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  • "Digital Twin - Its Role and Structure within a Modern Systems Engineering Approach" - February 20, 2019

The complexity of systems is rapidly increasing across all industries. Embedded systems and interactive environments account for an increasing share of the product features and the total product cost . At the same time, the need to develop and maintain innovate new products and “products as a service” is critical for corporate success and, in some cases, even for enterprise survival. Companies must ensure a cost effective and reliable product is introduced to the market in a timely manner while also addressing the challenges relating to in-service product updates and on-going maintenance. The Digital Twin in the context of virtual engineering and digital transformation is becoming a critical player in such highly innovative and competitive environment.

To properly utilize virtual engineering, companies must be able to adopt methods and processes that enable technologies such as the Internet-of-Things (IoT), Digital Twin, etc. Systems Engineering thinking and the enablement and deployment of the latest best practices and solutions in this space are crucial for the successful development of complex systems that have become part of most products in today’s world.

Modern Systems Engineering thinking doesn’t stop at the fence of an organization or company. Especially in our modern, connected and interactive world products begin another life once they get into service. They become part of an “Experience Ecosystem”. The Digital Twin plays a central role in such an ecosystem. With so much hype about this subject, it is time to put this better into the perspective of the overall MBSE thinking to understand what it is and how it can help address engineering challenges companies are facing in our modern world.

In this paper we discuss and define the Digital Twin, explain the various application streams and its life cycle, its connection to innovation and business analytics platforms, and how it changes the thinking of the traditional engineering “V”. Furthermore, we discuss how deploying Digital Twin technology can improve the engineering maturity of companies and, thus, make those more competitive and disruptive.  Based on the mentioned “Hype” about the Digital Twin it is also important to understand where the market stands realizing the Digital Twin.

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  • "Systems Engineering - Challenges for Management" - June 6, 2018 

This presentation was given at the NAFEMS Americas 2018 conference CAASE18 in Cleveland, OH, USA (see also This topic was also presented and discussed at COE 2018, April 15-18, 2018, San Diego, CA, USA as well as at NAFEMS "Engineering Analysis & Simulation in the Automotive Industry: Creating the Next Generation Vehicle"; November 8, 2018; Troy, MI, USA

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  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018: "SIMULIA Analyst Event 2018: Democratization of Simulation and Vehicle Electrification"  Commentary



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Monday, January 28, 2019

CIMdata and SMS_ThinkTank™ Expand Strategic Partnership for Enabling Sustainable Product & Process Innovation through the Effective Application of PLM and Systems Modeling & Simulation

Expanded consulting services partnership strengthens the ability to deliver broad and deep industry expertise in PLM and systems modeling & simulation that enable industrial enterprises, as well as solution providers, to successfully address evolving market opportunities and challenges.

Brunswick, Georgia, 28 January 2019—CIMdata, Inc., the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) strategic management consulting and research firm and SMS_ThinkTank™, an industry leading firm providing systems modeling and simulation (SMS) expertise to develop and continuously improve engineering best practices for innovative product development, today announced the expansion of their two-year old strategic partnership. This partnership will help manufacturers and PLM/MBSE (Model-Based Systems Engineering) /S&A (Simulation & Analysis) solution providers successfully address the evolving challenges associated with the digital design, development, and lifecycle operations of innovative products, processes, and cyber-physical systems, as well as the associated digital transformation of businesses.

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CIMdata and SMS_ThinkTank™ establish Strategic Partnership

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