Can small MicroStation sites save time with add-on software?

CAD/BIM user desperately needs help

In any company — but especially in small companies — every production minute contributes to the overall viability of the company. Every dollar spent must produce significant results in order to justify the expense. With that said, a profit-conscious CAD manager at a small company can’t afford to pass up innovations that allow his designers to accomplish their work faster and more efficiently. But how can he be sure a tool, such as MicroStation® Productivity Toolkit, will increase profits sufficiently to justify its cost? Can a small company use utility software enough to justify its cost? We could simply tell you “yes”, but then this article would be done with and you would just roll your eyes and stop reading.

Small and large businesses both deal with heavy time constraints. Surveys show they can alleviate the burden with the right add-on software.

When can Productivity Toolkit help?

Quantity Sheets

What’s more, you can import the spreadsheet in just one paste (even huge spreadsheets). This whole process would take no more than three minutes, thus saving one hour and 57 minutes per month on this task alone. Now multiply this by every user in the shop who has a similar task. When every minute counts, this is a sizeable amount of time.

Your Design File is Hosed

Here’s another one. We have a customer who works at a small firm that was contracted by a large government agency. On the Monday of the week the firm’s section of the project had to be submitted, he came to work hoping to be able to get right to finishing the project. The design file supplied by the agency was a V7 file and his firm was working in V8. The problem started when he converted the V7 file to V8 and two-thirds of the file went missing when it was opened. He almost had a heart attack, but because he had seen an online demonstration about FileFixer and MicroStation Productivity Toolkit all he had to do was ask his boss for the company credit card. (Most companies can’t approve purchases nearly that quickly.) He was back up and running in less than one hour.

What else can Productivity Toolkit do?

Here is a short list of the many areas in which MicroStation Productivity Toolkit can come in very handy for a small team, especially when a deadline is hours away and your resources are very limited:

  • Importing spreadsheets in one paste and automatically updating the data inside the design file if the source spreadsheet changes, thus keeping all bills of materials and quantity sheets always in synch in both places.
  • Fixing “broken” design files (unopenable or misbehaving), thus eliminating 1) time spent figuring out why MicroStation is acting weird and 2) the need to redraw work you have already spent time on.
  • Graphically comparing different versions of a design file, thus eliminating time spent trying to figure out what changed between revisions.
  • Ensuring that all elements placed in a design file adhere to the project’s CAD standard, thus eliminating the possibility of drawing rejections due to CAD standard violations. Deleting duplicate and near-duplicate elements that may have been erroneously created by doing “one too many fence copies,” thus eliminating extra elements that may ruin your plots or bloat your design files.

The list could go on, but we think you get the gist of what we are trying to communicate here.

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