Historically, model-based enterprise initiatives focused on geometry, dimensions and tolerances – the 3D models of parts. This did not address non-geometric information, communicated through free text on drawing notes and in documents created within the enterprise and standards bodies. These documents contain critical company data: material and process specifications, work instructions, test plans, and more. Their format obscures the complex web of concepts about parts, materials and processes that must be understood to ensure industry acceptable quality.

The inability to model and easily link to relevant concepts in drawing notes and Standards complicates configuration management and results in a lack of consistent interpretation of requirements throughout the product life-cycle. It also leads to the absence of bi-directional communication.

SWISS digital models expand the integrated view of engineering requirements to non-3D data. They facilitate more effective flow of information, analysis throughout the product lifecycle and enable assessment of change impact not feasible for legacy documents.

In this demonstration, XSB and Elysium will explore how engineers can understand the network of referenced concepts and their states from within drawings’ PMI. We will also show how an engineer can transform legacy specifications into smart, connected and change-aware assets within the enterprise PLM system.

(MBD) Model Based Definition