For decades now, organizations have been using CAD systems for designing and engineering plans/blueprints to create everything from products and buildings to airplanes. A CAD system is a combination of hardware and software that enables engineers and architects to design anything and everything. In their CAD systems, engineers can view a design from any angle with the click of a mouse and zoom in or out for close-ups and long distance views. This type of system is very vital to many different types of organizations and industries. One industry that heavily depends on CAD systems is the construction industry. When engineers are designing, building and constructing a building of any type, it’s crucial that they plan out the blueprint drawing first in a CAD-like system.
One of the biggest challenges that many engineers face is being able to see the complete picture when working on a design or modification project. The design documentation process includes more than just CAD drawings, so there are a number of factors and separate documents that play a part. In a typical design process you’ll have contract specifications, change requests and purchasing documents that are all included in the process. The challenge then becomes apparent when all of these supporting documents are stored separately, whether it be in different programs or in physically different locations. This makes it hard for engineers to see the complete picture and hinders the possible efficiency level that the whole process could have if everything is stored in one easy to use location.
The beauty of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) has with CAD systems is that it connects all of your related business content with design drawings that often include complex, compound CAD files. Having an ECM system will empower your engineers to be able to retrieve, modify and archive drawings without ever leaving their familiar CAD environment. Now your project managers, cost accountants and customers will be able to — with granted rights — mark-up drawings and view related documents directly from within CAD with ECM integration. This will supercharge your engineering processes and will help them see the full picture with all of the related information that they need, all in one familiar place. This helps to create a better design process for everyone involved and will increase the productivity and efficiency levels that you weren’t able to attain with your manual design processes.
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