I hope everyone is back to work taking advantage of the many new things learned at the 2017 Annual COE Experience and TechniFair. I would like to take this opportunity to give a small summary of the four amazing days we had in Orlando, Florida.
We enjoyed a great opening session from Francis Bernard discussing the origins of Dassault Systèmes and the founding of COE; followed by a terrific presentation by Bruno Latchogue, North America executive vice president of Dassault Systèmes. Our industry-focused presentation representing the transportation and mobility industry from Ford was extremely interesting and informative. Ford is using CAE tools to reduce downstream changes within their designs.
We also recognized individuals for their outstanding effort and support of COE and the advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE/CAx. I would like to recognize Phil Harrison for being inducted into the Bill Abramson COE College of Fellows and Scott Pokriefka as a B.J. Fries Award of Merit winner.
COE Value Added Reseller Director Spotlight: Q&A with Dan Dunne
Dan Dunne, vice president of PLM & Support at Inceptra, recently became a member of COE's Board of Directors as Value Added Reseller Director. We caught up with Dan to learn more about his new board position and discuss why the Value Added Reseller community is an important and growing part of COE and Dassault Systèmes.
When did you join the COE Board of Directors? What's your experience been like so far?
I officially joined the Board at the COE event in April. It's been exciting to learn more about how the COE organization functions and see what objectives are for the future.
What is a value added reseller (VAR)?
Dassault Systèmes has two primary sales channels for their software solutions. Very large organizations are part of the Business Transformation (BT) group and Dassault Systèmes works with those customers directly. For everyone else, there is a community of VARs that work with Dassault Systèmes to sell and support the Dassault solution set. The VARs support the supply chains for many BT companies as well as OEMs that are under the BT threshold.
VARs make sure the customers understand the tools they have through learning and optimization.
A Q&A with 2017 Bill Abramson College of Fellows Award Winner Phil Harrison
Annually, the Bill Abramson College of Fellows Award is given to individuals that have made noteworthy achievements and contributions to CAD/CAM/CAE/CAx, specifically as they impact Dassault Systèmes suite of products. As analysis, design and manufacturing pushes forward, old boundaries are overtaken and new perspectives are important for all members in our profession. Thus, this status of leadership establishes a high level of honor and visibility.
Phil Harrison and Bernard Charlès were recognized as 2017 recipients of the Bill Abramson College of Fellows Award. We talked with Phil Harrison, principal consultant at LionHeart Solutions, about his experience receiving this honor at COE 2017.
How did it feel to receive this recognition in front of your peers?
I must say it makes me very proud; many of my peers came up to me in the breaks and receptions and congratulated me on the award. It sits proudly on the bookshelf in my office. I work with several multi-national companies helping them implement PLM processes and optimizing their infrastructure to let people create great products. Every day is different with new challenges, that's what drives me.
I felt complete and utter surprise. There are numerous big names that have received this award in the past - people that really pushed Dassault Systèmes products not only for their own companies, but also for the entire industry.
While at the COE 2017 Annual Experience and TechniFair this year, I must've answered this question at least four times: "What is the difference between CATIA V6 and CATIA for the 3DEXPERIENCE?"While at the COE 2017 Annual Experience and TechniFair this year, I must've answered this question at least four times: "What is the difference between CATIA V6 and CATIA for the 3DEXPERIENCE?"
Imagine 3DExperience as a framework that grants you access to applications based on your defined role. These applications are designed to communicate with each other through the framework. This framework is referred to as the "platform." The is called the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
COE and Dassault Systèmes realign partnership to grow the community
COE recently realigned with Dassault Systèmes to form a new partnership to advance the evolving goals, scope and direction of the organization. This partnership recognizes COE's rebranding and purpose to include software users of all Dassault Systèmes products and solutions (excluding Solidworks), across all industries.
COE members gain invaluable hands-on training with 3DEXPERIENCE through the COE Discovery Panel. The panel provides an opportunity to engage the software fully - to understand better its functionality and service - without spending the time and resources to setup your own environment and obtain licenses.
The 2017 Discovery Panel, introduced at the COE 2017 Annual Experience & TechniFair in April, is taking a revised approach with a more focused effort and a smaller group of "discoverers," inclusive of the following roles:
According to Greg Brock, manager, configuration management systems at GE Power, the goal of the 2017 Discovery Panel is to demonstrate and evaluate the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform through Dassault Systèmes Single Source for Speed industry experience. Single Source for Speed is a unique solution to engineer and produce fast, anywhere.
COE has expanded our structure to give a greater focus to all of our member industries so there should be a position of interest for everyone. If you would like to get involved please submit your name. We also have the following positions open in our process committees spanning all industries:
Engineering Analysis and Simulation:
Process -Product Visualization (PV)
Process - Kinematics and Multibody Simulation (KMS)
Infrastructure, Develop, Deploy & Knowledge:
Process - Develop & Deploy (D&D)
Product - Digital Numerical Control
Process & Product - Manufacturing Processes
Product - Structures
Product - Drafting/MBD
Product - Sheet Metal
Product - Arrangements & Fluid Systems
Product - Additive Engineering & Manufacturing
If you are interested in any of these positions please submit your name. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities here.
Upcoming Ask the Expert Webinars
Model Based Manufacturing in the Age of Experience
Brian Schouten and Joseph Lopez of PROSTEP INC offered a recap of the most recent Ask the Experts webinar and provided additional insight into how the COE community can continue to stay engaged with t...