Some 40 delegates from major companies based in Denmark and Sweden, including Leo Pharma, Coloplast, Thermo Fisher and a major public hospital, gathered together at BlueCielo’s annual event to discuss the latest developments in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software.
The event provided a showcase for debate, customer participation, best practice sharing as well as technology demonstrations and reviews of the Meridian suite of solutions. BlueCielo revealed to users of their software insights on the company’s forthcoming developments, including improvements to its popular asset information management solution, Meridian Enterprise and enhancements to Meridian’s software by Cad-Q in the Danish and Scandinavian markets.
The day-long event, jointly hosted with Finnish data management company Cad-Q, was held at Europe’s longest suspension bridge, Storebæltsbroen in Denmark. The bridge was built and operated by traffic facilities management company, Sund og Bælt, which sponsored the meeting.
The future of ECM
ECM’s leading lights gave presentations on wide ranging topics, providing an excellent opportunity to stimulate debate on some of the hottest topics in ECM today. Increasing control and enhancing opportunities to exchange data were up for discussion during an insightful presentation by Edwin van Dijk, Director of Product Management at BlueCielo in the Netherlands. The session – which saw participation from experts and customers from BlueCielo Netherlands – focused on new features and the future evolution of BlueCielo’s Meridian Enterprise products in the coming years.
Delegates also looked at enhancing joint working among geographically dispersed teams.
During this popular session, van Dijk announced that work is underway on further integration with a number of other industrial applications, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Microsoft solutions and AutoCAD programs.
Revealed: hosted solutions, tailored modules
“We plan to focus on the development of hosted solutions such as the forthcoming US Food and Drink Administration (FDA) module in the next version of Meridian, to be released next year,” Edvin van Dijk told delegates.
“This includes document management [software] aimed at the food and pharmaceutical industries to meet US authority legal obligations. We will also continue to develop tailored modules targeted at other sectors’ needs,” he told delegates.
Further van Dijk gave participants an overview of BlueCielo’s Lifecycle Management, illustrated with examples of its application to products, production processes and production plants.
Document management, a case study
Event host Sund og Bælt told delegates their story: needing to meet the challenge of handling the enormous amount of documentation it holds on historical construction sites. The company has some 300,000 documents and 900,000 files held in a total of 14 vaults – that’s the equivalent of a 210-metre high stack of documents, as high as the pylons that support Storebæltsbroen bridge!
With BlueCielo’s solution Meridian, however, it was possible to overcome the obstacle of managing this huge data load, despite a large workforce and a complex interaction organisational structure.
Sund og Bælt’s Kurt Lauring explained the benefits of using BlueCielo’s Meridian software in tandem with operation and maintenance system Maximo Utility Link, which provides quality assurance. As a result of using Meridian, Sund og Bælt can be sure of a coherent and robust system based on standard software which has proven absolutely vital for their day-to-day operations, said Lauring.
Groundbreaking fieldwork tool launched
An exciting new Sund og Bælt project was also unveiled at the event by Kurt Lauring. La Niña Digital Markup System (DMS) allows handwritten notes and drawings made on printed technical drawings to be added automatically to original CAD, Word and PDF files.
Using an intelligent stylus pen along with the software, La Niña DMS is a smart solution designed to provide unprecedented opportunities for fieldwork using Autocad and Meridian.
Reining in data on historical buildings
Organisation Femern Belt A/S, which is responsible for the construction of the 20 kilometre underwater tunnel between Danish island Zealand and Germany, discussed the lessons they had learned from Sund og Bælt’s experiences of document management using BlueCielo solutions.
In future, the organisation plans to use Meridian as their document management tool for handling extensive data on historic buildings, Femern Bælt A/S Administrative Co-ordinator Klaus Grand told delegates.