SDA Update: Built for Collaboration

Intergraph, Smart Digital Asset, Update, Blog

There has been a growing trend toward using collaboration systems on projects. Increasing complexity, higher costs, global execution, and modular design are some of the factors drive this.

The goal of project collaboration is to simplify communication, provide easy access to information for all stakeholders, and have one place to go for project information. Often, projects try to use their document management systems for collaboration, but they soon find that these systems are lacking in both functionality and depth of information.  

Intergraph Smart Digital Asset | Collaboration was developed from the ground up for exchanging information on complex industrial projects. We use an industry standard for exchanging information on projects (Capital Facilities Information Handover Specification – CFIHOS) so that project participants can communicate using a common lexicon. CFIHOS allows contributors to work in their own environments, using their own terminology and language and then map to the common platform in SDA.  

SDA Collaboration is designed to allow all project stakeholders to exchange information in the same system. Robust security ensures that the stakeholders only have access to information they are intended to see. There are other systems in the market that boast about their transmittal capabilities, which offers some insight into their view of collaboration.  A collaboration system should be more than just a clearinghouse for project documents.

SDA Collaboration is unique because it manages all project information, the facility's evolving "digital twin". The value of this is that now a reviewer can find relevant information based on the engineering data. In traditional document management systems, documents are routed to disciplines based on the meta-data of the document, all electrical documents in Unit X go to selected electrical people based on the distribution matrix.  

But what if they are interested in documents because of specific equipment characteristics? In SDA, Review Assignment Rules are used to route documents based on any characteristic of any item related to a document. For example, documents related to motors with horsepower greater than 500 can be routed to driver specialists. This means that reviewers get relevant information instead of having to sort through myriad documents to find what they want.

Look for our next SDA update! In our next blog, we’ll examine the business value of SDA Collaboration.

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