Configuration Management

Configured IP Management

Configured IP Management

Configured IP Management process enables engineers to navigate on product configurations in real time, author in a configured context and define specific configuration effectivities on any configured IP data structure updates. It also provides engineers with full control and thorough traceability of modifications made with Dassault Systèmes modeling and simulation applications authoring tools, thus governing changes implementation through the various stages of the product development cycle (design, manufacturing, maintenance, etc.) across the different impacted team, with capability to ensure consistent change propagation to downstream processes, and validation of the performed modifications.

It provides transparent integration of configuration and change management processes by enabling to transparently and consistently drive configuration effectivity through the changes, to navigate on configured structures while taking into account changes according to their validation status.


Configured IP Management process allows engineers to navigate on configured contexts and also to create the configured context they want to work in for authoring configured product structure, for all engineering activities all along the product lifecycle (such as system engineering, physical product engineering and manufacturing engineering).

Configured structure authoring is performed through operations (add, replace, delete, evolve instances) that can be assigned an effectivity. By using effectivities, users can specify which added or removed components correspond to which variants or evolutions of the model or of the models (in the case where multiple models have been assigned as configuration context). It enables sharing of a single configured structure across multiple variations and models. Maintaining all variations within a single configured structure aimed at optimizing configured product structure reuse, minimizing engineering efforts while enabling to deliver on-time and delivering accurate product variants to the market.

Configured IP Management process also allows managers and engineers to create Engineering Change Actions (ECA) that are dedicated to authorize and track changes performed in structures and assigned to the relevant contributors within the engineering community. It governs changes implementation through the various stages of the product development cycle (design, manufacturing, maintenance, etc.) and across all impacted teams.

In addition, it can also ensure consistent change propagation to downstream processes. Different views of the engineering data can be accessed by taking into account, or not, the modifications tracked under an ECA, thus enabling to see in advance the results of an ECA and anticipate possible consequences. It also allows

specifying configuration Effectivity on the ECA that will be applied consistently and transparently to all the configured structure modifications.

In addition, enterprise change management authority can govern the whole change process when using Deliverables-based Program Management. The ECA can be driven by enterprise governance for a comprehensive end-to-end process. Companies gain a critical advantage by efficiently tracking a fast, evolving work-in-progress environment, closely monitoring activities, and controlling modifications as the product definition matures. Configured IP Management process provides easy and immersive access to advanced configuration and change analysis for finer structures understanding, project tracking and decision- making

Key figures & benefits

  • Direct access to configured context by engineering and design significantly reduces effort and errors through mis-communciation

  • Users can define effectivity for a given product component in the context of the authoring session, providing greater efficiency and better user experience

  • Changes are made visible in both the 2D tree and in the 3D space, reducing errors and improving the experience

  • Direct 3D access to advanced analysis of configuration and change related information provides designers with tools needed to confidently innovate on complex products