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, 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 intelligent 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 governing them, 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 domain knowledge, history or reasoning behind the decision making process. Ensuring that all parties can view features but only authorised people can edit them is essential for change management through a project. In these instances, it may be necessary to prevent unauthorised editing of features and why proxy entities can be extremely useful, if not critical.
If the full software product and licence are not available, it is possible to provide a level of functionality to authorised users, and access to the information contained in a digital model. This can be provided by way of an ‘Object Enabler’ (OE) – a limited use version of the software. Once installed, the OE will allow basic editing of the design objects that were created during the collaborative design process. This is a significant benefit as the key knowledge resides with the original creators of design elements, who have complete editing rights and full access to the software (and licence).
The OE allows basic functionality of the feature outside of the application and can be very useful for minor, managed changes. For example, being able to slightly move a give-way triangle, tweak the length of a lane line, or edit the shape of a planting area whilst maintaining the objects integrity and BIM data attributes. 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 to allow basic editing, and where too much flexibility is available (such as the street light example referenced above), you ensure that changes are referred back to the relevant expert, as required.
We hope that you will work with us to make sure that our products continue to evolve and that they can best serve your requirements.
This provides you with the greatest level of flexibility and puts you in control of who can view, modify or fully edit the features you create, and for which you are responsible.
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 30 30 40