workflow processes to develop content for a schematic diagram
solution is critical and rarely discussed. This article will
review a successful approach used by Atlas Dynamics. The link
below is a complete detail of the workflow that will be
wiring diagram project usually starts out with a vehicle and
some source schematic diagrams. The source diagrams must be
converted to at least a CGM level 4 or WebCGM to work as an
interactive diagram with hotspots, links and indexed
searchable data. Some CAD tools can articulate a set of
diagrams in their native formats into circuits and links but
need to be transformed into CGM file formats. Atlas does have
a new tool called XAT
can take in CAD wire lists and transform the information into
CGM S1000D compliant diagrams.
good IEWD solution has the ability to resolve a vehicle into a
set of systems and subs-system. In such a articulated
configuration diagrams can be associated and provide an
intuitive ability to navigate a vehicle's set of diagrams,
this proves very advantageous for projects where there are
hundreds of diagrams.
next set of processing phases are called Native
Vector Data Processing,
however, if the project is using diagrams that were
transformed from a CAD tool's wire lists the Native Vector
Data processing is unnecessary. On the other hand if the
diagrams are from a raster to vector transforming tool or a
simple CAD tool file format to CGM the vector, line point data
must be analyzed and processed algorithmically.
Native Vector processing involves many processing stages that
include text pattern and line pattern algorithms. In addition
wire typing algorithms are used to identify circuit types.
Finally circuit building algorithms and along with
hierarchical capturing algorithms are employed that create the
indexed circuit data set. Meaning a data set is created that
has captured the circuit component inter-connections and
hierarchical component relationships as well as the circuit
processed by the Native Vector processing stages or diagrams
transformed from a CAD tool's wire list move onto the Post
Circuit Building Process stages.
These set of stages or phases use the data sets created from
previous processes to link up circuits across diagrams. From
the outputs of the Post Circuit Building Process S1000D wiring
modules can be built.
addition, a good IEWD solution should be capable of
associating and managing media or auxiliary data for each
circuit and component across all diagrams. Meaning a
technician need only click on a hot spotted component label
and can bring up images, PDF instructions, videos, etc. Atlas'
tool suite provide such a capability.
good feature for an IEWD solution is the ability to
communicate with other software such as IETMs, 3D simulators,
etc. Atlas' P2pViewer can communicate with just about any IETM
and 3D simulators on the market today! The tool suite provides
management tools that are user friendly and have no need for
programming, that will allow a user to set up a communications
ability between both the P2pViewer and the external
application, 3D simulator or IETM, etc.
all phases of the processing QA stages are implemented that
insure each phase is correct and accurate. The Atlas tool
suite can be configured where different parties are
responsible for QA of the resultant diagram outputs from each
once all stages have been completed and passed QA the data
sets of inter-linked diagrams, auxiliary media data, external
application exchanges and the IEWD viewer can be complied and
published for installation to any tablet or laptop with just a
click of a button. This kind of user friendly processing
removes any need for internal IT support or intuitive know how
to any particular hardware or software platform.
this brief description one can clearly see that the workflow
is of a document management process and as such there are
inherent advantages from such an approach.
repeatable workflow process is neccessary for any IEWD
solution for the obivious reasons listed above. What may be of
concern to many technical publication organizations is how to
provide a competative IEWD solution that is sustainable and
attractive to potential clients! Fears by potential clients of
costly diagram maintenance because technical publication
organizations will only solicit such business if customize
software development is included in the contract is no longer
warranted with COTS solutions. Effectively, without the need
to engineer a solution, an organization wanting to deploy a
sustainable wiring diagram solution to a client is possible
with a COTS solution such as Atlas' tool suite.
Lombard is the CEO of Atlas Dynamics Corp a leading provider
of Interactive Electronic Wiring Diagram production tools.