This presentation was made at NAFEMS UK Conference 2018, "Taking Engineering Analysis and Simulation to the Next Level".
The NAFEMS UK Conference 2018 brought together all those involved in analysis and simulation from every corner of industry and academia, giving them an opportunity to advance their knowledge, give their organisations a competitive advantage, and a chance to be part of improving the technology itself.
GE is developing a framework to drive the Digital Thread upstream into engineering design. This framework is being developed for all GE Businesses, including GE Aviation (jet and turboprop engines), GE Power (power generation gas turbines), GE Renewables (wind and hydro turbines), and others. Here, the Digital Thread connects the multi-disciplinary engineering part/component/product design process, manufacturing & supply chain, testing, and field service. This fully connected Digital Thread allows for changes and modifications to the part or product, throughout the product lifecycle, to be quickly and fully evaluated and assessed by the engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, and services teams. Technologies included in DT4D include 1) Design Space Mapping, Design System Integration & High Performance Computing; 2) Analytical and Field Big Data Management; and 3) Machine Learning / Scalable Analytics to correlate and understand trade-offs between design, manufacturing and field parameters and product life, performance, reliability, and other metrics.