Session Title: Managing Catia V4 Obsolescence
Session Presenter: Tony Provencal, Senior Technical Consultant, ITI TranscenData
Date: Tuesday, March 6
The retirement of Catia V4 is causing companies to review their plans and support budgets to ensure that the eventual inability to operate V4 will not result in the loss of critical intellectual property still stored in V4 databases. Actively designed models may have been converted long ago, but the complexity and volume of data, and resulting error-prone conversion process have often left large amounts of data untouched. It is increasingly difficult and costly to find and maintain the hardware, operating systems, and V4 licenses needed to maintain this data, placing any remaining data at risk of being lost.
This session reviews the challenges encountered in migrating V4 data and overviews five strategies where tools and processes have been developed to preserve the content of V4 data while eliminating the need to run V4. These scenarios include:
- Opening V4 data without Catia, for viewing or translation
- Basic V4 editing without Catia
- Migrating V4 data to V5 (and eventually V6)
- Upgrading V4 model/drawing pairs to V5 model with 3D FT&A
- Using validation to monitor Catia data quality
Tony Provencal is a Senior Technical Consultant specializing in CAD implementation and interoperability. He currently leads ITI’s North American Proficiency practice, assisting clients with the automation of complex CAD translations including design history and associative drawings. Mr. Provencal has over thirteen years experience implementing and supporting engineering applications, and has delivered multiple presentations on CAD translation and validation at conferences including COE, PlanetPTC, and the Collaboration & Interoperability Conference. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and five children.
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