Implementation of a Micro-CADD System

by David C. Wheelock, Gebhard Engineers, Austin, TX, USA,
John N. Furlong, Gebhard Engineers, Austin, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources


Computer-aided-design-and-drafting (CADD) systems utilize computer technology to aid the engineer in his work. CADD systems are designed to process graphics with speed and accuracy to greatly enhance the productivity and analytical ability of engineers. CADD systems utilize graphic input devices, graphic display screens, and graphic output devices to produce accurate scaled drawings for engineering applications. Two small consulting engineering firms in Austin, Texas, have implemented micro-computer based CADD systems. Both firms practice in the general area of water resources, including detention design, small scale hydro-power, hydrology, hydraulics, and land development. The authors have found that a CADD system is an asset to a civil engineering office active in the water resources field. However, the proper implementation of the machine in the design process can be time-consuming and painful to project budgets.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Systems engineering | Computer aided design | Hydraulic design | Water resources | Computer aided operations | Hydro power | Graphic methods | Texas | United States

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