Case Studies

The Holy Grail of BIM

Automating the Gap Between CAD Drawings Through Revit to a Geo-Enabled BIM

Long considered the biggest hurdle to a true enterprise geo-enabled BIM (Building Information Model), transitioning legacy CAD drawings to a geo-referenced BIM Model has always been a cost-prohibitive and substantial roadblock to true BIM acceptance across municipalities and governments.

As easy as it may be to mandate that new buildings and construction adhere to a modern BIM format such as Revit, evolving legacy architectural floor plans and drawings to an immersive, analytic-ready BIM environment remained an onerous task with no clear solution in sight.

Avineon, with the help of innovative technology, process expertise, and proprietary development has now automated the process of loading the foundational/architectural and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) elements of legacy CAD drawings into a geo-enabled BIM. With Avineon’s cutting-edge process to convert 2D CAD plans to 3D BIM at scale and subsequently migrate them into GIS, city planners can now quickly unlock the ROI (Return on Investment) of a truly geo-enabled BIM at LOD 300 (Level of Detail 300) in a cost-effective manner. Already deployed by governments and municipalities, the web-based applications developed by Avineon provide users a city-wide view of building information in a secure environment to analyze and make value-based decisions with digital 3D models and plans.

With Avineon’s automated CAD to BIM to geo-enabled BIM process, users can:

  • Ingest multiple CAD drawings with architectural elements including floor/room space details.
  • Automate the development of BIM models with architectural elements at LOD300.
  • Scale the relevant models as needed across a region.
  • Geo-enable the models over a landscape into a geodatabase.
  • Web-enable GeoBIM data, publish as service, and provide spatial/engineering analytical tools.

While the use of CAD technology has transformed the design and drafting of buildings, BIM equips users with intelligent data models that can be analyzed for future planning and various initiatives such as efficiency, energy savings, and focused statistics. Geo-enabled BIM integrates GIS to give users a view of a larger landscape, where buildings can be viewed and analyzed in a smart geo-enabled environment.

With all BIM and GIS information available now in one interface, stakeholders will be able to manage building projects along with other infrastructure data. They will be able to analyze and reuse the information in various ways with incorporated legacy buildings and an efficient new process to load new buildings to digital models through a modern template. Real-world value-producing applications of a geo-enabled BIM on the web include:

  • Streamlined building permitting process
  • Building code validations on legacy buildings
  • Built-up area/volume vs. open and green space
  • Micro and macro building material statistics
  • Energy demand calculations over an area or for a building (heating/cooling) and solar potential calculation
  • Floor space statistics (common areas, floor areas, layouts)
  • 5G coverage planning

Avineon’s revolutionary method of converting complicated CAD drawings to BIM and then integrating them with GIS is an industry trendsetter that lowers the cost barrier of creating a geo-enabled BIM, unlocking the value to cities and municipalities that has been elusive to date.

Reach out to Avineon to learn more about how our streamlined, automated process has moved clients to a geo-enabled BIM at a lesser cost and shorter timeline than traditional methods.

The Holy Grail of BIM2020-11-13T09:30:02+00:00

Mark 811 ArcGIS Widget for Facility Owners, Operators, and Contractors

Simplifying Processes for Safety and Damage Prevention

For utilities of all types, Call Before You Dig (Call 811) systems and related processes are crucial for safety and preventing damage to underground infrastructure. The Common Grid Association (CGA), dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people, provides best practices for one call centers, facility owners, excavators, locators, project owners, and designers.  When best practices for this crucial function are not implemented correctly and governed consistently, the implications can be devastating and may include property loss, injuries, and even loss of life.

ArcFM Go Live Events

Best Practices from Common Ground Alliance (CGA)

The CGA Best Practices describe the mapping practices for facility owners and operators of electric, gas, water, sewer, and telecommunications departments at both investor-owned and public or cooperative utilities. These best practices require facility owners and operators to prepare, generate and submit manifests with detailed maps of located facilities in response to 811 tickets received by their one call center.

Avineon’s Mark 811 ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Widget Available in the ArcGIS Marketplace 

To streamline and standardize these activities for ArcGIS  users, Avineon offers a Mark 811 Web AppBuilder widget. This widget enables employees and contractors to mark up (document) the located facilities using an electronic map, and generate manifests for submission to the appropriate one call center. This simple to use tool extends the power of your organization’s GIS to include 811 functions and provides a methodical workflow to standardize and manage these activities. This configurable widget is available to download, at no cost, from the ArcGIS Marketplace.

