ASD SSG TLCI Report ASD SSG TLCI Report

ASD SSG Through Life Cycle Interoperability report available for download!

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Through-Life cycle interoperability working group Through-Life cycle interoperability working group

This Working Group on "Through-life cycle interoperability" was created in 2013 as a tranversal group. Considering that the initial SSG working groups were focused on specific domains (Concept, Design, Manufacturing, In-service), this working group aims at deloping a "big picture" of cross-domain interoperability, including:

  • Product breakdown mapping mechanisms (eg Design BOM – Support BOM)
  • Configuration management (versions, change process) issues
  • Inter-domain Services (requests, exchanged data, …)
  • Archiving
  • Related security issues

One envisioned result of this working group is the identification and promotion of a "backbone" of standards enabling cross-domain interoperability through Aerospace and Defence product life cycle.

Presentation at PDT Europe 2014 Presentation at PDT Europe 2014

A presentation of the Through Life-cycle Interoperability strategy and action plan developed by ASD SSG was given at PDT Europe 2014 Conference, 14-15 October 2014, Paris.

You can download this presentation here.

Through Life Cycle Interoperability for Aerospace and Defence Industry Through Life Cycle Interoperability for Aerospace and Defence Industry

The ASD vision of through life-cycle interoperability is that ‘All players of the global aerospace value network will be able to share digital information securely throughout the life of the products and services’.

The Aerospace and Defence Industry is characterised by a small number of large prime contractors, a global marketplace, a large global supplier network shared among primes and other industries with an average supplier size of 20-50 employees, long product and service life cycles that far exceed the life of software, equipment and people, continuous innovation in products, processes and services for new capabilities and for regular technology upgrade programmes. In many cases this is also subject to rigorous certification requirements. The consequences from all of these business imperatives across the complex lifecycle is the need to manage design, product and service information throughout the product lifecycle, including rigorous configuration management and the long term retention of information, where the data is ‘created once and used many times’.

These interoperability requirements will become more and more critical in the next years, with the move to “Model-Based” engineering practices, where human operators will not be able anymore to interpret directly product representations.

To face this challenge, the A&D Industries need a coherent standards based approach that allows the secure sharing of data and models, with partners and suppliers across a global support network, supported by collaborative efforts to ensure and validate the implementation of those standards by vendors.

ASD SSG has built an initial set of recommendations that particularly recognises the value of ISO 10303 STEP Application Protocols, and intends to manage and control the development of a coherent "backbone of standards" enabling PLM information interoperability for the Aerospace and Defence Industry.

 

 This analysis results in the following initial set of recommendations that intends to make these standards the cornerstone of the PLM information interoperability:

  1. Strengthen the STEP architecture approach to 1) ensure interoperability between STEP standards and 2) provide unambiguous implementation methods (including for new information technologies, e.g. OSLC).
  2. Ensure 3D visualisation format standards used in the industry are consistent with STEP standards
  3. Ensure the common data model for the ILS specifications is consistent with STEP AP239.
  4. Promote the ASD-AIA ILS suite of specifications and seek to manage coherence with ATA specifications where needed by the industry.
  5. Participate in the development, and interoperability testing of the next generation of PDM/PLM web services.
  6. Facilitate data interoperability in the Aerospace and Defence Supply Chain and align business process between Supply Chain stakeholders.
  7. Supports the setting-up of implementer forums (e.g. PDM implementer forum) to test and validate the implementation of the standards-based solutions.

The ASD SSG intends to implement these recommendations and to control progress. On-going actions are identified in the following table:

RecommendationAction(s)
1.    Strengthen the STEP architecture approachSTEP future architecture activities started. Joint workshops with AIA organised. Feed & support ISO/TC 184/SC 4 FAWG
2.    Ensure that 3D visualisation format standards used in the industry are consistent with STEP standardsRecommendation on 3D PMI semantic representation from ASD SSG to SC4 in development. Support of JT V2
3.    Ensure the common data model for the ILS specifications is consistent with STEP AP239.ASD SSG supports the development of AP239 ed 3 standard and associated recommended practices. Convergence requires also clarification on mapping mechanisms by the STEP future architecture group.
4.    Promote the ASD-AIA ILS suite of specifications and seek to manage coherence with ATA specifications where needed by the industry.Need to clarify where the coherence is needed by industry:
--> European industry workshop to be organised
5.    Participate in the development, and interoperability testing of the next generation of PDM/PLM web services.SSG to track progress and try to influence.
6.    Facilitate data interoperability in the  Supply Chain and align business process between Supply Chain stakeholders.Discussions planned  with AIA about Supply Chain standards.
7.    Supports the setting-up of implementer forums to test and validate the implementation of the standards-based solutions.SSG involved in AP242 ed 1 benchmark.
Development of the PDM/IF white paper (in progress)