The functionality that software provides us is becoming increasingly sophisticated and rule-based. This helps us to make informed decisions without the need for detailed work and awareness of constraints governing design.
For example material properties when designing structures, or Regulations and Standards that provide safe limits for design parameters.
In order for the software to enable rule-based design, it must be present, but often the process of design is collaborative, as different disciplines become involved, and digital models (drawing files) are shared. Most software, such as AutoCAD, allow you to show these objects as view only, proxy entities. If small changes need to be made to these entities, this is not possible as the software, and the rules, are not available.
When collaborating with other professions and organisations on projects, it is important to establish roles and responsibilities and who should have the ability to edit a feature, especially when they may lack the knowledge, history or reasoning behind the decision making process. In these instances, it may be desirable to prevent unauthorised editing of features.
If the full software product and licence are not available, it is possible to provide a level of functionality, and access to the information contained in a digital model. This is provided by way of an ‘Object Enabler’ – a small, cut-down version of the software. This does nevertheless need to be installed if you wish to edit the design objects that were created during the collaborative design process.
It is often a benefit that there is a limit on the functionality available with Object Enablers (OE) as the key knowledge resides with the original creators of design elements, who have editing rights and full access to the software (and licence). However, some functionality can be useful, perhaps to be able to slightly move a give-way triangle, tweak the length of a lane line, or the extents of a planting area. In the case of a street light, whose position and rotation will have been carefully placed to ensure sufficient illumination of the road scene, it would not be appropriate to make it moveable when the software (and key knowledge) is not present.
Keysoft Solutions provides OEs for all of our products. We hope that we have exposed an appropriate level of functionality, and where too much flexibility is available (such as the street light example above), you ensure that changes are referred back to the relevant expert, as required – that you manage this process.
We hope that you will work with us to make sure that our products continue to evolve so that they can best serve your requirements.
The Object Enabler allows you to open a drawing and it will appear and print exactly the same as when it was saved within the Keysoft Solutions application. It provides you with the greatest flexibility to view data associated to our features and, in most cases, to be moved and deleted when our application is not present.
To download any of our object enablers please visit our support site.
For any further information contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 03451 303040