How they made it possible – no-code data and application integration
Using FME’s drag-and-drop interface and library of pre-built transformers, SWECO created the workflows they required, all with no code. Using only three transformers, including a custom connector built using the Autodesk Forge API, they were able to move terabytes of data into the cloud.
Restructuring data file systems
First, the project needed to address migrating a variety of files: Autodesk CAD files, Revit, IFC, PDF, Excel, text, and more, from the various systems currently in use: Sharepoint, Windows Explorer, Finnish system Sokopro, and others, into A360.
The data formats didn’t need to be converted, they simply needed to be uploaded to the cloud in a way that preserved their affiliation with their original project and file versioning within A360.
To achieve this, Gabriel created FME workspaces for each legacy system to restructure each file system according to business rules. Today, files from each of the company’s eight locations are structured in the same way within A360, making it easy for staff to access the data they require.
Uploading data to A360 in the cloud
Gabriel then created a simple workspace to upload the data. “It only uses three transformers, and yet moves terabytes of data into the cloud,” Gabriel explains.
“A360 was still a very new technology, and hadn’t been used yet for such large data upload volumes. This is where we worked closely with Autodesk and Safe Software. They were great about hearing what we needed and making adjustments to make this project work.”
Verifying upload success
To ensure the process had gone smoothly and that quality was maintained, Gabriel implemented a workspace to verify upload success. The output is an Excel spreadsheet for each migrated project, with tabs of which files are missing on A360, enabling immediate identification of errors which can then be remediated.