Access management

Determines who or what on the network is allowed to connect to a particular resource and ensure that the right user has access to the right application at the right trust level.


Application Programming Interface - Programming interface that allows products or services to communicate with each other regardless of their implementation.

Assembly based modeling

Assembly-based modeling - Create new models from mold components extracted from a database.

Associative dimensions

Dimensions that automatically adapt to changes in the geometric objects they dimension.



Building data modelling with the help of software. Visualization of the building as a virtual model for transparent planning steps in each construction phase.

Bottom-up designing

A part-centered modelling process where the design of an assembly begins with a basic structural or functional element and individual parts are designed in relative isolation from the overall assembly.


Collision check

Analysis method for excluding several components in one and the same assembly.

Concept book

Description of the system to be developed and the groups involved in the development at the beginning of a design process. Answers to questions such as how much development time is available.


Forced or boundary conditions that represent the relationships between the positions of individual elements in the model.


Direct modeling

Intuitive modification and direct manipulation of a computer model by drawing curves in sketches For example, for facade constructions with bold aesthetics and freeform curves.


CAD drawing file data format for drawing, shaping, rendering, commenting or measuring.


Drawing Interchange Format - spezifiziertes Dateiformat zum Austausch mit unterschiedlichen CAD-Daten.


ESM - European Solid Modeller

The high performance modeling kernel developed by the ISD.


Feature technology

Logging of the design process, so that each step can be subsequently changed at any time via the integrated feature browser.
Advantage: unnecessary recalculations and thus inevitably longer response times are avoided.



Pattern repetitions in the field of 3-D modelling, with which complex multi-body structures can be created in just a few steps.



Software update provided by the manufacturer of a software application to correct an error.



Industry Foundation Classes - open standard in civil engineering for the digital description of building models.

Industry 4.0

Fourth industrial revolution. In the past, machines revolutionized the industry. Today, data changes companies. The goal of Industry 4.0 is to record, store and use this data.

InterPart linking

Creation of parts in an assembly whose size and shape can be controlled by the size and shape of another part contained in the assembly.


License Manager

Tool for deactivating/activating new/old licenses.


Macro technology

Creation of frequently used geometries or features with only a few entries


Editing operations such as deleting, moving and trimming objects in the drawing.


NC data

Data from the field of numerical control, which are used in the so-called NC production - among others in the fields of plastics, metal and wood processing.


Out of the box

Function of a software or hardware component that is immediately available after installation without further adjustment.



Generate a computer model by entering numerical values with a number of features. E.g. for serial production of individualized standard furniture or tools in different sizes.


Use of one or more software solutions for the digital management of product data in a central system.


System to manage the various transitions a product undergoes during its life cycle.

Primary forming process

A method of rapid prototyping to build up a workpiece layer by layer from shapeless or neutral material using physical and/or chemical effects.

Product Datamanagement (PDM)

Storage, administration and provision of all product describing and accompanying data and documents during the entire operational order processing and afterwards.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Administration and control of all data of the product life cycle from design and production to controlling, sales and maintenance.


Rapid Prototyping

Various processes for the rapid production of sample components - starting from design data and if possible without manual work.

Report Manager

HiCAD tool to derive individual bills of material at the push of a button directly from the assembly structure - both as quantity lists and structure lists.


Simultaneous Engineering

Time overlap of successive workflows for improved coordination between development and production - resulting in reduced development time.

Smart engineering

Comprehensive communication between all parties involved in the product development process for improved performance, customer acceptance and reduced product(ion) costs.

Source file

File from which inserted or requested data originates and/or to which a logical link exists.


Standard for the Exchange of Product model data - Standard for the description of product data for the exchange of data between different systems.


Top-down designing

An assembly-centrered modelling process, where the design of an assembly starts with the highest possible level and individual parts and sub-assemblies are defined in the context of the whole assembly.



Tool, with which HiCAD files can also be quickly and clearly evaluated by non-HiCAD users.



Small computer program that is integrated into another program as part of a graphical user interface in which commands can be entered using the mouse pointer.


Handling of work-sharing procedures and business processes in companies and public authorities with the aim of achieving the greatest possible efficiency and workflow in computer programs.

World Coordinate System

World coordinate system, short: World CS - fixed coordinate system in CAD with an origin at the point (0|0|0), which is unchangeable and via which all objects are unambiguously defined.



Replaces HTML as the standard format with which data can be exchanged between different applications.


Referenced drawings that can, for example, be updated via a command in the HiCAD control dialogue.



One of the 3 coordinates in CAD (X,Y,Z), which are not geographical positions but positions relative to any geometric origin (0,0,0).

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