2. Directory Structure
The basic ProjectWise directory structure is shown below. Each technical discipline branch in Project Development has a manager that is responsible for the composition of the directory structure within their discipline. Currently, PW is an IT function and is maintained by IT. The operational constraints such as directory structure, security, and workflows are approved by the Project Development Quality Action Team (PDQAT). This team is responsible for reviewing and approving any proposals for changes or additions to PW operational parameters.
Currently files reside in three basic locations: 1) Projects, 2) Technical disciplines, and 3) Program administration.
Folders highlighted in yellow are project folders. All files directly involved with a project are located under the name of the state where the project is located. Each technical discipline will have a folder under each project folder.
The above figure represents the hierarchy of state\corridor\project\specific discipline.
The folder Technical Disciplines (highlighted in green) is for Non-project files associated with each technical discipline. This is the repository for data that relates to each technical discipline program. It is important that project work not be placed in this area so as to maintain standard workflows and enable file searches.
In the figure below, the Expanded Highway Design folder under Technical Disciplines shows the location of resource folders.
The folder for the Office of Program Administration (in pink) is under development as we bring the WFLHD office into PW.
The Archives folder houses past project data from the F:\ drive and is read only. The PW_Resources folder houses general resource files for users to create blank documents. The Training folder is used for various training; users will have access when scheduled for training. Other directories such as Support and Templates are not available to all users and will not be visible for users.
The system manager alone has the rights to alter the default directory structure. The level at which users can add/delete subfolders varies with each discipline. For project development, the ability to edit folders begins at the fifth level, e.g., state\project\development\correspondence\5th level. Other disciplines have folder rights at the 4th level. Users should obtain his or her level rights from the PW administrator.