April 25, 2000
Web-Based Learning Solutions for CATIA Version 5 Release 3
At a Glance
The CATIA Web-Based Learning Solutions provide:
In today's world of rapidly advancing technologies, the capability to continuously update one's skills and knowledge is crucial to ensure optimum on-the-job performance and corporate competitiveness.
The CATIA Web-Based Learning Solutions (WLS) is a next-generation, easy-to-use, electronic performance support system for the CATIA Version 5 user community. WLS combines Internet/intranet standards and client/server architecture. Online, just-in-time training and shared job aids, right at the user's desktop, make the WLS the day-to-day assistant for every CATIA user!
Planned Availability Date
CATIA Web-Based Learning Solutions (WLS) is composed of learning resources that are accessed through a Java engine called the CATIA Companion Desktop:
CATIA WLS is designed to:
Features Benefits Single gateway User does not have to exit to all information CATIA environment for answers to and training to questions and general help. about CATIA All resources are readily features, functions, available. and practices Easier and less User has the flexibility costly training to improve on-job performance. deployment Some modules require less time, do not require attendance in a class-room setting, and are immediately available. Job Aids Simple one-screen procedures for many tasks. Eliminates the need to memorize difficult or infrequent operations. Time is better utilized for using CATIA. Performance Some skillets include user task Checker performance evaluation. This feedback is useful for self-evaluation. Proven Best Take advantage of expert Practices consensus to gain competitive edge. Help Sources Access to complete CATIA documentation. Skillets Skill applets provide focused interactive training on tasks and procedures. Choose between different ways to learn new procedures (on the job, at the desktop). Local or Administrator may install Client/Server either stand-alone or on a remote server with data access through http for easy administration. Features Benefits Powerful Search User can selectively search Capability Product Documentation, Skillets, Job Aids, Best Practices to retrieve the most useful information.
The CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design
The CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design provides an integrated access to any type of information, support, and communication. This Java engine allows a client (a Java 1.1-enabled HTML browser, such as Netscape Communicator or Microsoft Internet Explorer) to access learning resources.
The CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design can equally address the needs of a small company with a fast installation on a single workstation and implement a larger company's training solution that meets client/server architecture based on Internet/intranet standards.
Function Description Help CATIA User Companion Desktop navigation and learning components. Course Access Access the different courses available to the user. Bookmarks Bookmarks help the user find quickly preferred information. Bookmarks can be added, modified, or deleted. Search User can selectively search the following features: Documentation Skillets Job Aids Best Practices Mail Access to a defined teacher or support person assigned to the course. FAQ Log and customize Frequently Asked Questions. Settings Customization: language, e-mail, facility.
In addition to tracking user activity, the CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design can mark where the user stopped in the course and restart at that point.
The user is presented through a color scheme parts of the course or skillets already finished and the ones not accessed yet. Courses can be taken out of order but the highlighting ensures that all proposed content will be eventually covered.
The following learning resources available to the user are composed of:
Skillets, the core of the CATIA WLS resources, are small, self-contained units of instruction. Each skillet allows a user to learn one procedure, feature, or function in thirty minutes or less. They may include explanations of the topic, demonstrations, monitored practice, or CATIA exercises based on user scenarios.
Skillets may be accessed directly, one at a time, through the CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design built-in search engine, or in sequence when built into a course.
Description Benefits Show Me Demonstration of topic, View as a procedure, or task. refresher or to decide whether to select more detailed training. Monitored Practice Simulate a new CATIA User learns new procedure skill for practice in a quickly without risking damage protected environment. to a model. Feedback reinforces correct steps. Corrects errors before they become habits. User learns interactively and reinforces new procedures. Detailed prompts for Can be used as a demonstration guided learning or (using Next button) or as none, for discover assessment (no prompts). learning or assessment. Job Aids Simple one-screen User does not have to procedures for many memorize procedures for tasks. difficult or infrequent operations. Saves time and rework. Do it In CATIA Prompts and directions Practice on sample parts to allow user to practice improve skills. in real CATIA A checker and checklist environment. Model provide feedback for checker provides correction of errors and quality assessment. reinforcement of correct procedures. Three levels of Allows various user profiles information (step and skill expectations. overview, detailed User can practice with or steps, and without detailed step-by-step dimensioned drawing) instructions. and simultaneous practice in real CATIA. Description Benefits Quiz Scored self-assessment User may quickly determine if of knowledge or skill. additional study is Skillet scores are not needed. Private scores reported to any encourage use of quiz and management system. self evaluation. Guided Path Clicking Next button User can move through steps user through the a carefully designed learning skillet. path and most thorough coverage of topic. Navigation Map Single-page access to User may choose to use only any skillet component. selected elements of a skillet, User may switch to support their own learning Guided Path at any needs, style, or preference time. (especially as refresher or in EPSS context). Navigation Tree Tree structure of Easy location and fast course or skillet navigation. Provides a allows user to jump progress measurement. to any component. Shows the progression of the student.
