A Managed CAD environment
Everyone knows that having standards to follow and making them easy to access translates to increased consistency, efficiency, competitiveness, and profitability. In a CAD environment this can be accomplished by utilizing a managed environment. More specifically; MicroStation Workspaces and AutoCAD Profiles.
The goal of standardizing with a Workspace is to implement MicroStation such that the end users have the standards they need and a consistent and easy-to-use interface. The results of a MicroStation Workspace are to:
1. Reduce production time
2. Remove inconsistencies
3. Adhere to client standards
4. Increase operator efficiencies
5. Increase market competitiveness
6. Increase your return on investment
There are a number of ways to setup a workspace in MicroStation. These setups can be layered together to create a robust environment. For example: if you are working with a particular client, a workspace can make certain the end user conforms to that clients standards while at the same time deploying your company standards to facilitate printing, custom applications, and interface modifications.
A corporate workspace would enforce internal standards and configuration settings for how your company operates. The corporate workspace can be layered with a client workspace to ensure company standards are being used in addition to the clients.
A client workspace would include standards that follow a client’s standards such as a DOT or USACE.
A project workspace can be used in addition to a corporate or client workspace where additional resources or standards are required that are unique for a specific project.
A discipline workspace could be used in addition to any corporate or client workspaces. For example: perhaps you needed to add standards for MEP, ROW, or structural work and don’t care to see or use the resources for the other disciplines.
Whether set at The Client, Project or Discipline level, workspaces define variables that set the individual project or client standards. Some items may be:
• Cell Files
• Text or Dimension Styles
• Resource Files (fonts, linestyles, etc.)
• Seed Files
• Reference Directories
Multiple Workspaces can exist on a local machine or a server making it easy to implement your standards or the standards of all of your clients.
Creating a managed environment should not be viewed as an additional expense. It’s simply replacing the money you are losing now by not having users follow standards or at least making it easy for them to follow them. Your ROI will be quickly realized by eliminating the expense of operator inefficiency and unrealized productivity gains. Contact EnvisionCAD to help you get set-up and start realizing the productivity gains now.
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