This section describes how to manage alternates and deviations in Intergraph Smart Materials.
Alternates are those items that are offered by a bidder during the commercial analysis process for a lower price, a better delivery time or for other reasons. If the alternate is later selected by both Engineering and Procurement, it is indicated as such by Smart Materials.
Deviations are those items that were purchased as specified but, for example, during the fabrication process, the manufacturer issues a deviation request for approval. Such a request is issued to offer a technical deviation to the original agreed specification. If the deviation is approved by the Engineering department or by the inspector, the deviation is assigned as an additional description, and the item and the item description are highlighted.
The pictures below show the workflows for alternates and deviations.