Continuus-Properzi produces non-ferrous rods for worldwide distribution. Each
year, the technical department manager coordinates production and revision
of more than 50,000 mechanical and electrical CAD design files, technical
reports, specifications, and manuals for design and delivery of new machinery.
This documentation was being distributed to multiple departments, making it
impossible to correlate data and find project information.
Project Wise was introduced to give the departments secure and controlled
access to documents. Metadata with appropriate coding, categorization, and
descriptions eliminated problems with finding, correlating, and sharing data. In
addition, field engineers working on Properzi lines all over the world also access
data on the Milan, Italy, server as if they were at company headquarters.
Engineering Collaboration With Project Wise
GE Water & Process Technologies saved on labor costs by automating the
release of P&ID, piping assembly, and fabrication drawings. The previously
manual process involved creating and uploading PDFs to a document repository,
creating records in the enterprise resource planning system, and linking the
records to the PDF files. The system paid for itself in less than a year.
Using Project Wise, GE now publishes PDFs automatically based on the status
of drawings in Project Wise. With MicroStation as the plotting engine, PDFs
are published from both DWG and DGN formats. The PDFs are automatically
uploaded to Project Wise and linked to the enterprise resource planning system.
The automated process is predicted to save 500 man-hours per year for an
annual cost savings in excess of USD 36,000 for this Burlington, Mass., project.
GE Water & Process Technologies
Automated Drawing Release Using Project Wise
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States