Strategies for the curation of CAD engineering models

Manjula Patel, Alexander Ball, Lian Ding

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has become increasingly important in the engineering community over the last decade or so, due to the globalisation of markets and the rising popularity of products provided as services. It demands the efficient capture, representation, organisation, retrieval and reuse of product data over its entire life. Simultaneously, there is now a much greater reliance on CAD models for communicating designs to manufacturers, builders, maintenance crews and regulators, and for definitively expressing designs. Creating the engineering record digitally, however, presents problems not only for its long-term maintenance and accessibility – due in part to the rapid obsolescence of the hardware, software and file formats involved – but also for recording the evolution of designs, artefacts and products. We examine the curation and preservation requirements in PLM and suggest ways of alleviating the problems of sustaining CAD engineering models through the use of lightweight formats, layered annotation and the collection of Representation Information as defined in the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model. We describe two tools which have been specifically developed to aid in the curation of CAD engineering models in the context of PLM: Lightweight Models with Multilayered Annotation(LiMMA) and a Registry/Repository of Representation Information for Engineering (RRoRIfE).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-97
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Digital Curation
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event4th International Digital Curation Conference “Radical Sharing: Transforming Science?” - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Dec 20083 Dec 2008

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  • CAD models
  • digital curation
  • lightweight

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Strategies for the curation of CAD engineering models. / Patel, Manjula; Ball, Alexander; Ding, Lian.

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