The intensity and significance of Design Change Management requirements are most pronounced at the initial concept and outline design phase of a project.
Numerous iterations occur before designs can be viewed as final and complete. Large volumes of information will be created, expressed in drawings, e-mails, product and project information.
Typical characteristics of a Design Change Management software solution include:
Search engine with powerful retrieval capabilities
CAD and associated reference file management
Versioning and revision history
Predefined automated workflow templates
Drawing & document metadata
Security, including controlled access
Design Change Management puts design at the centre of the solution. This focus enables organisations to better manage all outgoing and incoming documents, drawings and data that define a design, change requests, project information and contractual information. Efficiencies are gained through the controlled and automated dissemination of design information to all parties, internal or external.