Swamped under a glut of technical drawings, Air Traffic
Controllers AirServices Australia will implement a program
to j=help staff get quick access to data.
AirServices Australia, handles a large volume of technical
documentation, records and engineering drawings. However,
workers critically need quick access to up-to-date technical
After evaluating several data management systems, AirServices
Australia chose DataViewer from Practical Programs, because
it can operate over the organisation's Australia-wide network.
AirServices Australia has twelve MicroStation workstations
spread between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Making its
CAD data accessible to all relevant personnel was important
to AirServices. The company has approximately 70,000 CAD
data files, all stored on the Brisbane network server which
has a striped RAID array for five 180GB disks.
Document management software DataViewer allows the user
to display CAD data on Web browsers. Users can view and possibly
mark-up CAD data by means of DataViewer's Web browser interface,
which DataViewer claims avoids the need for any special viewer
software to be installed on every network computer.
DataViewer works with AirServices' existing MicroStation
programs and AutoCAD data. All access to data is via the
DataViewer data manager. This ensures right of access, proper
recording of the stages of imitating work, checking and approval,
AirServices Australia uses the mark-up facilities in DataViewer,
which are know as Redlining.
The Mark-up data file is automatically linked to its CAD
data file until the work has reached Approved status, so
that anyone referring to the data is aware of changes that
may be in progress. Mark-up can be done from the location
of the relevant equipment because it needs only a Web browser.
AirServices uses DataViewer network wide, greatly reducing
the volume of large format printing and circulation of paper,
as well as providing quicker access to data and ensuring
the most up-to-date versions are always in use by everyone.
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