When a request for a drawing revision is made, the native drawing is downloaded to the Livelink project folder and modified in AutoCAD. "The current revisions are kept in a project folder," [Kevin Flynn] says, "and then the final version is processed to the Livelink master vault." Drawings are also "redlined" (marked with changes in the field), and a scanned version is placed in the Livelink project folder. The changes are later drafted into AutoCAD.Suncor Energy is an integrated energy company head-quartered in Alberta. Because of its extensive engineering, operations and maintenance activities, Suncor has thousands of files produced by AutoCAD, a computer-aided design application from Autodesk. When Suncor decided to purchase an ECM system several years ago, one of the requirements was that it be able to manage the CAD drawings. After considering the available options, Suncor selected Livelink ECM from Open Text as its document repository. Livelink was the best match for the company's needs based on its evaluation criteria. Livelink stores reports, procedures, minutes and other documents, and also handles CAD files. One change that Suncor is considering is a switch to Livelink's CADManager for viewing 3-D drawings. This module can present all the files associated with 3-D drawing and would eliminate the need for PDF conversion in the case of displaying a native AutoCAD file.
Ecm: Handling the Complexities of Cad
The U.S. economy is now considered to be knowledge-based, with much of its value derived from intellectual capital and service activities. However, even a knowledge -based economy depends on a physical infrastructure supported by energy, transportation and other tangible components. For those industries, much of the knowledge resides not in words but in pictures. Computer-aided design (CAD) documents provide vital information for constructing, operating, maintaining and repairing those facilities. Keeping the ...