In a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) initiative, a company augments 3D models with additional information to create new documentation deliverables beyond engineering. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Procurement organizations augment 3D Models with other information, such as Bill of Materials, specifications and more, to create Technical Data Packages (TPD), which are shared with potential contractors for bidding processes. The TDP acts as the unambiguous definition against which bids are based. Note that TDPs are used outside of MBE initiatives.
- Manufacturing, as well as service organizations, augment 3D models with sequenced steps to create interactive 3D instructional deliverables which then guide maintenance, production, assembly, and quality processes.
- Quality and inspection activities to measure whether manufactured components fall within specifications.
Note that Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) initiatives are built upon Model-Based Definition (MBD) initiatives, as a 3D model with embedded PMI is required to create the new deliverables.
Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) deliverables are created and consumed with Mechanical Computer-Aided Design software or 3D Visualization software. Such deliverables can be managed with Product Data Management software or Product Lifecycle Management software. Note that these deliverables are derived from MBE deliverables, resulting in a need for configuration management practices and technology.
Why Pursue a Model-Based Enterprise Initiative?
There are a few reasons an organization would pursue this initiative, including:
- Greater Clarity in Bidding Process: The inclusion of a 3D model with embedded PMI in the TDP provides an unambiguous definition against which costs can be estimated. Furthermore, this definition reduces the amount of clarification and amendment requests from potential contractors and suppliers.
- Instructions that are More Clear: The use of a 3D model that is animated through the steps of a process offers more clarity to those following the instructions. This translates into less training on the procedure and higher rates of success in executing the processes.