Phoenix Integration held its 2018 International Users’ Conference in Annapolis, April 17-19.  The event was a resounding success. For those not present at the event, here is a quick overview.

The theme of the event was Model Based Systems Engineering & Multi-Disciplinary Analysis & Optimization – implementation and inter-connectivity.

Approximately 90 customers attended, as well as a number of our product collaborators, (AGI, No Magic, PTC, Altair, Maplesoft, and Vitech).

Presentations covered a broad set of engineering applications; were of a high technical caliber and were positively received. Several speakers presented practical examples illustrating the integration of MBSE system models with analysis.

We were very pleased to have four strong Key Note speakers:

  • Both Philomena Zimmerman, Deputy Director, Engineering Tools and Environments, ODASD(SE)/Engineering Enterprise and David Cohen, Director, AIR-4.1, Systems Engineering Department, Naval Air Systems Command, outlined the US Government policy initiatives requiring defense suppliers to implement model-based engineering and systems engineering on all government programs.  This reinforces the Phoenix message and supports our recommended implementation strategies.
  • Ralf Hartmann, Vice President at Airbus Defence & Space, and
  • Sandy Friedenthal, industry leader for MBSE.

Audience participation was high, with good questions and discussion following each presentation.  The industry panels and final “what is the future” session were well attended and led to lively and broad discussion.

Feedback from our attendees has been voluble, positive and confirms that the event program was valuable.

Industry analysts and market commentators present included Joe Walsh from IntrinSIM and Don Tolle of CIMData.   A “commentary” on the event and our offerings has been published by CIMdata and provides strong validation of the relevance of the Phoenix product offering and recommended implementation and deployment strategies to the challenges faced by industry today.

2018 UC Photos

  • Jane Trenaman, President and CEO of Phoenix Integration, delivers opening remarks

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ralf Hartmann

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Phil Zimmerman

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sandy Friedenthal

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: David Cohen

2018 Presenters Included


TUESDAY | APRIL 17, 2018

Ralf Hartmann, Vice President  | Airbus Defence and Space
MBSE within an E2E Enterprise Digital Environment
Philomena Zimmerman | Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
Digital Engineering
James Horton | Aerojet Rocketdyne
Rocket Engine Conceptual Design using ModelCenter®
Mark Blackburn | Stevens Institute of Technology
Applications for Three Research Use Cases in Model Centric Engineering using ModelCenter and MBSE Analyzer
Alex Carrere | Boeing
Distributed Computing in ModelCenter Using Cloud-based Virtual Machines
Kerron Duncan | Northrop Grumman
Challenges and Solutions of a Model-Based Enterprise
John Hodge | Northrop Grumman
Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization Using Model-Based Engineering to Support Phased Array Antenna Architectural Trades
Brad Nelson | Orbital ATK
Bridging Rocket System Behavioral Simulations from SysML to Analytical Simulations
New Product Announcement
Jay Martin | Applied Research Lab/Penn State University
Trade Space Exploration Throughout System Design
Virgil Hutchinson | Orbital ATK
Improving MBSE Capabilities at Orbital ATK with ModelCenter
Max Markestein | Fokker Aerostructures / GKN
Opportunities for Workflow Automation in an Engineering Environment
Paul Goossens and Hisashi Miyashita | Maplesoft
Functional Verification of Complex Engineering Designs using System-Level Modeling
Kevin Flood | AGI
Aerospace Mission Design and Analysis Across the Engineering “V”
Matthew Hause | PTC
The Parametric Digital Engineering Journey
Carlos de Lima | Altair Engineering
A Modular Simulation Process and Data Management Solution Using HyperWorks, ModelCenter and SimData Manager
David Long | Vitech
Evolving MBSE to Enable the Digital Future


Sandy Friedenthal | SAF Consulting
Future Direction of MBSE with SysML v2
David Cohen | US NAVY- Naval Air Systems Command
Outpacing the Competition: A Systems Engineering Challenge
Raymond Kolonay | AFRL
A Physics-Based Distributed Collaborative Design Process for Military Aerospace Vehicle Development and Technology Assessment
Phathom Donald | Lockheed Martin
Integrated Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Applied to the Simulation of the OSIRIS-REx Mission
Phoenix Integration AFRL MSTC Collaboration
Stéphane Estable | Airbus Defence and Space
Application of the ‘Federated and Executable Models’ MBSE process to Airbus Orbital Servicing Missions
Clifton Davies | Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin Tackles the Latest AFRL MADO Challenge with Phoenix Integration
Chris Delp and Eric Brower | Jet Propulsion Laboratory
JPL Systems Environment
Jared Adams, Igor Mizine, and Chase Rogers | CSRA
High Fidelity Performance Behavior Models Development for Combat Ship in Model Based Environment
Tim Gaydos | Parsons
Distributed Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
Alfred Ong’iro, Ph.D. | Calpine Corp
Enhancing the Accuracy and Streamlining of the Building Process of Power Plant Dispatch and Equipment Monitoring Models
Enrique Krajmalnik | No Magic
Model Based Systems Engineering Today and What’s Next
Edward Huang | George Mason University
Inference Enterprise Modeling for Insider Threat Detection Systems
Keshav Sundaresh | Altair Engineering
Model Based Development of Aerospace & Defense Mechatronic Systems: Challenges & Opportunities
Don Tolle | CIMdata 
MBSE, PLM and the Digital Thread: Business Opportunities and Challenges


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