Example Process Improvements and Efficiencies

Loudoun Water provides drinking water and wastewater services to over 75,000 households in Loudoun County, Virginia, and has been using this widget since early 2019. Loudoun Water maintains over 1,250 miles of water distribution pipelines, over 950 miles of wastewater collection system pipelines and a growing reclaimed non-potable water system.

Loudoun Water contracted Avineon for professional services for the implementation of the Mark 811 widget in late 2018.  Today, the widget is successfully used by users throughout Loudoun Water.

Leslie Plazio, the Manager of Inspection Services at Loudoun Water, shared-

The use of this widget over the last three quarters for over 11,000 manifests has simplified our business process while documenting our fieldwork using mobile devices. This tool improved the user experience for our Utility Protection team and saved the processing of each 811 tickets by a couple of minutes at a minimum, adding to our overall efficiencies.

Celine Yang, the GIS Analyst at Loudoun Water, shared-

The ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Widget approach to this critical business function has enabled us to deliver meaningful user experiences and functionality to our stakeholders. It provided us ease of deployment and an effective way to operationalize web applications, in line with our web and mobile-friendly digital strategy for utility operations.”

Mark 811 Configuration and Capabilities

Mark 811 is a ready-to-use and configurable tool for the web and mobile environments. It is accessible using web browsers on desktops and mobile devices and includes the functionality to generate multi-page PDFs with your custom legends, logos, and printing templates. 

Using this tool for 811 workflows can:

  • Improve safety for all parties.
  • Simplify and centralize historical documentation of all locations.
  • Improve adherence to best 811 practices.
  • Automate information sharing.
  • Optimize the use of resources – (e.g. personnel, time, and money).

For further information about the Mark 811 widget, please contact Avineon directly or through your Esri Account Manager.

Mark 811 ArcGIS Widget for Facility Owners, Operators, and Contractors2019-08-22T11:37:45+00:00

The Value of Network Data Aggregation

A holistic view of the entire broadband service provider network

Amongst the many business and operational challenges broadband service providers experience today, one of the key challenges is how to aggregate all the pertinent network and business information stored in disparate GIS, CAD, IoT and OSS/BSS systems. With aggregated information, companies can establish a complete, holistic view of their service network and make enterprise level strategic business decisions. In today’s “best of breed” enterprise solution landscape, having aggregated data and up-to-date information about the business and the network operations can supply service providers with business intelligence that allows them to stay ahead of the competition and manage the day-to-day operations much more efficiently.

Still many broadband service providers continue to derive business intelligence from various sources through manual, disconnected efforts and extrapolation. Whereas, a single solution aggregation can deliver better, more accurate and actionable results for the business. Analysis of aggregated network, IoT, business and demographic data can provide organizations with the ability to generate a wide range of analysis and reports vital for today’s broadband service provider.

Below are a few examples of what a single solution aggregation of data sources can provide:

  • Service qualification responses can be delivered rapidly via desktop survey while eliminating unnecessary truck rolls.
  • Rapid planning for future network upgrades, new service offerings, and network expansions by identifying desirable customers in geographic regions within service areas.
  • Proactively identifying physical and logical network capacity issues through reports and thematic representation before any expensive capacity improvements.
  • Identify data integrity issues (geographic and non-geographic) between systems of record that could lead to unforeseen operational expenses when technicians reach the field to do their jobs.
  • Analyze aggregated data from the physical network, IoT and enterprise network monitoring sources as a first step to accomplishing proactive network maintenance.
  • Warehouse aggregated data from all sources to a single operational data store to analyze network growth from year to year.

Broadband service provider’s businesses, networks, and offerings are rapidly evolving due to increasing consumer demand for broadband access and network speeds. Due to this ever-increasing demand, it becomes imperative to manage the engineering architecture, operational workflows, and software to efficiently maintain optimal networks.

Special Eye

Thanks to the pioneering solution suite developed by Spatial Eye and over two decades of GIS expertise from Avineon, broadband service providers now have a partner to assist them in their continued evolution.

While Spatial Eye’s solution suite provides a single access point for service providers to access and analyze aggregated data, Avineon provides expertise in consulting, GIS and non-GIS data services for business empowerment. Together, the result is a client-centric solution experience that allows broadband service providers to make more informed business decisions. They also reap the benefits of having a valuable services partner who understands their business and the world’s evolving data landscape.

