PROJECT ENGINEERING STANDARDS

The Volkswagen Group creates and maintains several thousand engineering standards. These contain guidelines and rules which are not covered by existing national or international standards. The engineering standards are an essential basis so that internal and external staff can tackle new developments and constructions.

Engineering standards

Prior to the changeover in 2006 the VW staff created the engineering standards in MS Word which was often associated with many disadvantages: Design and layout were not conform with the specifications. If a current standard was translated it was often very work-intensive to correct and adapt formatting. Certain activities were time consuming and prone to error, e.g. status change from draft to standard, creation of other relevant documents or the input of rotated tables, illustrations and sections.

Working with XML today is much more efficient: The new technology makes full use of automated processing. E.g. during the formatting XML generates the other relevant documents which is based on the normative references in the contents. All engineering standards are characterized by a rule-based structure as in the case of a uniform CI-compliant appearance. Reliable links are enabled to internal sources, external information sources and other standards, whereby reading documents is now significantly easier. And last but not least, less time and money is required.

PROJECT IFU

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