Computer-Aided Design and Drafting for Small Engineering Firms

by Ann E. Seltz-Petrash, Asst. Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 2, Pg. 56-61

Document Type: Feature article


As the cost of computer hardware decreases, use of the computer-aided design and drafting is becoming a cost-efficient investment for smaller engineering firms. The article includes four case histories of engineering firms using such systems. The systems rang in sophistication from a $30,000 desk-top computer system to a $2,500,000 mini-driven system. Also included in the article is a brief list of system vendors, an overview of the uneasy alliance between civil engineers and computers and an example of how a service bureau aided in design and drafting to the world's largest airport.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Case studies | Systems engineering | Investments | Engineering history | Airports and airfields

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