Agenda

We will begin to flesh out the agenda for COFES 2018 and post it here in December.

To get an idea what a complete program is like, take a look at the program for COFES 2017

Thursday, April 12, 2018

8:00
AM
Registration and Badge Pick-up Opens

Attire for COFES is weekend casual (no suits); shirts with collars; sandals or sneakers. Shorts are okay.  

8:30
AM
-
3:00
PM
The DaS Symposium

The Design and Sustainability Symposium: Exploring the intersection of design, simulation, and sustainability for the built (AEC) and manufactured environment. DaS = Design and Sustainability. The goal of the DaS Symposium is to bring sustainability to the forefront of the conversation among software developers. What is relevant to the sustainability conversation? Where are the opportunities and what are the issues that we should address as an industry, rather than as individual companies? We hope to inspire, raise awareness, build relationships and seek sustainable synergies. Founding members of The DaS Symposium include Autodesk, buildingSMART Alliance, CIFE, Cyon Research, Gensler, PTC, Siemens, SolidWorks, and Sustainable Minds.Details here.

3:00 -
3:50
PM


 
Special Session: World Update
Peter Thorne Peter Thorne
Cambashi
  Jon Peddie
Jon Peddie Research
A presentation of recent research completed by leading industry analysts. More information will be posted in the coming months.

 
This is an informal session. Lots of information, but also lots of interaction and discussion.

Open to all COFES Attendees and their guests.
4:00 -
5:45
PM


 
Special Session: Report from ASSESS:  Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies
Brad Holtz
Joe Walsh
IntrinSIM
ASSESS (Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies) was formed to identify and resolve the issues that confront simulation software and the simulation software industry as we move beyond the recent economic crash and face new and complex challenges. The ASSESS Initiative team will present and update findings, and action items from seven working groups of the ASSESS Initiative.
6:00 -
8:00
PM


 
Business Reception and Technology Suite Open House   Spouse & Guest-only Dinner 
Opening business reception. First formal opportunity for COFES Newbies to meet their Hosts. Technology Suites have been set up for you to discuss corporate direction, business development, and potential partnerships. They are NOT demo rooms—the vendors are here to talk, not sell. This is your opportunity to sign up for appointment time slots.

Music, food and refreshments.

*Restricted to COFES 2018 Attendees. Their spouses and guests are invited to a spouse- and guest-only mixer and may join them later at the welcome reception.  
While COFES Attendees are at their business reception, their spouses and guests will be treated to a wine tasting dinner before they join us in the welcome reception at 8 pm. Enjoy the food, refreshments, and music in a relaxed setting.

*Open only to badged spouses/guests of COFES 2018 attendees.  
8:00 -
10:00
PM


 
COFES 2018 Opening Intro and Welcome Reception 
Welcome, introductions, orientation, and schedule. Spouses will join us after their dinner for this evening social.

Music, food and refreshments.

*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and must be wearing their badges during the event.  

Friday, April 13, 2018


7:30
AM


 
Introductions and Breakfast
Each COFES attendee from the user community is assigned a leading industry analyst who will act as their host for the event. The host's primary responsibility is to make sure that you get the most value possible out of the event and introduce you to key industry players. Plan to meet your host/introducer for breakfast.  
Attire for COFES is weekend casual (no suits or jackets); shirts with or without collars ; sandals or sneakers. Shorts are fine, too.
 
8:15
AM


 
Kickoff: Opening Session and Call to Order
Your hosts, Cyon Research, will set the stage for the day's activities.  
8:45
AM


 
Keynote: TBA

10:00
AM


 
Technology Suite Briefings 
Our Technology Suite vendors will present briefings on their technology and research. Details will be published in January.
11:00
AM


 
Analyst and User Briefings
We've invited some of the brightest and most talented thinkers, analysts and users, to each lead a working discussion on an issue they view as critical. These discussions are strictly limited to no more than 24 people at a time.
 
 
Allan Behrens
Taxal Limited
 
Chad Jackson
Lifecycle Insights
 
Monica Schnitger
Schnitger Corporation
 
Peter Thorne
Cambashi
 
Martin Fischer
CIFE-Stanford
 
Scott Hutchinson
Sandia National Laboratories
12:00
Noon


 
Analyst and User Briefings
Analyst and user briefings, round 2, with different analysts, different topics.
 
