DTE glossary - the classic 5 W's & H


What is 3DEXPERIENCE Social Collaboration Services (My3DEXPERIENCE)? My3DEXPERIENCE (now known as 3DEXPERIENCE Social Collaboration Services) offer is the gateway to the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud platform; to connect the disconnected and to make business more successful anytime, anywhere and on any device. Through it, you can access a unique set of online services that connect all the elements of their product development process and all of the apps and services they use every day to empower innovation and make your business more successful.
What is 3DVIA? 3DVIA helps consumers make best buying decisions by providing 3DEXPERIENCE in rich and engaging online environment: CATIA Composer (previously 3DVIA Composer); 3DVIA Studio, 3DVIA Virtools - Dassault Systèmes.
What is Adams? The most widely used multi-body dynamics and motion analysis software in the world, MSC Adams helps engineers study dynamics of moving parts, how loads and forces are distributed throughout mechanical systems; improve and optimise the performance of their products. Enables engineers to easily create and test virtual prototypes of mechanical systems in a fraction of the time and cost required for physical build and test. Unlike most CAD-embedded tools, Adams incorporates real physics by simultaneously solving equations for kinematics, statics, quasi-statics, and dynamics – MSC Software.
What is Additive Manufacturing? Additive Manufacturing (or synonym "3D printing”) refers to a process by which digital 3D design data is used to build up a component in layers by depositing material.
What is AEC? AEC refers to the collective Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry or personnel – Architect, Engineer and Construction worker – who provide architectural design, engineering design and construction services all working together to bring a project to fruition.
What is an OEM? An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) makes equipment or components that are then marketed by its client, another manufacturer or a reseller, usually under reseller's own name. An OEM may make complete devices or just certain components, either of which can then be configured by reseller.
What is ‘Bid to Win?’ Industry Solution Experiences for Transportation & Mobility - Dassault Systèmes.
What is BIM? BIM or Building Information Modelling is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. Key output of this process is the Building Information Model, digital description of every aspect and helps AEC professionals across industries improve way they design and construct buildings and infrastructure
What is CAD? Computer Aided Design or CAD system is a combination of hardware and software that enables engineers and architects to design everything from furniture to airplanes.
What is CAE? Computer Aided Engineering refers to computer systems that analyse engineering designs. Most CAD systems have a CAE component, but there are also independent CAE systems that can analyse designs produced by various CAD systems.
What is CAEFatigue? Fatigue tool for Nastran users for stress dynamics analysis – MSC Software.
What is CAM? Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is an application technology that uses computer software and machinery to facilitate and automate manufacturing processes. CAM is a successor of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and often used with computer-aided design (CAD).
What is CATIA On-Cloud or CATIA On the Cloud? Fully productive and powerful CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE (V6) mechanical design solution with full-integrated PDM capabilities and ability to perform concurrent design and collaboration, out of the box, anywhere in the world with a link and Wi-Fi connection – Dassault Systèmes.
What is CATIA? CATIA (acronym of computer-aided three-dimensional interactive application, is a multi-platform software suite for computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE), PLM and 3D – Dassault Systèmes
What is CFD? Computational fluid dynamics is use of applied mathematics, physics and computational software to visualize how gas or liquid flows, or how gas or liquid affects objects as it flows past. Based on Navier-Stokes equations:- describe how velocity, pressure, temperature, and density of moving fluid are related.
What is CaaS or MCaaS? Cloud as a service (or Managed Cloud as a Service - MCaaS) is a type of cloud service model where cloud provider offers complete implementation and management of cloud services: providing more resources and support, rather than just implementation. Can also be described as adding service to a "raw infrastructure" (traditional cloud computing, outsource hardware operations, management and support).
What is CNC Machining? A process used in manufacturing sector that involves use of computers to control machine tools (lathes, mills, routers and grinders etc.). CNC in CNC Machining stands for Computer Numerical Control.
What is CPS? Cyber-Physical System - the coordination of systems computational and physical elements.
What is DELMIA? Virtual Production Support for digital manufacturing and production software - DELMIA by Dassault Systèmes.
What is ‘Design for Fabrication?’ Industry Solution Experiences for Architecture, Engineering & Construction - Dassault Systèmes.
