Visual Engineer, SQL Server & Visio

Visual Engineer is specialized for Aircraft Completions.  It has the capabilities you need to design avionics electrical systems with none of the bloat that characterizes generic electrical CAD software.  With Visual Engineer you receive the ease and simplicity of Microsoft Visio ™ with the enterprise capability & scalability of Microsoft SQL Server ™.

ve interior_ia380largeVisual Engineer is an electrical engineering management system (EEMS ™) designed for use by aircraft completion and modification centers. It allows avionics engineers to use a standard installation of Microsoft Visio ™ to easily design aircraft electrical systems. What makes Visual Engineer different from legacy ECAD systems is that the drawings created using Visual Engineer update a central database within SQL Server™ by way of the Visual Engineer EEMS™ Engine.  This ensures that all equipment attributes, wire attributes and other information remain consistent within all project drawings. Additionally it provides real-time reporting to all users requiring this information. Visual Engineer drawings are stored as Visio™ drawings files on any local or network drive that is available for use by engineering.

The Visual Engineer EEMS™ client is an add-in to Visio that provides the user interface for Visual Engineer. The user interface that resides within Visio provides the end user with avionics specific design tools, desktop reports and data entry forms. Visual Engineer drawings are saved in the same manner as normal Visio™ files anywhere on the network that engineers have access and appropriate rights. Visual Engineer requires that all drawings be kept on a network share that is accessible to all engineers working on the project. Drawings may also optionally be saved with any document management system that may have been in use before Visual Engineer migration. Other departments such as purchasing, manufacturing and production can also receive  read-only access to the Visual Engineer EEMS™ database to view reports as desired.

Why Microsoft Visio® 2010?

Microsoft Visio™ was designed specifically for creating diagrams. Avionics Engineers create electrical wiring diagrams. Why would you use a mechanical drafting tool to create an electrical diagram? Mechanical CAD software is designed to create mechanical drawings. Simply put, Viso with Visual Engineer is the right tool for the job. In addition, because millions of technical and non-technical users worldwide,  use Visio™, the learning curve is minimal when compared to mechanical CAD software.  Visual Engineer™ coupled with Microsoft Visio™ provides a rich set of features for creating aircraft wiring diagrams that no other CAD software can match.  Read about Microsoft Visio here

Why SQL Server 2008?

Microsoft SQL Server is a comprehensive database server and information platform offering a complete set of enterprise-ready technologies and tools that help people derive the most value from information at the lowest total-cost-of-ownership. Enjoy high levels of performance, availability, and security; employ more productive management and development tools; and deliver pervasive insight with self-service business intelligence (BI).

A complete and integrated platform, Microsoft SQL Server™ brings it all together to get more value out of existing IT skills and assets, increase the productivity and agility of IT departments, and quickly build flexible, innovative applications. SQL Server 2008 R2 and Xeon 5500 processor-based Server systems combine to provide an industry-leading reliable, serviceable up-time solution for business-critical database applications – with no-compromise performance.

Visual Engineer makes efficient use of disk space requiring approximately 128 megabytes of disk space for a typical project and approximately 300 Megabytes for a large project with 250 drawings. With most of today's servers containing an average of 144 gigabytes of internal drive space, even the smallest of SQL ™ servers can scale to handle over 1,100 aircraft modifications. But of course Visual Engineer is also compatible with your existing SANS investment if more capacity is needed in the future.