Accession Number:

ADA273181

Title:

The Use of Design Automation Software by Government-Contracted Architect/Engineer Firms: A Status Report

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Report Date:

1993-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

Most Architecture and Engineering AE design firms and Corps of Engineers District offices have found that computer-aided design and drafting CADD has a great potential for improving productivity, profitability, communication, and design quality. Yet, clients demand for design and construction information created with CADD and delivered in a variety of specified computer formats can hinder scheduling, quality control, and profitability of AE firms. This phase of research collected information on the status and use of CADD by AE firms to identify trends in hardware, software, CADD staffing and compensation, and trends in how design firms that use CADD have accepted this form of automation. Secondary objectives were to determine how CADD has improved design firm productivity, design quality, documentation, and profitability, and to note any outstanding problems associated with the use of CADD in the design process. The second phase will review and analyze reports from the Armys Automated Review Management System ARMS and the Construction Evaluation Retrieval System CERS to determine how automation has affected Corps review procedures, and to locate and classify repetitive data that may be streamlined in future design and construction projects. Architectural and engineering firms, Government-contracted firms, CADD, Design automation

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE