The white papers listed below are intended to give an overview of the requirements for the control of documents and records on construction and engineering projects, and to provide enough background information to allow an experienced executive to make informed decisions as tohow to solve the prpblem.
Recommendations are made as to how to stisfy the performance specifications described.
|Title||Brief Conclusion||Content Summary|
|Project Overview||That each party must keep their own records, and manage their own communications, and use the internet (world wide web) for communication.||Demonstrates the need for effective Document Control on any project of any type of size throughout the life of the project from its inception to management of the facility.|
|Specification of Requirements for CEMDC||That the specific needs of the Construction & Building Industries including AEC consultants can only be met by a CEMDC application - much as an accounting system is needed for accounts.||A simple specification of data structure, with descriptions of major process's, and a list of standard field sizes.|
|Typical Types of Solution for Document Control||A CEMDC Application is the overall best solution. Explains the extent of what document control must achieve. Lists all the alternatives. Explains why Spreadsheets are too prone to error to be safe to use for holding critical contractual information. Concludes that the Windows operating system on its own cannot provide the necessary functionality for CEMDC.||Examines the common solutions applied, and summarises their deficiencies.|
Lists the well known problems with spreadsheets in handling larger volumes of disparate information.
Windows is not only a powerful operating system, but has all the major components of an EDM system. In conjunction with new tools such as Sharepoint all that is missing is the actual document control process's found in CEMDC Applications.
|Meeting the requirements of ISO9001||The Document Control process must meet all the requirements of ISO9001:2008. Lists the clauses which are applicable. Also includes the list of clauses from the superceded ISO9000:1994||Explains in detail what the requirements of ISO9001 mean for the document control process including incoming inspection, and responsibility for distribution.|
|The differences between EDM and CEMDC||Concludes that EDM systems cannot provide the necessary functionality required for CEMDC.||Explains the limitations of EDM systems when it comes to document control process's due to the limited structure of the associated API which must be used to create the process control.|
|Cooperation (CEMDC) and Collaboration Systems (Portals)||Concludes that as Portals cannot meet ISO9001 their use is unsafe. The outlined deficiencies increase risk to unacceptable limits.||Explains by examining the minutiae of the way the necessary transactions are handled that Portals cannot meet ISO9001.|
|Rapid Application Development Tools - An Objective Study||Concludes that "writing ones own" software is not only risky, but inevitably the most expensive solution.||First it examines the development process and the associated risks. It then examines the tools available, and concludes that the best one is a Rapid Application Development Tool such as Visual Objects [in which TDOC is developed]|