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February 2006

Due South!

Building on the success of our first AssetCaptureexternal link Roadshow in November 2005 which took place in Stirling, Scotland, the next event has moved south.

The event will take place at Bristol Golf Club on Thursday 27 April 2006. Cad-Capture will demonstrate its highly acclaimed AssetCapture solution for converting property portfolios into Intelligent CAD Files.

Property, Asset and Estates Managers are invited to take part in this free event which will provide them with an understanding of how AssetCapture can help with their future Asset Management Planning.

March 2006

Best in Class

Cad-Capture has been a BSI registered company since 1994 and recently had its yearly BSI Assessment for its BS EN ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System and passed with flying colours. A number of very positive comments were made in the report and a couple are listed below:

*The Quality Management System is seen to be a Best In Class and is very user friendly*

The employees demonstrated a very positive attitude to the system and its use and application. The company's policy is to exceed the expectations of its customers by continually reviewing and improving the QMS.

This is a great achievement for Cad-Capture in continuing its registration for over a decade!

 

April 2006

Bunker Uncovered

Earlier this year, Cad-Capture was awarded a contract by the London Borough of Newham to undertake full measured surveys and produce CAD floor plans of some council owned buildings, one of which included a nuclear bunker which has not been accessed for the past few years.

The bunker was situated under the main playground of a school in Newham. It was necessary to explore exactly what the bunker contained, as the Council had plans to develop the site in the vicinity of the bunker. To gather such information, Cad-Capture's surveyors had to perform a full measured survey and take digital photographs from inside the bunker.

Access to the bunker was by ladder via a manhole in the school playground. Specialist equipment including breathing apparatus, winch and safety harnesses was required together with a portable generator for power and halogen lighting.

Upon investigation a warren of 12 rooms was discovered in the time-warp complex intended to house East London officials in times of national emergency. The building fabric had deteriorated somewhat and a number of rooms were flooded. The surveyors also noted possible previous access routes which had been blocked up over time.

Over the 10 years Cad-Capture has provided its AssetCapture solution, never has it had to survey such a unique space! Who knows what they might find next?

   

May 2006

New Technology for the Construction and Engineering Industries

Cad-Capture's philosophy is to continually develop new products and has introduced a number of groundbreaking products; CaptureLink for AutoCAD, CaptureLink for MicroStation, CaptureVue 2D, CaptureVue 3D and CaptureTransmit. These new technology components have been developed for the Construction and Engineering industries as add-in modules for Hummingbird Enterprise™, from the leading global provider of enterprise software solutions, Hummingbird Ltd.

Cad-Capture has a wealth of experience in the Construction and Engineering sectors, combined with extensive expertise in core technologies. Cad-Capture provides a range of modular and interoperable solutions and services for capturing, managing, accessing and controlling a wide variety of project related content, enabling clients to take control of business critical information and processes, promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing, streamlining efficiency and improving delivery in a competitive and demanding market.

CaptureLink for AutoCAD and CaptureLink for MicroStation are client extensions for Hummingbird Enterprise™ - DM. CaptureLink is required by project participants who need access to drawings which reside in DM libraries direct from AutoCAD/MicroStation authoring applications. CaptureLink includes bi-directional updates of the title block attributes, support xrefs/reference files and content search capability.

CaptureVue 2D and CaptureVue 3D are an add-in modules for Hummingbird Enterprise™ - DM and Collaboration with a multi-format view, print and mark-up capabilities. CaptureVue is required by project participants needing to review and authorise project related content and deliverables. Providing 'real-time' document based collaboration, full details of collaboration sessions including mark-ups and discussion threads can be saved to the DM library as a record of the decision making process. CaptureVue supports a wide variety of native formats including popular 2D CAD, with extended support for 3D parts and assemblies.

CaptureTransmit is the latest addition to Cad-Capture's technology portfolio and provides project participants such as document controllers, with the ability to easily create, issue, distribute and track transmittals.

 

June 2006

Planning for the future

Cad-Capture has recently completed a project for Capita Symonds on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to scan all the Council's planning applications dating from 1st January 1974 to the present day.

Part of a nationwide e-Planning' initiative, the Council embarked on the project to help satisfy criteria outlined in the National Planning Website Review by Peter Pendleton and Associates regarding the exchange of planning information via the Internet, now assessed against Audit Commission Best Value Performance Indicators 109 and 205.

The initiative aims to improve the service provided by Local Planning Authorities by delivering convenient, round-the-clock access to, e.g. applications, plans, decisions and appeals etc, whilst reducing operational costs and response times.

With Cad-Capture having successfully completed another large scale scanning project in 2004 enabling Capita Symonds to minimise its storage requirements following a move into new, prestigious, purpose-built offices in Blackburn, the multi-disciplinary consultancy practice appreciated that the quality of service provided would be of paramount importance in helping Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council achieve its aims in regards to e-Planning and, as such, selected Cad-Capture following an extensive assessment of the country's leading scanning bureaus.

A phased approach was taken, with Cad-Capture processing the most recent planning applications first. These were available as paper files comprising a wide variety of both large and small format documentation including, e.g. plans, correspondence and decision notices etc. Over 6,000 paper planning applications were processed comprising a total of 220,000 pages.

Subsequent phases involved the capture of over 28,000 planning applications which had been archived to microfiche as 16 mm and 35 mm frames inserted into clear plastic jackets. Images comprising each planning application were released in Adobe PDF format and indexed according to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council's unique reference number for upload into the Council's document management system. An industry standard format, Adobe PDF was chosen because of its ability to easily incorporate both large and small format images within a single file and ease of navigation with, e.g. thumbnail images and content search capability.

Simon Watts, Managing Director of Cad-Capture said that, "Having worked with over 50 Local Authorities across the UK, Cad-Capture is delighted to extend its already considerable portfolio of services to help clients realise their e-Planning ambitions".

Tony Ennis, Associate Director at Capita Symonds said that, "Both Capita Symonds and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are extremely pleased with the quality of service provided and have no hesitation in recommending Cad-Capture to other Local Planning Authorities embarking on similar projects".

   

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