The courses provided in the products of WLS are either:
Each WLS product will include, at each CATIA release, an update course based on the content covered by the product. Courses can be seen as sets of skillets assembled into lessons to best suit general and industrial process scenarios. They are carefully designed in order to provide a progressive level of difficulty to the learner.
The CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design, however, allows the course to be run in any sequence. It always provides a view on the topics previously covered and those not yet addressed.
CATIA Version 5 Release 3 WLS Products: Each product of WLS includes the CATIA User Companion Desktop required to run the learning resources (skillets, job aids, and courses) delivered with the product.
One product, CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design, is available for Version 5 Release 3.
The following CATIA Version 5 products are covered by CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design (Platform 2 Products):
Hardware and Software Support Services
For information on the CATIA Version 5 Release 3 products, refer to Software Announcement 299-342 , dated November 16, 1999.
For additional information on CATIA Version 5 Products, visit the following URL:
CATIA Version 5 Release 3 Web-Based Learning Solutions (WLS) Packaging and Products
Products are the elementary building blocks of CATIA WLS.
The WLS product may be ordered in two ways:
Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS): A computer system that is produced as a result of applying the concept of Performance Support (PS). Software tools, knowledge, and learning experiences are integrated to improve business performance by:
Plug-in: A program associated to a mime-type and executed via the HTML browser on a given type file each time the file is transferred by HTTP. The plug-in is configured on well-known acronym in the training community to define the system that will support the user during his everyday operations, for example, beyond the initial training.
Hardware Requirements: This section only lists the hardware requirements necessary to run WLS. For hardware requirements applicable to CATIA Version 5 Release 3 and because this system is expected to run concurrently with CATIA Version 5, refer to Software Announcement 299-342 , dated November 16, 1999, or visit the following URL:
Although CATIA Version 5 products might run on other configurations or other graphic adapters, incidents specific to these configurations or adapters would not be accepted for support.
Hardware Requirements in a Windows NT Environment
Software Requirements: For software requirements and because this system is expected to run concurrently with CATIA Version 5 Release 3, refer to Software Announcement 299-342 , dated November 16, 1999, or visit the following URL:
CATIA WLS can run either on one system or in client/server mode. It is designed to operate with the following software:
On the Client Side for Windows NT 4.0
Prerequisites for the Licensing Environment
On the Server Side
Installability: The CATIA WLS products are delivered on CD-ROM, including documentation. It is designed so that customers can install the system, customize it, and get started with few manual interventions and minimum skills within one hour.
Preventive service is delivered through the next release of CATIA WLS. The new release will include corrections to problems, depending on the time of their submission and their severity.
Corrective Service for CATIA WLS is delivered through "Service Packs" on a regular basis. A Service Pack includes corrections for blocking problems only. Each Service Pack supersedes the previous one and may be installed on top of the released level or on top of a previous Service Pack. Service Packs are available at the same time for all platforms currently supported.
No individual correction will be delivered between two Service Packs.
No update for online documentation will be provided through Service Packs.
Service Packs are available on CD-ROM via the IBM Support Centers for the duration of the service of each release. Once a release has been discontinued from service, only the last Service Pack will remain available for ordering through IBM Support Centers.
Customers may report problems for any given release of CATIA WLS for a limited time only. This reporting period ends four months after the general availability of the second subsequent release of CATIA WLS.
Customers may request a correction via a Service Pack for blocking problems. These requests for a given release of CATIA WLS may be made up to 4 months after the next release of CATIA WLS.
Maintenance support will be available until discontinued by IBM upon six months' written notice.
Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided under the Engineering Support Services Enhanced Support Offering. This fee service enhances the customer's productivity by providing voice and electronic access to the Engineering Solutions Support Center. The Enhanced Support Offering help desk will answer questions pertaining to the installation, administration, use, and handling of suspected software defects for eligible products. For purposes of the Enhanced Support Offering, WLS is treated as a product. A valid contract for a CATIA Version 5 Enhanced Support configuration is a prerequisite to obtaining support for WLS.
Charges and additional information about the Enhanced Support Offering and other available Engineering Services offerings are available by going to the Engineering Solutions Web page:
Click on Engineering Services and then on Offerings .
Security, Auditability, and Control
The announced program uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or operating system software.
If sensitive data is sent over external communications facilities, users may wish to pursue the use of cryptography.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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Orders for new licenses will be accepted now.
Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.
Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.
New users of CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design should specify:
Type Model 5691 MDC 5691 MDE
An order for CATIA User Companion for Mechanical Design basic licensed programs consists of one or more licensed program orders (5691-XXX), and one System Program Order (SPO), 5628-ACN, for NT workstations.
