CAD Drawing Management

CAD Drawing Management

What is CAD Drawing Management?

A computer-aided design (CAD) drawing is a detailed 2D or 3D illustration that outlines the components of engineering, manufacturing, or architectural projects. Engineers create CAD drawings using software invented specifically for this purpose, as it helps organizations improve their quality of design, as well as document-based communications.

Organizations can leverage a drawing management system to improve key metrics, including increasing efficiency and productivity and reducing rework. Additionally, these systems ensure company IP is protected from unauthorized viewers or outside entities.

CAD drawing management is an essential part of the engineering design workflow. With the plethora of drawings and documents required to completed a project, engineers can benefit from a drawing management solution, as it helps their organization manage and secure drawings and documents across teams, disciplines, and departments.

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Drawing Management Solutions

ImageSite is the perfect drawing management solution for engineering-based companies, as it supports the top CAD software including AutoCAD, Inventor, MicroStation, Revit, NX, and SolidWorks. Many engineering companies rely on CAD drawing management software to support the extensive CAD files required to carry out day-to-day operations. That’s why ImageSite offers advanced CAD connector modules.

Though not a full-fledged Product Data Management (PDM) application, ImageSite is a “lite PDM,” as not all organizations need a large, complex software solution for managing engineering drawings. As a lite PDM, ImageSite and Engine-Box provide much of the same functionality as PDMs, including check-out/check-in, reference file identification and management, title block integration, and status based permissioning and access.

Title Block Integration automatically synchronizes Block/Tag and field data with ImageSite search attributes. General text data within CAD files is fully searchable, allowing users to find CAD files based on general phrase searches. ImageSite integrations include dynamic reference file detection, upload, and database linking so it can automatically read reference file connections, upload the files and link them correctly in the ImageSite repository.

ImageSite provides all the necessary CAD document management tools from within the application, without needing the CAD application, making it easy for users to manage engineering change processes and transmit important CAD drawings throughout the organization. Here are a few of ImageSite’s CAD drawing management features:

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Imagesite CAD Drawing Management integrates both design and release phases from major CAD formats such as: AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Inventor and MicroStation

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Essential Product Data Management (PDM) functions including: check-out, check-in, reference files, version control and title block integration, no need for over-sized PDM software

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Use CAD application ribbon add-ins to integrate design work with ImageSite’s functionality all in the background; no need to leave the design suite to check-out/check-in or view files

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Eliminate time spent looking for the most current drawings while ensuring all versions are available, including applicable red-lines and video and photo attachments. Even create major and minor versions automatically to improve release and in-design identification

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Easily work with CAD file layers and assign layers to groups allowing users to select appropriate grouped layers

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Handle large and complex assembly and drawing data sets with automated publishing to formats such as PDF or DWF for post-design functions

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Save money by providing access to CAD product/building/plant drawings and technical data without CAD software using a single viewer for all file formats, including built-in markup capabilities

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Manage CAD drawings throughout their life cycle using life cycle and workflow functionality based on structured change processes, distributed collaboration and approvals, and formal retention/archival policies

eQuorum

eQuorum specializes in engineering workflow and document management. Our comprehensive, yet easy-to-use software provides the solution to manage data from design to manufacturing and production, to sales, support and administration.

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