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July 2006

Cad-Capture engineers solution for Parsons Brinckerhoff

Cad-Capture and Hummingbird have implemented a project-centric content management solution for Parsons Brinkerhoff, one of the worlds leading planning, engineering, program and construction management and operations and maintenance firms.

Comprising core Hummingbird Enterprise TM - DM and Collaboration technology components, the solution enables Parsons Brinckerhoff to manage, share and collaborate on a variety of project related content such as e.g. e-mails, drawings, project plans etc, with third party project participants including clients, suppliers and contractors etc.

Key features include a flexible, scalable and secure environment for managing project related content, together with project centric workspaces, providing efficient collaboration by combining content, discussion threads and calendaring capabilities etc.

Involved in scoping and implementing the solution, Cad-Capture also delivered various drawing management components including direct integration for AutoCAD with support for xrefs and synchronisation of title block attributes for efficient profiling using its CaptureLink for AutoCAD client extension for Hummingbird Enterprise™ - DM, as well as the ability to view, print and mark-up a variety of project related content, including native 2D CAD formats such as e.g. AutoCAD, regardless of desktop authoring application across various distributed UK sites using CaptureVue 2D.

Following the success of this implementation, Parsons Brinckerhoff intends to make Hummingbird Enterprise™ available across their global business operation.sets.

August 2006

School Governance & Management - Measuring the Capacity of Schools in Wales Rheoli a Llywodraethu Ysgolion - Mesur Capasiti Ysgolion yng Nghymru

Cad-Capture is proud to announce another innovative first in Asset Management!

In July 2006, the National Assembly for Wales issued its guidance "Measuring the Capacity of Schools in Wales", together with proforma Capacity Assessment spreadsheets for primary and secondary schools.

Just a few weeks later Cad-Capture enhanced its AssetCapture solution to automatically populate the Capacity Assessment spreadsheets directly from CAD floor plans. Both Welsh and English language versions are available. For the past six years Cad-Capture has been expertly providing similar capacity calculations for many Local Authorities in England under DfES* guidelines.

The capacity of a school is the number of pupils it can accommodate. This guidance together with spreadsheets provides the method to derive the capacity of primary and secondary schools and the appropriate admission numbers. This method can be used immediately: to report on surplus capacity; where it is intended to change an existing standard number (by publishing a statutory proposal) before to 2008-09 admissions round; and for planning school places.

The process of gathering the capacity information and entering it manually is laborious and prone to error. Cad-Capture's solution generates accurate Capacity Assessment spreadsheets in seconds, with no room for error, providing the CAD floor plans are up to date.

A number of Local Authorities are already benefiting from Cad-Capture's solution and have found the speed, accuracy, convenience and cost savings to be unbeatable. The solution is available as licensed software or as a service.

Simon Watts, Managing Director of Cad-Capture said: "The introduction of this service means that through innovation and forward thinking, Cad-Capture is continually striving to provide its customers with a Best Value solution."

About Asset Management Planning Asset Management Planning processes and the underlying data provide a basis for making decisions on spending priorities. AMPs are key plans in terms of ensuring overall best value and improvements in standards from capital investment in buildings.


September 2006

Cad-Capture continues investing in people

Cad-Capture is celebrating once again after retaining the prestigious Investors in People (IIP) standard for the fourth time since it was first awarded in 1997. The standard helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the management and development of their people.

The framework involves:

  • Plan - developing strategies to improve the performance of the organisation
  • Do - taking action to improve the performance of the organisation
  • Review - evaluating the impact on the performance of the organisation

Simon Watts, Managing Director of Cad-Capture said: "Cad-Capture's employees and customers benefit from the improved company performance and customer service implemented through investment in its people. I am delighted that we have passed again with flying colours."


October 2006

CaptureNet Release

Cad-Capture would like to announce a new software solution, CaptureNet, with a proposed release date of April 2007.

CaptureNet is a web-based search and retrieval solution; with advanced view and print facilities for over 200 file formats including AutoCAD, MicroStation, TIFF, JPEG, PDF (and many more!), offering quick and easy access to documentation via an intuitive and simple-to-use interface.

CaptureNet's thin-client, based on a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 platform, is easy to administer, negating the need to visit client PCs to install software and will be enable all users, remote or otherwise, to access and collaborate on drawings regardless of geographic location.

Some benefits include:

  • Readily Accessible: CaptureNet is readily accessible via your web server using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  • Quickly Recover Documents: A customised search facility allows specific documents to be recovered from the CaptureNet repository using data obtained during indexing.
  • Easily Navigate to Specific Regions of Interest: A variety of features including zoom, pan etc which allows users to quickly navigate to specific regions of interest within a document
  • Ease of Administration: A thin-client, server based solution, CaptureNet is easy to administer and negates the need to visit client PCs to install software.
  • Mark-up and Annotate Documents: The ability to quickly recover documentation is an invaluable capability. More valuable still is the power to augment content - by adding notes, observations, instructions and references.
  • Extensive mark-up tools: Facilitate communication and collaboration between team members by allowing users to annotate and provide feedback on specific documents using a wide variety of useful entities, text and objects.
  • Collaborate real-time: Collaborate real-time with other users in a distributed environment using extensive mark-up tools and messaging facility.

November 2006

Cad-Capture is to exhibit at the Asset Management Planning Network National Conference 2006

Cad-Capture is proud to be invited to exhibit again at this year's Asset Management Planning Network National Conference organised by CIPFA/IPF which will take place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on 28th November 2006.

This is the second year the event has been held and it will be presented to the largest network of Asset Management professionals within the UK Public Sector. The conference will introduce Asset Management - Unlocking the door to Improvement and Efficiency.

Cad-Capture will demonstrate its AssetCapture solution for converting property portfolios into Intelligent CAD Files and automatically populates the data with any Asset Management system.


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