The 5691-XXX orders are required for billing and asset registration. The 5628-ACN orders are required to ship machine-readable materials and publications.
Select the charge option, either primary license charge (PLC) with the corresponding quantity-based annual license charge (ALC), or the quantity-based yearly license charge (YLC).
PLC/ALC Licenses: The first license must be at usage level 1. The maximum number of licenses at a usage level must be ordered before ordering the next usage level. When licenses are discontinued, the licenses at the higher usage level must be discontinued first.
YLC Licenses: The YLC feature numbers specified will depend on the usage level ordered for the license for a given customer number. The first license must be at usage level 1. The maximum number of licenses at a usage level must be ordered before ordering the next usage level. When licenses are discontinued, the licenses at the higher usage level must be discontinued first.
CATIA Version 5 User Companion for Mechanical Design (5691-MDC)
PLC Feature Number: 0011
ALC YLC Feature Feature Tier Usage Number Number 1 1 to 9 0006 0001 2 10 to 25 0007 0002 3 26 + 0008 0003
Note: For quantities exceeding 250, contact your IBM representative for additional information.
CATIA Version 5 User Companion for Mechanical Design Enterprise Option (5691-MDE)
PLC Feature Number: 0011
ALC YLC Feature Feature Usage Number Number 5 + 0006 0001
Note: A minimum order of five seats is required to qualify for this option.
For orders of CATIA for NT platforms, configure CATIA using the PCRS6000 configurator, but before executing a SYSLINK of the order to AAS, change the 5691-XXX order using the feature number 5353. Specify the feature number 5353 with a quantity equal to the number of users.
System Program Order
CATIA Version 5 WLS programs for Microsoft Windows NT will be shipped under the 5628-ACN SPO. The SPO is required for all program shipments and future updates.
Initial orders placed for a program type 5691 without a corresponding order or MES for the 5628-ACN SPO will either fail order validation, or will not generate a media shipment. The SPO is designated to the processor on which the program type 5691 is licensed. Each customer number must have its own SPO.
Initial Orders: When ordering the first 5691-XXX product for CATIA Version 5 WLS, an order must also be placed for the 5628-ACN SPO. Both the 5691-XXX program order and the SPO must be for the same CPU system type/system number, and have the same scheduled shipment date.
Subsequent Licenses: The SPO must have a feature number for every CATIA Version 5 WLS product that is installed or on-order. Therefore, when a product that was not previously installed is ordered, the SPO must be updated.
To Update an On-Order System: When a license for a new 5691 program is ordered for an on-order system, the 5628-ACN SPO must be updated to reflect the feature number of the licensed program desired. Also, for asset registration and billing purposes an order for the individual licensed program type 5691 is required.
To Update an Installed System: When a license for a new 5691 program is ordered for an installed system, the 5628-ACN SPO must be updated to reflect the feature number of the licensed program desired.
5628-ACN Feature Numbers: The following program feature numbers are used with the 5628-ACN SPO to show which configurations and products are installed. This information is used for shipment of media. The maximum quantity of each of the features that may be specified is one for each of the 5691 programs.
Feature Program Description Number Number CATIA Version 5 User Companion 1945 5691-MDC for Mechanical Design CATIA Version 5 User Companion 1946 5691-MDE for Mechanical Design -- Enterprise Option CATIA Version 5 User Companion 1947 5691-ED2 for Mechanical Design -- HEAT
Feature Distribution Environment Number Medium Windows NT 3410 CD-ROM
Feature Description Number Initial Shipments Serial number only (suppresses shipment 3444 of media and documentation) Update Shipments Suppress updates (suppresses update 3482 shipment of media and documentation) Expedite Shipments Local IBM office expedite 3445 (for IBM use only) Customer expedite process charge 3446 ($30 charge for each product)
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.
Terms and Conditions
Program services offer a method of reporting code-related problems for CATIA Version 5 Release 3 licensed software products. Problems may be reported via e-mail, facsimile, or U.S. mail and will be responded to via the same medium used to submit the problem. IBM will respond to customer inquiries within two business days of e-mail or facsimile receipt and seven days of mail receipt advising of the problem disposition.
If the problem reported is not known to be a code-related problem, the customer will be informed that IBM will continue to work on it provided the customer has an Enhanced Support Offering contract. For purposes of the Enhanced Support Offering WLS is treated as a product. A valid contract for a CATIA Version 5 Enhanced Support configuration is a prerequisite to obtaining WLS support.
Support charges and additional information on the Enhanced Support Offering and other available Engineering Services offerings are available by going to the Engineering Solutions Web page at:
Click on Engineering Services and then on Offerings .
Use the following addresses to submit problems:
For technical assistance, go to the CATIA/CADAM Support Web page at:
and then click on the CATIA/CADAM link.
For help guides and information on education, go to the Engineering and Design page on the Services and Support Web site:
Contact your IBM representative for charges information for this announcement.