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Model-Based Enterprise Summit 2019

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Decentralization of manufacturing systems has amplified the problem of collecting and communicating the product and process specifications needed to make decisions about design, production, and supply chains tasks while delivering products to market. For example, with the growth of global production networks, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have increasingly become system integrators rather than just manufacturers. Further, the difficulty of gathering actionable intelligence and lessons learned from processes later in the lifecycle to ensure better decision making earlier in the lifecycle is also amplified.

Thus, manufacturers need the ability to manage the development / redevelopment and deployment of new sub-systems in the immediate presence of legacy applications and systems. Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) must address this industrial need by coupling existing technologies with trusted cyber-physical systems (CPS), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and artificial intelligence (AI) to enable advanced configuration management of the product lifecycle. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and others advocate that making emerging technologies accessible to SMEs will ensure the U.S. industrial base remains competitive. MBE supports U.S. industry's competitiveness and address industry's need for interoperability across decentralized systems.

2019 Summit
The goal of the MBE Summit is to identify challenges, research, implementation issues, and lessons learned in design, manufacturing, quality assurance, and sustainment of products and processes where a digital three-dimensional (3D) model of the product serves as the authoritative information source for all activities in a product's lifecycle. The theme of the MBE Summit 2019 is Democratizing the Implementation of MBE. The model-based community has moved beyond the question of “why is MBE important?” to “how do we deploy MBE?”. The 10th MBE Summit is focused on highlighting the long history of MBE and real-world implementations of MBE in practice. Academia, government, and industry practitioners are encouraged to submit papers topics related to this year’s theme using the following tracks: 1) Systems Engineering and Lifecycle Management; 2) Design; 3) Manufacturing; 4) Quality and Inspection; and 5) Operations, Logistics, and Sustainment.

View the event program (with speakers and abstracts) at:




Tuesday, April 2

Towards Self-Aware Manufacturing

Tony Schmitz (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

Integrating Sustainment Throughout the Model Based Enterprise
Marilyn Gaska (Lockheed Martin)
Systems Engineering and Lifecycle Management
DMDII 15-11-08: Capturing Product Behavioral and Contextual Characteristics Through a Model-Based Feature Information Network
Rosemary Astheimer (Purdue University)
Data-Driven Approach to Estimate Maintenance Life Cycle Cost of Assets
Sarah Lukens (GE Digital)
Standard APIs and Link Prediction for the Digital Thread
Axel Reichwein (Koneksys)
Digital Problem Resolution (DPR) Utilizing 3D Scan Data
Philip Jennings (Newport News Shipbuilding)
Building Platform-Independent Solutions for Space-Time-Dependent Simulations in the MBE Context
Jerome Szarazi (Koneksys LTD)

Securing, Authenticating, and Visualizing Data-Links for Manufacturing Enterprises
William Bernstein (NIST)

Utilization of a Manufacturability Assessment Methodology and Metric: a Case Study Application
Sara Fuller (Mississippi State University)

Industry Readiness for Digital Manufacturing May Not Be as We Thought
Gregory Harris (Auburn University)

Assessment of Digital Twin Manufacturing Frameworks
Martin Hardwick (STEP Tools, Inc)
Quality and Inspection
Standardized and Persistent Product Characteristics, a Critical Knot on the Digital Thread
Mark Nielsen (TechAzul)
Use Collaborative Robots to Easily Program Complex Automated 3D Scanning for Dimensional Quality Control (QC) Across Supply Chain
Mingu Kang (ARIS Technology)
A QIF Case Study – Maintaining the Digital Thread from OEM to Supplier
Jennifer Herron (Action Engineering)
Augmented Reality for Smart Manufacturing: A Panel Targeting New Standards Opportunities

Wednesday, April 3

Digital Engineering Strategy and Implementation
Philomena Zimmerman (Office of Secretary of Defense/Office of Under Secretary of Defense Research & Engineering)

Digital Engineering Strategy Panel

R&M Engineering in the DoD Digital Engineering Environment
Andrew Monje (Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering)

US Army Digital Engineering Implementation
Jeremy Turner (US Army)

United States Naval and Marine Corps Digital Engineering Transformation and Strategy
Michael Doctor (US Navy)

USAF Digital Engineering Strategy to Implementation
Roger Jones (USAF)


