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Integrating AutoCAD 360 to Improve Project Efficiency: Part 4
3:50 am  .   February 24, 2014  .   admin

Integrating AutoCAD 360 to Improve Project Efficiency: Part 4

So far, we’ve shown you how you can integrate AutoCAD 360 into the first three major phases of any project: pre-bid/contract, planning and design, and procurement and installation.

Now you’re ready to wrap it up, so this week we’ll focus on how AutoCAD 360 product features can help you at invoice/closeout—the final phase—as well as with ongoing management of the job.

Phase 4: Invoice/Closeout and Ongoing Management

Keep Documentation Together for Final Inspection and Invoice

As you take photos of the finished job, you can store them in the cloud along with all other documentation—including drawings, notes, manuals, and warranties—to be easily accessed later. This way, everyone on your team as well as your client can have access to all relevant documentation that’s all in one place. Set permissions to View for clients—or allow them downloading access if they wish to store files elsewhere.

Keep As-Built Drawings Clean as a Whistle

At this stage, your CAD draftsman has produced as-built drawings of the finished product. If he or she has used Design Feed to deal with notes, markups, and photos throughout the job, these drawings will be easier to deal with. All changes and documentation will be in one place—in Design Feed—but won’t be sitting in the drawing itself, needing to be cleaned up.

Have Everything on Hand for Inspections

Set permissions for your project manager to have viewing and note-adding access as they conduct the final inspection, in case anything still needs to be addressed. During your City Inspection, pull up any notes, drawing files, or other documentation on your smartphone or tablet using the AutoCAD 360 mobile app.

Carry the Efficiencies Over into Continued Management

In the coming months, you might be carrying out routine inspection and servicing, using the Design Feed to add notes and photos and then exporting them to Evernote if necessary. Your notes will still be associated with the relevant drawings even after the job is complete—and you can recall any files stored in the cloud and access them via the mobile app. It’ll maximize efficiency to have all relevant files in one place and easily accessible for whoever is overseeing the continued management of the job.

 

And now it’s time to break out the champagne and congratulate yourself on a job well done! We’d like to think it was done more efficiently and professionally with the help of AutoCAD 360. Are there spots we missed where you think AutoCAD 360 would have helped you be even more productive and efficient during your project? Let us know, and check back next week for more tips and tricks.