Data in the drawing title block can be linked to the data stored in SharePoint Portal Server 2003, so no retyping is necessary, which reduces mistakes. By extending SharePoint Portal Server 2003 with the DWG iFilter, all textual data in drawings can be searched using SharePoint Portal Server 2003. This produces fast search results and enables users to subscribe to relevant information, bringing it rapidly to their attention.
Project members from all departments can now easily share and re-use design and document information without having to take complicated intermediate steps. Sharepoint offers enhanced business productivity and lower storage costs, and ensures advanced content management functionality.
Offering an easy to use Web publishing facility, Sharepoint increases
the business productivity of AutoCAD users. Collaboration between
project team members, clients and suppliers is simplified yet improved.
Because of centralized storage, data and information is more easily
available. Linking drawing title block information with the data
fields in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 documents removes the need
for staff to re-enter data, reducing the risk of errors being introduced.
Design, engineering and construction companies, as well as manufacturing
plants, and architecture firms, are some of the industries that
can benefit from the this solution. They can share AutoCAD information
across the enterprise while enabling external parties to securely
access the information over Internet. The version feature of SharePoint
Server 2003 gives users the certainty of working with the right
drawing version, reducing the need for expensive reworking of designs.
Sharepoint streamlines and accelerates the companys processes,
enabling greater business agility. Quicker time to market, lower
costs, and improved collaboration ensures increased revenues.
Sharepoint is notable for its ease of use and seamless connectivity
between AutoCAD engineering workstations, database and Web servers.
This can bring an increased return on investment.
SharePoint 2003 with the DWG iFilter provides users with the means
to search textual information within AutoCAD drawing files without
having AutoCAD on their desktop PC.