3D Model based BIM and other solutions have no way of modelling these connected systems. Cables and connections simply do not exist in any 3D model. The only solution is the non-spatial SIM which could easily be linked to the 3D model based applications. DAD solves this 3D to 2D non-spatial problem.
While electrical (power, control, and ICT) systems are advancing rapidly, they still generate information as paperwork. Of course; lists, documents, and drawings are now digital files, but their formats remain unchanged.
System engineering is held back by paperwork. Design documentation is a bad foundation causing other parties to create more paperwork. So much uncontrolled information exists that it is impossible to find the true state of a system. DAD changes all that. The value of this change is found in two easily observed facts:
1. Information in DAD can be found in less than 1% of the time typically taken in documents.
2. Information in DAD can be edited in less than 5% of the time typically taken in documents.


That can:

  • Track all changes
  • Provides an audit path for the system
  • Improves teamwork
  • And a great deal more



DAD achieves a step change in productivity by improving information and work management for power, control and communication systems.

Information is gathered into software objects on a 1:1 relationship for each system part. The software object can hold but is not limited to:

  • Data organised by attributes
  • Supplementary files such as vendor data, photos, test sheets, etc.
  • Terminals or ports where connections are made
  • Complete data object history of changes.

The objects are assembled in the SIM (System Information Model) arranged like the real system equivalent in two core categories:

  • Location – where objects are shown in their relative positions
  • Type – where objects are shown by generic or specific model types.


Systems have physical connections (wires, cables etc.). Each cable like each object has a software object equivalent in DAD. DAD connects the objects, representing the cables, wires, fibres and signals as data in the SIM.

System functions depend on hardware and application software. The SIM describes both using:

  • Objects in a base layer define the hardware
  • Objects in other layers define the application software
  • Objects on different layers are linked to define functions.



Design teams work together in an inherently self-regulating application. Design progress is measureable ‘objectively’. Design is better managed.

Once designed systems are constructed and maintained. All work is performed on the objects in the SIM so data can be-re-used. The status of the objects is a true measure of progress. When teams share the same SIM they can coordinate their efforts and resolve site issues.

DAD has Work Managers with tools to plan, execute and record activities object by object. Cost, progress and other statistical measures can be calculated. Delays and waste can be seen and remedial action taken promptly.

The Work Managers append data to the objects including:

  • Activity data organised by attributes
  • Supplementary files photos, evidence such as completed inspection sheets and all QA materials required
  • The full history of every activity done to it

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