Team Design Software

Written by Adam Blau
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Some of the most effective engineering projects are worked on by several designers collaborating with each other. Design firms both large and small can achieve success by using collaborative methods on engineering projects. Projects that would prove impossible for a single engineer can be accomplished quickly and easily by a team working together.

It is important for engineers in collaboration to be able to keep track of one another's progress. Chances are, each engineer will be working at his or her own pace on a particular facet of the design. If each engineer accesses the design file at a given time, it is crucial for him or her to know what work has been performed since he or she last accessed the project.

Team Design Software and CAD

Good computer-aided design (CAD) software, then, has a set of team design tools onboard that can allow this progress to be tracked. The most basic team design feature in CAD software is the implementation of a "check in/check out" system. In this way, team members make a note of each time they access a particular project, and denote the modifications made in the process.

Some CAD programs even include onboard server software integrated into the design program. This way, engineers can work on a project simultaneously from different computers, all the while communicating and modifying the items throughout. These and other team design elements can make a CAD program extremely useful to engineering teams who work together.

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