SolidWorks PDM to 3DEXPERIENCE Migration Adapter

Why Migrate Your SolidWorks PDM Data?

Many organizations have chosen 3DEXPERIENCE as the enterprise PLM platform, but many of their local sites are still using SolidWorks PDM as the CAD data management tool.

  • Having separate PDM and PLM leads to digital discontinuity. Business processes such as Configuration Management, Change Management, Program Management cannot be effectively implemented in the engineering group.
  • Enterprise templates, design libraries, and product configuration definitions cannot be used effectively.
  • Cost of maintaining PDM and PLM systems.

The other category of the organizations are those who chose SolidWorks PDM when their design teams were small but as the organizations grew, need for enterprise PLMs has been felt for designers and engineers to collaborate across locations. For these organizations, 3DEXPERIENCE  acts like a single platform to manage CAD and PLM business processes and leverage 3DEXPERIENCE platform services such as social collaboration, reuse of design parts, program management, configuration management, 3D model comparison for BOM comparison, index-based fast searches, connectors for ERP systems and more.

Key Considerations When Migrating Data From SolidWorks PDM

  • What data to migrate – all or only released?
  • Site by site migration versus all sites together?
  • Product by product migration versus all products together
  • Should we migrate non-engineering data to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?
  • Configuration/customization of 3DEXPERIENCE platform
  • Robustness of migration – process monitoring, logging & failover strategy
  • Budget and timeline

Key Challenges

  • Maintaining data integrity of structured CAD data
  • Anomalies in source data
  • Multiple vaults with duplicates
  • Data model transformation between SolidWorks PDM and 3DEXPERIENCE data model
  • Validation of the migrated data
  • User adoption of 3DEXPERIENCE platform
  • Ability to migrate data in scope over the weekend (go live window)
  • Ability to perform migration product by product or site by site and still maintaining referential integrity
  • Not all information could be in EPDM, some data may be in files

About SolidWorks PDM Migration Adapter

SteepGraph’s SolidWorks PDM Migration adapter is one of the adapters from overall 3DEXPEREINCE data migration suite. It migrates SolidWorks PDM data to 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The adapter is robust and developed to meet the challenges of large scale CAD data migrations.

Data Support

The migration adapter supports migration of various kinds of data to 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

  • SolidWorks Data
    • Components
    • Assemblies
    • Drawings
    • Configurations
    • Assembly-Component relationships
    • External reference links
  • AutoCAD data
  • Inventor data
  • Documents
  • Viewables (Neutral files)
  • Items
  • BOMs

Mapping Support

The migration adapter supports mapping of data between SolidWorks PDM to 3DEXPREINCE.

  • Revisions
  • Versions
  • Attribute mapping
  • File metadata extraction
  • State mapping
  • Profile card customization
  • File loading

Data Scope

The migration supports both kinds of data scopes –

  • Full data in scope: In this case, entire data from SolidWorks PDM including all revisions and versions are migrated.
  • Subset of data: For example, latest released data to be migrated. Note that it is very important to maintain the structural integrity of the data when migrating a subset of the data.

Execution Models

In terms of execution, the migration adapter supports execution models as listed below –

  • Full Migration
    This provides the ability to migrate all data that is defined in scope in single migration window of go-live weekend. The key factor is performance of the migration adapter.
  • Co-existence
    This provides the ability to migrate the data in a step by step manner. For example – site by site, product by product. In this model, during the transition period, both SolidWorks PDM and 3DEXPERIENCE are in production.

Scalable Migration Framework for High Throughput

SolidWorks migration tool is based on a very extensible and scalable framework for migration. The framework has below capabilities to support high migration throughput and minimize the migration window.

  • Ability to Scale Vertically by configuring more threads
  • Ability to Scale Horizontally by adding more nodes (machines) for processing
  • Loose coupling between Source and Target Systems. Can replace one of them or both by keeping framework components as reusable
  • Has good logging mechanism
  • Has good exception handling
  • Has good Transaction Handling capabilities, and in case of any error – it aborts transaction leaving database state consistent
  • Highly Configurable in terms of mappings. All mapping configurations in XML
  • Highly Extendible to OOTB/Custom classes, attributes
  • Real-time monitoring of migration process
  • Time and Cost Efficient – With migration framework, efforts and timeline of migration projects are estimated to be reduced by up to 60%

Migration Monitoring Console

When actual migration is running, it is important to get complete visibility of the migration progress. To provide the up to date progress, Migration Monitoring Console is provided.

Key Features of Interactive Monitoring Console

  • Provides monitoring of each phase of the migration process – Extraction, Transformation, Loading
  • It provides an overview of the progress-indicating successful/remaining/failed data with the ability to drill down to a specific category
  • Indicates progress per running thread on each of the machines being deployed for migration
  • Filter the data per type
  • Monitor the progress of specified duration – say last 30 minutes
  • Very intuitive user interface and very fast data navigation
  • Automatic refresh of the console after every 60 seconds

Why Partner With SteepGraph Systems?

  • PLM Focused ( 120+Consultants, 200+ Projects, 14+ Countries, 100+ Customers)
  • Dassault Systèmes Service s and Migration Partner
  • Proven Tools and Migration Methodology
  • Fixed Cost Engagement Model

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