The latest Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA release delivers multiple enhancements for those working in Design, Engineering, Systems Engineering, as well as Construction Professionals. This article will focus on the upgrades that provide benefits to Construction Professionals.

These include:

  • Better use of large Point Cloud data
  • New advanced capabilities for Steel Structures, Linear Infrastructure Design, Facade Design and IFC Interoperability


Large Point Cloud Data

In R2020x large point cloud files, containing millions of points can be imported individually or in batch mode. Once imported, these large point clouds can be visualised, analysed, refined and edited.

CATIA automatically recognises 3D primitives in the point clouds, and the parameters of these primitives can be edited and controlled. Polyhedral surfaces (meshes) created from point clouds can be used in boolean operations with exact geometry such as NURBS surfaces, volumes or solids.

This approach means that a large point cloud can be used to sculpt a complex terrain. This automation technology creates a parametric model enabling the quick and easy calculation of accurate volumes in many scenarios, precisely the calculation of excavations, and fillings for earthworks, determining excavation depth for the desired volume, or subdividing the terrain into precise quantities for machine planning.


Steel Structures, Linear Infrastructure Design, Facade Design and IFC Interoperability

R2020x further enriches the industry-focused 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA solution for Construction Cities and Territories, which addresses all participants in the end-to-end building process.

This release delivers new advanced capabilities for steel structures, linear infrastructure design, facade design and IFC interoperability. 

  • For steel structures design, new highly productive detailing features enable the rapid creation of plates, stiffeners, coping and hole patterns to structural members in order to create steel connections. These steel detailing members are grouped into connections and rapidly replicated around the building as
  • PowerCopies.

  • Road and rail surface designers benefit from an enhanced template-based approach which provides the ability to design a section-driven road or railway surface. This is done while taking into account superelevation, transition lengths between sections and subgrade layers. The layers of materials composing the road or railway are defined within each section, and as a result of this process, the subgrade and earthworks computations can be completed within a single command.
  • Façade Designers will benefit from the ability to pattern building facades quickly. For instance, elevation planes can be used to control patterning, and it is now possible to offset a façade from a surface to create multi-layered facades.
  • Automation is also increased by enabling the extraction of façade panels to be used as inputs for Engineering Templates, connecting designers with manufacturers to model highly detailed facades for fabrication.
  • This release also includes a new user experience and enhancements for importing Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) BIM models with options available according to the user’s anticipated use of the data.


Enhancements for different disciplines:

  • Everyone: New functionality for the 3D Generative Innovator Role and 3DPlay. Find out more.
  • Designers: This release sees a new Human Experience Design role, which expands on the use of virtual humans beyond specialist studies. There are also a few upgrades to CATIA Natural Sketch and ICEM Design Experience. Find out more.
  • Engineers: The CATIA R2020x release sees the new Multi-Disciplines Automated Drafter role extend CATIA Drafting capabilities as well as the Function Driven Generative Designer and Mechanism Simulation Designer receiving performance, property and function enhancements. Find out more.
  • Systems Engineers: R2020x introduces Systems Synthesis Analyst which addresses all users in a program, who can now review and analyse traceability. This connects seamlessly to the new CATIA Magic Portfolio. Find out more.
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