Back in late Fall, I reached out to Dave Prawel, Founder of Longview Advisors who also runs the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress. Back in 2010 and earlier, Dave had published an annual research report that highlighted the interoperability and collaboration issues in the industry. After talking for a while, I asked him if I could revive it for this year. He readily agreed. Six months and over 800 survey respondents later, I'm proud to say that the publication of this research study has been the most fulfilling of my career. Full stop. And now, I'd love to tell you why.


First off, the scope of the study changed slightly. In particular, the 2013 version of this report covers the following three major issues:

  1. Design Data Interoperability
  2. Model-Based Enterprise Initiatives
  3. The Expansion of 3D in the Enterprise

Each of major importance to engineering organizations in discrete manufacturers today. Honestly, some of the findings surprised me.

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This eBook is of most value to engineering executives, directors and managers who are dealing with 3D design data interoperability issues, considering model based enterprise initiatives and general use of 3D across the company.


Have we finally realized the vision of fully leveraging the 3D model? That’s a question we’ve been asking for quite some time. While it may be many years before the answer is an unequivocal yes, it seems like we are making progress, slowly but surely. The purpose of this report is to measure just how far we have, or haven’t, come. In this document, you will find the statistical results of a survey laid out in a number of infographics. Accompanying them is commentary and analysis from subject matter experts, software providers and practitioners. Each provides their valuable perspective. This report is broken down into three sections, one for each effort of initiative related to 3D models created by the engineering organization. The first focuses on design data interoperability, where design data is exchanged and translated between organizations. The second delves into model-based initiatives, where product and manufacturing information is embedded into the 3D model. Lastly, the extent to which the 3D model is leveraged outside the critical path between engineering and manufacturing is investigated. Ultimately, we will all have differing opinions on just how far we’ve come in leveraging the 3D model. But like me, I hope you find the conversation just as valuable as any statistic. Take care. Talk soon. And thanks for reading.