F.I.R.E.

The Facility Intergrated Records Environment

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F.I.R.E. STANDS FOR FACILITIES INTERGRATED RESOURCE ENVIRONMENT.

IT WAS MY IDEA TO TRY AND COMBINE AS MUCH OF THE FACILITES INFORMATION THAT WAS USEFUL GLOBALLY THROUGHOUT THE FACTORY UNDER ONE ENVIRONMENT. PEOPLE NO LONGER NEED TO LOOK FOR INFORMATION AND COULD FIND ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS IN ONE LOCATION.

SIMPLE LIMITS OF ACCESS RELATED TO JOB FUNCTION

THE IDEA WAS TOS TILL MAINTAIN CONTROL OVER DOCUMENT DISTRIBUTION AND REVISION CONTROL, WHILE ALLOWING DIFFERENT DEPATRMENTS TO ACCESS INFORMATION RELAVANT TO THEIR TASKS.
RESTRICTIONS COULD BE MAINTAINED ON SUBDIRECTORIES ASSIGNED BY THE IT DEPARTMENT - SENTIVE INFORMATION NOT COMMON TO A DEPARTMENT COULD BE SEGREGATED SO THAT USERS ONLY HAD ACCESS TO INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THEIR WORK REQUIREMENTS.

THE SYSTEM WOULD ALLOW USERS TO "NAVIGATE" THE PLANT ENVIRONMENT VIRTUALLY IN ORDER TO FIND ROOM LOCATIONS ,EQUIPMENT OR PERSONEL, AS LONG AS THEY KNEW THE "PHYSICAL LOCATION" OF THE EQUIPMENT.

IMPLEMENTATION

IMPLEMENTATION IS STILL PENDING, BECUSE I AM UNSURE MY EFFORTS WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THEY HAVE BEEN CHANING WORK PLATFORMS AND SOFTWARE DO TO ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES.THEY DO NOT REALIZE THE WEALTH OF ABILITES AVAILABLE IN SOFTWARE THEY ALREADY OWN. THIS APPLICATION WOULD BE UNIVERSALLY HELPFUL AND AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE WITH COMPUTER ACCES TO VIRTUALLY FIND ANY INFROMATION AS LONG AS A COMPUTER WAS AVAILBLE. THE HALL MARK OF THIS IS IT COULD BE IMPLEMENTED WITHOUT ANY FURTHER COST (FREE).

I TEND TO INNOVATE WHEREVER I GO. BUT OFTEN I FIND MY EFFORTS PIRATED, IF NOT COPIED AND PORTED TO OTHER COMPANIES. ALSO THERE ARE THOSE WHO NEVER HAD AN IDEA WHO FEEL IF THEY CAN UNDERSTAND MY DEVELOPMENT - IT WOULD BE GREAT JOB SECURITY TO LEARN MY WORK AND THEN DISPLACE ME SO THE CAN HAVE JOB SECURITY. SO UNTIL I HAVE DIALOG WITH UPPER MANAGEMENT I GUESS THIS IS A DEMONSTRATION OF WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH MINIMAL COST AND THE RIGHT PERSON..

INTUITIVE FACTORY KNOWLEDGE

1. INTUITIVE FACTORY ROOM IDENTIFICATION FOR NEW EMPLOYEES

THIS FEATURE ALLOWS A PERSON A METHOD IN WHICH TO SEARCH VARIOUS AREAS OF THE FACILTY WHEN THEY ARE NEW AND DON'T KNOW THEIR WAY AROUND. THIS WOULD BE GENERAL ACCESS. OFTEN NEW WORKERS DESIRE MAPS AND TOURS OF THE FACILTY TO BECOME FAMILAR. WHILE THIS ELIMIANTES THAT NEED AND ALLOWS THEM TO PRINT THEIR OWN UP TO DATE MAP AS REQUIREED OR VIEW AS A PDF ON THEIR LOCAL COMPUTER.

2. INTUITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF EQUIPMENT

ANOTHER FEATURE. THIS ALLOWS A WORKER TO LOCATE ANY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT, "THEY NEED INFORMATION ON" AND SIMPLY NAVIGATE TO IT VISUALLY.

THEN BY " MOUSE CLICKING" ON THE "EQUIPMENT IMAGE"- INFORMATION IS DISPLAYED FOR THE EQUIPMENT - SUCH AS SERIAL NUMBER, PART NUMBER, DATE PURCHASED, THE ASSET NUMBER, THE MANUFACTURER, AND MODEL.

FOR ENGINEERS, THE PERFORMANCE SPECS AND ACCOUNTING INFORMATION CAN BE CROSS REFERENCED IN THE ACCOUNTING DATABASE FOR COSTS FOR FURTHER PURCHASES, REPAIRS OR DEPRICATION.

YOU NEED NOT KNOW A LOT EXCEPT ITS LOCATION TO IDENTIFY EQUIPMENT INFORMATION. I NORMALLY MAKE MODIFCATIONS TO MAJOR DRAWINGS OF THE PLANT TO KEEP THE DRAWINGS UP TO DATE WITH WHAT IS ACTUALLY ON THE PLANT FLOOR.

FOR ENGINEERS THERE IS ALSO A SUB MENU TO CONNECT TO A LIST OF ALL DRAWINGS RELATED TO A FACILTY AREA IN PDF FORMAT FOR PRINTING OR REVIEW BEFORE THE NEED TO CHECK OUT THE DRAWING FROM THE DRAWING LIBRARY PDM.

INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE TO ENGINEERING FOR DESIGN OR DISTRIBUTION WITHOUT MODIFICATION OR TO DETERMINE WHICH DRAWINGS ARE NEEDED FOR ANY MODIFICATION OR STRUCTURAL DESIGN.

THE SLIDE SHOW BELOW GIVES A GREATER VISUAL EXPLANATION.

THIS OPTION FOR USER HELP OF HOW TO USE THE F.I.R.E. SYSTEM.

BENTLEY VIEWER

THE SYSTEM IS BASED ON "BENTLEY VIEWER". A FREE CAD VIEWING SYSTEM WE ALREADY OWNED BEFORE I MADE ANY IMPLEMETAION WHICH READS BOTH "DWGS AND DGNS"(AUTOCAD AND MICROSTATION) FORMATS. THUS I WAS ABLE TO IMPLEMTN THIS SYSTEM WITH NO ADDED COSTS. FREE VIEWERS THAT CAN BE DISTRIBUTED TO ANY SYSTEM THOUGHTOUT THE FACTORY , SO EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO THE DRAWINGS AND INFORMATION.
THEY HAD THIS OPTION FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE MY ARRIVAL BUT NO ONE SAW THE POTENTAIL FOR ITS USE TO MAKE EVERYONE MORE PRODUCTIVE.

BY TAPPING INTO THE BENTLY VIEWER HTML HELP FILE, I AM ABLE TO GIVE THE USER THE BASICS OF HOW TO USE THE COMMAND AND BUTTONS TO OPERATE THE BENTLY HEL MENU.

BUILT IN TUTORIAL AND HELP

SIMPLE OPERATION DID NOT REQUIRE A TUTORIAL BUT WAS AVAILBALE BY SIMPLY CLICKING THE OPTION. THE BUILT IN HELP WOULD DIRECT THE USER TO PROPER USE TO NAVIGATE THE SYETM. CHANGE VIEWS AND ZOOM AND PAN AROUND DRAWINGS, MAKE PRINTS AS WELL AS TAP INTO ATTRIBUTED INFORMATION DEPENDENT ON THEIR ACCESS LEVEL.

NO TRAINING REQUIRED, JUST CLICK THE DESIRED SKILL NEEDED OR TASK TO BE PERFORMED AND THE "BENTLY HELP" WOULD TAKE YOU STRAIGHT TO THE DEFINITION AND STEPS IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH MOST EVERTHING ONE COULD NEED TO ACCESS AND CONTROL FACILTY DRAWING INFORMATION AND PRINTS.

"ACCESS TO FACILITY AND COMPANY FORMS

THE FINAL FEATURE WAS TO ALLOW THE USER TO ACCESS CERTAIN COMPANY "FORMS" ,"SPECIFICATIONS" AND "STANDARDS DOCUMENTATION".

"STANDARDS INFORMATION" WOULD ALLOW THE USER TO BE ABLE TO INTERPRET SYMBOLOGY AND NOTES ON DRAWINGS WITH A CLEAR EXPLANATION. SUCH AS PI'DS AND INSTRUMENT TAGGING. PIPING TAGGING, EQUIMPENT ID'S, AND DEPARTMENT FUNCTION CODES.

FORMS SUCH AS "CHANGES TO EQUIPMENT LOCATION" OR "DRAWING REQUESTS FOR MODIFICATION" TO THE CAD DEPARTMENT COULD BE EITHER DOWNLOADED OR FILLED OUT ELECTRONICALLY. THERE WAS NO NEED TO LOOK ALL OVER OR ASK FOR HELP TO MAKE A REQUEST OR INFORM ENGINEERING OF FACTORY CHANGES. DRAWINGS COULD BE MODIFIED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT CHANGES TO THE FACILTY LAYOUT. THUS FACTORY DRAWINGS WOULD ALWAYS BE DOCUMENTED AND UP TO DATE.
CAD REQUESTS WOULD THEN BE ENTERED INTO THE CAD DATABASE FOR PROCESSING.

"C.R.A.P." (CAD REQUEST ACTIVITY DATABASE)

THIS KEPT TRACK OF DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND CHANGES BY "USER AND DEPARTMENT". USERS COULD THEN CHECK THE DATABASE FOR THE STATUS OF THEIR REQUESTS AND SEE WHERE THEIR REQUEST WAS IN RESPECT TO BEING COMPLETED. THE USER COULD ALSO SEE WHO HAD PRIORITY AND WAS GIVEN AND MEANS TO CONTACT TO THE CAD MANAGER TO REQUEST PRIORITY CHANGES.

THE USER WOULD FILL OUT A DOCUMENT EITHER BY HAND OR ELECTRONICALLY CALLED A

"C.R.U.D." (CAD REQUEST UTILITY DOCUMENT.)


YOU ONLY HAD TO "FILL OUT YOUR CRUD" AND IT AUTOMATICALLY WILL I APPEAR IN THE CRAP TO BE DONE BY THE CAD DEPARTMENT (ME)

SINCE FOR A "CAD PERSON" IT PRETTY MUCH WORKS THAT WAY ANYWAY.(lol). EVERYTHING TRACKED AND MONITORED AND AVILBLE FOR REVIEW OF STATUS.

FOR 8 YEARS SO FAR I AM "SOLELY" RESPONSIBLE FOR "ALL CAD ACTIVITY", DRAWING UPDATES AND CHANGES AND FORMERLY ASSET TRACKING. IMPLENTATION OF FIRE WOULD HAVE BEEN A VALUABLE TOOL TO ASSURE EVERYTHING STAYS IN ORDER.