The Value of Network Data Aggregation2017-09-06T12:04:36+00:00

Leveraging Timelines

Pushing Sales with Spatial Data Warehouses

A spatial data warehouse can periodically consolidate spatial and non-spatial data from multiple systems to build a timeline of a customer, asset, work, and outage data. This, in turn, can provide snapshots of events or historical trends over a given timeframe. With lead generation, a spatial data warehouse can elegantly summarize and spotlight areas to target new customers as data from disparate systems is organized into a meaningful view for sales staff.

Piedmont Natural Gas (PNG), an energy utility serving more than a million residential and business customers in the Carolinas and Tennessee, partnered with Avineon to implement an enterprise-wide browser based system that leverages spatial data warehouse technology from GE/Spatial Eye in a project which yielded impressive savings in time and money for PNG’s sales staff and valuable insights into the power of spatial data warehouses.

A spatial data warehouse offers the advantage of simplicity to be both self-service and automated. That empowers PNG’s personnel to query the database on their own to see map-based or tabular information or generate analysis across various systems with customized information delivered to specific departments. This can be detailed parcel data of a potential customer or targeted searches over various regions in the service area.

Spatial Data Warehouse

View Timeline of Area Changes by Specific Areas in a Service Region

Spatial Data Warehouse

Detailed Information about a Parcel of Land

A major value driver for the spatial data warehouse-based system was the ability to consolidate location related information in one place, including GIS-based data and service information, without having to instigate a field visit. This included access to land rights information and changes to the circuit coverage through new construction that further empowered sales staff to identify new leads in an ever changing service region and intelligently form campaigns all within one interface.

Spatial Data Warehouse
Spatial Data Warehouse

Identify Leads in Select Areas and Generate the Most Impactful Campaigns

The spatial data warehouse-based web solution is fast, easy to use, and intuitive for PNG. Within six months of going live, PNG went from 50 users of the system to more than 500 users across the entire utility. The value of the rapid adoption of the spatial data warehouse by PNG’s sales team generated no fewer than 7,500 leads in those initial six months – a significant improvement over any previous process for lead generation.

In all, Avineon, with implementation team members, delivered a flexible, scalable and rapidly created an enterprise-wide system that leveraged a spatial data warehouse to PNG that has provided measurable improvements to the business, especially in lead generation. With the success of this initial scope, PNG hopes to enhance their web-based system to garner further benefits from spatial data warehouses.

Leveraging Timelines2017-09-25T19:21:18+00:00

Structural Fabrication Works

The Transformation Phase of Conceptualized Complex Architecture to Reality

Be it the Brooklyn Bridge or the Burj Khalifa (Dubai Tower), it is now an established fact that the fabrication work phase is an essential part of complex engineering projects. Rolling back the history of engineering activities, detailing occupies a prominent place and is a guiding path for the smooth and safe execution of installation/construction.

Previously, detailing activities were performed by hand sketching on a board. With the advancement of software technology, the detailing moved from board to computer screens with the help of building information modeling software (BIMs) like Autodesk’s AutoCAD, Bentley’s MicroStation, etc. As technology progressed, the two-dimensional (2D) detailing transitioned to a three-dimensional (3D) presentation, by leveraging 3D modeling software such as Trimble’s TEKLA, Aveva’s BoCAD, Bentley’s Structural Detailing, etc. Construction material that was previously manually fabricated, with the physical reading of 2D detailed drawings, has been replaced today by computer numeric control (CNC) machines. These CNC machines have automated the process, leading to enhancement in the precise cutting of material, optimum utilization of material, reduction in generation of structural steel waste, and so on.

Although the maturation of detailing activity is mainly due to software or machine operated fabrication works, the advancement of skill in engineering and fabrication continues to serve as the foundation for evolving the presentation of drawings/3D models and the handling, cutting, and sourcing of material using CNC machines. The detailed precision of structural steel and construction material generated from these drawings has cemented its value as a strategic step preceding, the sourcing materials for construction.

These drawings help engineers and designers to model the proposed building structure, prepare drawings and marking plans, and fabricate material accordingly. Structural detailing offers comprehensive analysis on all the required construction component specifications as translated from architectural designs and provides a virtual environment to stress analyze the intended materials as part of the structure. Creating accurate structural fabrication drawings requires a partner with long-term experience in structural engineering, design fabrication of complex architecture, advanced knowledge of material stress analysis, and expertise in engineering/structural based software.

