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Chapter 26. Project Collaboration over t... > Coordination and the Iterative Desig...

Coordination and the Iterative Design Process

Constant communication between disparate (and possibly distant) parties such as consulting engineering firms, subcontractors, and suppliers is essential to a successful venture. In most cases, many firms, individuals, and sources are involved with the project. During the project design phase, a development team establishes the basic product design. A review and reiterative approval loop, perhaps involving external agencies, follows. Finally, ownership passes to engineering, which may contract with consulting engineering firms. At each step in the process design, changes will occur. Coordinating and communicating changes to the design is critical to keeping a project on schedule and costs under control.

Throughout the project life cycle, distribution of design and structural, construction, or manufacturing standards becomes an issue. By facilitating collaboration through rapid communication of design intent, you eliminate much of the reiteration involved. Coordinating engineering document flow and revision has always been a headache, even for companies with deep pockets. The Web, in conjunction with the proper graphical Internet client technologies, brings powerful tools for managing, viewing, accessing, and publishing CAD data for clients and agencies alike. Web servers provide central drawing management control and distribution mechanisms.


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