BC [M] Key Capabilities
BlueCielo Meridian Enterprise is available in 11 languages and offers great flexibility in configuration to customer specific business requirements. All key capabilities can be adapted to your specific needs and to maintain naming, numbering and revisioning conventions used within your company. Existing documentation and data, including revision history, can be easily imported to get a head start when going live with the entire BlueCielo Meridian Enterprise.
Manage Engineering Data
Engineering data can be stored in the secure Meridian repository in various ways. BC [M] provides options to create new documents through the wizard, but documents can also be saved from within the (CAD) applications, by Batch import (including entire Assemblies and older revisions) or through drag and drop. In all cases the Wizard guides proper storage through the properties to be filled in. The properties can be mandatory, optional, automatically generated, have (dependable) look-up lists and can be calculated through scripting. Properties can be shown in the document (in headers, footers or title blocks) and automatically, bi-directionally or manually synchronized with the repository.
Secure Access & Controlled Content
Access to BC [M] is provided through Windows authentication, utilizing your existing Windows Users and User Groups. Role-based security determines what persons in certain roles are allowed to do with the content in relation to the status, for example edit, view or print. Content can be worked on by only one person at a time, while the previous version of the document is still available, although locked. Depending on the configuration of the BC [M] environment, it can be controlled so that certain groups of users can only work with the rendition of the document.
Search & Retrieve
BC [M] provides various ways to find the data required, like full text search, quick find, key find and extended search for documents or folders within or across repositories. In addition, user-specific views (Navigation Views) can be created showing a filtered subset of the repository for specific groups or activities, like to-do lists. On repository level, a selection can be provided as a Scope, like “Projects Scope” holding only the active change projects, which can have restricted access and specific Navigation views.
CAD Application Integration
Next to generic integration with MS Office applications, BC [M] supports the integration with multiple CAD applications, like AutoCAD, MicroStation, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, Revit and DWG based CAD applications (see full list). The CAD integration includes automatic and manual Reference Management, Xref support, Title block integration, and related functionalities to show the assembly structure, in which assemblies certain parts are used, copy files with references, index CAD files for full text search, etc.
BC [M] provides rendition support for all engineering data, including files with XRef’s, Hybrids and Assemblies. By use of the BlueCielo Publisher, the native files can be rendered to PDF and stored as a second file to the same document. Depending on the configuration of the BC [M] environment, it can be controlled that certain groups of users can only work with the rendition of the document or with both the native and the rendition.
Within BC [M] each document has a thumbnail for quick recognition. The files can also be viewed in more detail through the in-built viewer, which allows viewing of over 200 different file formats including 2D/3D CAD, Office, PDF and Raster formats without needing the native application. The viewer can be deployed by local installation or by use of a central server (server based viewing).
Within the viewer many features are available, like zoom, pan, magnify-glass, print, etc. For 2D CAD files more specific options are available, including the Xrefs and Hybrids, put Layers on/off, show Blocks and Measure design elements. BC [M] also provides viewing of 3D CAD files which provides other specific options, such as making an Exploded View within the viewer.
Redlining, Markup & Compare
For content review, the in-built viewer provides redline, markup and compare capabilities. The redline layers are stored and managed by BC [M], for other persons in the organization to work on when updating the content. Before making the redlines and markups, the document version at hand can be compared with previous versions or even other documents. While comparing, the additions and deletions are shown and can be viewed independently.
Workflow & Revision Management
BC [M] provides configurable document workflow based on document types, allowing mechanical drawings to go through a very formal approval cycle, which may not be required for sketches. The workflow determines the configurable revision schema according to your company standards. The to-do person is selected when a document goes through a workflow. In the event that somebody is ill, a manager can change the to-do person or move the document forward in the workflow. Both serial and parallel workflow can be configured and if-then-else statements give full control to comply with internal and external regulations.
Workflow activities are stored in the history logbook and at each workflow step the user can enter comments. The log is in a tabular format to support advanced reporting and auditing requirements.
Email Integration & Notification
BC [M] provides four types of email integration within MS Outlook or Lotus Notes:
- Client side email storage, including storage of attachments
- Client side email creation, including the native or rendition as attachment
- Server side email storage, through the BC [M] Email Manager
- Server side emails notification, to inform participants of workflow events through email. Pre-configured emails with document attachments or document links are sent to addressees selectable from pre-configured lists.
All content within BC [M] can be reported upon, either directly from the repository or through 3rd party reporting tools like Chrystal Reports or MS Reporting Services. Reports can be generated by use of templates and the required data can be collected from specific queries, views, searches, static or dynamic collections.
Highly Configurable to Meet Your Business Needs
BC [M] is highly configurable and has an extensive API allowing full optimization of the environment to your specific business requirements and integration with your business applications. Document types, workflow templates, lookup lists, numbering formats, revision schema’s, navigation views can all be configured to your requirements, in addition to integration with 3rd party business applications, like financial systems or planning tools.