A major challenge for a client in Singapore in constructing a sports stadium with curved structures, a dome ceiling, movable roof, and multiple assemblies was estimating the quantity of structural steel and construction material needed within each phase of the construction. With Avineon’s proven reputation for managing complex engineering support projects and strong expertise in CAD, steel detailing, and structural 3D modeling, the client reached out for support services. Avineon used Tekla to create a 3D model structure of the stadium along with connections and produced shop fabrication drawings, with the materials intended for use. The model provided detailed information on the structure of the stadium, the preparation of assembly along with the site erection, and specific part detail drawings for the project. This facilitated the fabrication of source material, using CNC machines for cutting and drilling, preparing for assembly fabrication, and minimizing on-site welding works. Overall, Avineon exceeded the client’s expectations in terms of subject matter expertise in structural engineering and planning while delivering comprehensive structural fabrication drawings within the expected timeline and budget.

Yongnam Structural Fabrication
Yongnam Structural Fabrication

3D View of Architecture

Another key challenge the client experienced was the critical need for the timely furnishing of fabrication drawings, to foster early detection of installation problems and provide local as well as global coordinates of every single part related to all aspects of the assemblies. The pool of skilled workforce available at Avineon answered the challenging requirement by leveraging technical and engineering expertise to provide additional value to the structural fabrication detailing services. The presentation pattern of local and global coordinates made by Avineon in fabrication drawings helped them to install structural steel members precisely and efficiently. This helped the client to commission the project without any hindrances and furthered the client’s relationship with Avineon.

Today a major challenge in the successful completion of any complex project is the accuracy of structural fabrication drawings, so as to reduce hindrances during the sourcing and installation of material. Even more essential is finding a partner like Avineon that has the right balance of subject matter expertise in the right engineering discipline and software knowledge to help construction companies build safe, well-analyzed structures and buildings regardless of the complexity of the architectural design.

Structural Fabrication Works2017-12-06T09:48:02+00:00

From Physical to Online

Moving a Telecom’s Network Asset Data to an Enterprise GIS

Deciding to move to an enterprise GIS is usually an easy decision, especially if the goal is to really achieve a full “end-to-end” model of all your network asset connectivity. If rolling out nationwide faster broadband is the frontier, then the need for a network asset connectivity model is no longer a decision of should you move to an enterprise GIS but how?

A large telecommunications company in Europe was planning to move to an enterprise Esri GIS. But, with most of their geographical and schematic data of the physical network, asset inventory, and additional data existing in raster images and paper records, they were clueless on how to do it? With over 5 million plans from over 5,000 exchanges containing over 10 million features and more than 80 million attributes, how can be especially daunting without an experienced partner!

Moving a Telecom’s Network Asset Data to an Enterprise GIS

With a long history and experience working with and migrating to an ESRI GIS environment, Avineon was one of the teams of experts engaged by the telecom company. The company wanted to ensure that all the different assets within the network would be represented accurately and transitioned to the new GIS. They were also looking for enhanced support to automate network planning activities including the move to nationwide faster broadband. Throughout a multi-year engagement, Avineon was able to deliver high-quality services and find additional areas to deliver further value to the telecom client.

Showing mastery in data quality, integration, and improvements, Avineon assisted the client with securing and enhancing asset data for the newly implemented Esri GIS. By liaising with the local client experts to frame a rule-based process, Avineon was able to resolve generic issues raised by various transformation teams.  This further helped the client to overcome issues with data capture such as source discrepancies, rule conflicts, and missing information. To ensure all data was accounted for during the collection process, Avineon’s ground resources resolved issues directly with client business units.

Avineon’s experience with automation led to efficient methods of converting all source data for copper and fiber networks into the enterprise GIS from sources such as paper, spreadsheets, and legacy digital/spatial inventories. Processes were created to account for digitization, work order posting, and fiber enhancements. Transforming and updating this converted data for accuracy and completeness required Avineon to create centralized data stitching teams to overcome matching issues in the live Esri GIS environment. Within each phase of the project, Avineon maintained a process oriented and automation based strategy to deliver and exceed the client’s expectations both on the quality of delivery and cost.

Data Transformation

With Avineon’s ability to scale onshore and offshore resources throughout the lifecycle of the engagement, Avineon was able to maintain a high quality of service and focus on adding value throughout the project.

Value added to many tasks included:

Value Added during data transformation

From Physical to Online2017-08-30T10:27:47+00:00

Preserving the Everglades

A Baseline for Future Restoration

Action starts with observation…The Water Resources Department (WRD) for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians focused on this strategy for the degraded 9,000-acre marsh located within the Tribe’s territory in Broward County, Florida. With a goal of monitoring, preserving, and restoring the habitat of the Everglades, the Miccosukee WRD was looking for a partner who could:

  • Create and maintain a baseline for the Everglades region and
  • Evaluate the success of hydro-pattern and ecological restoration activities in the future.

