NIST/MBE Summit 2017 Wrap Up

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted the Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) Summit on April 3-6, 2017 in Gaithersburg, MD. Having attended several MBE Summits while working for the Navy and two since working for the 3D PDF Consortium, I have witnessed a lot of excitement brewing for MBE and the enthusiasm bodes well for 3D PDF. This year’s MBE Summit was a great example of this. 3D PDF is getting a lot of traction at the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies, as well as private companies if the presentations at the MBE Summit 2017 are any indication. As shown in the summary slide from the Summit, PDF ranked very high in the number of times used in presentations, more so than any other publishing/MBE format. As the representative of the 3D PDF Consortium, I presented Best Practices for Creating MIL-STD-31000 Technical Data Packages (TDPs) using 3D PDF and STEP, which was based on work of the 3D PDF Implementor Forum. The session was well attended and very interactive at the conclusion of the presentation. Many of the other speakers discussed how 3D PDF is being used and some interesting ideas were introduced including “3Di PDF”, which refers to “3D intelligent PDF”, a term used by one of the speakers. Other takeaways from the Summit include: There appears to be universal acceptance in the use of 3D PDF files to transmit TDP’s throughout the DoD. The numerous presentations on various topics provided a great snapshot of the current successes of MBE and a glimpse of the future of MBE. Presentations have progressed to the point...
3D  PDF Consortium – June, 2016 News.

3D PDF Consortium – June, 2016 News.

Greetings and welcome to the fourth publication of the 3D PDF Consortium newsletter.  All consortium members are encouraged to contribute to future newsletters.   News 3D PDF Implementor Forum (3DPDF-IF) – Test round 2 We want to thank our partners on this project, PDES, Inc., MBD 360 and Action Engineering for their continuing contributions to the 3DPDF-IF. Thanks to input from our members and partners, this test round is developing nicely. We have used the feedback obtained in the definition phase to develop our test plan and have started the testing phase. We are taking a different approach in this test round compared to the traditional implementor forum approach of focusing on conversion and validation of CAD models. In Test Round 2, we are still testing CAD models but we are expanding the testing to include how to best use 3D PDF in the context of a complete Technical Data Package (TDP). This test round is focused on using 3D PDF in conjunction with STEP AP242 to create production level TDP’s that conform to MIL-STD-31000A. The result of this test round will be Recommended Practice documents designed to assist enterprises in developing TDP’s in a consistent, repeatable, standardized manner that meets the unique needs of their MBE. Our goal is to be complete and to present our results at GPDIS 2016 in September. If you want to find out more, please contact Phil. Classes Development of the web-based 3D ECMAScript class is moving forward. The class will be complemented by the “Introduction to 3D PDF” class that was offered last year. We have scheduled a 3D PDF introduction webinar...
3D  PDF Consortium – May, 2016 News.

3D PDF Consortium – May, 2016 News.

Greetings and welcome to the third publication of the 3D PDF Consortium newsletter.  All consortium members are encouraged to contribute to future newsletters.   News 3D PDF Implementor Forum (3DPDF-IF) – Test round 2 There is a lot of interest in what has been called “an innovative approach” to the Implementor Forum concept.  In addition to the traditional approach of validating CAD models, the 3DPDF-IF is testing how to best use 3D PDF in the context of a complete Technical Data Package (TDP).  This test round will include an evaluation of using 3D PDF in conjunction with STEP AP242 to create production level TDP’s that conform to MIL-STD-31000A.  The end result of this test round will be a series of Best Practice documents designed to assist enterprises in developing TDP’s in a consistent, repeatable, standardized manner that meets the unique needs of their MBE. Our plan is to be complete in advance of the DMC 2016 show in November.   Members of the consortium are making good progress while working with representatives of our partners on this project, PDES, Inc. and MBD 360.  If you want to find out more, please contact Phil. New class Development of the web-based 3D JavaScript class is moving forward.  The class will be complemented by the “Introduction to 3D PDF” class that was offered last year.  We are planning to deliver the class two times via webinar, sometime in June. We will be sending out a Doodle soon to let you help us choose the dates for the webinar. New membership categories The 3D PDF consortium is considering the addition of subsets to...

3D PDF on the Front Line: A Review of the NIST MBE Summit 2016

As an attendee of every NIST MBE Summit ever held, a couple of things stood out to me about this year’s conference.  The summit began with a request for all first-time attendees to raise their hands. Over half of the people did so, demonstrating the fast expansion of MBE to new people and new companies. This was made continually evident throughout all the presentations. One presentation polled its attendees, asking if they had ever seen a 3D PDF before, and the response?  Every single attendee had seen one. This poll alone showed the tremendous exposure that 3D PDF has gained in only a few years. The presentation I found most interesting was from Tom Parks of LMI, on the status of using 3D PDF to transmit Technical Data Packages (TDPs) for DLA. LMI is beginning a trial where TDP’s will be delivered to three companies as 3D PDF files embedded with STEP files, without drawings. If the trials go well, 3D PDF usage for the delivery of TDP’s will be expanded. As an employee of PROSTEP, I really enjoyed seeing STEP files being used with 3D PDF for TDP’s, since this is something we specialize in. The high level of exposure for 3D PDF at the MBE Summit was extremely exciting for everyone involved with 3D PDF, especially the members of the 3D PDF Consortium.  In addition to PROSTEP, several other Consortium members took part in this summit, including ITI, Capvidia, Anark, General Electric and Boeing. It is awesome to see how far 3D PDF has come, and the work that the Consortium has done to assist with...

Joining the 3D PDF Consortium is of Great Value

As I talk to companies that use 3D PDF, I find many users in the supply chain consider it the best thing since the invention of CAD.  Finally, technical CAD information can be shared with all members of the enterprise that do not have CAD at a very, very low cost. The feedback I get from companies that are embracing 3D PDF as a major part of their MBE strategy is they get a lot of assistance from the Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) that are members of the 3D PDF Consortium.   That’s great and it makes implementation of MBE easier and less costly. While I agree that our members contribute to successful implementations of 3D PDF strategies, I think large companies could save even more money by becoming members of the 3D PDF Consortium so they would have direct contact with experienced end users who have benefited by being members. For example, General Electric Power considers being a consortium member an important part of their MBE strategy because it has an Implementor Forum.  According to Kena Yokoyama: “We went to production with 3D-PDF pretty quickly at GE Power and wanted to make sure we weren’t charting completely independent waters. Having a forum to benchmark our processes in defining our product data and consuming it downstream and a way to influence the quality and speed of 3D-PDF development is critical to our journey with Model Based Enterprise. The 3D-PDF Consortium can be that avenue to benchmark and develop that stronger, collective voice.” And Boeing, one of the founding members of the consortium, has stated the following: “3D PDF is a...