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Importance of data management in the process

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Importance of data management in the process

My students are moaning at me for docking up to 5% for poor file management in their projects, I'm trying to emphasise to them that in a commercial environmentthey can have the most fantastic assemblies in the world but if it all falls over and no one can access them thenit was all for nothing, agreed?


BTW, my students are more likely to go on tobe project managers rather than the front line part designers,


Cheers, Sean

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Importance of data management in the process

Even more important then if their going to be PMs, they'll have to ensure
all project data is secured but available and correct from all members of
the project team and their own work to.

Maybe a crash course in PDM or PLM would be the way to go

Would have docked them 10%, you're to generous ;-)



Best Regards

Chris Collinson




Importance of data management in the process

I was also going to suggest that 5% didn't sound very much!



It may also help them understand why their future CAD operators are
"wasting" so much time making sure that everything is orderly and
logical.



Best regards,

Jonathan

(L'boro AAETS 96-01)


Importance of data management in the process


My first impression is that 5 is low.

Importance of data management in the process

Sean,



Considering the potential impact on a project, I agree - 5% is low. File
management is certainly more than 5% of the success of a project - IF
success is measured in things like process efficiency, time to market, speed
of revisions. Like you said, if it falls over, it was all for nothing. I
bought SWX this spring and I am suffering through my learning curve there -
not so much because of geometry related issues. I can get the models right
eventually, so I can sleep at night with respect to that. What keeps me up
at night is not fully understanding the relationships between Drawings,
Assemblies and Parts, etc. A mistake in that area can cause a lot of grief -
especially to someone who doesn't know the ropes.



PDM is to file management as a calculator is to math. You need to
understand, know, implement and use the theory manually it before the
automation should be relied on.



But, I give you my sincere and enthusiastic accolades for incorporating that
discipline into your curriculum. The design world will be a better place
because of your insight.



-Nate




Importance of data management in the process

Dock away, Sean, dock away...

Anyway, you are the lecturer, right? They get what you say. We never used to
moan in my day!

(Loughborough, Mech. Eng. '78-'82)



John


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Importance of data management in the process

"My students are moaning at me" ...... "more likely to go on to be project managers"

Sounds like they're pretty much making the grade and on their way! Should fit right in w/ most PM's I know. ;-)

Regards, SMS

Steve Shannon
Tooling Engineer
trans-matic
300 East 48th St.
Holland, MI 49423
phone (616) 820-2427
fax (616) 820-2488
www.transmatic.com

Importance of data management in the process

Everybody wants to be the big picture person and nobody wants to pay any attention to the details. Project managers are among the worst of those people. They only care about completing the project and don't care what it takes to get it done. They're too wrapped up in their charts, timelines and schedules than to worry about the work that has to be done. File management might not seem important for the project at hand but it's vitally important for the next project. Never ever think that your files won't be re-used again by you or someone else. I've been doing this a long time and it's been far and few between that a project was started completely from scratch. They almost always start with something similar that was done before.

Tim Knier
QG Product & Support Engineering
QuadTech
A Subsidiary of Quad/Graphics
Sussex, Wisconsin
414-566-7439 phone
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RE: Importance of data management in the process

One more point to impress on them. With many PLM systems it is not just design access now. Their poor data management will affect configuration management, sales, supplier management, partners in joint ventures, EBOMs, MBOM, and the list goes on. PLM is a business system not just an engineering system.

Importance of data management in the process

For some reason I am thinking these moaning students have a drawer full of
mix matched socks at home.



On the serious side, Mark's points are right on target.



Tim McLellan
Mobius Innovation and Development, Inc.