Updating Drawings using PLMBatchDrawingUpdate Via the Batch Monitor  

This task will show you how to update list of CATDrawing documents which are file or ENOVIA LCA based in batch environment.

The batch monitor lets you create as many batch configurations as required, and follow the progress of an update. Updating drawings via the batch monitor will be particularly helpful if you need to update a great number of drawings (but do not need to visualize them while doing so), or drawings which require large CPU resources.

For more details on using the batch monitor, refer to Using the Batch Monitor in the Infrastructure User's Guide.


  1. Run the CATUTIL command, using one of the methods described in the Infrastructure User's Guide. For example, from a V5 session, choose Tools > Utility. The batch monitor appears, listing available batches.

  2. From the list of available batches, double-click PLMBatchDrawingUpdate.  

  3. The PLMBatchDrawingUpdate dialog box is displayed.

  4. Choose the Document Location as either File or ENOVIA LCA.  

    • If you choose File then the following File Selection dialog box is displayed.
      • Click Member... button in the Input Options field to select the files to be updated.
      • Output options field can also be modified to save the updated CATDrawing documents as required.
        Select the target directory in the  Default Target Directory field, where you want the updated files to be saved. A dialog box is displayed. Browse to the directory in which you want to save the updated files, select it and click OK. Each time you run the update batch, updated files present in this target directory will be overwritten by the newly updated files.

        Click OK.

    • If you choose ENOVIA LCA this will bring up the Search Documents in ENOVIA LCA dialog box.
      Connect to the database by providing the standard log in information and click the Connects to the database button.
      • Search the documents to be updated under the Document Search, which has been activated after connection to database. The search criteria can include entering data in the fields such as CATDrawing for File Extension, user logon ID for Revision Owner etc.
        Click Apply.
      • Output field can also be modified to save the updated CATDrawing documents as required.

        Saving the documents to a file-based directory is disabled in ENOVIA mode.

        Click OK.

  5. List of documents is stored in the Document ID field of the main PLMBatchDrawingUpdate dialog box.


    You can remove unwanted files from the list of the files to update. To do so, select the unwanted file and click the Eraser button.
  6. You can decide to force the update for certain files, or for all of them. To do this, click on the document ID (this will toggle the Force Update value between Y and N) for each file for which you want to force the update. A value setting of Y, which means the update will be forced whether the document has been modified or not.

  7. Select the target directory in Target Directory field, where you want to generate the result HTML file. A dialog box is displayed. Browse to the directory, select it and click OK.

  8. Click the Save button to specify where you want to save your batch parameters. A dialog box is displayed.

  9. Browse to the directory in which you want to save the batch parameters file, specify a file name in the appropriate field, and click Save. Your parameters are saved in an xml file.

  10. You can now either click Run to run the batch immediately or click Cancel to close the PLMBatchDrawingUpdate dialog box and run the batch later. For the purpose of this scenario, click Run. The batch execution starts.

  11. During or after the batch execution, you can get more information on the process in the Processes tab; the batch name, the batch identification number, the status (in progress or ended) as well as the start and end time.
    When the batch execution is over, you can exit the batch monitor.

  12. After the batch execution, the output HTML report file can be viewed.

    Click on individual document link, to get details about individual updated documents.

  • In ENOVIA environment, the BOM (Bill Of Material) is not updated during batch execution.
  • Any new instance added to an exploded product will not be loaded by the batch program and will not be taken into account by the view update. 
  • The remote mode of batch processing is not supported.
  • VPMV4 and Smarteam documents are not supported.