The 11th NASA-ESA Workshop on Product Data Exchange
was held at Boeing's Kent Space Center, 29 April - 1 May 2009
Hosted by the Boeing Company
2009 Theme: Collaboration in a Heterogeneous World
The NASA/ESA Workshop on Product Data Exchange has also been
known in previous years as "The STEP for Aerospace Workshop" and
"The Aerospace Product Data Exchange (APDE) Workshop". For
information and download of presentations from previous workshops, please visit
We continue to build on the heritage of ten highly successful annual workshops,
alternating between the US and Europe. Over the years the workshop scope has
evolved from focusing on a number of ISO 10303 / STEP (related) data exchange
standards to a broad range of data exchange and data sharing technologies and
standards that enable efficient and effective product life cycles (PLM) for
complex systems and facilitate collaboration between organizations and
The program will be similar to previous PDE workshops: an opening evening
reception followed by three days of presentations, plenary keynotes and
discussions, networking opportunities, and "birds of a feather" meetings.
Further information regarding the program will be made available on the workshop
- To bring together developers, implementers and users of product data
exchange and data sharing solutions, and to share experience obtained in
development, implementation, deployment and operational use.
- To provide an international forum to discuss methods and technology for
the reliable capture, management, exchange, sharing and long term archival of
product/system information, especially through the use of open standards.
- To identify or showcase interoperability standards and technology for
product lifecycle management of complex systems, including cross-fertilization
between solutions developed in different industry sectors.
- To identify gaps where new solutions need to be developed — or where
existing ones need to be extended — and to bring together the people to
foster such initiatives.
- To promote development and adoption of open standards for model-based
systems engineering — improving the specification, acquisition, design,
analysis, verification, validation and operation of complex systems through
the use of executable models (executable in a simulation environment).
- Open standards as enablers for multi-disciplinary integrated product
development teams and advanced engineering analysis and simulation:
- Collaborative "e-engineering" scenarios / "virtual product models"
- Advances in robust industrial CAD, CAE, CAM, systems engineering, and
PDM interoperability based on open standards such as ISO 10303 (STEP) and
OMG specifications (e.g. MDA, PLM Services, and SysML), and architectural
frameworks (e.g. DoDAF/MoDAF)
- Linking systems engineering, mechanical design (mCAD), electrical design
(eCAD), software design, analysis & simulation (CAE, discrete event,
real-time, communication links, virtual reality, ...), manufacturing (CAM),
assembly, integration & testing, logistics, deployment and
- Linking standards for product data and life cycle processes
- Shared or open electronic dictionaries, catalogues and reference data
libraries — including issues regarding their operation, maintenance
and intellectual property rights
- Reliable long-term archival and re-use of product data for complex
- Awareness and application of underlying standards and software technology
that enable efficient product lifecycles, e.g.:
- Data modeling, transport and APIs: STEP EXPRESS, UML2/OCL/XMI, XML/XSD,
REST, web services, ...
- Advanced software architectures, automated transformations and code
generation: OMG's Model Driven Architecture (MDA), MOF/XMI, QVT, ...
- Reference data, ontologies, semantic web: PLIB, ISO 15926, RDF/OWL,
- Joining open standards with the open source software (OSS) development
model for cost-effective implementations that avoid vendor dependencies
- Success stories and lessons learned in developing, implementing and/or
using open product data exchange and data sharing standards
- Sustainability of open solutions, including total cost of usage/ownership,
stakeholder win-win mechanisms, and balancing openness versus business
viability and competitive advantage.
The workshop venue was:
Boeing Kent Space Center
20403 68th Avenue South
Kent, Washington 98032
Information concerning NASA/ESA PDE Workshops is
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NASA and ESA Organizers
|Hans-Peter de Koning
||ESA General Chair
||NASA General Chair
|Greg Smith (Local Organizer)
Committee Organizers / Local Organizer
||Gregory.L.Smith@boeing.com - Local Organizer
This is a partial listing of agencies, industrial partners, and
academia who have participated in the PDE Workshops in past
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- European Space Agency (ESA)
- JAXA / ISAS
- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
- Northrop Grumman
- Rockwell Collins
- Mentor Graphics Corp
- C&R Technologies
- CostVision, Inc.
- Engineous S/W
- EuroSTEP American, Inc.
- Georgia Institute of Tech
- University of Michigan
- University of Illinois
- University of Manchester, UK
- HDF Group
- Jotne EPM Technology
- Korea Adv Inst of Sci & Tech
- Kubotek USA
- Maya Heat Transfer Tech
- Cadence Design System
- MSC Software
- SFM Technology, Inc.
- Siemens PLM Solution
- Simulation Strategies, Inc.
- Shell Global Solutions
- Volvo Aero Corp.
- Xactium, UK
- Analytical Graphics
- TIBCO Software