What is a partial project?

A partial project is used when many different people are working remotely on a project. Utilizing a partial project, a project manager can divide up a large project among many engineers without every engineer having a copy of the entire project on their machines.

A project manager creates and sends partial projects to the individual engineers. The engineers make changes to and sign and seal files in these partial projects and send them back to the project manager. The project manager then incorporates these altered partial projects back into the main project.

Follow these steps to work with partial projects

Creating a Partial Project
  1. Open up the project in PEDDS from which you will create a partial project (instructions here).
  2. Make sure the project is secured (instructions here) and authenticated (instructions here ).
  3. Select "Project->Partial-Project->Create Partial-Project" from the PEDDS menu.
  4. Partial Project Create Menu Item

    Partial Project Create Menu Item

  5. The "Create Partial-Project" dialog will open. Drag and drop folders from the folder view into the "Create Partial-Project". If you want the recipient of this partial project to be able to alter and sign and seal files in this folder, click the checkbox next to the folder in the "Create Partial-Project" dialog. When finished, click the "Create Partial-Project" button.
  6. Partial Project Create Dialog

    Partial Project Create Dialog

  7. The "Save Partial-Project Package" dialog will open. It is recommended that you do not rename this package. Navigate to the folder where the partial project package is to be saved and click the "Save" button.
  8. Partial Project Save Package Dialog

    Partial Project Save Package Dialog

  9. Transfer the partial project package (via email, FTP, or directly copying) to the individual who will be working with this particular partial project.
Working with and Returning a Partial Project
  1. It is not necessary to open up a project or create a new project to work with a partial project.
  2. Locate where the partial project package is on the local computer where it was saved in step 6 above.
  3. Select "Project->Partial-Project->Expand and Work" from the PEDDS menu.
  4. Partial Project Expand and Work Menu Item

    Partial Project Expand and Work Menu Item

  5. The "Open Partial-Project Package" Dialog will open. Browse to the directory where the parial project package is, select it, and click the "Open" button.
  6. Open Partial Project Package Dialog

    Open Partial Project Package Dialog

  7. After some processing, the partial project will open in PEDDS.  An individual can then modify files, add files to the folder you're allowed to add them to, and sign and seal files.
  8. After this is done, make sure the partial project is secured (instructions here) and authenticated (instructions here).
  9. Select "Project->Partial-Project->Compress and Return" from the PEDDS menu.
  10. Partial Project Compress and Return Menu Item

    Partial Project Compress and Return Menu Item

  11. A window will display asking if you want to secure the project. Since the project is already secured and authenticated, click the "No" button.
  12. Secure Partial Project Package Dialog

    Secure Partial Project Package Dialog

  13. The "Save Partial-Project Return Package" Dialog will open. It is recommended that you do not rename this file. Navigate to where the package is to be saved, and click the "Save" button.  You should get a message if the return package is successfully created.
  14. Save Partial-Project Return Package Dialog

    Save Partial-Project Return Package Dialog

  15. Transfer the partial project return package (via email, FTP, or directly copying) to the individual who manages the parent project of this partial project.
Incorporating a Modified Partial Project back into the Parent Project.
  1. Open up the parent project in PEDDS into which you will incorporate the partial project (instructions here).
  2. The parent project MUST be the project from which the partial project was created. A partial project cannot be incorporated into a project unless that project is the actual parent project of the partial project being incorporated.
  3. Make sure the parent project is secured (instructions here) and authenticated (instructions here) before incorporating the partial project.
  4. Select "Project->Partial-Project->Merge back to Parent Project" from the PEDDS menu.
  5. Partial Project Merge Menu Item

    Partial Project Merge Menu Item

  6. The "Open Partial-Project Return Package" Dialog will open. Navigate to where the return package is, and click the "Open" button.  You should get a message if the return package is successfully merged into the parent project.
  7. Open Partial-Project Return Package Dialog

    Open Partial-Project Return Package Dialog

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