This book is intended for the user who needs to become quickly familiar with Knowledge Expert.

This overview provides the following information:

Knowledge Expert in a Nutshell

Knowledge Expert is a product which allows users to build up and share corporate knowledge stored in rule bases, and leverage it across the company to ensure design compliance with established standards. 

Adding to the native capacity of the Version 5 products and architecture to dynamically capture design specifications, Knowledge Expert delivers a way to:

  • Create and manage Generic Rules and Checks (P2 only)
    Knowledge Expert enables users to define generic rules and checks specifications for classes of objects and store them in a base. These rules and checks can then be used to monitor the actions of every designer in the company. As geometry is created or changed, the system uses the rules and checks to ensure compliance to corporate standards.
    When a rule or check is violated, corrective actions can be recommended or automated using VBScript macros, texts or linked to URL files. 
  • Manage and reuse corporate knowledge
    Users can define and manage rule sets to structure the corporate knowledge base: Rules are then classified in rule sets that belong to a rule base. This structure allows different sets of rules and checks to be set up for different design or manufacturing processes according to the user's needs.
  • With KWE, corporate knowledge can be shared throughout the company in rule bases that can be applied to models. Those rule bases are stored in documents that can then be imported.
  • Report with complete descriptions of the checks performed
    KWE offers report capabilities in output formats such as HTML, XML or TXT permitting, for example, the publishing of customized reports of rules and check violations. Reports can be generated with short or long problem descriptions (depending on the level of detail required), and can include a list of all results or only the failed rules (or only the passed checks). 

Before Reading this Guide

Before reading this guide, you should be familiar with basic Version 5 concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars. Therefore, we recommend that you read the Infrastructure User's Guide that describes generic capabilities common to all Version 5 products. It also describes the general layout of V5 and the interoperability between workbenches.

Getting the Most out of this Guide

To get the most of this guide, we suggest that you start performing the step-by-step Getting Started tutorial.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the Basic and Advanced Tasks sections.

The Workbench Description section, which describes the Knowledge Expert workbench, and the Customizing section, which explains how to set up the options, will also certainly prove useful.

Accessing sample documents

To perform the scenarios, you will be using sample documents contained in either the online/kwxug/samples folder.
For more information about this, please refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.

Conventions Used in this Guide

To learn more about the conventions used in this guide, refer to the Conventions section.