All of the managed change functionality of Meridian Enterprise revolves around project definitions. Project definitions are the elementary building blocks upon which project folders are created to contain project copies of master documents for revision.
Some of the features described in this chapter are available only if the Advanced Project Workflow Module is enabled for a vault as described in Enable Project Definitions.
Project definitions determine the following characteristics of a project folder:
Project workflow states and transitions that model the project life cycle.
If the Advanced Project Workflow Module is enabled for a vault:
Sub-project folders that may be created within the project folder to represent subordinate engineering processes.
Workflow interlocks (rules) on the documents within a project folder that must be met before the project's workflow can change.
Workflow interlocks (rules) on the parent project, peer projects, or sub-projects that must be met before the project's workflow can change.
Although project definitions can be complex, from the end user's perspective, using project folders is relatively straightforward. Any project folders available in a vault are listed on menus alongside available folder types and document types for easy selection.