MAK Technologies User Conference, UK I Virtual

October 14, 2020

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On October 14th, 2020, took place our annual MAK Technologies User Conference with our sister company MAK Technologies  .

Following on from last year’s successful event, the MAK Technologies User Conference took place with experts from MAK Technologies, allowing current users to meet the team behind the software, and get valuable hints from the experts.

During this event you can :

  • Meet other users & experts and find inspiration from their experience.
  • Learn about new features and enhancements of the MAK ONE Suite.
  • Learn about MAK Technologies business cases and industry applications.
  • Get together with project partners and community members.
  • Identify opportunities for business, project and technology cooperation.
  • Find innovative ways to address challenges.
  • Discover time-saving tips and tricks for your own projects.

This event included talks from key MAK Technologies users, new product information, case studies and hands-on demonstration sessions.

Key Speakers:


Helene Rødal Holhjem

Senior scientist at FFI

Mrs Holhjem  is a Senior Scientist at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment – FFI, at the Defence Systems Division. Mrs Holhjem has mainly been working on modeling, simulation and analysis of ground based air defence. Most of her work has been related to the Ground Based Air Defence system NASAMS, which is in use by the Norwegian Defence Force. For example, she has implemented models of different types of ground based air defence in different simulators at FFI, and has both participated and organized, together with other colleagues, large distributed, interactive simulation experiments where these models have been used.


Ad van Lier

Sr. IT Architect M&S, Section Simulation at MINDEF

Ad van Lier is a senior M&S architect at the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. His work covered developing instructional designs in the field of computer-aided instruction in simulators, information analysis and development, specification of simulator requirements based on training needs analysis and support in procurement of new simulator systems. He also participated in the development of the SISO validation standard GMV&V.  He is currently in charge of developing a simulation battle lab.


Tom van de Berg

Simulation Systems Engineer at MINDEF

Tom van den Berg is a senior scientist in the Modeling, Simulation and Gaming department at TNO, The Netherlands. He has over 25 years of experience in distributed operating systems, database systems, and simulation systems. His research area includes simulation systems engineering, distributed simulation architectures, systems of systems, and concept development & experimentation. Tom is a member of several SISO Product Development / Support Groups, participates in several NATO MSG activities, and is co-chair of NATO MSG-164 (“Modelling and Simulation as a Service (MSaaS)).


Murray Gamble

Director of Engineering at CogSim Technologies Inc. (CTI)

Murray Gamble is Director of Engineering for CogSim Technologies Inc. (CTI) based in Ottawa, Canada. Before joining CTI, Mr Gamble was the Vice-President Technology for The HFE Group, an Ottawa-based firm and a recognized Canadian provider of simulation and training products and services, which he co-founded in 2000. A Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional (CMSP), Murray is a recognized expert in areas of distributed simulation, tactical data links, and visualization technology, and is often called upon as an M&S and Training & Simulation (T&S) Subject Matter Expert by industry and government.

Dan Brockway

Dan Brockway

Vice President, Marketing, MAK Technologies

Dan Brockway is MAK’s Vice President of Marketing, responsible for market research, marketing communications, sales support, and acting as liaison to product management. Brockway brings more than two decades of modeling and simulation industry experience to the role including work with visual, NVG, and IR sensor simulation; 3D modeling, terrain generation, and rendering; satellite imagery and geographic information systems; and software engineering.


Jim Kogler

Vice President, Products, MAK Technologies

Jim Kogler brings refined engineering skills and vast customer knowledge to his role as Vice President of Products. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic design, market positioning, engineering development, documentation, and technical support for all MAK products.

In past roles at MAK, Kogler has designed and developed key software, including VR-Exchange, MAK Gateway, and the MAK FOM Editor. He developed many of the standards and processes by which MAK software is built. Through building teams and overseeing the roll-out of new products and product lines, he has helped to shape MAK’s market direction and enable the pursuit of strategic business opportunities.


Bill Cole

President & Chief Executive Officer, MAK Technologies

Bill Cole brings strong program management skills and relevant military simulation experience to his new role as MAK Technologies’ CEO. He has over twenty years of experience leading successful military acquisition programs and recently retired from the U.S. Army as a Brigadier General.  He most recently served as the Army’s Program Executive Officer for Simulation (PEO-STRI), Training and Instrumentation in Orlando, Florida.

Bill was the PM of the “Excalibur” GPS-guided artillery projectile from 2004-2006, with responsibility to get that system through initial testing and into early production. After a tour on the Pentagon staff, Bill became the Army’s PM in charge of developing and fielding body armor, uniforms and parachutes from 2009-2012. During that assignment his office simultaneously fielded new body armor to Soldiers in Iraq and new flame-resistant uniforms with an improved camouflage pattern to Soldiers in Afghanistan.

Bill deployed to Afghanistan himself in 2012, spending almost a year helping to deliver new advanced technology systems to Soldiers in combat. Returning from that deployment, Bill served as the Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.


Time  Topic  Speaker
14:00 -14:05 Introductions
14:05 – 14:35 Air Route Generation in VR-Forces Helene Rødal Holhjemo | FFI
14:35-15:05 CWIX Friendly Force Tracking Service Ad van Lier  & Tom van de Berg | MINDEF
15:05 – 15:20 HMD/Varjo – Live demonstration from MAK Dan Brockway | MAK Technologies
15:20 – 15:30 break
15:30 – 15:50 TDL for MAK VR-Forces Murray Gamble | CogSim
15:50 – 16:10 A word from the CEO Bill Cole | MAK Technologies
16:10 – 16:50 The MAK Product Roadmap Jim Kogler | MAK Technologies
16:50 – 17:00 Wrap Up

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Date: October 14, 2020


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