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Ask the Expert Webinars

COE members now have year-round access to first-rate, technical education through the COE Ask the Expert webinars. Webinars are scheduled monthly, sometimes with multiple a month. Ask the Expert Webinars help users of Dassault Systèmes solutions stay up-to-date on key product changes, issues and solutions, while providing education and training on the latest technology developments.

COE Ask the Expert sessions are a members only benefit. If you are not a current member of COE and would like to join, please click here for details. Members can also view past webinars by visiting the COE Ask the Expert Archive.

Ask the Expert Sessions

Implementing Future Factory Composites Technology

Presented by: Tonya Cole, CATIA NAM Solutions Consultant, Dassault Systemes; R. Byron Pipes, Executive Director of the Composites Manufacturing Simulation Center, Indiana Manufacturing Institute and Dale Brosius, Chief Commercialization Officer, IACMI

Wednesday, June 28, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

As the world looks to composites materials and technology to competitively make products “faster, better, stronger”, we are faced with the increasing demand for more innovative solutions and technologies to address the current challenges as well as the future trends for composites design, simulation, and manufacturing. While composites usage has been driven by the aerospace industry in the past, industries such as transportation are increasingly realizing the potential  of composites. As a result, there is a transformation taking place driving scientific and technology advancements to better suite high volume production applications. Please join us in exploring:

  • The industrial challenges of adopting composites materials and technologies for the transportation industry
  • Composites manufacturing processes for high volume production
  • Use of simulation to address composites manufacturing challenges


(PSE) Achieving Sustainable Innovation - Business Challenges in the Age of Digitalization and the Path Forward

Presented by: Frank Popielas, Managing Partner of SMS_ThinkTank, Executive Consultant for CIMdata, and President and CEO for Popielas Engineering Consulting

Thursday, July 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

The business environment is becoming much more challenging with the fast-developing technologies, especially considering the digitalization of our life in general nowadays. The value of data and information not only needs to be understood but also made part of the overall business strategy for companies. It’s not anymore only a matter of capturing the data and information so it can be re-used but how we use and make the data and information in general available. This is defined through the set of tools used of course on one hand. On the other hand, even more so, processes and behavior play a major role defining a company’s foundational maturity and market position.

Foundational tools and environment, like innovation platforms enabling PLM, SLM, ALM and other areas as enterprise technologies are center-stage in a model-centric and system-focused engineering environment. In this presentation, we will discuss how specific challenges in this new fast-paced environment can be overcome. The role of organizational change, management and culture will be addressed and put into context with trends on the market, like Model-based Enterprise, IoT, Big Data and Cognitive Engineering, and why it is a requirement to enable sustainable innovation.

Frank has over 20 years of global experience in engineering and R&D product and materials development, IP management, as well as testing, with a specific focus on the development and application of simulation tools, and the establishment of the required supporting infrastructure at Dana Holding Corporation. His expertise includes technology
exchange and transfer, business assessments in engineering and manufacturing focusing on the virtual aspect, as well as process development and democratization of its application in this area.

In Addition, Frank is a member of the NAFEMS Americas Steering Committee since 2011 and became founding chairman of the joint System Modeling and Simulation Working Group (SMSWG) between NAFEMS and INCOSE in 2013 and continues his leading role in the SMSWG as Co-chair since August 2016. His activities and achievements include over 35 granted patents globally on the areas of sealing, shielding and fuel cells, over 30 publications globally covering all the mentioned areas with the main focus on the past decade on virtual engineering, its tools and practices, presentations and speaking engagements at conferences and various companies, interviews, case studies and teaching engagements.

Mr. Popielas received his MSc degree in Engineering, majoring in Theoretical Physics from the
Technological University (MIS&A – Institute for Steels and Alloys) in Moscow, Russia. Frank is fluent in
English, German and Russian.


Model Based Manufacturing in the Age of Experience

Presented by: Nathan Yoffa, Dassault Systèmes

Tuesday, August 22, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

Learn how to enable a model-based, collaborative manufacturing environment that results in accelerated product introductions and improved manufacturing efficiencies.

  • Understand how Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform helps to improve manufacturing efficiencies in specific industrial scenarios.
  • Get a primer on the DELMIA portfolio and how it facilitates collaboration between Digital Manufacturing, Manufacturing Operations Management, and Supply Chain Planning & Operations.
  • Learn about “Digital Continuity” and how it enabled greater agility and innovation for leading global manufacturers

Nathan Yoffa is a Senior Expert Solution Consultant within the DELMIA Center of Expertise at Dassault Systèmes, with a particular focus on Digital Manufacturing and Enterprise topics.  He has over 30 years’ experience in the engineering software industry with a focus on 3D graphics applications, involving software development, architecture and design.  After graduating from Cornell University in 1983 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, he worked at General Motors for 2 years on their “CGS” 3D design software application before leaving to co-found Deneb Robotics, a 5-person startup created to deliver a 3D application for Robotic Simulation and offline programming, called IGRIP.   Deneb was acquired in 1997 by Dassault Systèmes and Nathan has continued to serve in a variety of technical positions within the newly-created DELMIA brand since then.  For ~ 10 years, Nathan led the creation and development of the DELMIA-brand global Industry Solution for the Aerospace and Defense Industry with a particular focus on Airframe OEM’s such as Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer.

More recently, Nathan has focused on Digital Manufacturing Enterprise architecture topics such as MBOM, Configuration and Change management and governance, and ERP/MES integration, all within the broader context of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.


Ask The Expert Webinar Archives

Review past sessions that you may have missed or review past sessions that you attended. Your COE membership allows you to access the full recording including presentation and audio for each past session. Click here to access the archive.