and this research program will help CIMdata and the broader PLM Economy understand this market evolution.

To kickoff this research program, CIMdata enlisted several leading PLM solution and service providers as Founding Sponsors: Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, PTC, and Siemens PLM Software. The extended research program team will collaborate to help identify the crucial issues facing potential cloud adopters and lessons learned from companies that have made this change.

The research program includes several elements, including an initial Webinar highlighting the key issues. The Webinar will also introduce a global survey to learn more about industrial organization cloud adoption processes and status. Interviews with thought leaders from Sponsors and their lead customers will be published on the CIMdata.com blog and actively promoted on social channels by all participants to encourage broader discussion on the topic and to promote survey participation. In addition to materials developed with the Sponsors, CIMdata will also publish the results more broadly for use by members of the PLM Economy.

According to Mr. Stan Przybylinski, CIMdata's Vice President of Research, "Cloud-based solutions are a fact of life in many other enterprise software domains, but adoption in the PLM market has been spotty. Helping to better understand why is one of the main goals for this research. This will also be the first step in documenting how industrial companies are moving their core product and process development work to cloud-based solutions."

Those interested in learning more can get involved by signing up for the complimentary webinar, "The State of PLM on the Cloud." The webinar will take place on March 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) and will last for one hour. During the Webinar, CIMdata will frame the problem, talk about the state of PLM offerings on the cloud, and discuss the drivers for and the impediments to cloud-based PLM implementation.

CIMdata, Inc. announced that it will offer a workshop on the topic of "Driving Manufacturing Innovation with Digital Design & Simulation: Challenges, Strategies, and Best Practices for Business Success." The workshop will take place at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago, Illinois on June 6 & 7.

The workshop will start during the afternoon of June 6 and will end on June 7. A tour of the DMDII manufacturing facility will be part of the first afternoon's highlights. In this one and a half-day workshop, attendees will explore "model-driven systems innovation" from multiple perspectives including strategy, culture, and process; key challenges encountered and effective approaches; and the solutions available to deal with these challenges. The workshop will be facilitated by a group of senior CIMdata analysts including; Dr. Keith Meintjes, Dr. Suna Polat, Mr. Frank Popielas, Mr. Don Tolle, and Dr. Ken Versprille.

Key topics for the workshop include:

  • Model-Based Design for manufacturability.
  • The role of simulation in Model-Based Engineering and enabling the Digital Thread for product innovation.
  • Collaboration challenges across the model-driven product lifecycle including digital models and data interoperability standards.
  • Critical organizational and collaboration challenges faced when applying Model-Based Definition approaches to achieve sustainable product development. And how to address them for global organizations as well as for SMBs in the supply chain.
  • Collaborative approaches, tools, and technologies to support better and faster ideation and decision-making.
  • Digital twins and the role they will play in Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 initiatives.


Mr. Don Tolle, CIMdata's Director for Simulation-Driven Systems Development commented, "DMDII is a pioneer in enabling the connection of different parts of the manufacturing life-cycle through digital models and data, and utilizing that information to make smarter, more efficient business decisions. CIMdata is extremely excited about the opportunity to hold our workshop at the UI labs/DMDII facilities in Chicago, Illinois on June 6 and 7." He added, "We have commitments from several industry keynote speakers representing DMDII, Rolls-Royce, and Procter & Gamble. In addition to those thought leadership presentations, the CIMdata team will conduct a series of interactive workshop sessions on key topics relevant to the product design, systems modeling, and simulation and advanced manufacturing communities."

The workshop has been carefully designed over one-and-a half days to provide those participating with time to network with CIMdata's domain experts, knowledge council participants, and others interested in these topics.

CIMdata and SMS_ThinkTank™ announced a strategic partnership to help manufacturers and PLM software providers address the challenges associated with the design, development, and lifecycle operations of innovative products, processes, and their systems.

Significant global product development trends are making multi-domain, multi-physics, multi-scale, systems-level virtual prototyping, and performance simulation capabilities an indispensable element in enabling the transformation to model-driven product development, especially for complex cyber-physical systems.

These major business trends include:

  • Digitalization of engineering overall, across all industries, as well as their operating environments.
  • Design-for-sustainability and energy efficiency, green/conservation/re-use. Smart systems being driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 including "digital twins" with enhanced human and machine learning based on data analytics.
  • Mass customization with software features being a key differentiator.
  • Design-for-purpose materials from the molecular level up and new manufacturing methods (e.g., additive manufacturing/3D printing).
  • Products delivered as services; an on-going innovation and utility business model that require manufacturers to re-think their product obsolescence strategy.


The complexity of cyber-physical systems across all industries is increasing exponentially due to embedded software and electronics components that account for an ever-increasing amount of the product value and competitive differentiation for industry leading manufacturing companies. For many OEMs and suppliers to remain competitive, innovation is a key differentiator and simulation-driven systems development best practices in organization, process, and technology must be adopted to address the complex requirements and features requested by customers.

