In many consulting engineering firms, 2/3 of engineering costs are drafting, and 1/3 design. If costs are going to be reduced, they concentrate on drafting costs. How? By upgrading the draftsman, by giving him equipment to make him faster and more accurate. The ideal tool is a digitizer. Many civil engineering firms have an in-house IBM 1130 computer with on-line drum plotter. This article tells how firms are using the plotter as a design tool. It also explains how the plotter can be used strictly as a drafting tool--something few firms have done. It is claimed that this new digitizer can boost draftsman productivity five-fold. An indication of costs is also included.

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  • Accession Number: 00043577
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 6 1973 12:00AM