What is this whitepaper about?
Traditionally, CAD files and associated documents are stored in shared project folders on file servers using Windows Explorer. This traditional way of working on shared files is fine for the engineer or engineering teams up to a certain size, when all participants work with compatible CAD software.
Reviews, approvals, and revisions to CAD files are often required outside of a Windows Explorer environment and must be performed by a wider audience who may not have access to the necessary CAD applications.
Autodesk Vault: Engineering Data Management
Autodesk Vault is an optimal Engineering Data Management tool because it offers integration with multiple CAD and engineering tools. It gives both engineers and designers a solution that eliminates the dependencies for all kinds of internal agreements and procedures on paper.
Microsoft SharePoint: Document Control
Many companies already use SharePoint as a platform for storing files, supporting collaboration on documents, and controlled sharing of documents with colleagues and project members, both internal and external to the organization. Therefore, SharePoint can primarily be regarded as the successor to file servers, public folders, central mailboxes, and file exchange using FTP, Dropbox, WeTransfer, etc.
Engineering Data Management & Document Control
There are several options for integrating Autodesk Vault with Microsoft SharePoint. In short, our Cadac Organice DCS solution provides you with the ability to utilize the full audit and workflow capabilities of a document control solution while still retaining a permanent connection between CAD data and their renditions.