What is a 'Digital Twin' Technology Digital twin refers to a digital replica of physical assets, processes and systems that can be used for various purposes. The digital representation provides both the elements and the dynamics of how an Internet of Things device operates and lives throughout its life cycle.
What is DMU? Digital Mock-Up is a concept that allows description of a product, usually in 3D, for its entire life cycle.
What is Dytran? Specialist tool for crash AND explosion modelling - MSC Software.
What is ‘Engineered to Fly?’ Industry Solution Experiences for Aerospace & Defence - Dassault Systèmes.
What is ENOVIA? Collaborative innovation PDM and Bill of Materials (BOM) software – Dassault Systèmes.
What is EPM? Enterprise Project Management - type of business planning relating to business intelligence (BI), which involves evaluating and managing performance for an enterprise to reach performance goals, enhance efficiency or maximise business processes.
What is EPO? Engineering Process Outsourcing (EPO) industry supports architecture, engineering and construction industries worldwide the following processes can be outsourced: CAD, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Project Management, Construction management, Structural design, Shop drawing, document management system, Presentations, Detail engineering, conceptual scheme, quantity estimate, reverse engineering, reliability engineering and more.
What is FEA? Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a type of computer program that uses finite element method to analyse material or object and find how applied stresses will affect material or design. FEA helps determine any points of weakness in design before manufacture. Mostly used in aerospace and other high-stress applications, analysis is done by creating a mesh of points in the shape of an object that contains information about material and object at each point for analysis. FEA can also analyse the effect of vibrations, fatigue, and heat transfer.
What is FMI / FMU? Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) defines standardised interface to be used in computer simulations to develop complex cyber-physical systems. FMI implementation by software modelling tool enables creation of simulation model that can be interconnected or creation of a software library called Functional Mock-up Unit (FMU). To create the FMI standard, a number of software companies and research centres worked in cooperation with a consortium conducted by Dassault Systèmes under the name of MODELISAR.
What is GUI? Graphical User Interface- A program interface that takes advantage of the computer's graphics capabilities to make the program easier to use. Well-designed graphical user interfaces can free the user from learning complex command languages.
What is IaaS? Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualised computing resources over the Internet. IaaS is one of 3 main categories of cloud computing services, alongside Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).
What is Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0 is a name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.
What is the difference between Industry 4.0 and Industry Renaissance? Industry Renaissance extends far beyond merely digitalizing manufacturing (Industry 4.0). This digital revolution is transforming every aspect of industrial business: how product experiences are conceived, developed, tested, made, sold and serviced; how supply chains form, operate and braid themselves between industries; how consumers and manufacturers interact; how the real and virtual worlds inform and reinforce one another; how value is created; how the workforce is trained; and the very nature of work itself.
What is JLR Supplier Program - The Engineering Toolset? Due to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) varied ownership history, a complex mixture of automotive industry software was inherited from previous owners, this was not scaled or supportive of JLR’s aggressive business plan. So to enhance innovation and reduce development time, JLR partnered with Dassault Systèmes to deploy solutions in a business transformation program called i-PLM. The 2019 JLR Supplier Program i-PLM 2.0, has now commenced following alignment of Dassault Systèmes and JLR: the Engineering Toolset. The development and implementation of the Engineering Toolset will support JLR with their growth strategy in coming years for future model development.
What is Marc? Advanced non-linear complicated physics and materials simulation solutions - MSC Software
What is Nastran? Multi-disciplinary structural analysis finite element analysis (FEA) programme that was originally developed for NASA in late 1960s under United States government funding for the aerospace industry. The MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation (MSC) was one of the principal and original developers of the publicly available NASTRAN code. - MSC Software.
What is OPEX vs CAPEX costs? Capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) represent 2 basic categories of business expenses. An operating expense results from ongoing costs a company pays to run its basic business. A capital expenditure is incurred when businesses spend money either to buy fixed assets or to add to the value of an existing asset with a useful life that extends beyond tax year.
