CAD Controversy – What do you have to say?

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“3D, 4D, BIM, Artificial intelligence, voice activation, file sharing? What is the next big thing? What do you think? Write and let me know.” — Editor

“There should ideally be only one file, which can be accessed by all, rather than having multiple copies that are held on local area networks, CDs, e-mail, local C: drives, etc.”
Gerard Hall, CAD Manager

“Object-oriented design is obviously the next big thing in civil design. CAD, in the civil arena, must deliver a more intelligent product in a world of GIS (Geographic Information System), BIM (Building Information Modeling) and Google Earth.”
Chris Elvin, CAD Expert

“I’ve noticed a few trends, with the most notable being the global shift in engineering to embrace collaborative technologies and solutions.

This is being fuelled by a hyper-competitive global marketplace and is made possible with new web and communication technologies. The ability to manage and share data quickly between business units, customers and with downstream processing has been identified as being a critical driver of business performance, and some would argue business survival.

For CAD and engineering applications, this inevitably means a continued drive towards more ‘open’ formats and architectures that allow data transfer between applications with minimal data loss.”
Colin Asplin,
CAD Manager

“I envision that a CAD program might become voice commanded in the future. In the past, when I was on the [drafting] board, I dreamed that perhaps one day I would type the text for a drawing, or someone would invent a device that would do the inking for contour lines. Now look at us.”
Carolyn Serritt,
CAD Supervisor

“A lot has happened since the digital revolution in terms of how computers have become an essential tool. But at the same time, very little has helped us to be more productive as a user. The divide between a designer (using 2D and pen and paper), a CAD architect (a 2D user) and a 3D modeler is still apparent. However, I do see changes taking place and it is encouraging. A variety of easy-to-use 3D applications are increasingly becoming more intuitive and popular for those who have limited capabilities in using a complex 3D application.”
Ken Shigemitsu
Director of IT

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