Engineer / Designer

Tools for designers, product engineers, manufacturing professionals and other innovators collaborating on product development. If you are responsible for rapid authoring, analysis and validation of products and processes, then click here to find how ENOVIA can help.


ENOVIA® VPM Central™ provides large engineering teams with a single Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) environment to manage complex product design with maximum traceability and flexibility.

Integrated and built on a common data management architecture with the V6 authoring applications (CATIA®, DELMIA®, and SIMULIA®), ENOVIA® VPM Central helps medium to large companies take more innovative products to market faster by providing collaborative Virtual Product Management (VPM) of complex product, process, and resource information — from marketing and design to manufacturing and maintenance.

ENOVIA® VPM Central™ manages design, manufacturing, and simulation of intellectual property (IP). Its sophisticated technology enables design reuse through a part catalog, providing design review and validation, exchange of information with partners, leverage of customers’ V4 and V5 legacy data, and scalability to handle large numbers of users and complex products.

ENOVIA® VPM Central™ manages design, manufacturing, and simulation of intellectual property (IP). Its sophisticated technology enables design reuse through a part catalog, providing design review and validation, exchange of information with partners, leverage of customers’ V4 and V5 legacy data, and scalability to handle large numbers of users and complex products.

Users of ENOVIA VPM Central can work on predefined design tasks, subscribe to design modifications and perform design impact analyses to evaluate potential alternatives or changes. Specific add-ons allow further expansion of this scope by enabling users to work on configured products, manage and track design changes, perform complete digital validation processes and execute comprehensive interferences-analysis to name a few.

ENOVIA® VPM Central helps companies optimize product designs with potential variations in mind, allowing engineers to perform these advanced functionalities within a portfolio of configured products.

