CAD Manager's Newsletter (#162)9 Nov, 2006 By: Robert Green
Combine cleanup with archiving to establish a regular housecleaning schedule.
In the last issue of CAD Manager's Newsletter, I doled out a few CAD housekeeping tips to help you control the digital clutter that accumulates in CAD environments. I received a good bit of e-mail feedback on those tips that I'd like to share with you. Below are some reader responses, which seemed to fall into two main categories, along with some follow-up comments for each.
Reader Feedback: Issue warnings to the offenders before the cleanup begins.
A number of readers recommended that, since they already knew who was creating most of the CAD mess, those users should be sternly warned before cleanup efforts begin, giving them a chance to straighten out their own messes. It seems that the trend was to say, "I'll give you one chance to clean it up and follow standards or I will turn you in." I see no problem with this approach, and if it works for you in your environment, that's great. The only concern I'd point out is that if you issue the ultimatum, you'd better be ready to turn the violators in if they don't comply.
Reader Feedback: I like the approach to CAD housekeeping, but I can't get my project managers to let me enforce the rules.The only way I know of to make management see the value of keeping things clean is to track the support time you spend resolving messes. Try writing down all the time you've spent restoring backups, resolving incorrect revision issues, figuring out what drawing went where and why, etc. Only by making CAD housekeeping a money issue can you ever hope to change things. Read more>>
We've been moving toward using 3D tools for a while, but I've got some users who just won't give up their 2D tools. What can I do to break the logjam?
Robert Green replies: The first thing I'll point out is that in any 2D-to-3D migration, you'll find the following categories of users:
My recommendation is to get the first two categories of users going with 3D tools in a productive fashion before you spend too much time worrying about the latter two categories. Once you get your power users up and running, you'll have some help in performing day-to-day support assistance that will help you get most users on board and productive. Read more>>
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