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Case Studies: Overview

The customer profiles featured in 'Case Studies' span a broad range of industries and applications—'Architecture, Engineering, and Construction,' Civil Engineering, higher education, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and public utilities (transportation and power distribution profiles will soon be available).

Harza Northeast, an AEC, construction management, and surveying firm located in Utica, New York, is the subject of the AEC profile. Falcon/DMS was chosen as the file management system when the New York State Department of Transportation awarded Harza the contract for a new highway system.

The Civil profile discusses the use of Falcon/DMS by Sverdrup Civil, Inc., to manage documents for the $1.4 billion reconstruction of Interstate 15 through Salt Lake City in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics. This contract was the largest design-build project ever awarded by a state department of transportation and involves replacing every piece of asphalt, concrete, and steel in 17 miles of roadway. Additionally, over 130 bridges will be replaced and seven interchanges will be completely reconfigured.

The University of Pennsylvania, one of the world's premiere teaching and research universities, is the focus of the Education profile. At UPenn Falcon/DMS is used to manage a broad range of facilities, space planning, and leasing documents. Falcon/WebSuite is used to access these documents via multiple devices by a multitude of campus-based offices, as well as outside contractors.

The Manufacturing profile features Anheuser-Busch Companies, the St. Louis-based beer colossus with 12 domestic breweries scattered between Los Angeles, California, and Williamsburg, Virginia. An interesting aspect of the Anheuser-Busch Falcon/DMS implementation is the connection of remote support staff and users such as Anheuser-Busch consulting firms to the data repository located in the St. Louis headquarters.

The Pharmaceutical profile features the engineering department at the Pharmacia & Upjohn 5000+ acre campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan—one of three corporate operation headquarters and the only one located in the United States. Facility additions and expansions are always being made to the Kalamazoo campus as the Company enlarges its product offerings and market share. Over 55,000 (and growing) MicroStation drawings are managed by Falcon/DMS at the Kalamazoo site.

Southern California Gas Company (or the Gas Company, as it's known to the locals) is the subject of the Utilities profile. The Gas Company uses Falcon/DMS to access and control over 100,000 MicroStation drawings and scanned raster images dating back to 1927. Described in this profile is the effort of several operating groups within the Company, including its GIS, Mapping Services, Geographic Analysis and Survey Groups, to integrate their unique workflows with Falcon/DMS.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has been recognized by The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as an American Transportation Award recipient in the Innovative Management category for its Plans Online project. SCDOT used Falcon/DMS and Falcon/WebSuite to realize this achievement. The effort received additional support with custom programming also provided by tsaADVET.