Brad Holtz
Cyon Research
 
Jim Brown
Tech-Clarity
 
James White
CIMdata
 
Andreas Vlahinos
Advanced Engineering Solutions
 
Tom Pennino
TP Technologies
 
John Kizior
AECOM
 
Chris Turner
Business Advantage Group
1:00
PM


 
Lunch
 
2:15
PM


 
Technology Suite Briefings 
Round 2 of Technology Suite briefings.  
3:15
PM


 
Analyst and User Briefings
Analyst briefings, round 3, with different analysts, different topics.  
 
Marc Halpern
Gartner
 
Michelle Boucher
Tech-Clarity
 
Jay Vleeschhouwer
Griffin Securities
 
Keith Meintjes
CIMdata
 
Chris De Neef
Fast Track Consulting
 
Darren Young
Hermanson Company
4:30
PM


 
First Congress: Maieutic Parataxis
Maieutic: The midwifery of knowledge.
Parataxis: The juxtaposition of ideas, without connection or conjunction

We will be hosting a series of five-minute vignettes drawn from topics and ideas that, while perhaps not yet fully formed, are likely to impact your thinking about how we design, build, and interact with software in the future.

Take a look at http://cofes.com/mp to see the Maieutic Parataxis presentations!  
6:15
PM
 
Buses leave The Scottsdale Plaza Resort for Evening Under the Stars
Buses will be leaving from the main entrance of The Scottsdale Plaza Resort*
 
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event
6:45
PM


 
Evening Under the Stars
Arizona Wing     We’re headed out into truly wide-open spaces and a sweeping view of the sky once again. A great western cookout, and for those who want a closer look at the magnificent Arizona sky, we have a couple of major-league telescopes. A COFES highlight!
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event  
9:30
PM


 
Buses Leave the Evening Event for The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
We will return to the resort between 10:00 and 11:00 pm.

Saturday, April 14, 2018


8:00
AM


 
Breakfast
 
8:45
AM


 
Morning Kickoff
Your hosts will set the stage for the day’s activities.
9:00
AM


 
Keynotes: TBA
11:00
AM


 
Discussions and Roundtables
The COFES Institute investigates issues in engineering and design. That research forms the basis for the issue topics for these group discussions. Meeting rooms are set up in suites around the pool, each with a different issue to discuss. Also, meetings among groups with a common interest.

Have a topic you think is relevant? A pressing issue that could impact software design and engineering within the next six years? We're actively seeking input for consideration for COFES 2018's roundtables. Give us a shout at register@cofes.com.

The actual topics for COFES 2018 will be posted two weeks prior to the start of COFES. Check out http://cofes.com/audio to listen to the roundtables from COFES 2017 and earlier.
12:30
PM


 
Lunch
 
2:00
PM


 
Discussions and Roundtables, Round 2
A second set of long discussions.
3:45
PM


 
Second Congress: The Business of Design and Engineering
Jim Brown
Jim Brown
Tech-Clarity
  Jim Brown Monica Schnitger
Schnitger Corporation
 
This working congress session is an open forum for examining the issues surrounding technologies expected to have an impact on the business of design and engineering. The purpose of these discussions is to examine current issues, explore opportunities for a brighter future, consider approaches, and promote further dialogue. The focus for COFES 2018 will center on two topics.

The first is the theme for COFES 2018: Human-Aided Design: Changing the Relationship between Our Tools and Us.
The second will be the takeaways from the COFES roundtables and briefings.    
5:00
PM
Reception
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event
6:00-
9:00
PM


 
Dinner and Awards
Dinner and the closing session of COFES, including The CAD Society Industry Awards.*
 
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event 

Sunday, April 15, 2018


6:30-
8:30
AM


 
Early Riser's Breakfast
For COFES golfers and those with early flights
8:30-
10:30
AM
Sunday Brunch
Sunday Brunch Poolside at the Cafe Cabana

Relax and enjoy the morning!
 
10:30
AM


 
Special Session: Fireside Chat with Jon Peddie
On Sunday at COFES we invite a special guest to spend the morning with us discussing the ways of the world with those who still have an opportunity to change it; US!

For 2018, that guest is Jon Peddie.

We hope you'll be able to join us.