CAD Mapping Trailblazer

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Sr. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 5, Pg. 68-69

Document Type: Feature article


Until three years ago, few civil/surveying firms had automated both surveying (including digital recording of angles and distances shot in the field) and the related design and drafting. Almost none had linked the two in such a way as to minimize human massage of all the field data in the office. That is being changed, thanks to radical price reductions in total station surveying hardware, the coming of powerful microcomputers, and the conversion to the micros of software written for minis. Another element in the transformation includes the software package Retriever, by CADServ, of New Hudson, Mich. Retriever is said to have slashed the amount of human worker hours in readying surveying data for the computer-driven map plotter. CADServ helps the transition to fully automated operation by doing early portions of newly automated jobs itself, by working closely with its clients, and by providing a variety of service and product lease/sale options that help ease the cost of the transition.

Subject Headings: Automation | Computer aided design | Mapping | Human factors | Computer software | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Drafting | Field tests

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