This new 3-D portal from Aucotec aims to standardize the link between 2-D and 3D engineering in mechanical and plant engineering. The interface also enables web-based, client independent data exchange between all common 3-D applications and Aucotec’s ooperation platform Engineering Base (EB) at any time. To achieve continuous consistency, Aucotec has already implemented 3-D connections for numerous customers. There are now two innovations that simplify the connection and speed up the exchange.
EB’s own standardized link is the first innovation which simplifies 3-D integration. Flexibly adaptable, this new "gateway" to the 3-D data allows the export of 2-D information to the 3-D system and the import of relevant 3-D data to EB via a tailored XML file. The second innovation is the web service for data exchange. The special 3-D service is like an extra layer in EB's architecture via which the user can obtain data at any time – with the appropriate rights, of course. Thus, the 3-D portal not only opens the door (gateway) to mutual "understanding" of the second and third engineering dimensions, but also to greater flexibility and efficiency in plant design.