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Year-in-Review 2018

on Fri, 01/11/2019 - 19:12

In 2018, Engineering Village helped users improve their research success by adding valuable standards and patents content, improving the search experience, and de-mystifying the engineering research landscape at institutions across the globe.

Whether you’re new to EV or a seasoned veteran, the below year-in-review summary can help you get up to speed on the latest and greatest product enhancements. Or, if you’d like to see how engineers are using EV to produce results, read these two new solution stories. The first shows how an engineer found a permanent solution to a gas condensate plant shutdown. The second demonstrates how an engineer designed off-shore oil platform modifications, saving $1.1M.

 

New and Improved Content

The year started with the addition of IEEE standards. As one of the world's leading standards developers, IEEE is a leading source of information and resources on standards, their applications, and their impact on designing new products, processes, and services. All of this is discoverable in context of validated information that engineers and researchers need in Compendex on Engineering Village.

In a continuation of the strategy to add more must-have content for engineers, Compendex also added ASTM standards and ASCE standards.

Over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

ASCE standards provide “technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in civil engineering. Many of its standards are referenced by model building codes and adopted by state and local jurisdiction. They also provide guidance for design projects around the world.”

Finally, Ei Patents added the World Intellectual Property Organization Database (WIPO).

Since engineers are often on the front line of innovation, understanding the patent landscape around a field of interest is of utmost importance. A patent literature search is often done to ensure that proprietary innovations are just that – proprietary – and help engineers and their institutions avoid litigation or wasted time. To mitigate the risks and help engineers find the patents they need, Engineering Village (through Ei Patents) indexed 4M+ patents from WIPO. This provides engineers access to patent inventions that are considered important enough by their applicants to seek protection internationally in many different world markets.

 

Leverage Analytics to Make Decisions

Engineering Village contains a wealth of content to make strategic and research decisions but adds analytics layers on top to make those insights easily discoverable.

The Engineering School Profile helps you track research output and view institutional engineering research trends in one visual, interactive, and customizable interface. With the power of Compendex’s 190 engineering disciplines and global focus, engineering leaders are ensured a thorough and comprehensive analysis of their institution’s research landscape.

Engineering Village also added PlumX metrics, which provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output in the online environment. The metrics can be used to determine the reach or impact of a document when evaluating research articles.

Engineering Village also improved chart visualization options, as well as provided new options for exporting charts.

 

Better Ways to Search and Save Time

Finally, Engineering Village made it easier to find relevant results. You can now narrow down to what matters by clicking on suggested terms before running your search, or get faster access to search history via the results tab at the top of Engineering Village's search results page.