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


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 design | Interactive systems | Graphic methods | Reviews | Economic factors

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