  • Manage product IP within the entire development lifecycle with a high level of changes traceability and global access to stored documents
  • Leverage company expertise to accelerate evaluation of alternatives and enable knowledgeable decisions
  • Represent accurately product variations in engineering and the enterprise to optimize customer value in every market
  • Allow concurrent definition to reduce design to manufacturing lead time and fosters search for best design alternatives
  • Enable Multi-discipline Engineering Collaboration
    ENOVIA VPM Central manages all V6 authoring data in one unique environment and one single database promoting collaboration across different teams and disciplines (design, manufacturing, simulation). The product provides users with access to all data management tools (versioning, maturity, lock / unlock, etc.). ENOVIA VPM Central automatically determines assembly components that are out-of-date, delivering the right context quickly for accurate and fast updates. ENOVIA VPM Central keeps a consistent and updated view between engineering and enterprises disciplines. Throughout the design process, ENOVIA VPM Central synchronizes the product structure to the Engineering Bill of Materials (EBOM), defined using ENOVIA® Engineering Central™ (ENG).
  • Access to EBOM Data from VPM
    Using ENOVIA VPM Central, customers can access EBOM data from the “Search” and “Explore” windows while respecting the VPM security context. EBOM part properties can be browsed directly from the associated CATIA product properties.
  • Assess Impact of Design Modifications in Real-Time
    Users can navigate between design components and related items such as other designs, simulations, drawings, manufacturing processes, functional and logical views, etc. Better decision-making occurs when a user can determine the impact of design modifications.
  • Follow Design Modifications in Real-Time
    Users can subscribe via emails and pop-ups to modification warnings delivered on any object (design, manufacturing, simulation) in the database. Product development enhancements occur more quickly as concurrent engineering intensifies.
  • Manage Engineering Tasks
    ENOVIA VPM Central helps companies become more agile because changes are executed faster when tasks are defined explicitly, fully-documented, and all affected components are attached. Accurate progress assessment occurs because tasks are linked directly to projects and programs, which makes design activity directly visible to the project leader. Leaders can assign tasks to different designers, reviewers, etc. as project responsibilities change.
  • Collaborate with Cross-Functional Enteprise Users
    Designers in CATIA® V6 often need to work closely with cross-functional users throughout the extended enterprise. This includes working together in a product launch project from ENOVIA® Program Central™ or sharing ideas in a team workspace from ENOVIA® Live Collaboration. From the VPM working environment, designers can easily work with these other users by uploading and downloading documents and completing their assigned project tasks. It is also possible to search, navigate on any customized data, edit attributes, and use Lifecycle Commands (change maturity, revision, or even duplicate) on ENOVIA® VPM Team Central® from ENOVIA® Live Collaboration and ENOVIA® Program Central™ data. If necessary, the full project management or workspace management functionality can be launched from the CATIA V6 user interface. In addition, if the user is also licensed, ENOVIA® Requirements Central™, full requirements authoring and edit capabilities can be performed to understand/define the requirements influencing the design activities.
  • Access Design Components Catalog for Quick Reuse
    Users can create and reuse catalogs of any objects and disciplines. Catalog creators can add keywords enabling users to find and retrieve information quickly. The VPM design components catalog is synchronized with the enterprise libraries from ENOVIA® Library Central™ to ensure company-wide consistency.
  • Perform Digital Review
    ENOVIA VPM Central provides 3D digital review tools with annotations, markup, etc. so users can collaborate more efficiently.
  • Tailor Your Environment to Fit Business Process Practices
    Customers can configure their existing VPM data model to better fit their business processes. They can also define specific roles with different access rules to further protect their IP.
  • Support a Single CAD Structure of CATIA V6, CATIA V5, SolidWorks, NX and Pro/ENGINEER
    CATIA® V5, SolidWorks®, NX and Pro/ENGINEER data that is managed in V6 with ENOVIA Designer Central can be searched and navigated seamlessly in read-only mode directly in ENOVIA VPM Central. As a result, all VPM supported capabilities such as comprehensive review and process planning and EBOM synchronization are possible regardless of the native authoring tool.'
  • Seamless collaboration with Legacy Dassault Systèmes PLM Systems
    ENOVIA VPM Central provides a tight integration with ENOVIA® VPM V4, ENOVIA® VPM V5 and ENOVIA® SmarTeam, allowing seamless collaboration between heterogeneous user communities. All product IP, including metadata (product structure, part definition, lifecycle information, attributes, etc) and geometrical specifications (CATIA® V4 and V5 formats), can be efficiently exchanged and converted between systems.
  • Accommodate Various Dassault Systèmes V4 and V5 Environments
    Engineering teams can collaborate on product designs efficiently using various versions of CATIA. Designers using CATIA V6 and CATIA® V4/V5 can exchange design data to modify their design, and eventually update the whole product design accordingly. In addition to design collaboration scenarios, ENOVIA VPM Central also enables CATIA V4 and CATIA V5 users to share design data with downstream PLM processes such as manufacturing, simulation, and design review in a V6 environment.
  • Administrate Resources of CATIA Applications
    Design experts can use the “Project Resource Management” workbench to associate resources to design projects in order to tailor how the CATIA designers’ work is done to meet company standards. Resources like PLM Templates, PLM Rule Sets, PLM Documents, Catalogs and Chapters can be accessed easily and quickly by designers based on their currently worked on project.
  • Stereoscopic Viewing
    ENOVIA VPM Central users benefit from stereoscopic viewing to deliver the most realistic visual representation possible of complex digital models, giving engineers, architects and scientists the best possible understanding of three-dimensional information, and yielding levels of technical proficiency not possible using a regular 3D viewer. Stereoscopic viewing is delivered in two different ways: • High-end realistic visual representation needs specific stereoscopic equipment with quad buffer OpenGL compatibility like the popular Nvidia 3D Vision technology, or 3D TV. • Entry-range realistic visual representation can be used by: anybody with only a pair of “blue/red” paper glasses.
  • Extend Capabilities with Dedicated Virtual Product Management Add-ons
    • ENOVIA® Designer Workspace enables designers to pursue complex design activities while controlling when changes are propagated between team members to avoid unnecessary interruptions. • ENOVIA® VPM Configured Structure Definition provides the manipulation and review of product data in the engineering work-in-process environment. • ENOVIA® VPM Configured Environment enables engineers to filter and navigate on product configurations, design in a configured context and define specific effectivity values for added and modified product components. • ENOVIA® System Functional Logical Definition helps designers define the functional and logical aspects of a product and link them to the physical definition of a product, ensuring a full traceability from product specifications to the actual 3D design. • ENOVIA ® VPM Interference Manager improves design quality, enhances time to market, and keeps costs in control by detecting, tracking, and managing interferences on complex and large digital mockups. • ENOVIA® VPM Digital Validation enables engineering managers and project leaders to oversee and participate in collaborative digital mockup reviews, packaging, and pre-assembly analyses. • ENOVIA® VPM Volume Computation provides the ability to create alternate representations of products or assemblies for size reduction or for specific contexts. • ENOVIA® VPM Supply Chain Collaborative Engineering enables OEMs and suppliers to share ENOVIA VPM Central managed product structure information. • ENOVIA® VPM Configured STEP Interface imports large STEP files into V6. • ENOVIA® Format Converter for NX (FNX) enables to reuse or migrate NX data in ENOVIA® VPM Central. • ENOVIA® Format Converter for Parasolid (FPA) enables to reuse or migrate Parasolid data in ENOVIA® VPM Central. • ENOVIA® Format Converter for ACIS (FAC) enables to reuse or migrate ACIS data in ENOVIA® VPM Central. • ENOVIA® Format Converter for Inventor (FIV) enables to reuse or migrate Inventor data in ENOVIA® VPM Central. • ENOVIA® Format Converter for Pro/ENGINEER (FPR) enables to reuse or migrate Pro/ENGINEER data in ENOVIA® VPM Central. • ENOVIA® VPM On-The-Go (VND) allows mobile CATIA users to work remotely without network access while protecting IP and maintaining project data integrity. ENOVIA VPM Central and ENOVIA® VPM Team Central™ are both used to manage IP work-in-progress from the V6 authoring tools. However, ENOVIA VPM Central provides the following additional capabilities: • Configure existing VPM data to better fit your business processes by adding additional information such as specific attributes, specific rights and more. • Follow design modifications in real-time through a subscribe mechanism. • Assign and manage engineering tasks to better organize activities. • Better understand all relationships between objects, using the impact analysis tool. • Enhance your PLM environment with a large set of ENOVIA add-on products.
  • The Role of ENOVIA V6 and PLM 2.0
    • Global collaborative innovation • Single PLM platform for intellectual property (IP) management • Online creation and collaboration • Ready to use PLM business processes • Lower cost of ownership.