The 2018 Systems Engineering Conference, “A Renewal of Exploration”, was held on May 3rd and 4th, at the DoubleTree Hotel, Greenway Plaza, in Houston, TX.  The focus was on collaboration between the aerospace and oil & gas sectors methodologies for systems engineering. There was a very strong turnout of systems practitioners, sponsors and vendors at the conference.  Systems engineering considers both the business and the technical needs of all customers with the goal of providing a quality product that meets the user needs.

With two amazing keynote speakers, it’s hard not to brag about a great conference.  Brian Hebert (BP’s VP Global Well Operations) started the day with his own personal testimony and details regarding BP’s implementation journey for systems engineering. Todd May (NASA Center Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center) gave us the NASA Space Launch System updates at lunch.  The SLS is NASA’s newest heavy launcher rocket in development which will be used to transport crew and cargo to the moon, deep space, etc.

There were sixteen additional speakers ranging in topics: digital transformation, systems engineering implementation/success stories, model based SE, requirements management and more.   Conference sponsors included the following companies:  Jama, IBM, Mathworks, Shell, Transocean, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Barrios Technology, Anylogic, Vitech, GMI and QRA.  Many of the sponsors provide software to enable productive engineering through requirements management and system documentation.  There were also Friday training sessions, provided by select vendors demonstrating their products.

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