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Enhancement Of 3D Visualization And Integration In A PDM And PLM Environment For A Global Transportation Engineering Leader

Industry Vertical: Manufacturing

Executive Summary

High performance, mission-critical transportation engines in aircrafts, ships and trains require extreme precision, down to an individual component. The advent of three dimensional (3D) visualization has made it possible for engineers to apply precision across all phases of an engine’s life cycle -from concept, to design, to development, to testing, to quality assurance.

We made it possible for our client’s engineering team to extend the power of 3D visualization even further; Utilizing a specialized Visual Collaboration software, VCollab, we made it possible for engineers to navigate complex 3D images by breaking it into smaller segments and perform this work on Personal Computers instead of on high end graphics workstations. A typical task that heretofore took as much as 2 hours was now performed in a few minutes. We extended this capability to all of our client’s complex CAD, CAE and CAM data. Our work lowered our client’s overall product development expense while enhancing productivity by an order of magnitude.

Our Client

Our client is a global technology leader and supplier to the railroad, transit, marine and mining industries. It provides freight and passenger locomotives, railway signaling and communications systems, information technology solutions, marine engines, motorized drive systems for mining trucks and drills, high-quality replacement parts and value added services. With several billion dollars in sales, our client employs over 5,000 people worldwide.

Our Client’s Need

The client’s engineering group stores all its engine models and drawings in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) system procured from one of the industry’s leading providers of Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) solutions. Each time a drawing or a part of a drawing needed to be reviewed, the drawing would need to be pulled into a high-end UNIX graphics workstation for viewing and editing. These drawings were often very large and the entire process could take as much as 2 hours. The client was interested in simplifying the process and in speeding it up.

How InfoVision Helped

Using VCollab, a specialized visual-collaboration software designed precisely for this purpose, InfoVision was able to provide our client’s engineers with the capability to selectively download portions of a 3D drawing into a personal computer and perform navigation in three dimensions. What once took 2 hours now took a few minutes!. With success proved here, InfoVision was able to extend this capability across all drawings associated with our client’s Product Data Management (PDM), achieving seamlessness and trace-through.
InfoVision worked with the client in both the United States and in Europe during this important initiative.

Client Benefit

The client was able to
(a) Increase the productivity of both its computing assets and engineers and
(b) implement a seamless flow around drawings related its product life cycle.

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