Project Call Summary: Completing the Model-Based Definition -15-11

July 16, 2015

Current industrial implementations of Model-Based Definition (MBD) primarily deal with product geometry, and limited metadata. The use of MBD in manufacturing has been limited compared to its use in design. Moreover, MBD is inherently dependent upon the software application that authors use to create the model. These software applications may or may not be accessible/affordable by small/medium enterprises. All three of these issues need to be addressed in order to support a seamless digital thread throughout the entire product life cycle.

In order to enable additional consumers of information among the stakeholders in the product life cycle, the MBD must address not only shape information, but behavior and life cycle context information as well. This includes such information related to requirements, materials, analysis, manufacturing processes, and operations. MBD should also include process data and the variable as-built data created during the manufacturing life cycle. MBD used throughout the product lifecycle has the potential to reduce cost, increase quality, and enable better (and more accurate) communication within the supply chain and during operation/maintenance efforts. Inclusion of semantic Product Manufacturing Information (PMI), i.e. “smart” PMI, will allow for the extensi on of an unbroken digital thread from function requirements through the as-built record. Model-Based Definition is fundamental to the digital thread, a critical communication conduit for the product life cycle.

Companies spend billions of dollars dealing with inadequate data exchange and interoperability. Too much time and money is spent on non-value added cost avoidance, mitigation activities (i.e., repairing data), translators, and other human-in-the loop tasks. The lost opportunity costs are staggering. There is significant need for software application independent product model definition for defining assemblies, parts, attributes, and manufacturing information (e.g. PMI) that is ingestible by various software (in a heterogeneous software environment) for CAD design, analysis, fabrication, assembly, test, sustainment, i.e., the whole product life cycle.

DMDII is seeking project White Papers to demonstrate Model-Based Definition (MBD) as the key to gathering, organizing and managing product/process data within the Digital Thread. The Offeror should demonstrate information flow along the Digital Thread including one or more life cycle stages such as design to manufacturing. This project call will focus on seamless flow of the MBD information characterized by a heterogeneous software application environment and sufficient information content to accomplish life cycle activities. Potential life cycle activities for this project call should focus on enabling the Digital Thread in these areas:

  • MBD for Detail Design
  • Manufacturability & Affordability Analysis
  • Design to Manufacturing


Key Dates
With the exception of the due date for Proposals, all dates provided below are estimates and are subject to change.

JULY 16, 2015 – Call for White Papers released

SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 – Workshop

OCTOBER 28, 2015 – White Papers due

Proposal and Cost Proposal Submissions

Required Documents
To be considered for evaluation and award, Proposals and Cost Proposals must follow the development requirements listed in the PPK. This Proposal Preparation Kit (PPK) contains background material, guidance for the preparation of Proposals and Cost Proposals to DMDII, and other required forms and instructions.

Cost Proposal Instructional Video
Please view our Cost Proposal Instructional Video which walks organizations through the cost format template. This allows organizations to familiarize themselves with the tool and to learn how to accurately prepare and submit a cost proposal.

Submission Instructions
Proposal and Cost Proposal submissions should be made electronically to DMDII@uilabs.org

Please include the Project Call designation (e.g., “DMDII-15-<xx> – <Project Call Title> – <Offeror Name> – <WP/CP>”) in the subject line of the email.

In the rare circumstance in which an Offeror is prohibited from submitting Proposals or Cost Proposals via email, the Offeror may contact DMDII at DMDII@uilabs.org to coordinate an alternate submission method. This contact shall be made with sufficient advance notice to allow for ontime submission