The Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES) was first developed in 1980. It has evolved with continual improvements to the current Version 5.1 which was published in October 1991. Although IGES has proved to be a very valuable tool, difficulties have been encountered in using it for sophisticated transfers, such as for product models or complicated drawings. The long range solution to these difficulties is the emergence of the Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data (STEP). The US Navy/Industry Digital Data Exchange Standards Committee (NIDDESC) has been a leading player in the development of this international standard. However, in the interim, NIDDESC is also spearheading the efforts to enhance the use of IGES by developing application protocols. Two of these application protocols, for 3D piping and engineering drawings, are the first ones to be developed by the IGES/PDES (Product Data Exchange using STEP) Organization, and will lead the way to more productive data transfer before the development of STEP. This paper focuses on the development of these two application protocols, the involvement of NIDDESC and the shipbuilding industry (as well as the participation of other industry users and vendors), and the significant benefits to be derived from the adoption of these standards.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • J Ship Production, v 10 n 1, Feb 1994, p 31 [8 p, 6 ref]
  • Authors:
    • Gischner, B
    • Morea, G
  • Publication Date: 1994


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  • Accession Number: 00716918
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM