Keeping Tabs on CADD

by Michael Ingardia, (M.ASCE), Assoc.; Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff, 333 7th Ave., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 6, Pg. 57-59

Document Type: Feature article


In 1983 Howard Needles Tammen and Bergendoff (HNTB) began to implement a CADD system. Fostering the independence of individual offices while maintaining the company wide standards and practices needed for successful CADD implementation proved to be difficult. The firm's goal was to install 60 CADD stations in at least 20 of the firm's 40 design and project offices by mid-1988. Moreover, these stations, regardless of their locations, had to be able to share project files, application programs, management information and all other types of operating data. Compatibility came with common hardware and software standards. Finding the right balance of centralized control and delegated authority was more complex. Here's how they did it.

Subject Headings: Information management | Computer aided design | Project management

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