What is OWASP? The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a worldwide not-for-profit charitable organization focused on improving the security of software. Operating as a community of like-minded professionals, OWASP issues software tools and knowledge-based documentation on application security.
What is PaaS? Platform as a service (PaaS) is a category of cloud computing services that provides a platform allowing customers to develop, run, manage applications without complexity of building and maintaining infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app.
What is Patran? Pre/post processing software for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) - MSC Software.
What is PDM? Product data management (PDM) is the use of software to manage product data and process-related information in a single, central system. This information includes computer-aided design (CAD) data, models, parts information, manufacturing instructions, requirements, notes and documents.
What is PLM? In industry, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products.
What is 'POWER'BY' (3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services) POWER'BY (now known as 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Collaboration Services) is a new functionality delivered on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform which allows CATIA and non-CATIA models to be brought into the platform natively to leverage other capabilities of 3DEXPERIENCE, most notably DELMIA for manufacturing and SIMULIA for advanced analysis. Other benefits include data management, project management and search capabilities which are embedded in the platform. The goal is to be more inclusive and to make platform capabilities easily accessible to all regardless of their chosen design tool.
What is PSE? Post-processing Simulation Emulation:  Modular parts of product suite incorporate powerful and market-leading technology that enables active and smart processing. Used to avoid collisions automatically, optimise NC code, improving efficiency, safety and most importantly making your process more cost-effective. ICAM PSE can be integrated with the worlds’ leading CAD/CAM and PLM providers which provides a ‘one port of call’ for all post-processing and simulation requirements. – ICAM Technologies.
What is RACE? Rapid Application Configuration Environment: RACE™ offers high productivity for developers and non-developers alike to automate and abstract app development efforts. RACE™ includes a drag-and-drop editor, code generation and orchestration, template-driven development, business process mapping, app configuration and forms.
What is SaaS? Software as a Service (SaaS), describes any cloud service where consumers are able to access software applications over internet. The applications are hosted in “the cloud” and can be used for wide range of tasks for both individuals and organisations.
What is scSTREAM? scSTREAM: thermo-fluid simulation software and optional tools that suit various industries and objectives; developed in Japan (Software Cradle - MSC Software company) to make simulation technology accessible to more users within the AEC industry. It has a wizard-driven interface making it easy to set up your design in model space. Meshing is semi-automatic and is easily adapted. The software requires lower memory and fewer processors than standard commercial CFD codes. This means that non-expert users can achieve meaningful results rapidly to aid design decisions early in the cycle - where changes can be made more easily.
What is Sinda? Specialist tool for thermal systems modelling - MSC Software.
What is ‘Single Source For Speed?’ Industry Solution Experiences for Industrial Equipment - Dassault Systèmes.
What is ‘Single Source of Truth?’ Single source of truth (SSOT) is a concept that an organization can apply as part of its information architecture to ensure that everyone in the organization uses the same data when making business decisions. Deployment of an SSOT architecture is becoming increasingly important in enterprise settings where incorrectly linked duplicate or de-normalized data elements (a direct consequence of intentional or unintentional denormalization of any explicit data model) pose a risk for retrieval of outdated, and therefore incorrect, information.
What is SMARTEAM? Enovia PDM (product data management) Collaboration - Dassault Systèmes.
What is YLC? PLC? ALC? Or ASC, PSC, YSC? Dassault Systèmes (DS) terms of licences.
ALC: Annual License Charge is a yearly charge
PLC: Primary License Charge is applicable for each license of each Licensed Program ordered under PLC/ALC pricing structure. The PLC is a one- time, non-refundable charge.
QLC: Quarterly License Charge for a Licensed Program is the charge applicable to use Release(s) of such Licensed Program made available by DS, and access Support Service for Licensed Program, for a three months period
TBL: Term Based License charge is primary charge applicable for each license of each Licensed Program ordered under the Term-Based License pricing structure.
YLC: Yearly License Charge for Licensed Program is the charge for a one year license to use the Release(s) of such Licensed Program made available by DS during such year, and Support Service for Licensed Program for one year.

