1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 30, 2017 3:50 PM by Alex Burnett

    Putting standard blocks in the vault or no?

    Robert Pickeral

      We presently have a few hundred standard parts that we use for our drawings (titleblocks, parts lists, callout symbols, etc.) in a shared drive folder, read-only for users.

      But we have some controls:

      A few users admin and maintain that folder on the server. And we have a DOS script that automatically performs a sync from that shared folder with a location on all the engineers PC when they login, and at noon. We do this in case users are out of the office OR the network goes down - engineers can still access the components they need.


      I'm thinking of storing these standard drawing components in the vault - and they be a part of the Project templates when new Projects are created. Doing so will better define what company "standard" was in effect when that project was created - creating a unified "look" for all Drawings (which are created in 3 different states).


      We have the project template creating a few folders already. Can the PDM project template also create folders with these symbols already in folders?


      Thoughts? Suggestions? Pros/Cons?


      Thank you.

        • Re: Putting standard blocks in the vault or no?
          Alex Burnett

          We have ours set up in EPDM and everybody's machine actually references the EPDM location for all items found in the System Options -> File Locations. This actually works well for us. The administrator set the folder to always get latest so we have updated templates, drawing blocks, etc. It's nice because everything is always up to date for everyone at any given time.


          As for a project creating drawing blocks, that sounds like a headache in terms of version control and duplicate files all over the server. I would stay away from that personally.