June 2004
IT Training;Jun2004, p48
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The article reports that the Engineering consultancy, Arup has 72 offices across 32 countries, which work on different aspects of building design. The company is responsible for some of the most prominent recent building projects, including the HSBC tower at Canary Wharf, and the City of Manchester Stadium.Oasys is the software division of Arup, and also a company in its own right. Founded in 1976, its purpose is to develop software products that can be used within Arup, and many of these are later sold externally. All of the top 15 civil and structural consultancy firms in the British use Oasys software, and 28,500 companies are registered users of its Columbus document management product which can be downloaded free from the firm's website. Columbus was created four years ago to satisfy internal demand for a document management product that could meet the company's needs. In particular, the system needed to be able to handle technical computer-aided design drawings. Alan Ogden, who is an associate at Arup said that some document management systems don't have the concept of compound documents.


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