The Lifecycle Work (formerly WFM) application can be implemented as a stand-alone web-based system, but the return on investment increases if the optional Schneider Electric Designer™ integration is implemented. The Designer™ integration allows the Lifecycle Work estimate to be loaded from a GIS Designer™ revision. The Lifecycle Work/ Designer™ integration augments the work request workflow by allowing it to be sent to Designer™ for graphical design. There is a tight integration allowing the Lifecycle Work work request web functionality to be exposed directly within Designer™. This screenshot shows the Lifecycle Work, work order control being made available within Schneider Electric Workflow Manager:
An extra compatible unit configuration module is added to Lifecycle Work that allows for the Lifecycle Work CU’s to be mapped to the Designer™ GIS features. The mapping is driven off of the Esri data model for feature/object classes, the Schneider Electric CU defining attributes (CUDA's), and the Schneider Electric extended data (cost factors). This GIS data is synchronized from the GIS into Lifecycle Work to allow administrators to map the data within a web interface. Then the mapped CU's are automatically loaded back into the Designer™ system to be used within the CU tab and the new CU filter.
Next, the standard out-of-the-box Designer™ functionality is used to create one or more design revisions using GIS features mapped to the Lifecycle Work CU’s. The design engineer can then choose an approved design revision to send back to Lifecycle Work. The work locations, compatible units, extended data and other relevant information is automatically loaded directly into the Lifecycle Work estimate just as if it was created directly within Lifecycle Work. This screenshot shows a Schneider Electric Designer™ CU design on the left alongside the Lifecycle Work estimate on the right.
The Lifecycle Work costing engine, validations and status changes are made available in Designer™ via the integration. The workflow continues normally in Lifecycle Work until the as-built stage at which time the graphical as-built redlines are applied via Designer™. The Designer™ integration provides a powerful design extension to the existing Lifecycle Work tools. More information on the Designer™ functionality can be found in the Schneider Electric product documentation.