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18 Dec 2012

COFES Russia 2013: Two Russian Geometric Modelers, Discussions on Trends in PLM and BIM, and More

David Levin

I'm sure most of you know what COFES (The Congress On the Future of Engineering Software) is in Arizona. Maybe some of you have participated in this unique event, which since 2000 has been organized by Cyon Research. You are probably less familiar with the international outreach COFES events; these forums and summits are held in the regions that either can provide new valuable experience to the global community, or in areas where there is significant concentration of development from the global community, or both. In autumn of 2010, a COFES Russia Forum was held in Moscow as a joint event with the isicad Forum, and a couple months later COFES Israel Forum was held in Tel-Aviv.

The next international COFES event, COFES Russia 2013 is not just an forum or summit, but is a true congress in a format that follows the original model in Arizona. This new event will be held in Peterhof, outside of St. Petersburg, across the street from the grand palace of Peter the Great. Registration has already begun.

 COFES Russia 2013

Let us take a quick look at the agenda which is step by step being steadily revealed.

First, according to the regular structure of COFES events, you can see a number of Analyst and User Briefings. Without going into the details of this genre, I'll just give a list of names of moderators and some of the topics:
Allan Behrens (Taxal Limited) - Model-Based Engineering,
Peter Bilello (CIMdata) - Software Delivery: Moving to the Cloud and Changing Business Models,
Nick Nisbet (AEC3) - Learning from the BIM Revolution in the UK,
Jon Peddie (Jon Peddie Research),
Jim Brown (Tech Clarity),
Chris De Neef (Fast Track Consulting),
Alex Bausk (PSACEA) - Model-Based Engineering in the Context of AEC and BIM,
Peter Thorne (Cambashi) - ALM and PLM Grow Closer,
Marina Korol - What Mandated BIM Might Mean for Russia,
Phares Noel (Cyon Research) - Integrating of Point Clouds into the Flow of Design and Engineering

Second, you can see (scheduled for Friday, May 31) a panel discussion Perspectives on PLM moderated by Brad Holtz, the President of Cyon Research and COFES:

COFES Russia PLM Panel eng

Third, the agenda includes a keynote by Jesse Devitte (Borealis Ventures) and Tech Soft 3D will be holding their Customer Event just prior to the start of COFES Russia.

I want to pay special attention to the forthcoming presentation of two Russian geometric kernels.

One of them is C3D - an original kernel of ASCON, which has been for many years successfully used within the companys flagship product KOMPAS 3D, and recently, was brought to the open market as a component kernel ("ASCON Releases C3D Kernel for the CAD Component Market"). The kernel will be presented in particular at the Labs Customer Meeting to be held in the morning of May 30 (COFES Russia will be officially opened in the afternoon). ASCON will also have two Tech Suite Briefings at COFES Russia, which will provide them an opportunity to openly discuss C3D (and maybe other company technology achievements) with COFES Russia participants. Another Russian kernel RGK (Russian Geometric Kernel) is currently being developed as a Russian national project led by STANKIN Technical University and Top Systems. (see Russian National 3D Kernel). Top Systems is known for its advanced 3D parametric CAD TFLEX (see "The Power of T-FLEX CAD Parametric Modeling") and for extending the role of PLM (see the above mentioned PLM panel discussion). Top Systems will also have briefings in its Tech Suite. In addition, RGK will be the subject of one of the 90-minute roundtable discussions.

Both ASCON and Top Systems have very qualified development teams that show off and confirm the reputation of Russia for a strong math and engineering culture. Recently, both companies have been investing into their global presence; COFES Russia 2013 provides one more opportunity to present their offerings internationally. (Note that ASCON and probably Top Systems will participate also in COFES 2013 in Arizona). We are looking forward to seeing interesting discussions and maybe heated debates.

LEDAS is always (especially after selling its IP for the component products to Bricsys) lucky to maintain its neutral role of not being a competitor to any vendors. In particular, LEDAS is a reseller (better to say - VAR) of ASCONs C3D ("LEDAS to Distribute ASCONs C3D Modeling Kernel Internationally") while at the same time is an active developer of RGK (see "LEDAS Assists STANKIN to Develop a New 3D Modeling Kernel" and "LEDAS Experts: How our Company is Involved in Developing Russian Geometric Kernel". Several key LEDAS experts will participate in COFES Russia 2013 to support the discussions on both geometric kernels and other technological topics.

As for the environment and cultural program of COFES Russia 2013, you can find some hints in the agenda, take a look at the pictures in my blog, or of course look in the Internet for a huge amount of information about Peterhof and St.Petersburg.

Petergof park

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