The Value of Search: Over CAD, BIM and Other Data Sources

CAD FIle For many companies in the manufacturing and construction industries, CAD files, BIM files and similar data sources are integral to operations. Whether they’re being used for designing products on the small scale or for planning and constructing large-scale infrastructure, these are critical components that are used frequently.

The problem is that as more and more files are accumulated, it creates vast volumes of data that individuals need to sift through. Without an effective methodology and system in place for locating and utilizing data, it can thwart productivity, reduce profitability and create some major headaches along the way.

The Pain of Locating Data

Research has found that “the average employee spends 9.3 hours a week searching for data and information, which is nearly 25 percent of a work week.” This can create a serious problem where employees end up spending an excessive amount of time searching for data rather than using it to accomplish tasks.

The bigger problem is that “corporate data will grow by 94 percent this year – and database systems by 97 percent.” This means that the volume of data that manufacturing and construction companies have will continue to grow exponentially in the future. On top of this, duplicate files can throw yet another wrench in things and create added confusion.

Without an effective means of storing, organizing and finding data, this can put a serious strain on operations and productivity is likely to suffer.

Enterprise Search as a Solution

Search employee Utilizing enterprise search software can be a lifesaver for companies in the manufacturing and construction industries and accomplishes three main things. First, it neatly stores and organizes data from CAD and BIM files in a database. Second, employees can quickly and conveniently crawl a company’s database to find the specific information they need within seconds. Third, employees can grab whatever files they’re looking for and use them to complete the project at hand.

When providing users with results, enterprise search takes several factors into account such as the user’s role and responsibility within a company, location, security clearance and the specific task they’re working on to deliver the exact content that’s needed.

The End Result

When you consider the intuitive, user-friendly nature of enterprise search and the way that it streamlines the process of locating data, it means one thing. Users are able to expedite the way in which they search for and retrieve data – and the amount of time each week spent searching for data is reduced significantly.

Instead of spending nearly a quarter of the workweek finding data, employees will spend a fraction of their time doing this. In turn, manufacturing and construction companies are able to reduce inefficiencies and can get the most from their employee resources.