Micro-CAD: Can It Pay for Itself

by Tracy Lenocker, (M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; The Technical Group, Inc., Anaheim, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 10, Pg. 46-47

Document Type: Feature article


A simple financial analysis is presented that forecasts the payback period on an investment in a microcomputer drafting system. The payback period is calculated in months using productivity usage ratio and the operator's annual salary. Other variables include the fixed costs of hardware and software, overhead costs, profit, and depreciation.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Computer software | Forecasting | Investments | Computer analysis | Drafting | Employee compensation and benefits | Profits

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