CIMdata's John MacKrell to Deliver Keynote Address on Industry Trends at VirtualMCAD Expo

CAMPBELL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 7, 2002-- VirtualMCAD, the world's first online mechanical CAD tradeshow, is pleased to announce the participation of John MacKrell, who will deliver a keynote address, 'MCAD Industry Trends and Directions,' viewable by all registered show attendees at the Oct. 15 - Oct. 17, 2002 virtual event.

"I am delighted to deliver the keynote address for this 'virtual' conference," MacKrell said. "For designers, engineers, and managers, this represents yet another way to learn about new technology and implementation approaches."

"We are honored to receive the participation of Mr. MacKrell in our VirtualMCAD exhibition, a first for the industry," said David Heller, president of IBSystems, Inc. "We look forward to providing a ground-breaking, focused and informative forum for engineers, CAD managers and industry executives to get the information and make the contacts they need to meet their market windows -- all from their desktop."

MacKrell is a senior consultant at CIMdata, and has more than 30 years of experience in the application of computer-based solutions to engineering and manufacturing. He has held senior positions in product management, marketing, research and development, and consulting with companies that produced CAD/CAM/CIM, solid modeling, computer-aided systems engineering (CASE), and machine vision systems and services.

MacKrell is co-author of CIMdata's PDM Buyer's Guides, author of the MCAD Buyer's Guides, and author of a number of other PDM and CAD books as well as several articles on collaborative product development, visualization, CAD/CAM, and solid modeling. He has conducted research in solid modeling and has consulted with a variety of vendors and users on technical and marketing issues within the fields of CAD/CAM and PDM.

One of the most recent papers authored by MacKrell is State of High-End Mechanical Design Automation Solutions, available from CIMdata. Other reports relating to product lifecycle management (PLM) include PLM Benefits Appraisal Guide, PLM Market Analysis Report, and PLM Pricing Analysis Report. Further information on these and other informative industry reports is available from CIMdata Inc. at 734/668-9922. The consulting and research firm also hosts an international conference series focused on PLM issues and directions.

VirtualMCAD will take place Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002 to Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M, PST. Early bird registration and sweepstakes entry is now open at

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