Original Date: 05/20/2002
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Electronic Drawing Distribution
The Maintenance and Logistics Command-Pacific eliminated sending out paper drawing packages with their solicitations. Most vendors can now handle electronic formats and understand what equipment resources they must have. Significant cost savings have been realized in reduced manpower requirements and production costs.
Beginning in late 2000, the Maintenance and Logistics Command-Pacific (MLCPAC) began making the drawing packages it sends out with bid packages available in electronic format. Procurement documents such as solicitations were being sent out electronically, and the technology was already in place to create and disseminate electronic drawings. Therefore, it seemed logical to integrate the two processes.
Contractors and prospective contractors were contacted, and procedures to implement the process were developed. Initial response from contractors indicated the need for a Frequently Asked Questions area, and related answers were needed as part of the drawing package. This was incorporated into the process, and electronic drawings became part of MLCPAC’s solicitations in 2001 on a regular basis.
With the Electronic Drawing Distribution system, the microfilming of drawings was eliminated and the creation of aperture cards was accomplished. The elimination of paper drawing packages saved over $15,000 annually in reproduction costs, and significant manpower savings were realized.
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