Web Menus are vital in today's world as companies collaborate on enterprise-wide
projects. A central repository of your CAD Standards will focus everyone's attention
on the first step in successful engineering - the digital drawing file.
Your CAD Standards will be posted on the internet in one location. CAD operators
and designers access these standards by making selections from the Web Menu - It's
that simple. If your CAD Standards are in one location for everyone to use, then
all drawings will be standardized.
Web Menus eliminate the need for you to distribute CAD Standard manuals showing
layer rules and CD's containing symbols. By posting your CAD Standards on the internet,
everyone uses your standards from one location only. If you make updates or additions
to your CAD Standards, you make them in one location only - on the internet - then
everyone has access to your changes immediately.
Web Menus do not require downloading or installing software on your computer for
you to use them. Your IT department will love this. No worries about conflicts with
installed .dll's or versioning problems.
When you upgrade to a current version of your CAD Software, you must make sure that
all 3rd party CAD software has also been compiled to work with this latest release.
If not, then you cannot migrate to this latest version until the companion software
has been certified for use. Web Menus are version independent. They will work no matter which version of CAD Software you are using.
As the world migrates from Windows XP/7/8
to whatever - you will be required to install recompiled versions of your CAD Software
- but not your CAD Standards using Web Menus. The code used in Web Menus is designed
to be neutral in all environments - so if your Bentley products run
on a MAC, or PC, whether in Windows, MAC, or UNIX - it does not matter. Wherever
your CAD Software is running, your CAD Standards will be accessible through the Web Menus.
Most CAD-related software is installed on a single computer with a license that
restricts its use to that machine only. Since your CAD Standards will be on the
internet, you can access them from any computer which has an internet connection
- because Web Menus are license independent. Now you can work at home on your drawings
and access your CAD Standards over the internet using Web Menus. If your CAD Standards
are proprietary then they will be password dependent.
Web Menus are user-friendly, logical, and easy to use. They consist primarily of
three components: (1) Selecting Layer Rules, (2) Selecting a pre-defined symbol
or cell to place and (3) Linking Bid Item Codes to geometry for electronic extraction
of Bill of Materials. When a feature such as "Bridge Handrail" is selected, instructions
are sent to your CAD application to set the appropriate level, color, thickness,
and line style according to your CAD Standards. It then executes the "Place Smartline"
command and the designer begins drawing handrails.
The time it takes to make the selection and begin drawing is about 2 seconds. When
compared to the manual method of locating "Bridge Handrail" in the CAD manual and
then setting the layer, color, thickness, and line style and then selecting the
"Place Smartline" command (which takes approximately 30 seconds) much time has been saved - and time is money.
The time savings for placing a single handrail is about 25 seconds. Not only is
time saved, but labor dollars are also saved. When you consider that the average
designer will place about 800 pieces of geometry, text, and symbols in a day, the
savings in time could be tremendous.
If a single task is reduced from 30 seconds to 2 seconds, not only are labor dollars
and time saved, but the designer can get to the next task quicker. Web Menus are
easy-to-use tools that will allow the designer to get more work done in an 8-hour day. If drawings can now be completed quicker at less cost, that means more profits for the company
and schedules can be compressed.