Technical Data Management and Documentation

A complex systems engineering effort generates a large amount of technical information. For large systems, these data can be overwhelming, and come in many forms such as text, graphics, large-scale drawings, correspondence, requirements and specifications, and others. If these data are not organized and managed, the systems engineering team will soon be lost in mounds of paper that are not readily retrievable. Here again, with the power afforded by microcomputers and workstations, it is easier to manage large amounts of technical data on behalf of the entire project and the systems engineering team. A commercially available database management system (DBMS) becomes the most likely candidate as the centerpiece of technical data management, with other specialized software playing a supporting role. The reader with a special interest in this area may examine in detail the wide variety of other tools that might be used to assist in the task of technical data management.

The second part of this element is effective and efficient production of all required system documentation. Of course, this must be well-organized so that all files are retrievable by the project team. Word processors as well as other software (e.g., graphics) support this subelement, as do report generators of other types of software. Of special significance are ways and means of handling large-size drawings (e.g., blueprints) so that they can be stored and retrieved in an automated environment. All documentation should be available on magnetic disks to facilitate reproduction and usage.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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