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Zdenek Pruza


Zdenek Pruza

Zdenek Pruza
Senior Specialist Business Processes - Mechanical Engineering, Bombardier Transportation, Germany


Zdenek Pruza holds the position of Senior Specialist Business Processes at Bombardier Transportation where he manages IS processes in the mechanical engineering domain. Zdenek contributes to the master PLM strategy and is recognized as a rigorous objective oriented senior IT professional with a proven record in leading a multicultural application development teams. 

Presenting: Surviving in Legacy Design Environments when Transitioning to Platform Upgrade

25 Feb 2014, 03:10

Bombardier’s design operations uses CATIA, manages its mCAD data in Dassault Systemes ENOVIA VPM database and releases the final drawings in a PDM system based on Siemens PLM Teamcenter Enterprise. The long-term targeted solution is of course an upgrade to one integrated PDM system with integrated mCAD data management but this is not yet a reality. Amongst others one of the most pressing issues was the viewing of large CAD data within legacy design environments. As such, it is necessary to put together a way to survive in this current legacy PLM architecture, whilst ensuring this is done in a manner that prepares the organization for the jump to upgraded systems. We enabled the viewing in JT lightweight format to survive while transitioning to platform upgrade. This has been achieved at a fraction of the upgrade price, having spent only a few hundred thousand euros versus millions.

  • Understanding the inefficiencies of legacy architecture and its implications design operations
  • Replicating all design data from all 31 global sites into 1 German-based site
  • Building an automatic conversion function of all CATIA native data to JT formats to enhance design visualization
  • Exploring the browsing incapabilities of the current system
  • Developing a web-based VPM browser function to browse and navigate within ENOVIA VPM
  • Enabling JT-2-Go functionality to allow for viewing when using mobile smart devices
  • Enabling the use of JT light weight data for technical illustration
  • Lessons learnt from the system pilot in Germany and North America 
  • 2014 Phase II – deploying the system throughout BT globally