Open Model-Based Engineering Environments
Christopher Delp (NASA JPL)
Systems Engineering and Lifecycle Management
The Case for Integrated Model Centric Engineering
Maged Elaasar (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Configuration Management and Data Management Challenges in a Model-Based Enterprise or a Universe of Data
Roy Whittenburg (MBD360 LLC)
Exchanging Model-Based Engineering Information in a Global Supply Chain
Philomena Zimmerman (Office of Secretary of Defense/Office of Under Secretary of Defense Research & Engineering)
MIL-STD-31000 and 3Di pdf Technical Data
Jeff Windham (US Army ARDEC)
Model Based Enterprise R&D at DLA
Ben Kassel (LMI)
A Need for Digital Enterprise Workforce Development
Nathan Hartman (Purdue University)
MBE and AM: Is it really that unique?
Paul Witherell (NIST)
Machine Learning Model for Surface Finish in Ultra-Precision Diamond Turning
Nicholas Sizemore (UNC Charlotte)

Selecting Proper Data for Creating Informed Maintenance Decisions in a Manufacturing Environment, I.E. the Data Dump: Don’t Drown in Trash
Michael Sharp (NIST)
Bringing Legacy Small and Medium Enterprise Manufacturers into Digital Manufacturing and Towards a Distributive Manufacturing Network 
Daniel Abernathy (Auburn University)
Low Cost Development Testbeds for Implementing the Digital Thread
Russell Waddell (AMT)
Standards Needs for Maintenance Work Order Analysis in Manufacturing
Rachael Sexton (NIST)
Operations, Logistics, and Sustainment
Strategy for a CVN Intelligent Digital Twin (a Virtual Aircraft Carrier for Lifecycle Sustainment)
Mark Debbink (HII-Newport News Shipbuilding)
Point Cloud Management: an Overview of Current Practices and Technology
Jesse Zahner (Elysium Inc.)
 Value Proposition for MBSE within Discrete Manufacturing Systems
Timothy Sprock (NIST)
Generating the Digital Thread for Backlogged Parts That Lack TDP
Andreas Vlahinos (Advanced Engineering Solutions)
Quality and Inspection
Geometric Approach for Evaluating Manufacturability of Parts Using Injection Molding and Die Casting
Masatomo Inui (Ibaraki University)

A consortium for software testing in coordinate metrology
Craig Shakarji (NIST)
Why QIF Matters – a Roadmap for Digital Manufacturing
Daniel Campbell (Capvidia)

Thursday, April 4

NIST Engineering Laboratory Programs Briefing
Thomas Hedberg (NIST)
ASME Activities Enabling a Model-Based Enterprise
Israr Kabir (ASME)
INCOSE Activities Briefing
Timothy Sprock (INCOSE / NIST)
The Return of the Domain Specific Product Data Definition
Ben Kassel (LMI)
Advancing the State of Manufacturing Technology: A U.S. Perspective on Global Trends
Tim Shinbara (The Association For Manufacturing Technology)


For a complete view of the program (including abstracts), please visit

Monday, April 1
1 PM - 5 PM:  Model-Based Enterprise 101 — Introductory training and overview of MBE, led by Bryan Fischer.

Tuesday, April 2
9 AM - 12:30 PM:  Plenary session with opening talks and invited speakers
1:30 PM - 2 PM:  Plenary session of technical demonstrations 
2 PM - 5 PM:  Technical session breakouts

Wednesday, April 3
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM:   Plenary session of technical demonstrations and/or panel discussion
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM:  Technical session breakouts
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM:  Plenary session with invited speaker
2:30 PM - 5 PM:  Technical session breakouts

Thursday, April 4
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM:   Plenary session of technical demonstrations and/or panel discussion
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM:  Technical session breakouts
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM:  Plenary session of closing talks

Keynote Speaker

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Rear Admiral Lorin Selby

Chief Engineer and Deputy Commander for Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 05)

Rear Adm. Lorin Selby graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering and earned his commission through the Navy’s Reserve Officers Training Corps program.  He also holds a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering and a Nuclear Engineer degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As the Navy’s chief engineer and the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Deputy Commander for Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering (SEA 05), Selby leads the engineering and scientific expertise, knowledge and technical authority necessary to design, build, maintain, repair, modernize, certify and dispose of the Navy's ships, aircraft carriers, submarines and associated combat and weapons systems.

