ARC Digital Transformation Council Meeting Preceding NAMUR General Assembly 2019
Digital Transformation Council Meeting: Information Modelling throughout the Asset Lifecycle

November 6, 2019 – Bad Neuenahr, Germany

ARC Advisory Group and the NAMUR management have aligned ARC’s Digital Transformation Council  (DTC) activities for end users and the NAMUR working groups on Industrie 4.0.  The Council is a platform for users to exchange experiences, strategies, and tactics in digital transformation.  The NAMUR Industrie 4.0-related working groups focus on use case identification, technology development, and the specification of requirements of future standards.  ARC and NAMUR believe the two activities are complimentary, and will ensure they remain complimentary, to avoid double work. 

This Digital Transformation Council meeting focuses on the theme, “Experiences with Information Modelling throughout the Asset Lifecycle".  It will be held between 11 AM and 3 PM in order to allow participants to attend the NAMUR member meeting starting at 4 PM.  The exact location and the other details will be published shortly.  DTC participants are responsible for their registration for the NAMUR General Assembly.

Dr. Felix Hanisch, the president of NAMUR e.V. will kick off the DTC meeting, and express NAMUR’s point of view regarding the common goals of supporting industry on their digital transformation journey.


10:45 AM Registration
11:00 AM Welcome by Dr. Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC Advisory Group
11:10 AM "The Collaboration between ARC and NAMUR Regarding Digital Transformation”
Presented by Dr. Felix Hanisch, NAMUR
11:20 AM DTC’s Mission, Operating Rules, and Steering Committee
11:30 AM User Chronicles: A User Shares Experiences with Digital Transformation
“Digitalization in the Process Industry, Optimization, and Automation of Business Processes”  
Presented by Dr. Wilhelm Otten, Evonik

Dr. Otten will explain how the asset lifecycle (ALC) data model and a computer-aided-engineering architecture demonstrated an early success in a construction project.  He will lay out Evonik’s strategy in using modular production (with help of 3D design and 3D printing) using the NAMUR MTP modular automation concept and depict Evonik’s vision in building a unified operational data platform with the ALC data model as foundation. 
12:15 PM Q&A
12:30 PM​ Lunch
1:00 PM Continued Q&A and Discussion
1:30 PM DTC Progress to Date, Available Reports
2:00 PM Brainstorm on Potential Topics of Collaboration with NAMUR Working Groups
Future User Chronicles
Voting on ARC Research Priorities
2:45 PM Conclusion
3:00 PM Transfer to the NAMUR General Assembly

To Register

This workshop is for end users only.  For more information and to register for the meeting, contact:

Dr. Valentijn de Leeuw,  [email protected], +33 6 89 68 43 59

Mr. Mario Backus, [email protected], +49 176 22003548


Steigenberger Hotel Bad Neuenahr
Kurgartenstraße 1
53474 Bad Neuenahr
+49 2641 941-0

The meeting will be held in Salon Nahe.


Dr. Felix Hanisch

Head of Industrial Automation, Bayer AG
President of the Board, NAMUR

Felix HanischSince 2017, Felix leads the Industrial Automation department at Bayer Engineering & Technology, advancing Bayer’s automation and digital manufacturing strategy for product supply. He started working for Bayer in 2001, where as a Process Control Engineer he got to know Bayer’s production sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen, and Houston, Texas.  He lead Bayer MaterialScience’s global HSEQ management system for two years before joining the Basic Chemicals division, responsible for the Technology & Innovation department.  Besides his current role at Bayer, Felix is President of the Board of NAMUR, the international user association of automation technology in the process industries.

Dr. Wilhelm Otten

Senior Project Manager Corporate Projects
Technology & Infrastructure, Evonik
Member of the Board, NAMUR

Wilhelm OttenWilhelm is currently responsible for digitalization initiatives in production and engineering and corporate strategy projects at Evonik.  Until June 2019 he was head of Business Line Process Technology & Engineering with global responsibility.  Wilhelm was the chairman of the board of NAMUR, an international association of users of process automation. NAMUR coordinates the Industry 4.0 activities within the German process industry.  He is also member of the coordination group within the German engineering association (VDI).


ARC Digital Transformation Team Europe

Valentijn de Leeuw

Vice President
ARC Advisory Group

Valentijn de LeeuwValentijn assists end users in developing operations-related technology strategies, and implementation strategies with a focus on value-based project management and human change management.  At ARC, his responsibilities include research and consulting in process industries. His focus is on manufacturing operations management, performance management, supply chain management, and social sustainability, in particular the impact of technology and digitalization on individuals and organizations. Valentijn is a member of the steering committee of ARC’s Digital Transformation Council.

Mario Backus

Executive Client Manager
ARC Advisory Group

Mario BackusBy sharing his 15+ years of experience in process automation and added value solution business, Mario leverages new business opportunities and advisory and consulting services related to Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).  As an Innovation Consultant he also covers smart supply chains and IT services.


About The Digital Transformation Council

This Workshop is provided as a service of The Digital Transformation Council and ARC Advisory Group. 

Digital Transformation CouncilThe Digital Transformation Council is a collaborative technology end user organization of industry, energy, and public sector owner/operator professionals. For more information, please visit