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Smallworld Design Manager is part of the Smallworld geospatial infrastructure platform and is a comprehensive workflow management system for network planning and design, including:
Easy to use design layout tools with CAD-based precision placement features
Workflow support and process control
Robust analysis of alternative design scenarios
Incremental processing of large designs
Work point/span modelling
Cost estimation and reporting tools
Work package and preparation tools
Spatial information from a number of sources needs to be combined with the current network in a design environment where designers can lay out a number of solutions to a new service or maintenance work request. Smallworld Design Manager provides a geospatial-based design environment to manage the proposed network changes. Cost information for the proposed network changes can be used as part of the design approval within the spatial environment and this information shared with Enterprise Asset Management systems using Smallworld Business Integrator.
Related designs enable collaborative work between designers before their designs are integrated into the As Built network. They utilize the concept of a design set, which is a collection of related designs used to share object changes between related designs.
Diagram of Related Design Concept
When a related design is opened and refreshed, it has visibility of the most recent published changes from all related designs in the set. Any object in the design set can be connected even if the object was created or updated in a different related design.
Periodically, designers can choose to publish their related designs. They share the most recent changes from their design with all other related designs in the set. Other designers can see these changes by refreshing their designs. Once a related design is complete, it can be integrated independently into the As Built network using Phased Completion.
Phased completion enables the integration of a phase of a design into the operational network independently of the rest of the design. An existing design can be split into multiple phases, and each phase can be integrated into the operational network as required. Phases can be moved through the design life-cycle independently of each other and of the design.
Phases and phased completion can be used to manage projects which take a long period of time, such as a large highway move or a new multi-subdivision development, where construction work may be connected and energized in stages. By posting only those parts of the design that have been energized, the operational model then accurately represents the operational network in the field.
Organizations can customize the Smallworld Design Manager state model to fit the business rules governing their design life cycle. Any number of design processes can be configured into the state model, depending on the project types, project sizes, project origins or other variables specific to the needs of the organization.
The Design Manager workflow capabilities include:
Smallworld Business Integrator (SBI) is GE’s solution for integrating Smallworld applications with SAP and other Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems. It features a comprehensive toolset for integration with SAP and external systems using industry standards and has been awarded the SAP Powered by NetWeaver certification.
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Mobile Design provides field enablement of inspection, as-built update and simple design processes, leveraging existing components from MapFrame™ FieldSmart, Smallworld Design Manager and Task Manager. Design Manager projects are updated with the ‘As Built’ information more efficiently according to what was actually performed during construction of the design in the field.
The productivity of field users who capture design notes and as built updates in the field is increased and the time to enter as built updates from field notes to the back office GIS is reduced. The quality of the data from the field is improved by reducing the risk of back office data entry errors.
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