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some that can hold almost 100 people. “It really speeds up innovation because physical collaboration enables innovation,” Seal explained. “The faster and the better you can collaborate, the better you can innovate.” Another important capability, given Boeing’s global presence, is virtual collaboration in computer-simulated environments. Users can communicate, share data, and collaborate with one another in real time, regardless of where they’re located. It’s not a substitute for the innovation and collaboration fostered by working alongside colleagues, but it’s another ImDev tool that is bringing together Boeing employees, tools 38 Frontiers August 2014 and processes to achieve a common objective, Seal explained. The approach of bringing these elements together is exemplified by another ImDev capability, Teamcenter Visualization Mockup. “This tool allows us to load thousands of models at once so we can visualize entire sections of an aircraft,” said Ryan Dognaux, a visualization engineer on the ImDev team. “It’s an important capability because it allows multiple integrated product teams to review the aircraft sections with all the subsystem geometry appearing—structures, wiring, hydraulics—and we can go through them as a team before anything is touched in the real world.” The teams are able to look at the cross sections and, layer by layer, make sure everything is aligned and working properly. Not unlike an X-ray, this noninvasive approach to diagnosing potential design faults eliminates the need for expensive, time-consuming remanufacturing or modifications further into the development cycle, Dognaux said. The many ImDev capabilities are being applied to different programs across the Boeing enterprise. Travis Durand, director of Engineering for Boeing Military Aircraft, utilized some


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