The Miccosukee WRD partnered with Avineon to consult and produce mapping products as a foundation for highly accurate trend analysis of the vegetative, soil, and topography of the area. With expertise in mapping systems and GIS data acquisitions, Avineon analyzed the geographic data that was already created within the Miccosukee WRD. Based on this analysis, a strategy and process map was developed to:

  1. Update the regional views with aerial images created by ortho photogrammetry
  2. Update fieldwork by using integrated GPS
  3. Create Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from stereo imagery and High Accuracy Reference Network (HARN) Control points

To get a complete picture of the region, Avineon also derived soil maps from existing hydrology, vegetation, and geology cartography.

Miccosukee Alligator Alley Federal Reservation

Miccosukee Tribe Alligator Alley Federal Reservation Triangle Area Vegetation Classification

With various photo interpretation and meshing techniques, Avineon was able to create comprehensive regional views of the Everglades.  As baseline vegetation classification maps, these views helped the Miccosukee WRD maintain and preserve the surrounding habitat and plan future restoration activity.

Preserving the Everglades2017-09-21T21:00:41+00:00

City Visualization

Detailed 3D Maps for the City of Brussels

Nowadays city stakeholders (companies, inhabitants, urban planners, city agencies etc.) have an increasing need to plan, view and simulate various aspects of the environment, weather, growth, and density of a city. The issues that require cities consider 3D models include shadow or noise impact, wave propagation, a line of sight analysis, urban planning, flood analysis, etc. Only with detailed, immersive visualizations and maps, can stakeholders truly get a picture of how these various dynamics affect the city.

The Centre of Informatics for Brussels Capital Region (CIBG) needed a detailed 3D model of buildings in the city of Brussels to accurately model the mobile phone signal reach and penetration throughout the city. With a model, the CIBG could determine if and where additional telecommunication antennas were needed.

For the required level of detail, simple block models would not suffice. CIBG needed detailed and accurate roof structures to adequately model signal wave penetration and come up with the best location to place antennas. The city engaged Avineon to create a process to integrate various source data format including vector data, Digital Terrain Models (DTM), ortho-photos, stereo-imagery and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data into an immersive 3D model of the entire region comprised of over 250.000 buildings and over 200 bridges.

Using newly acquired aerial images, Avineon first updated the 2D maps which served as a basis for the 3D model. All differences between vector data and the aerial images were identified, marked and sent to a photogrammetry team that did the update via stereo-restitution. This resulted in an up-to-date 2D base map.

Belgium CIBG

In a multi-step process, Avineon then created 3D building footprints, perfectly aligned with the updated 2D map, and corresponding to the height of the Digital Terrain Models, as well as detailed roofs and walls. For most buildings, Avineon developed a semi-automatic process based on the LiDAR data, which was acquired at the same time as the aerial images that were used for the 2D Map updates. For modeling landmarks and complex buildings such as churches, unique skyscrapers, and sports stadiums, Avineon used manual modeling techniques based on their expertise in stereo-restitution.

Belgium CIBG

Though not part of the scope of the work with CIBG, Avineon could have also used oblique image integration to create additional texture of buildings in and around the city. This could eventually allow a city add a level of immersion that accounts for detailed views of various scenarios and simulations but this was ultimately unnecessary for CIBG’s study.

With a comprehensive strategy, Avineon was able to deliver a rich 3D model of the city of Brussels to the CIBG for their specific purposes. The model was also made available for public and private use for city stakeholders of Brussels.

To see maps for yourself and read more on the project, click to go to the article in LiDAR Magazine.

City Visualization2017-09-25T19:14:27+00:00

Self-Service Analytics from GIS

Circuit Cards Using Insights and Metrics Extension for ArcGIS

A clear view into how assets and loads on a network (electric, gas, water, wastewater, telecom, etc.) are changing over time is vital for planning and optimizing network reliability and performance.

Until now, tracking these changes by circuit over time was a complex task as new construction and maintenance work was posted to the GIS. With 10.5 release of the Esri platform, GIS users now have the capability to view circuit and asset changes over time.

A mid-size southwest utility considered these new capabilities as an opportunity to empower end users with the self-service capability to analyze assets and loads on electric circuits from their Esri GIS.

