The Visual Report Designer (VRD) program by civil+plus has had very positive impact on our business. Use of the program for coordinate tables in particular has seen our drafting times decrease with fewer errors and completely removing table formatting by the user.
An example of this:
The example above shows coordinates for Surface, Target Endpoint and Bottom Hole with 8 different formats, with no less than 43 automatically calculated values as well as variety of intricacies to display table content exactly the way we need it. In many cases our drawings would be required to show many of these tables to satisfy regulatory and client requirements.
Time savings multiplied by the number of tables equals efficiency.
In the past a table like shown above would have taken 45-60 minutes to complete one and there could be some errors. If we had 8 of these tables required for a plan that could see our times reach 8 hours to do this part of the drawing. With VRD the more tables the better, it takes 5-10 minutes to create the drawing infrastructure to give the program what is needed to perform its’ calculations. To add the specific information for additional well points takes a minute per well. Running the reports through VRD takes less than a minute to insert one or many tables into the drawing. So an 8 well pad site previously took 8 hours to create the required tables. With VRD it takes 15-30 minutes at worst saving more than 7 ½ hours on a single drawing.
THAT IS SIGNIFICANT!
Team Lead – Corporate CADD Development
McElhanney Land Surveys Ltd.