Authors: 
Tim Jijong Hong and David Effa
Case revision date: 
2011-11-18
Length: 
6 pages (Case Study)
Summary: 

Document Control System  Regional Power, located in Toronto, has been in the business of developing and operating hydroelectric generating facilities since 1985. The engineering department, managed by Mike Hughes and Jean-Francois Martel, is responsible for not only the engineering design phase but also commercial aspects of all hydroelectric projects owned by Regional Power. They are also responsible for investigating potential locations within Canada for hydroelectric generation, then inviting specific contractors to provide proposals for establishing facilities. The department document control process is directly related to the efficiency and quality of Regional Power’s core operations since documents typically contain extremely important engineering and legal information. Throughout the life span of a project, the documents go through many changes, as shown in Figure 1, and for this reason the coordination of incoming and outgoing documents is crucial. 

Tim Jijong, a co-op student from the University of Waterloo, was asked to investigate Regional Power’s current document management process and develop core requirements for a new, more efficient document control system. This project also requires a preliminary analysis on how to implement a new document control system. 

Learning objectives: 

The teaching objective is to introduce the methods and principles of management engineering systems. The case mainly focuses on requirements analysis of a document management system. This case study is intended for introduction to some of the basic methods and principles used by software engineers, including fundamentals of technical communication, measurement, analysis, and design. The case can potentially be used in MSCI 342 (Principles of Software Engineering) course.

Key words: 
Unified Model Language (UML); Authentication; Case Diagram; Sequence Diagram
CEAB attributes: 
Problem Analysis; Professionalism; Use of Engineering Tools; Project Management
Modules: 
Module 01 - Case Study
Module 02 – System Requirements (Restricted to educators only)
Module 03 – System Design (Restricted to educators only)
Module TN - Teaching Note (Restricted to educators only)

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