2017 Knowledge Aware Engineering Conference Agenda


Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (1:00 – 7:00 PM ET)

  • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM  |  Conference Check-In
  • 1:00 – 1:10 PM  |  Opening Remarks
  • 1:10 – 1:30 PM  |  KAE Overview / Terminology
  • 1:30 – 2:45 PM  |  Knowledge Aware Engineering Exercise
  • 2:45 – 3:00 PM  |  15-Minute Break (Beverages and snacks will be provided)
  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM  |  K-PACs and Assessments
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM  |  CAD Connectors
  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM  |  Organizational Learning
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM  |  Project Visibility and Collaboration
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM  |  KAE Welcome Reception (sponsored by Auros KS)
    • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. An Apple iWatch Series 2 will be raffled off during the KAE Welcome Reception (must be present to win).


Thursday, September 14, 2017 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET)

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM  |  Complimentary Breakfast / Check-In
  • 9:00 – 9:30 AM  |  Opening Remarks
  • 9:30 – 10:15 AM  |  Auros… A Game Changer? How do you tell?
  • 10:15 – 11:00 AM  |  Knowledge In-the-Flow: Caterpillar’s Approach
  • 11:00 – 11:15 AM  |  15-Minute Break (beverages will be provided)
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM  |  Knowledge Management within ZF Braking
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM  |  Complimentary Lunch
  • 1:00 – 1:30 PM  |  Cool K-PAC Competition
  • 1:30 – 2:15 PM  |  Creating a Release Engineer Road Map using Auros
  • 2:15 – 2:30 PM  |  15-Minute Break (beverages and snacks will be provided)
  • 2:30 – 3:15 PM  |  TBD
  • 3:15 – 4:00 PM  |  Navistar Technical Memory: Implementation Update
  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM  |  What’s New with Auros v 08 00
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM  |  Closing Remarks, Questions, and Open Discussion



Knowledge Aware Engineering Exercise

Jeff Harding, Director of Sales, from Auros Knowledge Systems

An interactive exercise to demonstrate capturing knowledge as discrete ideas, organized and managed by stakeholders, that can be provisioned on demand.


Auros… A Game Changer? How do you tell?

Nick Periat, Supplier Quality Technical Support Group Teams, from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

The presentation will be around deciding to do a pilot, what made it apparent to management that a pilot was worthwhile, and what it took to really determine what grading will be done to determine if the pilot was successful.  I’ll also show a bit about how we are going to compare our results to other technologies’ abilities to give the same results. 


Knowledge In-the-Flow: Caterpillar’s Approach

Tim Glaue, Engineering Specialist – Design, from Caterpillar


Knowledge Management within ZF Braking

Saikiran Divakaruni, Senior Engineering Supervisor, Friction material engineering, from ZF
Mauro Marconcin, Knowledge Based Engineering Manager, from ZF
Tom ValvanoProduct Engineer at ZF TRW Foundation Brake Engineering, from ZF

After restarting the Auros effort in 2016 for Foundation Brakes Engineering (FBE), ZF-TRW embraced globally the tool for Knowledge Management. The main topics to be shown are:

  • The Auros vision for the Engineering FBE community.
  • Design reviews using Auros Assessments.
  • Knowledge capture serving as the backbone for parametric brake caliper design in CAD.
  • Friction material validation checklist using Auros.
  • Selection-criteria type of K-Pacs for design decisions: a new concept.
  • Closing thoughts: What the future holds


Cool K-PAC Competition

Jeff Moffa, President, from Auros Knowledge Systems


Creating a Release Engineer Roadmap using Auros

Wendy Lange, Engineering Group Manager Process & Knowledge Management Transformation, from General Motors

The design process is long and complex. As a large number of retirement aged employees leave the workforce, and young engineers replace them, knowledge transfer is a necessity. The key elements of Auros help to enable that. By documenting the knowledge in K-PACs, grouping it in sets, creating Method K-PACs to describe the workflow, and attaching the relevant sets to that workflow, the knowledge is documented. The workflow can then be used to drive a Release Engineers work on a program by putting the Method K-PAC into an assessment and visualizing it in a Team Board for the program. The work at each step can be tracked and analyzed by creating assessments with the attached sets. The results are then visible to the team and can be used to make sure the design stays on track and has excellent quality.


Navistar Technical Memory at Five Years

Jeff Mayhugh, Engineering Group Lead – Technical Memory, from Navistar

The ability to capture and apply lessons learned is critical to developing and manufacturing quality products. This technical knowledge is highly valued, but it is difficult to manage and poses a significant risk if lost. Navistar is nearly five years into a “Technical Memory” initiative, the goal of which is to strengthen product quality and employee productivity. Auros is a key component of this initiative and being used across the Integrated Product Development (IPD) organization, now with over 1400 active users. This presentation will discuss Auros implementation progress made over the last year.



The Future of Knowledge Aware Engineering
Closing Remarks, Questions, and Open Discussions

Jeff Moffa, President, from Auros Knowledge Systems