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Better Business Decisions using Platforms for Digital Thread Engineering, SPDM and Design Optimization

Written by Dirk Zwemer
Aug 4 2022 · 5 min read

The success of digital transformation in organizations developing complex products and systems hinges on rapidly connecting diverse data streams and models across lots of enterprise tools/services into digital threads. These digital threads form the “information” nervous system of an organization, making it possible to propagate, query, analyze, and present information to decision-makers.

Evolving within a democratization culture, ESTECO VOLTA SPDM platform APIs enable organizations to manage and share simulation models for multidisciplinary design optimization, between analysts and departments. One of the key points of VOLTA is the capacity to integrate seamlessly with third-party software to allow process automation and enhance the software potential.

Syndeia is a software platform for integrated model-based engineering. It enables engineering teams to collaboratively and concurrently develop and manage a digital thread for any complex system/product by federating models and data from diverse ecosystems of modeling and simulation tools, enterprise applications, and data repositories.

Jointly Syndeia and VOLTA allow models and the run results to become part of a digital thread with version-sensitive traceability accessible via the REST API. It’s a technology that allows you to weave a digital thread across your engineering acquisition lifecycle from conception, through architecture, to specification, through simulation, to productization, and into operation. From a single pane of glass, your analysts and stakeholders can navigate from connected tool to connected tool - without being tool gurus.

As this video shows, on the Syndeia Web Dashboard Repositories page, you can identify the VOLTA category and select a specific repository where you can see Projects, Personal Workspace, and Team Workspaces. From this repository view, you can see all the contents of the VOLTA repository, whether or not an object has been connected to models in other tools. You can:

  • View the properties of the VOLTA element, including its name, externalKey, type, and URL
  • Search the repository using the simple or advanced search interface, and
  • See what the element is connected to, both intra-model and inter-model

You can also launch the VOLTA webpage in our default browser directly from the tree view.

The video goes on to demonstrate an alternate view of the network of connections involving VOLTA elements called the Digital Thread Explorer where you can see all the connections to it, both the intra-model connections to other VOLTA elements and the inter-model connections.

In a nutshell, the integration of VOLTA and Syndeia improves your decision-making and your ability to deliver useful systems on schedule, under budget, while meeting performance requirements.

Zwemer
Dirk Zwemer

Dirk Zwemer, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of InterCAX LLC. He has led systems engineering projects with several organizations. Dr. Zwemer has over thirty years of experience in manufacturing industries with Bell Labs, Exxon, ITT, SRI Consulting, and other organizations. He is the author of three patents, multiple technical papers, trade journal articles, and market research reports. Before joining InterCAX, he held positions as VP Technology, VP Operations, and President of AkroMetrix LLC, a leader in mechanical test equipment and services for the global electronics industry. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Dr. Zwemer is a certified OCSMP Model Builder.

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