The ATI (last month) attended the 2017 SAE Aerospace Standards Summit (focusing on emerging technologies and the enabling role of standards) which brought together civil and military regulators, aerospace industry leaders and subject matter experts. the event provided a platform to discuss the role of standards to support the adoption of new and emerging technologies such as IoT and Digital Manufacturing, Novel Vertical Flight, Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Cybersecurity, Wireless Networking and Nano Materials. Several topics presented at the event are key initiatives for the ATI, including, cybersecurity, digital transformation and the increasing complexity of MBSE and High Value Design which align with the Institute’s technology strategy Raising Ambition.

The summit was the first European summit held by SAE. Located in the EASA offices in Cologne, the summit was focused around key discipline experts to present some of the impressive work accomplished to date and viewpoints for an open panel discussion around the needs for standards in these topic areas.

Paul Clarke, ATI’s Lead Technologist for Strategy and Integration was invited to present the findings of the Institute’s recent INSIGHT paper on digital transformation which sets out how digital technologies are changing the way we work and how they can help deliver a real value supply chain. The paper highlights the key digital priorities that need to be considered across the whole product lifecycle. Using insights gathered from inside and beyond the sector, the ATI has created a framework representing the possibilities that digital technology can offer. It covers market-led business opportunities and capability needs and quantifies some of the barriers to adoption.

The ATI also supported the panel discussion around emerging digital priorities, including; a digital twin, PLM (product life-cycle management), connectivity (IoT), big data and simulation driving virtual certification. Discussions from the panel session highlighted that digital priorities should not be considered in isolation and how the components and integration of digital transformation effect the entire product life cycle.

Paul said:

The ATI over the past few months has been working closely with the sector to develop an understanding of digital in aerospace. It was a great opportunity to be invited to present the Institute’s findings at the summit, and discuss some of the outcomes, concern and possibilities with subject matter experts.

The event provided a great opportunity to participate in an event that provided a wider international apperception of the challenges effect aerospace.

The event hosted a number of keynote presentations, one of which was delivered by David Alexander, Director for Aerospace standards who spoke about the proposed need for an industry led working group to support the integration of digital technology, and how standards have a role to play in developing this emerging technology. The presentation generated recognition from the audience of the ATI’s digital paper and the strength of its findings.

The summit, supported by key domain experts offered some significant insight into their key activities and challenges in these emerging technology domains.

Paul further added:

The summit was a good opportunity to hear directly from technical experts on their perspective and views on new standards. It is clear that standards can positively support the overall enablement and adoption of new technologies and capabilities.

The UK sector has aspirations and ambitions to develop, innovate and lead in some of these new emerging capabilities, and continues to play an active role in shaping new standards to maximise the opportunities they present, increasing awareness, wide scale adoption and embrace the pace of change and transformational potential that some of these new and emerging technologies offer to the future of aerospace.