Case Study

Thales future-proofs legacy content with automated S1000D migration

Thales Australia engaged GPSL to migrate DEF(AUST) 5629 content to S1000D, closing the compliance capability gap and providing a differentiator for future projects


GPSL created a process for automatically converting legacy Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle platform data in DEF(AUST) 5629, into S1000D.

The solution also included a PTC Windchill S1000D CSDB with authoring and conversion capabilities fully integrated. During the project, the following challenges were also overcome:

  • Equipment configuration (seven primary variants, eight option groups per variant)
  • Differences in DEF(AUST) 5629 content model vs S1000D data module schema
  • Implementation of automated S1000D conversion process for MS Word documents
  • Implementation of automated parts data importer for PTC Windchill
  • Customized Data Conversion Tool
  • Seamless import of 5629 Data into S1000D Structure
  • Dynamic import of parts information through PTC Windchill Parts
  • Automatic creation of IPD parts Data
  • Improved change management/workflow between Engineering, ILS, and Technical Documentation Groups

PTC Windchill

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GPSL S1000D Converter/Loader

French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets.

Thales Australia

Thales in Australia is part of a leading international electronics and systems group


Defense, aerospace and space, security, and transport markets