Computer-Aided Drafting in Civil Engineering

by Michael F. Garrett, (M.ASCE), Proj. Engr.; Ellerbe Assoc., Inc., Bloomington, Minn.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 5, Pg. 72-78

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Computer aided drafting (CAD) is defined as an interactive computer graphics system suitable for the generation of engineering documentation. The development of CAD is reviewed. The computer hardware of a CAD system is described. Applications of a CAD system are discussed. Advantages over traditional drafting are examined, although it is emphasized that CAD is a tool to be used along with existing methods and will probably not replace the drafting board. The economics of using a CAD system are shown.

Subject Headings: Computer aided drafting | Computer applications | Drafting | Graphic methods

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