Boeing Executive Kenneth Swope to Present at PLM Road Map

CIMdata_logoANN ARBOR, MI, Oct 5, 2016 – CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces that Kenneth Swope of Boeing Commercial Airplanes will open PLM Road Map for the aerospace & defense Industry in collaboration with PDT Europe with a keynote presentation on “Model-Based Definition and Bill of Material Definition to Facilitate Information Flow Through the Product Lifecycle.” PLM Road Map for the aerospace & defense Industry will take place on November 8 at The Renaissance Paris La Defense, Paris, France. PDT Europe will take place at the same location on November 9-10.

Modern engineering design systems have enabled significant productivity improvements in the design process and have contributed to an explosion of information around the design that confounds downstream utilization of the design data. Designers spend an ever increasing percentage of their time working with supplemental information and less time doing technical work. The customization of design practices and data leads to the need for specialized training, which in turn increases the “on boarding” costs for new employees and limits the ability to share resources from other programs or from design centers. In addition, production systems and suppliers are given more information than is needed which creates confusion. Unique, poorly documented custom data representations make it difficult to integrate, maintain, and replace information systems. To address this pain-point a group of like-minded industry peers came together to jointly fund and staff a project team to identify root causes and potential remedies.

In his keynote presentation, Mr. Swope will share a high level review of the objectives, requirements, and a roadmap for the definition and implementation of a “minimum digital thread.” The project involved reaching agreement on the minimum content required in full 3D model-based definition and engineering bill of material definition, agreeing on a set of standards for representation of this information, communicating objectives and requirements to solution providers for their review and comment, and reaching closure on a joint plan of action.

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 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 22 years at Boeing, Mr. Swope has worked in manufacturing research, operations research, program management, and product change management.

PLM Road Map 2016 for the aerospace & defense (A&D) industry is the must-attend event for A&D industry executives and PLM practitioners globally—providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the A&D industry germinate and take root.

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