Meshing Computer Technologies

by Kim Plumacher, Dir.; Computer Services, Berger, Lehman Associates, Rye, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 1, Pg. 60-62

Document Type: Feature article


A growing number of clients, especially state DOTs, are requesting computer-aided design (CAD) documents in a specified format, leaving consulting firms to wonder how many different CAD platforms they'll have to support to stay competitive. With careful translation work, however, it is possible for clients and consultants using different systems to work together. In several case histories described here, Berger, Lehman & Associates, Rye, N.Y., worked with the New York State DOT, Connecticut DOT and the New York State Thruway Authority on a variety of projects. Through conversion utilities, reference files, customized software, co- and self-developed programs, and hybrid scanning technology, the firm was able to move data and software between different CAD formats and different types of computers. The results of their conversion work show the potential for consultants using one CAD platform to work with a variety of others.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Consulting services | Computing in civil engineering | Client relationships | Case studies | Hybrid methods | Imaging techniques | United States | New York | Connecticut

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