Whenever discussion turns to digital engineering, you’ll hear the term MBE tossed around, with claims that it empowers new technologies, such as virtual reality and the digital twin, enhances security and accountability, and improves performance in every stage of the acquisition lifecycle. Making sense of MBE can unlock huge potential for your organization but MBE is not so simple to define. In fact, MBE has three different meanings—each of which support each other in unlocking your digital future.
3 Meanings, 1 Digital Future
Transforming your organization into a digital model-based enterprise improves the lines of communication within the enterprise as well as with suppliers and customers. Your organization closes the gaps between design, manufacturing, and maintenance and opens a host of new capabilities for sustaining the parts and systems your organization acquires.
To accomplish all this at the enterprise level, your workforce needs to perform model-based engineering—executing engineering tasks using model-based information instead of extracting the same information from a robust list of 2D documents. Engineers in today’s industry have the power to do more with their designs than ever before. These techniques are the core of digital engineering.
However, these new practices cannot be unlocked without first building the correct backbone: the model-based environment. The model-based environment leverages the digital thread to integrate data storage and software tools. This new form of data environment supplies the computing infrastructure, cybersecurity, and tools that enable a model-based enterprise to practice model-based engineering.
A subject matter expert in the definition and exchange of technical data used for naval architecture, marine engineering, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing, Ben joined LMI in 2018 as a technical leader supporting efforts to develop digital thread technologies that enable model-based environments.