Since the introduction of the computer into main stream engineering, companies now rely more on the CAD software and less on the engineering design process control. By whatever interface and command structure created by the software manufacturer the final result is a drawing. Consider these questions when using engineering software;
What is the real time needed to
∑ Define conceptual designs?
∑ Produce 3D models?
∑ Develop visualization?
∑ Redo, update, and correct models?
∑ Redo, update, and correct drawings?
∑ What is the true value of upgrading your engineer software every year?
∑ Will the purchase of software upgrades increase the userís output?
∑ Will the purchase of software upgrades increase the userís performance?
∑ Will the purchase of software upgrades increase the companyís profitability?
When you carefully consider the questions, the answers become obvious. CAD Administration is needed to define processes and procedures for control, integration, education, training, vendor interface, document control, file control, accuracy, inspection, configuration, and resource utilization.