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Why use CATIA? CATIA supports multiple stages of product development, including conceptualization, design (CAD), engineering (CAE) and manufacturing (CAM).
CATIA facilitates collaborative engineering across disciplines around its 3DEXPERIENCE platform, including surfacing & shape design, electrical fluid & electronics systems design, mechanical engineering and systems engineering. CATIA facilitates the design of electronic, electrical, and distributed systems such as fluid and HVAC systems, all the way to the production of documentation for manufacturing.
Why CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on the Cloud? CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE On the Cloud will allow your business to work anytime, anyplace, anywhere communicating in real-time with a “Single Source of the Truth” on all aspects of projects. On the Cloud delivers flexibility and easy access to the information you need, when you need it. Move your business to the next level and network your organisation into a social design community.CATIA on the Cloud delivers a transformation in how you can access and use the world’s premier design solution. Simple and easy to implement, taking less than 20 minutes to connect to your Cloud presence, you will have a full design suite of applications, together with a collaborative framework to manage your projects and design activity. Take away the headache and risk of backups, software upgrades, infrastructure cost and complexity and spend more time designing.
Why move to Cloud? Cloud computing is computing based on the internet. Where in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people access to same kinds of applications through the internet.

With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted to which device you’ve got to hand.  See how simple it is to move to the Cloud with 3DEXPERIENCE >>

Why use MSC One? MSC One is a flexible and expanded product software solution that lets you take advantage of the broad range of MSC Software’s simulation portfolio within a token-based licensing system. Based as an annual subscription, MSC One provides a cost-effective investment in product development giving access to a suite of multidisciplinary engineering software tools,  i.e.  ApexNastranPatranAdamsMarc, SimManager, MaterialCenter, and more. As a subscription product, MSC One capacity can be expanded or contracted based on current and future project needs giving flexibility on your investment.



Who are CENIT AG? A leading consultancy and software company for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM): PLM software, process chain consultancy and the introduction of PLM solutions. CENIT’s manufacturing solution FASTSUITE complements existing standard solutions of CATIA and DELMIA.
Who are Dassault Systèmes? Dassault Systèmes, "The 3DEXPERIENCE Company", is a French multinational software company that develops 3D design, 3D digital mock-up, and product lifecycle management software.  Products include CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, 3DVIA, 3DEXPERIENCE and more.
Who are Desktop Engineering Ltd? DTE: Having been founded in 1986 with a healthy longevity within the industry and with an extensive base of customers within the Aerospace, Automotive, Motorsport, Architecture, Manufacturing and General Mechanical Engineering Markets, DTE has the invaluable experience learnt over many years to quickly and effectively help you to bring your projects to fruition. Consultancy, training, support and software sales.
Who are ICAM Technologies? ICAM Technologies’ Evolution of Machine Simulation, specializes in advanced Adaptive Post-Processing™ solutions supporting all major CAD/CAM systems (CATIA, Mastercam, NX and creo), CNC controllers and machine tools ranging from 3-axis mills to sophisticated 5-axis mills and mill-turns.
Who are MSC Software? MSC Software Corporation is an American software company based in California, that specializes in simulation software. In February 2017, the company was acquired by Swedish technology company Hexagon AB.  MSC products suite includes MSC One, Adams, Marc, Sinda, Nastran, Patran, Simufact and more.





When are our training courses? We have a number of CATIA V5, V6 3DEXPERIENCE, 3DVIA on-site courses and CATIA Certification exams scheduled throughout the year.  Other required courses, dates and costs are determined by customer needs and are available on request as sessions can be arranged in-house or on-site; one-on-one or group training sessions.

DTE is a certified PLM Training partner to Dassault Systèmes and accredited Business Partner to MSC Software.




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