We’ve been working for several months organizing CLEP’s 2021 workshop. Our Vice President for Operations, Dr. Gerard Ibarra, volunteered to take the lead on this project. With a lot of hard work on his part, and supporting efforts by the rest of our board members, the workshop is coming together nicely.

The workshop, hosted as an online event, is scheduled for November 9 – 10. The events will start at 12:30PM EST each day, and nominally scheduled to run until 5:15PM EST. We should be opening registration by Monday September 20.

CLEP’s last major event was a professional development conference hosted in September 2018, which was a live event. Our current effort has the added complication of being a virtual event, given the on-going pandemic-induced travel and meeting restrictions. Hosting a virtual event opens up participation to a much wider audience, but we’ve discovered that the technology needed to support virtual conferences adds a thick layer of complexity to the planning.

Here is a preview of our lineup of confirmed speakers and workshop topics.

Presentation Title
Paul HaslamO’Neil & Associates, Inc.Product Supportability through Lifecyle Modeling and SimulationHow should the funding be distributed to achieve the optimal balance between readiness, mission performance, and cost?
Steve Rogers ALE
Beth Carlock ISS Corp
Justin Woulfe Systecon North AmericaNext Generation Optimization and Simulation: Leveraging advances in computing for tactical decision making and optimization of complex mission scenariosAdvances in computational performance combined with an evolutionary algorithm provides a powerful tool for heuristic optimization of complex scenarios.

Full Bio

Mike GourleyLockheed MartinLogistics Engineering in 21st Century PBLPBL continues to be DoD’s preferred life cycle system support strategy. This session will address lifecycle logistics engineering to support future PBL arrangements.
Lucas Marino EAST Partnership and MCS, LLCSeeing Through Silos: the Importance of Activity-Based Perspectives in Support Analysis
John Sofia Life Cycle EngineeringApplication of Variance Reduction to Logistics EngineeringVariation of systems, sub systems and components impact Fleet readiness, availability and cost. The proliferation of variation in Fleet systems continues to hamper the Navy’s ability to shorten the supply chain and minimize our vulnerabilities to logistically sustain our deployed Fleet. This brief intends to discuss the issue and an opportunity to reduce variation within the constraints of the Navy’s supply system.
James V. JonesLogistics Management AssociatesThe New TA-STD 0017A – PSA on SteroidsThe soon to be released updated TA STD 0017A, Product Support Analysis (PSA), ushers in a new era of supportability engineering. The modifications to this standard reveal an enhanced opportunity for product design improvement and sustainment performance. This presentation focuses on providing a historical perspective as to why PSA is invaluable, a brief discussion of the changes, modifications, and additions to the new 0017A, and thoughts on the optimal implementation of the PSA process to achieve maximum benefit with the best ROI.
Vijay Chachra and Cameron BadgleyAndromeda Systems Inc.How the Digital thread is helping maximize operational availability by tying PSA with IoT/CBM+ to drive optimized maintenance planning and execution.Upping the ante on RCM driven conditioned based maintenance with IoT and AI. Showcase the seamless integration of supportability analysis data with maintenance planning and IoT driven maintenance execution.
Peter StuttardAspire Consulting LtdAddressing the Support Case, a UK MoD perspectiveThere are several standards which address the need for engineering ‘cases’ including the UK ILS Def Stan 00-600 which requires a “Supportability Case” to be generated. The Support Case is powerful, but underutilized, ILS tool. This presentation discusses the concept and the benefits it brings to a ILS programme.

We do have additional speakers and presentations but they are not yet confirmed. Be assured, we have enough content for two full days worth of presentations.

As CLEP’s mission is focused on Member-focused Education and Advocacy for the Logistics Community, we’ve kept our fees very reasonable for a workshop of this caliber. For our present CLEP members, registration is free. For non-members, registration is only $60.00. Of course, if someone wants to become a CLEP member, our annual membership fee is only $50.00 and includes a nice package of membership benefits.

We’re hoping to see lots of participation in our workshop! We’ll be sending out an email announcement when registration is open.