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STEP-OAGIS Harmonization Joint Working Group, PDM Subgroup Interim Report



Xenia Fiorentini, Sudarsan Rachuri


In any manufacturing enterprise, there are two types of tools used to create and share product related data across its extended network. The engineering information of the product is created using what is commonly called engineering authoring tool (e.g., CAD, CAE, PDM, and PLM..) This information, encapsulated in engineering objects, mainly focuses on geometry and some amount of beyond geometry information. The business information, encapsulated in business objects, is created using business authoring tools (e.g., ERP, CRM, and SCM.) Various solutions have been proposed to address interoperability issues within engineering tools and business tools. The prominent among them are standard-based, for example, STEP (STandard for Exchange of Product model data) for engineering tools. The focus of this project is to address the bigger problem of interoperability between engineering tools and business tools. The short term focus of the project is to analyze potential harmonization of an ISO STEP-based OMG standard, called PLM Services [2] (web services for engineering objects), and OAGIS standard [3] (XML exchange protocol for business objects.) The output of this short-term project will identify common concepts between these two standards that need to be harmonized. A scenario to demonstrate this harmonization to enable sharing of information between engineering and business tools using PLM Services and OAGIS will be developed. The long term goal of this project is to develop a method for comparing and harmonizing standards. This will help designers, engineers, and process modelers in selecting appropriate standards for interoperability.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7618
Report Number


STEP-OAGIS, information standards, engineering objects, ISO-10303, PDM, CAD, ERP


Fiorentini, X. and Rachuri, S. (2009), STEP-OAGIS Harmonization Joint Working Group, PDM Subgroup Interim Report, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created August 27, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017