Management and control of multi-disciplinary engineering data
Scalable and multi-user architecture, independent from the relational database vendor: The supported platforms are Oracle©, Microsoft© SQL Server and PostgreSQL©; other databases which are currently not enabled can be quickly implemented.
Each engineering department retains full control of its own data and, at the same time, every user working on the project can view the complete set of data.
Revision control and data compare
A powerful revision control lets user keep both working and issued versions
of each document. The atomic data model architecture can keep a complete history
of the modifications operated on the single data and allows undoing the data
modification from any point in time.
Data and workflow management
Every modification is managed by a global transaction and it is possible to discard any modification by executing a single rollback operation at any time. Data propagation following the configured workflow is controlled by the user that owns the data, who can keep it private until he decides to publish it to other departments through the publication system. The workflow can be configured so that, even if the user is not the owner, data change can go backwards as a proposal to the owner, who can confirm it or reject it; during these operations other departments do not see this data flow until the data owner approves it.
Highly configurable and extensible
Every component of the product - UI, documents, data model and workflow - is fully configurable. The product has been developed with a component model architecture allowing our customers to customize the application through either "Excel-like" macros or the development of new components written in .Net programming languages, that are totally independent from the rest of the application and which can modify the behaviour of every aspect of the product. For the integration with other engineering tools - such as 3D Modelers, electrical and instrumentation schemes - a full set of .Net API is also provided.
Easy-to-use user interface
Microsoft© Office "Excel-like" user interface makes the product learning curve quick and the product easy to use. Users interact with the database via familiar spreadsheet functionalities with full Microsoft© Windows clipboard support. The UI can also integrate charts and drawings.
One of the big advantages of the product is that users work in a WYSIWYG way on the deliverables, which are a direct view of the data stored into the database, making it easy to see how the output will look like once it gets produced by the application.
The application can be installed in a centralized location and distributed through the web by using technologies such as Citrix© Metaframe or Microsoft© Terminal Services.
To-Do lists and notifications
The product can be integrated with the Company's emailing system. An internal messaging system will inform users about key data changes and issuing of the deliverables. Users can also define custom triggers that can activate automatic updates and/or generate multidisciplinary To-Do lists which can keep track of important changes and monitor the time spent on their resolution.