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Proceedings of CAD'16, 2016, 100-104
A New Approach of a Global Knowledge-based Engineering Infrastructure

Markus Salchner, Mario Hirz, Graz University of Technology
Severin Stadler, Jonathan Ameye, MAGNA STEYR Engineering AG & Co KG

Abstract. The ongoing globalization in almost all markets leads to a large field of IT-related challenges. Focusing on development processes in mechanical engineering disciplines, as they occur in automotive industry, globalization requires a continuously and location-independent provision of software tools and project-oriented data. This involves both, the supply of a large amount of different commercial software packages for various engineering disciplines, as well as the handling of large amount of data, configurations, different projects, sites and employee-related information. The broad field of computational design and engineering disciplines within automotive development requires a strong interaction in view of efficient software applications. Especially the CAD-based design phase is characterized by a cooperation of manufacturer and supplier, which often use dissimilar CAD software with different versions or even different vendors. Previous research work focused on the development and application of knowledge-based engineering (KBE) tools within a multi-CAD environment. A method has been proposed for the efficient development of KBE applications, which are able to concurrently support multiple CAD systems and releases. 

Keywords. Knowledge-Based Design, Design Automation, Multi-CAD, Globalization

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2016.100-104