Combining the efforts of CIMdata and SMS_ThinkTank will strengthen each organization's ability to deliver superior consulting expertise to help manufacturers, as well as software solution providers, address these market challenges by defining the appropriate business requirements and use cases for Model-Based Enterprise (MBE). In addition, this partnership will help manufacturers and software providers in developing technology implementation roadmaps, and will provide organizational process change to implement state-of-the art model-based systems engineering approaches in product development to achieve sustainable innovation. While CIMdata has several existing Knowledge Councils and consulting practices that support these areas, the SMS_ThinkTank partnership activity will primarily interact with and actively support the Simulation-Driven System Development (SDSD) Consulting Practice and the associated SDSD Knowledge Council.

"System modeling and simulation is not just about product and process; it usually requires fundamental changes in methods as well as in culture and behavior. By embracing these changes, companies can react to existing and future market demands and address ever increasing product complexity," said Edward Ladzinski, CEO and Co-Founder of the SMS_ThinkTank.

"We are excited to team up with the SMS_ThinkTank principals who bring deep and broad industry expertise in the application of systems modeling and simulation technologies," said Peter Bilello, President, CIMdata, Inc. "We are confident that our current and future customers will benefit from this consulting services partnership."

"The complexity of engineered systems and society's requirements to preserve scarce global resources and the environment requires new thinking and new business approaches to enable sustainable innovation. Through the creation of this strategic partnership we will be able to provide global customers with the leading expertise to achieve these challenging goals," said Frank Popielas, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of the SMS_ThinkTank.

CIMdata, Inc., announces that its President, Peter Bilello, will take part in a webinar entitled "Can a PLM Platform Transform the Business of Engineering?"

Mr. Bilello will be joined by Mr. Rolf Huesemann, Manager of Engineering Systems/PLM at Magna GETRAG Transmissions. The webcast will address the impacts of the business of engineering in the era of Industry 4.0 and show how industry leaders are using a PLM platform approach.

Mr. Bilello has more than 25 years of experience in the development of business-enabling IT solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. During this time, he has been directly involved with consultation on the selection, integration, and implementation of large-scale PLM solutions. He has authored numerous papers and research reports on PLM and related topics, and his articles, commentaries, and perspectives have appeared in publications throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

The webinar will be one-hour long and those attending will learn about: the market dynamics driving the PLM platform approach; how a platform can accelerate digital thread, IoT, Industry 4.0, and other strategic initiatives; and real world examples of how PLM platforms are being used to speed process transformation and efficiencies.

The webinar, hosted by Aras, took place on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11:00 am EST.

CIMdata, Inc., the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) management consulting and research firm announces that Dr. David E. Cole, Chairman Emeritus, Center for Automotive Research (CAR), will make a keynote presentation at PLM Road Map™ 2012, which will take place at The Inn at St. John’s, outside of Detroit, on October 2 and 3.

The auto industry has experienced a period of turmoil and challenge—indeed, a perfect storm—during the past decade. Every aspect of the industry was impacted by the “great recession,” which turned out to be a depression for the auto industry. Fortunately, the industry is coming back strong. The auto industry and manufacturing in general are critical to a successful economy, with a high job multiplier and significant value creation.

In his keynote presentation, “The Auto Sun is Rising,” Dr. Cole will address the dramatic changes that are occurring in the industry from the new evolving business model to the exploding importance of knowledge and innovation. The industry of the future and the exciting potential for new powertrains, fuels, connected vehicles, material systems, and engineering and manufacturing methods that will reshape the industry and its products will be discussed. The presentation will also address possible “choke points” that could interrupt progress, such as the lack of talent, critical materials, appropriate policy, and supply disruptions.

PLM Road Map™ 2012 is the must-attend event for industry executives and PLM practitioners globally—providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the industry germinate and take root. It is a strategic conference focused on how companies are successfully employing PLM strategies and enabling solutions to meet challenging product development, manufacturing, and deployment issues. PLM Road Map™ 2012 is a two-day event that will challenge attendees to shift their current thinking to a new level in a series of presentations focusing on the global transformation of product development and innovation processes.

About Dr. David E. Cole, Chairman Emeritus, Center for Automotive Research

Dr. David E. Cole is the Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was formerly Director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT) at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and an engineering professor at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Cole’s recent research has focused on strategic issues related to the restructuring of North American industry and trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human resource requirements. He is chairman of Auto Harvest, a new organization being developed to facilitate the flow of intellectual property in and out of the auto industry.

He is active in SAE, including serving two terms on the Board of Directors. In February 1986, Dr. Cole was named a Fellow of SAE. He is also active in the Engineering Society of Detroit and was elected to Fellow status in 1990. In 2000, he received the Engineering Society’s highest award, the Horace H. Rackham medal. Dr. Cole is also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was elected to Fellow grade in 2009.

Dr. Cole received his B.S.M.E. and Mathematics, M.S.M.E., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and recently received an honorary doctorate from Cleary University.

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