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In its 29th year ITEC 2018 moves to Stuttgart, the home of Germany’s automotive industry and a hub of industrial innovation. This year ITEC is proud to announce the Advanced Engineering Conference that will explore the latest simulation technologies and innovations that are revolutionising industrial practices and how these developments are being applied to the defence, automotive & aerospace industries.

A digital transformation is under way among the world’s leading industrial and manufacturing companies with increasing digitalisation of essential functions paving the way for new practices. With aerospace & defence manufacturers subjected to unending pressures to shorten development cycles and reduce costs amidst falling military budgets and increasing expectations, many have begun to explore ways of utilising the tools of ‘Industry 4.0’ to aid them in their pursuits.

The conference will primarily focus on how the latest practical and conceptual modelling and simulation (M&S) technologies are changing the ways in which manufacturers view and execute production projects. From the earliest stages of conceptual design, the integration of M&S technologies can help designers accurately view and adapt their ideas by exploiting the ever increasing power of computer assisted design. The ability to generate accurate virtual representations of projects in the form of a ‘digital twin’ and simulate real-world stresses and strains at the earliest stages of projects allows designers to calculate and predict potential design flaws. These technologies reduce the need for reassessment and alteration at later, more costly stages. Accurate simulation technologies facilitate greater customisation and adaptation during the production process which is a vital consideration for defence manufacturers as operational requirements for procurement systems often evolve as projects develop.

Additionally, increasing globalisation and decentralisation of manufacturing in Industry 4.0 requires real-time information exchange between the various branches of the development cycle. The conference will explore how integrated Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) can help to bridge the gap between product designers and manufacturing engineers that has historically been an influential source of project delays, thereby streamlining the manufacturing process.

Experts believe that the Industry 4.0 revolution will fully take hold in the next five years and suggest that the landscape of the aerospace & defence industry could look very different within the next ten. The potential for advancement for companies who embrace digitalisation is massive. Smaller companies are more readily adopting new technologies without the hassle of aging legacy systems that their larger counterparts must overhaul to avoid being left behind. In addition to industry leaders, senior military personnel and procurement specialists should view attendance of this conference as an essential part of their ITEC 2018 experience to hear how the latest industrial technologies are influencing procurement priorities.

Advanced Engineering 2018 is the only event to provide a forum for this focused discussion and will demonstrate that the future of engineering is now and it is imperative that defence & aerospace companies look to the examples of innovation in civil manufacturing and embrace these new technologies.



Call for Papers

The Advanced Engineering Conference welcomes paper and panel proposal abstracts on the theme - The Future of Engineering is Now: Exploring Industrial Innovation and Applications for the Defence & Aerospace Industry – across three primary topics:

1. Visualising the concept

  • This topic encompasses the earliest stages of procurement projects including the importance of High Value Design, Model Based Systems Engineering and Computer Aided Design.
  • Using advanced virtual/augmented reality systems to better understand designs and improve interoperability between designers and engineers.
  • Papers will be welcomed relating to how new, powerful modelling and simulation technologies can improve the design process.
  • The role of ‘Big Data’ and Analytics in product design.


2. Testing the design

  • Exploiting the latest modelling and simulation technologies to accurately test designs well before physical prototyping.
  • Creation of a ‘Digital Twin’ to simulate designs and test them against real-world conditions.
  • Utilising virtual/augmented reality systems for ‘Human-in-the-Loop’ testing of virtual prototypes.
  • Big data and predictive maintenance.


3. Building the project

  • How ‘Smart Factory’ technology promises to revolutionise manufacturing processes in the defence & aerospace industry.
  • Product Life-Cycle Management in Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things for stronger integration of development components.
  • Deployment of automation and AI systems in tandem with modelling and simulation software to improve manufacturing processes.


Abstract Submission Process

When submitting their abstract, authors will be required to:

  • Provide a 150 word overview that describes how their contribution fits the overall conference theme. 
  • Identify which themed Main Heading their abstract falls under.
  • Submit an abstract that summarises the key elements of their paper.


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