With a reputation of creating innovative visualizations applications and expertise with Esri technology as well as the in-house developed tools, Avineon was engaged by the utility to define and demonstrate an efficient approach through a proof-of-concept.

Avineon recently completed this proof-of-concept by creating Circuit Cards accessible through web browser. Esri’s Insights for ArcGIS application as well as Avineon’s Metrics Extension to ArcGIS for Server provided the spatial analytics and visualization capabilities for the Circuit Cards. The results are impressive and illustrate the untapped potential of spatial data, traditionally used only for creating maps.

GIS Search

With Circuit Cards, the end-users at the utility were able to easily answer:

  • What assets and load do they have on a circuit on a given date?

  • Which circuits changed recently?

  • What types of changes were made on the circuits?

Asset and Load Summaries by Circuit

Asset and Load Summaries by Circuit

Updates By Circuit

Updates by Circuit

The proof-of-concept provided GIS/IT staff at the utility with an innovative approach to automate the scheduling, publication, and sharing of spatial analytics and trends to GIS users through ArcGIS Portal. With Avineon’s help, utilities can derive more value from the investments already made into systems like an Esri GIS.

Spatial Analytics

With a partner like Avineon, utilities can take advantage of the opportunity to make Circuit Cards for their workforce to create more meaningful experiences with digital products. Circuit Maps effectively answered the where for utility personnel, we now see the possibility for Circuit Cards answering what in an eloquent and meaningful way for the workforce going through the journey of digital transformation.

Self-Service Analytics from GIS2017-09-28T00:26:22+00:00

Structuring the Unstructured

Metadata and Tag Indexing to Intelligently Catalog a Facility’s Unstructured Engineering Documents and Drawings

Maintaining an intelligent repository of up-to-date engineering drawings and documents about facilities is usually not top of mind for manufacturing plants and refineries. Some of these plants are so old that during their time of construction, the technology to store the drawings online did not exist.

Even if plants and refineries had a centralized place for storing these complex documents, the documents were usually available only in the form of images, PDFs and scanned documents or in a non-electronic format like large paper documents or manual drawings, which can make finding the right plans or engineering documents at the right time a difficult proposition. Essentially all the hay is in a large haystack but companies may still be only looking for a needle. Without structured indexing and metadata for all the files in a repository, especially with plants that have complex engineering plans/drawings/designs, finding the right documents to conduct maintenance or operations or make plans for a renovation becomes a challenge.

Needle in a Haystack

Avineon, with its storied history of engineering services and data expertise, has the unique ability to review complex engineering documents across a company’s many facilities and plants, create and tag relevant metadata for each document, and architect a repository that efficiently catalogs all the documents.

A manufacturing company in the Middle East, reached out to Avineon for help with a similar challenge. Whenever they wanted to update or modify documents (both complex engineering plans and simple forms) about a given area of a plant for renovation or operational changes, the company was unsure what documents to update or where to find them. The company needed Avineon to create an Electronic Data Management System (EDMS) and a way to quickly find the right documents on demand. Avineon suggested metadata, an information index, which classifies documents based on their content and allows users to easily extract the target document from a large pool of digital drawings/documents.

Metadata Organized

Engineering experts from Avineon with strong technical knowledge, helped the client by creating the metadata and tag indexing for thousands of drawings/ documents, templates and Functional Design Specifications (FDS). All the document types and content, including details related to plant design, total area and maintenance areas were checked and matched for categorization. The information was grouped under specific tags, in a specific format and was uploaded in the company’s EDMS. The tags were mainly segregated depending on type and discipline and then linked to the respective documents, leading to easier retrieval of a document or information for the client by using options like simple query, full-text retrieval, drill-down, and navigation etc.

With proper metadata indexing and the right EDMS, the client was able to review any specific plant document even remotely. It essentially helped the client in converting a large amount of information (plant details, supplier data, reference documents, document tags, purchase orders and contract relationships) that was earlier unstructured, into documented files that can now be easily located. This ultimately helped them in better decision making and managing inconsistencies from what was really in the plant versus what was in the designs.

Overall, Avineon helped the client structure a mass of documents and files that were disparate and unstructured throughout the organization. With Avineon’s expertise in understanding engineering documentation and technical designs along with a deep understanding in creating a robust repository, the client was able to trust Avineon to carry out a strategy that proved efficient and cost effective across the client’s facilities and plants.

Structuring the Unstructured2017-07-31T19:26:17+00:00
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