Ontological Semantics of Standards and PLM Repositories in the Product Development Phase

  • M. Franke
  • P. Klein
  • L. Schröder
  • K.-D. Thoben
Conference paper


In order to optimally exploit the large amounts of engineering information stored in contemporary PLM systems, the concept of knowledge based engineering (KBE) can be considered from a PLM perspective. By eventually combining product structures and implicit semantics provided by PLM-systems on the one hand, and domain-specific standards on the other hand we believe to have identified a key enabler for KBE. As an initial step we describe a coupling of a CAD system with a semantic representation of engineering knowledge using formal ontologies. By application of automatic reasoning, engineering knowledge gained from the product structure and domain-specific standards allows us to reduce time-consuming manual work in classifying overlaps between parts in a CAD model as intentional overlaps (e.g. with gaskets) or design failures.


PLM KBE Semantics Ontology Reasoner 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Franke
    • 1
  • P. Klein
    • 1
  • L. Schröder
    • 1
  • K.-D. Thoben
    • 2
  1. 1.BIBABremenGermany
  2. 2.DFKIBremenGermany

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