Affordable CADD

by George Runkle, (A.M.ASCE), Profj. Engr.; Greenhorne & O'Mara, 3 Chantilly Court, Rockville, MD 20850,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 6, Pg. 42-44

Document Type: Feature article


In the past few years many civil engineers have become aware of the advantages of CADD systems. However, CADD systems were originally prohibitively expensive for all but the largest offices. In 1982, AutoCAD and several other CAD packages came out with programs in the $3000 range. In the past two years or so, even more affordable CADD programs have come out, in the $100-$300 range. This has put CADD in the price range of those who may already have or plan on purchasing a microcomputer, but are on a limited budget. Furthermore, many of these systems can plot the drawings out on a dot matrix printer, saving the expense of a plotter if larger drawings aren't needed. Discussed are: AutoCAD, AutoSketch, Generic CADD and its modules: Drafting Enhancements, AutoDimensioning, Auto Convert and EasyCAD.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Pricing | Budgets | Matrix (mathematics)

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