Checking Off CADD Priorities

by Celal N. Kosten, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, Pa. 18015,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 5, Pg. 54-55

Document Type: Feature article


Diving head on into new computer aided design and drafting (CADD) hardware and software without considering their effects on firm or university's operation is as bad as ignoring their usefulness as technical tools. Initiation, installation and integration of CADD and CAE require careful planning. There have been high expectations of the potential contributions of CADD and computer aided engineering to civil engineering practice. Feasibility studies, covering strategic planning, the organization's objectives, a rough time table and funding availability help determine long and short term CADD goals. Completing studies before signing contracts and installing the systems avoids disaster. Some chronological steps help avert disaster.

Subject Headings: Feasibility studies | Computer aided design | Computer aided operations | Engineering profession | Business organizations | Financing | Contracts

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