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TriVector Services Participates in CCDC Digital Engineering IPT

on Tuesday, 17 September 2019.

TriVector Services Participates in CCDC Digital Engineering IPT

TriVector employees Mr. Nate Breard and Dr. Phil Farrington participated in the Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC) Digital Engineering IPT Working Group panel and presentation at Campus 805 September 10-11, 2019.  Dr. Juanita Christensen, SES, Director of CCDC AvMC was the keynote speaker of the event.

On September 10, Mr. Breard gave a presentation on getting value from Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).  His presentation covered the benefits of MBSE, including: an improved common understanding of a system, reduced time and costs associated with system development, early requirements validation, and performing paperless technical reviews.  But more significantly he discussed how to make sure that the MBSE efforts produced meaningful outcomes for stakeholders and not just a bunch of diagrams.  He explained ways in which the architecture model can be used as a tool (and not just another type of documentation), demonstrating both software-driven analytics and using the diagrams within the model to “communicate complex things with human beings.”  Mr. Breard discussed common pitfalls in establishing architecture programs, and how different roles within the Architecture/MBSE programs can contribute to avoiding these problems. 

Dr. Farrington participated on the Point of Need Manufacturing Enable by Additive Manufacturing panel September 11.  Panel participants, which included Jeramie Broadway (NASA MSFC) and Kathy Olson (CCDC AvMC), discussed how Additive Manufacturing has the potential to allow people to produce key manufacturing parts whenever and wherever needed.  Panelists presented on current initiatives underway at NASA and the Army to make this potential a reality.  In particular, Dr. Farrington covered the types of requirements necessary to have in place in order to fully realize this vision for Additive Manufacturing.