SOUTHFIELD, MI — Ahead of this month’s registration deadline, some 200 participants are already planning to attend the fourth annual Boeing/Northrop Grumman Global Product Data Interoperability Summit (GPDIS) in Chandler, Arizona November 12-15.

The GPDIS functions as a communications hub for industry principals to exchange ideas, solutions, and methods for eliminating product data quality gaps in the value stream. The organizers’ mission is to promote awareness, address tactical challenges, advance industry solutions and leverage open standards for product data interoperability—with a charter to drive common standards adoption in the global aerospace and automotive industries.

There is no attendance charge for industry professionals and supply chain partners in aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding and academia.  Anyone who works in the CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM space—commercial or academic—will find opportunities at this year’s GPDIS to participate in deep, agnostic discussions about best practices in data management and exchange as they apply to the theme of “Product Data Quality Integrated Throughout the Value Stream.” 

Presentations will include such topics as: Cloud Security Model for the Business; Enabling the Comprehensive Behavioral Digital Aircraft; PDM-enabled Interoperability at Ford; Dealing with Obsolescence-Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages; Compositional Verification of Architectural Models. The full list of speakers and topics is available at

Registration remains open until October 15th for those wishing to attend the event.  November 12 is closed sessions; open sessions run from noon on the 13th through midday on the 15th.  For further information or to register, contact event coordinator at

In addition to co-hosts Boeing and Northrop Grumman, presenters and sponsors include Dassault Systèmes, Elysium, Kubotek, Anark, Microsoft, and others listed below. Further details about the event are available at

Sponsors Exhibiting at the 2012 Global Product Data Interoperability Summit:

3D PDF Consortium


Aras Corp.

BCT Technology

Cadenas Part Solutions


Dassault Systèmes

Discus Software


eQ Technologic

Hewlett Packard

ITI Transcendata


Lattice Technology


MSC Software




TechSoft 3D

Theorem Solutions