Invited Speakers

Talk: Open Model-Based Engineering Environments

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Mr. Christopher Delp

Manager, Computer Aided Engineering Systems and Software Environments
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Christopher Delp is the Manager of the Computer Aided Engineering Systems and Software Environments (CAE SSwE) at JPL. CAE SSwE provides a cutting-edge Engineering Environment for modeling systems, analysis and a software development based on Open MBEE. Previously he led the Model Environment Development effort on Europa Clipper which built the Model-Based Engineering Environment and the Open MBEE community of open source Model-Based Engineering software and models. He has worked in a variety of roles on JPL Flight Projects in Systems Engineering and Software Engineering. His experience includes Architecture and Design of Systems, Safety Critical software development and testing, and the application of Systems Engineering across the lifecycle. He is recognized as an industry leader in MBSE and Model-Based Engineering Environments.

Talk: Integrating Sustainment Throughout the Model Based Enterprise

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Dr. Marilyn Gaska

LM Fellow and Chief Engineer, Logistics and Sustainment
Lockheed Martin

Dr. Marilyn Gaska is currently the Corporate Logistics and Sustainment Chief Engineer and Fellow in the Office of the CTO organization at Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland. At Lockheed Martin, she is responsible for the sustainment vision and technology roadmap, and she leads the Full Spectrum Capability ManagementTM  initiative. She has led collaboration with the Services for the Logistics Future Operating Concepts and Logistics and Sustainment Enterprise 2040 to include additive manufacturing leverage for sustainment, initial collaboration on confined space monitoring, and Innovation Center concept collaboration. She is the Lockheed Martin lead for the Sustainment Innovation Collaborative Competition among the three Service Academies. Externally she is the chair of American Makes Additive Manufacturing Maintenance and Sustainment Advisory Group started in 2015. In 2017 she was a recipient of an America Makes Ambassador Award. Marilyn’s Ph.D. degree in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering was received from Binghamton University in 1999. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Advanced Technology at Binghamton. Marilyn graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with Bachelor’s and Masters of Science degrees.

Talk: Towards Self-Aware Manufacturing

Bio Picture for Tony Schmitz; an invited speaker to the MBE Summit 2019.

Dr. Tony Schmitz

Professor and Assistant Director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. Schmitz completed a post-doctoral appointment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and was then employed as a Mechanical Engineer from 1999-2002. During this time, he was also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. Schmitz accepted an appointment in the University of Florida’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (UF MAE) in 2002 and joined the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011.


MBE 101 Workshop

The workshop will include an overview of MBD and MBE fundamentals, data types and dataset classifications, how MBD and MBE differ from traditional business processes, justification for, benefits of, and opportunities created by MBE, cultural and business implications of MBE, transition and implementation strategies, and what it takes to become a model-based enterprise.  Key takeaways will be understanding data types and dataset classes, the effect of MBE on how we do business, the difference between a document-based environment and a model-based environment, and how MBE enhances productivity, quality, and throughput within an enterprise and throughout its supply chain.

High-Level Outline

  • History and evolution of product definition
  • MBD and MBE terms and concepts
  • MBD and MBE standards
  • Drawings vs. models
  • Datasets, dataset classes, and dataset content
  • Model content and structure
  • Process definition and product definition data
  • What’s wrong with drawings?
  • Creating, using, reusing, and enhancing data
  • ASME Y14.41 and ISO 16792
  • What is and what isn't MBE
  • Becoming a Model-Based Enterprise
  • Justification for and benefits of MBD and MBE
  • Protecting, learning from, and growing your intellectual property
  • To be drawing-based or model-based?  That is the question.
  • Question and answer

Presented by


Bio Picture for Bryan Fischer; an invited speaker to the MBE Summit 2019.
Bryan R. Fischer


Bryan Fischer is a leading expert and published author with over 30 years’ experience in mechanical design and engineering, specializing in 3D methods, CAD, PMI, 3D Model-Based Definition (MBD), Model-Based Enterprise (MBE), GD&T, and ISO GPS.  Bryan is a trainer and consultant helping companies learn and implement MBD, MBE, GD&T, and GPS to improve their productivity and quality.  Bryan has been active in national and international standards development throughout his career. He is a leading researcher and developer of standards, processes, and tools for the implementation of 3D MBD and MBE.

Created July 16, 2018, Updated May 25, 2023