What is this whitepaper about?
This white paper will examine the challenges of data management for large capital projects and provide solutions and best practices for effective implementation of a comprehensive data management solution that works seamlessly with Autodesk Vault and Microsoft SharePoint software.
We will explain how you can most effectively utilize both tools for data management. Also we will touch upon document control, master document register management, transmittals, model management, deliverables, progress tracking, and much more.Read more
Chapter 1: Introduction
This white paper will provide background information to support the successful use of Autodesk Vault and Microsoft SharePoint for Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects and asset operations.
We will explore the business requirements and discover how the proposed technologies fit into this business model. As this white paper explains a number of general concepts, the main focus is controlled documents (deliverables) in the context of EPC projects and Owner Operators.
Chapter 2: A Decades-Long Challenge
The global capital projects industry, despite years of effort, is not achieving a level of interoperability exchanging models and data or in process systems and tools that captures near the value opportunity to the industry stakeholders.
Before we look at how Autodesk Vault and Microsoft SharePoint can be used to provide asset management solutions, it’s to first understand the need for asset information management
Chapter 3: The Asset Life Cycle
To understand the document control and engineering data requirements, it is crucial to first understand the basics of an asset life cycle.
In this chapter we explain the major steps in the asset life cycle, with the exception of decommissioning or sale. During the decommissioning phase, requirements for an engineering document and data management tool are greatly diminished.
Chapter 4: Differences between Document Control and Engineering Data Management
The previous chapters provided background information on the mechanics of how assets are developed. The following chapters will dive into and provide more details on how document control can support engineering data management and their respective roles in these projects.
Chapter 5: Strengths and Weaknesses of Microsoft SharePoint and Autodesk Vault
The final chapter of this white paper will review both Autodesk Vault and Microsoft SharePoint as a platform for capital projects. Both platforms have their strengths and weaknesses and in this final chapter, we will explore those strengths and weaknesses in more depth.