Using CADD for Fun and Profit

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, N. Y. 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 10, Pg. 30-32

Document Type: Feature article


American Bridge Engineers, a Pittsburgh full service engineering, architecture and planning firm, is still exploring the full capabilities of its CADD (computer aided design and drafting) systems three years after installation. Among these capabilities: design in real measurements instead of to scale; color coding; designing graphically with computations previously put into the database; letting two or more designers work in parallel rather than in sequence; repetitious use of details and other design elements. Its use for quick redesign of interiors for an office tower is shown.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Bridge design | Profits | Engineering firms | Systems engineering | Professional services | Graphic methods | Databases | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

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