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AutoCAD WS for Facilities Management – Part 3: Managing Your Room Changes from the Cloud

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Welcome to the third part of the series of AutoCAD WS for Facilities Management (FM).

In Part 2, we talked about how easy it is to manage our space in our building from the cloud, using a tablet device and AutoCAD WS. This time, we are sharing from FULL AutoCAD using the AutoCAD WS plug-in.

Managing Your Room Tables from the Cloud

Quite often, the FM manager needs to get revised FM CAD information to a remote facilities site within minutes to make sure that the work is done with as little time lapse as possible, in different time zones, for example.

An FM drawing in FULL AutoCAD with a room areas table. (Image courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.)

An FM drawing in FULL AutoCAD with a room areas table. (Click for larger image. Image courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.)

Now, the issue is the facilities manager in London wants to convert RM-0012 and RM-0013 into the one room, RM-0012. He needs to get the changes over to the facilities technician in Abu Dhabi working on the new hotel design, who is running AutoCAD WS on a tablet device (an iPad, maybe).

Step 1

Using full AutoCAD, the manager in London has already shared revision 2 (Rev2) of the drawing that shows the TWO rooms. The manager makes the necessary changes to make RM-0012 one LARGER room by erasing RM-0013.

Rev 3 of the FM drawing showing changes that need to be made. (Image courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.)

Rev3 of the FM drawing showing changes that need to be made. (Click for larger image. Image courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.)

Once the drawing is saved, the FM manager UPLOADS the drawing to the cloud with the AutoCAD WS plug-in and then SHARES the drawing with the FM technician on-site in Abu Dhabi.

Sharing the FM drawing using the AutoCAD WS plug-in. (Image courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.)

Sharing the FM drawing using the AutoCAD WS plug-in. (Click for larger image. Image courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.)

Step 2

The FM technician in Abu Dhabi receives an email from the FM manager in London on his tablet device.

Email received by FM technician on tablet device. (Image courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.)

Email received by FM technician on tablet device. (Click for larger image. Image courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.)

Step 3

The FM technician chooses to view the drawing in AutoCAD WS online (as shown in figure above).

So, this time, the AutoCAD WS plug-in for full AutoCAD provides the 24/7 timeline and allows drawing management and revisions to be shared to the cloud, on a tablet device.

Author: Shaun Bryant

  1. Sezgin Kaya
    January 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

    This is an excellent example of collaborative design and value of connectivity in construction and operations. The implications of such technologies in facilities management market would be significant in the near future. But what about the governance and ownership of such technologies? Who is best positioned to invest, client or contractor? In Facilities management, where the clients may have a longer interest in the service, can choose to invest in such technologies…

  2. June 7, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

  1. January 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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