ULA set out to consolidate analysis
data and processes in Siemens PLM Software's Teamcenter.
When Michael Gass, president and CEO of United Launch Alliance (ULA), sat
down for an on-camera interview with Siemens Product Lifecycle Management
(PLM) Software's public relations department, he revealed something about
engineers that might seem counterintuitive to many. Engineers are not the
most flexible people, especially when they have a process that works, he
observed. In our culture, we kind of resist change ... Anytime you
introduce a new process, there's a bit of resistance.
As the science of rocket building gets more sophisticated, the types of
analysis and simulation possible to predict and perfect the rocket's
performance also grow. What is necessary to [analyze a rocket] evolved
over time, says Marc Solomon, ULA's PLM chief engineer and engineering
systems architect. "We kept saying, 'Let's go try this' or 'Let's make
sure this doesn't happen.' We're constantly learning. So we end up where
we are today -- hundreds of tools, and a chain of analysis in multiple
steps, each one feeding into the next.