Lightweight Formats for Product Model Data Exchange and Preservation

Alexander Ball, Lian Ding, Manjula Patel

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The designs for engineered products are increasingly defined not by technical drawings but
by three-dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) models. With rapid turnover of
computer hardware and CAD software, these models are in danger of becoming unreadable
long before their usefulness has ended. One possible approach is to migrate the models into
lightweight formats that are easier to preserve and from which it will be easier to recover
information in the future. Such formats also have benefits for design collaboration and
dissemination of product model information. Selecting the right lightweight format to use
remains a problem, but considering matters of
model fidelity, metadata support, security
features, file size, sotware support, and openness, the
difference between the formats is not
as significant as their common advantages over full-featured, complex models
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventPV 2007 Conference - Oberpfaffenhofen/Munich, Germany
Duration: 9 Oct 200711 Oct 2007


ConferencePV 2007 Conference

Bibliographical note

PV 2007: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation and Value Adding to Scientific and Technical Data


  • Product Model Data
  • Lightweight Formats
  • Curation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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