MBE: The Most Important Letters in Digital Engineering

April 12, 2021

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.

Weaving Technical Data into Everything You Do

Even after building the appropriate environment, engaging in modern data management, and bringing your engineering practices into the future, your organization still won’t be a model-based enterprise. The final ingredient is the most fundamental—the data itself. Your data needs to embrace the model-based definition (MBD) for any of this to be possible.

Technical data is rapidly becoming a core requirement for effective sustainment, and any system that utilizes the contemporary technologies revolutionizing modern acquisition needs a robust digital framework to store and maintain the data. MBD supplies all the knowledge necessary to perform digital engineering in an environment with the foundational elements for your digital engineering future: digital thread, access to tools, advanced methods for cybersecurity, rights preservation for technical data, and protection of intellectual property.

This mastery of technical data is part of our DNA at LMI, and we hope to help make it a part of yours. If you want more detailed information about any of these concepts, and many more, please watch this presentation from LMI’s own Ben Kassel, recorded during the 2020 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress.

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