Introduced to DBDOC in 2001 by it's inventor Geoff Michaels, at a time I needed it most. I was charged with maintai...
Tony Porter, Cardno BEC
While you are converting, you can maintain a document where the modules that are
converted to Composer are built from Composer, but the others still show their
WinCAD ®or CADEWS® source.
DBDOC identifies many system issues, so you can clean them up and avoid copying
them into the new system.
1. Capture a picture of the old system configuration.
Use DBDOC to capture a picture of your system before you start
your conversion to make the conversion and checking of the new system easier.
If you are converting from WinCAD®
/CADEWS® to Composer®, the old version
can be used until the Composer® version of the module is completely
checked out. A build that archives what your system looked like
under WinCAD® is much easier to access for checking purposes than WinCAD
or DOS CADEWS® itself, and everyone involved in the project can have
this picture. Step by step, you can bring modules converted to Composer®
into the DBDOC system, replacing the WinCAD® versions.
2. Easily sort out issues that exist in the old system.
Identify and fix
configuration issues before conversion, or directly afterward. Using DBDOC to tidy your system
before conversion makes post-conversion clean-up much easier.
DBDOC checks for issues that will affect your conversion:
- Use DBDOC to identify and correct duplicate output
references before conversion. Uncorrected, they can cause
"Copy 1" type text after you conversion, forcing you to look
at each instance individually to clean them up.
- Find case-sensitive output references - DBDOC will tell you
about output references that differ only in some letters being lowercase. This
can prevent a major cleanup job!
- DBDOC's "No OREF Connection" allows
you to find all the places that need an output reference created.
- DBDOC reports input blocks that import different blocks in
Composer® than in WinCAD®.
- Verify that your root user macro library works - DBDOC does the
equivalent of a complete compile that will tell you if any shapes are missing from the
3. Reduce the amount of training necessary.
Modern configuration systems are very powerful - but it
takes significant training to become a proficient and safe user. For
many, the only application of this training is to be able to find
problems and fix them. Using existing tools opens up the danger of logic being changed inadvertently.
Why send people to costly training that is intended primarily for people who make
configuration changes? The cost of installing DBDOC throughout your plant is about the cost of one week
With DBDOC, you can significantly reduce the amount of training
needed in order to accomplish faultfinding. Because DBDOC is
strictly a read-only system, even inexperienced people can
safely use DBDOC for troubleshooting, with no fear of accidentally
changing something in the system.
4. Support the system more effectively while training.
If your experts have a copy of DBDOC on a laptop when they are away for training, they can
assist people back at the plant much more easily. Because their access is read-only, they
cannot make any changes, but can advise the plant.
5. Have a good picture of the old system while training on new techniques.
When people are trying to understand what they are being
taught about Composer®, it is very useful to be able to relate
the new knowledge being presented to what they know from the existing
DBDOC allows them to study Composer® while
seeing the WinCAD® picture,
helping make the training more effective, especially when training
away from the plant.
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