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Vault Implementation Safeguards Drawings

Customer Challenge

The port authority manages over 16,000 hectares of water, more than 1,000 hectares of land, and approximately 350 kilometers of shoreline, bordering 16 municipalities. The port authority handles permits for all projects proposed for the use of federal port lands, is responsible for real estate management, and manages infrastructure development to support growth and efficient operations. In support of these activities, the organization maintains a repository of AutoCAD drawings.

Project Goals

The port authority’s Spatial Data Group maintains source drawings of many systems including water, communication, electrical, storm, sewer, and more. When team members create plans based in these, they often query features from them. Those features can be unintentionally, and permanently, removed from the source drawing if the user does not detach it before saving the working file.


At one of the scheduled bi-annual meetings with the Spatial Data Group and IMAGINiT Canada, the group described their CAD file challenges. The IMAGINiT Canada team took time to understand what was happening and why, and offered Autodesk Vault as a potential solution. The system could be easily configured and optimized to achieve their goals.

Business Outcome

“We liked that Autodesk Vault could fully integrate with our existing environment. It really was a no-brainer. We could implement Vault quickly because it required no customization. The security case was very easy to make internally—we wanted to move from the ‘Wild West’ of CAD management to a more structured and secure solution,” said Shane Pittman, Spatial Data Supervisor.


“The biggest benefits are security and peace of mind. We are the keeper of the port authority’s data. We used to worry about what might happen accidentally to CAD drawings, but now we have dramatically reduced the likelihood of human error. We trusted that IMAGINiT Canada had our best interests in mind and it was a good base to work from,” said Pittman.

Project Summary

Delivery Date


Project Duration

60 days

Autodesk Solutions

  • AutoCAD
  • Civil 3D

Services Provided

  • Configuration & Deployment

Customer Industry

  • Facility Management
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