HDR ProjectWise Implementation
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Distributed work sharing is one of the keys to
HDR’s business success. In these operations, the
firm found that moving drawings and documents
over e-mail and FTP poses unacceptable risks that
files will be overwritten or corrupted. With the
average cost to regenerate a single drawing
being approximately $1350, a single miscue
could affect a set of 75 sheets, leading to a total
loss of $100,000.
To overcome these and other challenges, HDR
implemented the Project Wise system of collaboration servers as its primary document management
system. ProjectWise has added considerable
value to HDR’s production processes and has also
considerably enhanced the quality of work. In an
expanding, multiple-service business like HDR,
producing plans and specifications can be a
daunting challenge. However, ProjectWise provides a framework for work sharing and workload
balancing that matches the firm’s distributed production model.
Project Wise facilitates transparent access to docu-
ments when project teams are spread across multi-
ple locations. As a result, HDR engineers can now
access their critical documents from a client’s office,
from an HDR office they are visiting, or from home.
ProjectWise is also serving as a framework for
implementing HDR’s comprehensive CAD standards, which follow the firm’s engineers from location to location. Moreover, engineers can work
on projects and jump from one client standard
Realizing that CAD technicians are overwhelmed
with complicated choices, HDR has automated
those choices and forced the automatic control of
settings based on the project folders from which a
drawing is selected—improving work quality.
To date, Project Wise, which serves roughly 3500
HDR staff in more than 80 locations, has reduced
rework problems by 50 percent or more per location. HDR estimates its time savings from the use of
Project Wise are at least 40 hours per project start. ;